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By Laura Lovett January 16, 2018
Owkin, a predictive analytics company that aims to accelerates drug discovery and development, just landed $11 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Otium Venture with participation from Cathay Innovation, Plug and Play, and NJF Capital. This announcement brings the company’s total funding to $13.1 million.  “I am proud of the substantial progress OWKIN has made over the last year,...
By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2018
According to American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg, telemedicine regulation is something of a paradox: Everyone in government agrees it’s a good thing, yet it’s challenging to actually get laws passed. “I think there is growing critical mass in Washington that understands that telehealth is one of those rare rare things that even for politicians end up being a tremendous asset,” Schoenberg told...
By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2018
Connected thermometers track flu season. Smart thermometer company Kinsa told the New York Times that its flu tracking data is more accurate and more granular than that of the CDC. Kinsa's data -- based on 25,000 readings a day from thermometers in 500,000 households around the country -- suggests that California's flu outbreak is the worst in five years, while the Northeast, including New York...
By Laura Lovett January 16, 2018
The future of fertility monitoring could be as easy as sliding a monitor under your bed. At CES contact free health monitoring company EarlySense released its latest product Percept, an under-mattress, clinically-proven fertility monitor that tracks the users’ dates of ovulation, fertility window and period by monitoring physiological signals like heart rate and breathing patterns.  “The beauty...
By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2018
In a new study of 934 mobile phone users, 100 percent said they used a mobile phone for health-related purposes, but only 28 percent used an app to track sleep. By contrast, 53 percent tracked exercise and 48 percent tracked diet. The data comes from an online survey conducted by NYU with the help of survey management company Toluna, which did the recruitment. Verizon provided funding. The study...
By Laura Lovett January 16, 2018
Remote patient monitoring is one of the hot topics in digital health and has grown increasingly popular in the last decade. But a recent data analysis questions whether or not remote patient monitor is effective in improving clinical outcomes.  A meta analysis published in the inaugural issue of Nature's Digital Medicine found that remote patient monitoring had no statistically significant impact...
By Laura Lovett January 15, 2018
Getting medical attention to sick infants has been a longtime issue in many remote sections of the world. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that 21,000 children under the age of five die everyday from treatable diseases, such as diarrhea and malaria.  But researchers at the University of Suffolk in the UK are working on creating an affordable, wearable sensor that could fit into a...
By Dave Muoio January 15, 2018
Last September, Tidepool — a diabetes data management platform — was among the nine companies chosen to participate in the FDA’s experimental pre-certification program pilot. Along with Apple, Samsung, Verily, Johnson & Johnson, and others, Tidepool would work with the agency to prove its overall development processes are responsible and safe, negating the need for product-by-product...
By Laura Lovett January 15, 2018
Last week CES brought innovators from around the world to Las Vegas. But one event at CES was dedicated to creating innovations for the smallest people. This year participants in the Babytech Awards displayed a myriad of products from wearables that monitor a baby’s heartbeat to baby sleep coaches. There were five categories including healthy baby, fertility and pregnancy, baby safety, baby eats...
By Jonah Comstock January 15, 2018
A Danish AI system that can identify cardiac arrest from a 911 call 95 percent of the time might soon be coming to the US, according to a report in Fast Company.  Corti, which launched from the company of the same name in 2016, is an example of how AI can augment, not supplant, human healthcare workers. The AI runs in the background of an emergency dispatch call, analyzing not only the caller's...

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