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By Jonah Comstock July 24, 2017
Figure 1, the Instagram-like social network for doctors to share medical images, and CrowdMed, a platform for crowdsourcing medical mysteries, have been compared to each other since they were both founded in 2012. But now the creators of the two platforms have decided the time is right to collaborate. CrowdMed launched a Figure 1 account recently with the dual goals of enticing some of the...
By Jeff Lagasse July 24, 2017
Weight loss app Lose It!, which boasts 30 million users and more than 50 million pounds lost, has launched embodyDNA, a DNA-based weight loss plan that personalizes results using an interactive app-based interface. Lose It! developed embodyDNA, which offers customized recommendations on food and beverage consumption and physical activities, in collaboration with Helix, a personal genomics company...
By Jeff Lagasse July 24, 2017
WebMD Health Corp., operators of the popular WebMD website, is being acquired by Internet Brands, a portfolio company of KKR, for about $2.8 billion. A subsidiary of Internet Brands will float a tender offer in the next 10 business days to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of WebMD common stock for $66.50 per share, to be paid in cash when the transaction’s a done deal. The...
By Jonah Comstock July 24, 2017
San Francisco and London-based Hinge Health, which makes a scalable digital health program for treating musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, has raised $8 million in a new round of funding led by Atomico. All the company’s seed investors, including Eleven Two Capital and The Vertical Group, also participated in the round. Hinge Health is using digital health technology, including wearables and apps...
By Jeff Lagasse July 21, 2017
The FDA has been a busy agency these past few months. The second quarter of 2017 has seen a flurry of clearances, many for technologies that continue the trend toward mobile, or even wearable devices. It’s been a good period for those with diabetes, sleep disorders and traumatic injury, not to mention those just looking to maintain and manage their health – with a little digital help, of course....
By Jeff Lagasse July 20, 2017
When Google Glass was first launched, it was targeted primarily to consumers, the idea being that they would be able to access the web within their line of vision utilizing what was billed as sleek and stylish technology. But it may have found new life in professional settings, including healthcare, where clinicians are using it to increase efficiency.   Dignity Health has been among the first to...
By Jeff Lagasse July 20, 2017
Protenus, a patient protection solution aimed at preventing health data breaches, has undergone a $3 million extension of its Series A funding round, led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures with participation from F-Prime Capital Partners and existing investor LionBird Venture Partners. The new investment will be used to bolster its product, expand its offerings and accelerate sales growth. The move...
By Jeff Lagasse July 20, 2017
Global digital health outfit DarioHealth Corp., which emphasises mobile health and data solutions, has been granted Pre-market Notification (510(k)) clearance for the Dario app on certain Android mobile devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dario is a glucose meter that syncs with a companion app. The device, which is small enough to fit in someone’s pocket, consists of a glucose...
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2017
When a hospital wants to deploy a new technology, a major decision is whether to partner with a company or build it themselves. Building something uses a lot more resource, but the tradeoff is control — the organization can create exactly what they need. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is one of a handful of hospitals around the country that’s discovered a third option. By partnering...
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2017
Between experiments with virtual reality, iPads for patient engagement, a novel surgery simulation center, and many pilots from its in-house startup accelerator, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has a lot of innovation irons in the fire. But the 958-bed hospital manages all these different by holding onto a handful of guiding principles and by being intentional about the innovation...

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