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By Heather Mack September 28, 2016
As part of an initiative from Health 2.0’s Technology for Healthy Communities, a Medi-Cal managed care organization will get an infusion of digital health tools to better serve their at-risk community. The San Leandro-based Community Health Center Network is partnering with San Francisco-based Welkin Health, which specializes in patient relationship management through messaging services and...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2016
StartUp Health has launched its second regional affiliate program, following the launch of a Finland-focused program in May. The new program is closer to home for StartUp Health, as the accelerator is launching a Colorado group. “We are proud to see the launch of StartUp Health Colorado and welcome its global community of Health Transformers,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in a...
September 28, 2016
In response to the Zika outbreak, University of Arizona's College of Public health researchers and the UA Bio Computing Facility have released a crowd-sourcing mobile app to track the disease and help detect outbreaks. The community-based disease detection system, Kidenga, allows public health investigators to both track mosquito-populations within a community and identify those experiencing Zika...
By Heather Mack September 28, 2016
Chronic disease management not only eats up upwards of 85 percent of US healthcare spending, it also accounts for seven out of 10 US deaths per year. So innovation in this sector is critical, but must take many forms, a panel of digital health companies said at Health 2.0. “We can quote, all day, stats for chronic disease spending, and if we don’t work to reverse this trend, that amount will...
By Heather Mack September 28, 2016
This year has proven to be a time of reckoning for digital health funding, with few IPOs living up to their expectations, venture capital funds becoming more selective, and scrutiny of startups increasing, said a panel of investors at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara. That said, however, money is still flowing into the industry, but expect a shift in the next year, with more private-to-private mergers...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2016
Abbott has received FDA Clearance for its FreeStyle Libre Pro system, a key milestone in bringing the company's unique take on the continuous glucose monitor to the United States. In Europe, where the system has had CE Mark clearance since September 2014, there is both a prescription and over-the-counter version available and the latter is smartphone compatible. "FreeStyle Libre Pro transforms...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2016
Norwalk, Connecticut-based QueueDr, which uses text messages to help doctors fill last minute cancellations, has raised $1.2 million from Rolling Hill Ventures. The funding, which is the first post-seed round for the three-year-old company, will be used to accelerate the company’s growth, according to CEO Patrick Randolph. Previous investors include Launchpad Digital Health and 500 Startups....
By Heather Mack September 27, 2016
Palo Alto-based healthcare app and analytics platform Medable announced the launch of Axon, a SmartStudy system that enables researchers to create and deploy ResearchKit app for clinical trials or research studies on their own, without having to work with a developer. The company formally introduced the offering at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara.  “Once ReasearchKit came out, we immediately saw a huge...
By Jonah Comstock September 27, 2016
The future of pharma is going to involve some major culture shifts for a business that has long been focused on slow development cycles, proprietary molecules, and close-held secrets. That’s the word from representatives from Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Healthware International and BTG, a group that ran the gamut from small to big pharma at yesterday’s Pharma Roundtable onsite at Health 2.0 in...
By Heather Mack September 27, 2016
Israel-based Beyond Verbal, which makes voice recognition software to analyze human emotion, is now moving its work into health and wellness with the launch of the Beyond mHealth Research platform. The goal is to identify physiological markers through the voice that may indicate various health related issues. Researchers can now integrate Beyond Verbal's API into any type of application and...

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