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By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2018
The rise of consumerism in healthcare might seem like new ground to people in the industry, but when other industries are considered, that ground starts to look well-trodden. Customer service, customer satisfaction, and customer loyalty have been the North Star in other industries for years -- now it’s on hospitals to translate those values and skills into patient satisfaction and patient loyalty...
By Dave Muoio February 15, 2018
Pharma giant Roche is set to acquire oncology EHR software firm Flatiron Health in the first half of 2018, the companies announced today in a statement. Roche will pay an additional $1.9 billion over the millions it had already invested into the company in 2016, and as a result of the deal will control all shares of Flatiron Health. “This is an important step in our personalized healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock February 15, 2018
San Francisco-based FareWell is changing its name to Better Therapeutics, a rebranding that reflects the company’s shift in focus from weight loss and disease prevention to digital therapeutics to treat chronic diseases. To punctuate that shift, Better Therapeutics is announcing the name change on the same day as the publication of a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research that...
By Laura Lovett February 15, 2018
Yesterday, Redwood City, California-based HeartFlow, a company that specializes in creating computerized heart models to treat coronary diseases, announced that it landed $240 million in series E funding led by Wellington Management Company and Baillie Gifford & Company.  “This financing will enable us to drive commercial success of the HeartFlow Analysis, which is poised to become the global...
February 15, 2018
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb released the agency’s budget requests for fiscal 2018 Tuesday, outlining digital health plans for the year. The budget proposed by the Trump Administration would give the FDA $5.8 billion, an increase of $673 million, and would include an additional $190 million for new user fee funding. The requested budget would support the FDA’s...
By Dave Muoio February 15, 2018
Insulin dose tool gains CE Mark. DreaMed Diabetes has received a CE Mark for its Type 1-focused clinical decision support (CDS) platform, Advisor Pro. The tool’s algorithms process data from a number of connected diabetes management devices to provide a personalized insulin dosing treatment plan. The software achieved similar glycemic control when compared to medical experts during pilot studies...
By Laura Lovett February 15, 2018
This week Nokia Technologies announced both a strategic review of the digital health department and an update on its cost saving reduction plan, which could result in substantial layoffs. This comes not two years after Nokia created its digital health unit through the acquisition of French digital health company Withings for $191 million. According to Nokia, however, the strategic review and job...
By Dave Muoio February 15, 2018
As new technologies and consumer-focused strategies continue their takeover of the healthcare industry, health systems will have to adjust their care models or be left in the dust. Rewiring an incumbent healthcare enterprise is no easy feat, however, and nearly every decision and assumption made along the way is a potential pitfall that requires an open mind. “Team-based, technology-enabled,...
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2018
When Suneel Gupta founded Rise Health in 2013, his inspiration was his father. He shared with MobiHealthNews that he started the digital health company after seeing his father struggle with making lifestyle changes after a triple bypass surgery. But for Gupta's latest endeavor — a Democratic run for Michigan's hotly-contested 11th District — it's his mother who serves as his inspiration. "My mom...
By Laura Lovett February 14, 2018
A small study recently published in Translational Psychiatry showed that people living with schizophrenia could use a video game paired with an MRI scanner to curb verbal hallucinations. Specifically, researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience found that after the training people with schizophrenia were able to better control the verbal region in...

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