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By Laura Lovett December 6, 2017
Using wearable sensors, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new method for tracking how nurses in the intensive care unit (ICU) spend their shifts.  The method uses a Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER) system, where nurses wear nonintrusive sensors during their shift. Routers placed around the unit track the devices worn by the nurses so researchers can see what...
By Dave Muoio December 6, 2017
As the cost of medical treatment continues to increase, many startups are exploring how they can deliver comparable care at a fraction of the price. Among these is Rexuti, a software-based online platform that promises to lessen the burden on traditional healthcare systems by cheaply diagnosing common ailments through algorithms, questionnaires, and remote practitioners. “In some ways what we’re...
By Dave Muoio December 6, 2017
China-based Medlinker, a social networking platform for doctors, has raised approximately $60 million (400 million yuan) in Series C funding, Chinese investment publications report. The round was led by China Electronics Corporation Data (CEC Data), part of a state-owned conglomerate, with additional participation from China Renaissance, Sequoia Capital China, and Tencent Holdings. According to...
By Laura Lovett December 5, 2017
Diabetes management company Health2Sync is looking to expand its operation into Japan after raising $6 million in Series B investments led by Sompo Holdings, one of Japan’s largest insurance companies.  “Japan is one of the world’s largest markets in diabetes-related spending and it is crucial to have a local partner as it can also be viewed as a difficult market to penetrate,” Ed Deng, cofounder...
By Laura Lovett December 5, 2017
Boston-based health transportation company Circulation has announced a partnership with Lyft that would allow its customers to use the ride-sharing service.  “We are pretty passionate about building out a full transportation network that will have many ride option in it,” Robin Heffernan, CEO and cofounder of Circulation, told MobiHealthNews.  Circulation's decision to collaborate was partially...
By Dave Muoio December 5, 2017
When mobile users perform a Google search for PTSD or a related query on their mobile device, the search engine will now automatically offer them resources and a validated screening questionnaire for the condition.  The effort — a partnership between Google, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD — looks to increase the...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2017
Under Armour announced a number of executive changes that affect the sports apparel company’s Connected Fitness business, including the departure of MyFitnessPal founders Mike and Albert Lee, the company’s Chief Digital Officer and SVP Digital Product, respectively. “We're appreciative of the nearly three years that Mike and Al have fully and generously served at Under Armour following the...
By Laura Lovett December 5, 2017
Google’s Sidewalk, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is diving into community health after launching Cityblock, a startup focused on reinventing urban health, back in October. Cityblock aims to address the health disparity in lower socio-economic urban communities by providing preventive medicine and access to resources.  “There’s a problem in our cities: whole neighborhoods are sick," Iyah Romm,...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2017
When Fitbit announced, after months of hints and rumors, that it was launching a smartwatch, it seemed likely that the answer to one big question would determine whether the health and fitness company could succeed: Could Fitbit build an app store to compete with the Apple Watch's? Now, the app store in question, Fitbit's App Gallery, is finally starting to take shape. Fitbit announced today that...
By Dave Muoio December 5, 2017
Last week, hundreds of digital health entrepreneurs, investors, and executives met in Boston for the annual Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit. Among the more frequently discussed trends and technologies was artificial intelligence — its promise, its stumbles, and how it should be implemented to best serve healthcare. “I started marketing Watson for Oncology in January of 2016. I’m almost...

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