Connected monitor maker CareTaker Medical secures $3.4M investment

Charlottesville, Virginia-based connected monitor company CareTaker Medical has closed a $3.4 million investment. The funding round was led by IrishAngels, KOFA Healthcare, and Jaffray Woodriff, with participation from other new and existing investors.

The company’s new funds will be used to accelerate global commercialization of the device, according to a statement.

Nebula Genomics, Longenesis team up to create life data ecosystem, data sharing platforms

DNA, health records, and blood test results are not only intimately personal, they are also a valuable asset to researchers. Recently a smattering of companies have been working to create a market for people to share and sell their personal data to researchers and healthcare players. Those efforts are going one step further, as two growing names in the health data and blockchain industry are teaming up. 

Verily submitted patent application for smart diaper able to detect, differentiate between waste

Verily Life Sciences has filed a patent application for a “smart diaper” carrying a sensor for detecting and differentiating between feces and urine. The diaper would also contain a transmitter capable of wirelessly communicating whether waste is present to a separate device via Bluetooth, WiFi, or other means.

BrainQ's AI-backed neurodisorder therapies collect $5.3M

Jerusalem, Israel-based BrainQ has raised $5.3 million in its latest funding rounding, bringing the digital neurodisorder therapy company’s total funding to $8.8 million. Participants in the round included Qure Ventures, OurCrowd.com, Norma Investments, IT-Farm, and other angel investors.

Survey: Nine out of ten doctors worry about negative online reviews

In a survey of 200 healthcare professionals, 80 percent rated their online reputation as very or extremely important and 90 percent expressed concern about the risks of negative feedback. But only 46 percent of respondents were planning to put resources toward improving that reputation in the next year.

Virtual bike tour, exercise game combat mild cognitive impairment in small study

A recent investigation of seniors with mild cognitive impairment suggested that pairing regular exercise with mental stimuli — in this case, screens depicting a virtual bike ride or an exercise-driven video game — could lead to greater cognitive benefits than prescribed exercise alone.

Digital health news briefs for 5/15/18

Machine learning helps docs view the brain.  Automated cerebrovascular imaging company iSchemaView has just released its latest product Rapid Aspect, a digital imaging tool that helps clinicians assess early signs of brain ischemia in stroke patients. The technology will automatically generate a standardized score for physicians based on machine learning algorithms. The product is designed to help doctors communicate the ischemic changes in a patient's brain, and determine if a patient needs a clot removal.