HxRefactored

By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2017
In the connected health space, hardware is becoming less and less important as sensors become commodified, according to two panelists at HXRefactored, a conference held in Boston this week. Instead, companies should focus on software, user experience, algorithms, and data analysis. “Dare to be a software company,” Propeller Health CTO Greg Tracy said, offering advice to other startups. “At the...
By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is now a decade old. The digital health company, which makes connected inhalers and patient- and provider-facing data analytics tools for respiratory diseases asthma and COPD, can hardly be considered a startup anymore. Nowadays the company has numerous published efficacy studies and business relationships with most major pharma companies in the...
By Aditi Pai April 5, 2016
Remote monitoring joint venture MedWand announced today at the HxRefactored event in Boston that a payer in Wisconsin has already filled an order for its device, which is still just a prototype. MedWand is a partnership between direct primary care company MedLion and engineering design firm Cypher Scientific. MedWand debuted its remote diagnostic device of the same name, at CES earlier this year...
By Jonah Comstock April 7, 2015
Quanttus's original research device. The current prototype is worn on the wrist. Quanttus, the stealthy Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that raised $19 million last year for a wearable vitals monitor is deep into clinical tests for its wristworn device, which is tackling the intractable problem of continuous blood pressure monitoring. "Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in...
By Jonah Comstock May 19, 2014
We've written about professional sports teams deploying mobile health tracking devices in basketball and cycling. Two years ago, Adidas added professional soccer to their list, and they've now equipped 19 teams in the United States and Europe with its miCoach Elite system. Several teams that have been training with the system are headed to Brazil next month for the World Cup. And in the future,...
By Jonah Comstock May 19, 2014
Photo courtesy Health 2.0 Getting early pilots, and the right pilots, can make a big difference in the success of early stage healthcare startups. That's why a number of digital health accelerators focus on forming strategic partnerships with hospitals and other stakeholders that can serve as pilot sites for their customers, including PilotHealth NYC, which is entirely focused on matching...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2014
After raising its first funding round ever last fall, and making its first acquisition in February, MyFitnessPal, the popular diet and fitness app, is starting to look for new revenue streams. "Currently we’re ad-supported. The company’s boot-strapped, it’s been around for about nine years and we only raised money last year," said MyFitnessPal VP of Engineering Vijay Raghunathan at HxRefactored...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2014
After Under Armour acquired MapMyFitness for $150 million last November, both companies more or less said that it would be "business as usual" post-acquisition, with MapMyFitness and Under Armour continuing to operate as they had before. At a talk at the HxRefactored event in Brooklyn this week, MapMyFitness co-founder and VP of Innovation Strategy Kevin Callahan shared some insights into how the...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2014
A clinical trial app from the Cleveland Clinic. Mobile health provides a large and serious opportunity for the improvement of clinical trials, but one that always seems to be just out of reach. It's something we've written about a few times before. But Joseph Kim, Director of Patient Recruitment and Engagement at Shire Pharmaceuticals, believes the way that patient drug trials need to innovate...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2014
At Health 2.0's HxRefactored event in Brooklyn, New York this week, a number of big names spoke frankly about the challenges of providing patients with their healthcare data. Participants described both technical challenges and larger policy issues with the sharing of healthcare data. Sean Nolan, head of the Microsoft HealthVault team, said that there are two truisms about healthcare data:...