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By Dean Koh August 28, 2019
Singapore-based digital health startup WhiteCoat announced a partnership with Grab, a transportation network company which provides ride-hailing and food delivery services, to enhance its medication delivery services via GrabExpress, the on-demand, door-to-door courier and parcel delivery service. Through the collaboration, patients can conveniently and quickly receive their prescribed medication...
By Laura Lovett August 22, 2019
This morning Shanghai-based CareVoice, a digital health startup targeting the insurance market, announced an eight-figure Series A raise totaling roughly $10 million, according to the startup. The new cash round was co-led by LUN Partners Group and an unnamed fintech fund with participation from DNA Capital, SoSV and Artesian Capital.  This comes about a year and a half after the company...

Photo: Fitbit

By Dean Koh August 21, 2019
Fitbit announced yesterday that it will be collaborating with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) on a healthy population project in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative. The HPB is Singapore’s government agency that implements policy and programmes to improve the nation’s health, and a statutory board under the Ministry of Health (MOH). This is Fitbit’s first major integration of...

Above photo: Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (left), Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative officiated the launch of Catalyst on August 19, 2019. Credit: Catalyst

By Dean Koh August 20, 2019
Singapore-based medtech startup Aardvark Labs and Padang & Co, an innovation catalyst, joined forces to launch Catalyst, a co-working space which aims to creates new partnerships that deliver real health outcomes and meaningful business impact in the healthcare industry. At Catalyst’s official launch on August 19, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between Aardvark Labs and...

Credit: Ping An Good Doctor

By Dean Koh August 19, 2019
China’s one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform Ping An Good Doctor, officially launched its Private Doctor service last week in China on August 13. On the same day of launch, the company also entered into partnership with 29 companies including China Mobile Internet, BAIC Group, China CITIC Bank, Wyeth Nutrition, China Everbright Bank, Minsheng Life, Pearl River Life and PKU Founder Life. The 29...

Above photo: Cole Sirucek, Co-founder & CEO of DocDoc. Credit: DocDoc

By Dean Koh August 7, 2019
DocDoc, a virtual network of physicians and hospitals supporting patients to find quality medical care in Asia, announced that it has raised $13M in its latest institutional capital round. The financing was done on a convertible note and was led by Adamas Finance Asia Limited (ADAM), a London-listed investment company, alongside leading regional family offices, a fund managed by a global...
By Dean Koh August 6, 2019
Hot on the heels on being granted a US patent for pain assessment invention last month, Australia-based PainChek, developer of the world’s first smart phone-based pain assessment and monitoring app, has received regulatory approval from Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for the use of the PainChek app in the market. PainChek has also entered a two-year license agreement with Singapore-...
By Dean Koh August 5, 2019
Hong-Kong headquartered life insurance company Prudential announced that it will partner with telemedicine provider MyDoc to offer consumers access to value-added health services on their mobile phones, including doctor consultations, electronic prescriptions and electronic medical certificates. MyDoc's services will be integrated into Pulse by Prudential, the first app of its kind in the region...

Above: A graphic that demonstrates how the smartphone virus scanner works. The virus-containing cavities are 4.5 micrometres across and 9 micrometres apart. Credit: © 2019 Minagawa et al.

By Dean Koh August 4, 2019
Most of us are similar with ‘viruses’ and malware relating to our computers or smartphones, but Yoshihiro Minagawa, a researcher from the University of Tokyo has taken it on literally – he has invented a portable, low-cost, battery-powered device that pairs with a smartphone, which was tested with viruses but could also detect other biological markers. His initial findings, together with other...

Credit: Halodoc

By Dean Koh July 26, 2019
Indonesia-based healthtech platform Halodoc announced that it has secured additional funding from strategic investors including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allianz X and Prudential. Allianz and Prudential provide insurance services in Indonesia and are users of Halodoc's services. The funds will be used to further Halodoc's commitment to simplify healthcare through technology in...

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