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By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is expanding its collaboration with the City of Louisville, Kentucky, thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The new program, called Air Louisville will allow the city to collect data from sensors attached to 2,000 asthma inhalers, which can then be used for public health purposes. Chris Hogg, Propeller Health's chief operating officer...
By Aditi Pai March 23, 2015
San Francisco-based FirstLine Medical has launched its doctor consultation service, called FirstLine, available via iPhone app. The offering allows patients to call, text, or video chat with a doctor, similar to other doctor consultation offerings, but FirstLine goes one step further -- if users choose, they can also request a doctor to make an in-person visit to their home or office. FirstLine...
By Brian Dolan March 20, 2015
You can't avoid the term "patient engagement" in healthcare today, and for good reason. Health Affairs explains that "'patient activation' refers to a patient's knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage his or her own health and care," while "'patient engagement' is a broader concept that combines patient activation with interventions designed to increase activation and promote...
By Aditi Pai March 19, 2015
Some 75 percent of US adults said it is "very important" that their important health information can be easily shared between physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers, according to a survey of 1,011 adults conducted by ORC International. The Society of Participatory Medicine published the study. "What this survey points out is that when critical health information can't be shared...
By Jonah Comstock March 19, 2015
Modernizing Medicine has secured a $5 million investment, completing the $20 million funding round the company began last November. One of the investors in the round was IBM, through its $100 million fund to seed Watson innovations. The company is not disclosing the other investors. This investment brings the Modernizing Medicine's total funding to $49 million. As we reported last fall, ...
By Aditi Pai March 18, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona-based Orb Health has raised $650,000 from incubator Health Wildcatters, Green Park and Golf Ventures, and others, according to a post from MedCity News. Orb Health has developed a platform that helps patients and providers access a patient's lab data and wearable device health data. Patients can use the platform to sync data from their wearable devices and access their lab test...
By Aditi Pai March 18, 2015
Some 46 percent of healthcare professionals want to introduce smartphone apps into their practice within the next five years, according to a survey conducted by market research company Research Now of 500 healthcare professionals and 1,000 health app users in the US. Research Now defined healthcare professional as inclusive of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. While 16 percent of...
By Jonah Comstock March 18, 2015
San Francisco-based Conversa Health, which makes a digital patient engagement platform, has raised $2.5 million from undisclosed healthcare-focused angel investors. The company also announced the appointment of a new chief technology officer and the formation of its medical advisory board. This is the first funding announcement from the StartUp Health member. The round will bolster Conversa's...
By Jonah Comstock March 17, 2015
Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies, which makes mobile software and wearable devices for monitoring symptoms of Parkinson's disease, has released a new clinical version of its technology that supports continuous monitoring. Kinesia 360 is still a clinician-facing tool; it doesn't appear to be the direct-to-consumer offering the company promised last April when it received a $1.5 million NIH grant. "...
By Jonah Comstock March 17, 2015
The Project Emerge app at Johns Hopkins. As hospitals bring remote patient monitoring and connected apps into their intensive care units, they're finding opportunities to not just increase efficiency of care, but also to improve the experience of being in or of having a family member in the ICU, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ article focuses on three different...