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By Joshua Barrett and Dan Gebremedhin 11:41 am June 21, 2019
About the Authors: Joshua Barrett is a member of the 2019 Flare Capital Partners Scholar program and a third-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, who completed his MBA at the Columbia Business School. He plans to pursue a career in healthcare technology or life sciences investing. Dr. Dan Gebremedhin (@dangebremedhin) is a partner at Flare Capital Partners, a...
By Laura Lovett 03:35 pm June 20, 2019
Researchers in Australia found that a new app was effective in educating new and soon-to-be dads about breastfeeding, according to a study published in JMIR. Employing a combination of push notifications, gamification features and social connectivity tools, the Milk Man app aimed to engage fathers about breastfeeding. The study indicated that men given the platform were likely to download the app...
By Dave Muoio 03:12 pm June 20, 2019
New York’s Northwell Health has partnered with Chicago-based NowPow to offer the latter’s software platform to patients grappling with environmental and social detriments to their health. NowPow’s technology uses the diagnostic codes in patients’ health records to spot unmet non-medical needs, such as access to healthy food. From there, the platform’s algorithms match and recommend these patients...
By Jonah Comstock 02:15 pm June 20, 2019
Providence St. Joseph health spinout Xealth, which aims to create a prescribing infrastructure for digital health apps, has raised $3 million in new funding, an add-on that brings its previously announced Series A up to $14 million and the company’s total funding to $22.5 million. The three new investors in the round are all health systems who will be using the app with their doctors and patients...
By Laura Lovett 02:01 pm June 20, 2019
Facebook posts could be a window into more than just what you did last weekend. It turns out the language used in a Facebook post can predict if a user has a certain medication condition, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.  Academics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine set out to research if Facebook posts could predict conditions that were already recorded in a...
By Dave Muoio 01:50 pm June 20, 2019
HIV patients demonstrated greater adherence to their antiretroviral therapy (ART) following the use of a low-cost educational VR application, according to a new study published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research. Delivered in English and Spanish on a Dell Windows Mixed Reality headset, the seven-minute experience consisted of an interactive look at the cells and pathogens of a virtual...
By Jonah Comstock 03:58 pm June 19, 2019
Digital chronic condition management company Vida Health has raised $30 million in a strategic Series C round. Contributors to the round included Florida Blue parent company GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, telemedicine giant Teladoc Health and Workday Ventures, the investment arm of enterprise cloud software company Workday, all of which also announced new partnerships or integrations with...
By Paddy Padmanabhan 03:31 pm June 19, 2019
About the author: Paddy Padmanabhan is founder and CEO of Damo Consulting, a growth strategy and digital transformation advisory firm that works with healthcare enterprises and global technology companies, and author of The Big Unlock: Harnessing Data and Growing Digital Health Businesses in a Value-Based Era. Recent data from VC firm Rock Health on digital health funding numbers point to a...
By Dave Muoio 03:15 pm June 19, 2019
In an effort to tackle in-home cardiac arrest, University of Washington researchers have devised a novel contactless system that uses smartphones or voice-based personal assistants to identify telltale breathing patterns that accompany an attack. The proof-of-concept strategy, described in an NPJ Digital Medicine paper published this morning, involved a supervised machine learning model called a...
By Dave Muoio 02:30 pm June 17, 2019
The past week has seen two FDA clearances awarded to Israeli companies building artificial intelligence analysis tools for medical imaging. The first, announced last Tuesday, was Aidoc’s tool for triaging cervical spine fractures. Much like the company’s prior offerings, the new product analyzes images to prioritize high-risk cases for review by a radiologist, and does so within the specialist’s...