Jeff Lagasse

August 2, 2017
Personal genetics company 23andMe will be teaming up with the Milken Institute, a think tank, and pharmaceutical company Lundbeck to drive enrollment for a genetic study designed to grasp the underlying biology of major depressive and bipolar disorders.   The study will combine cognitive assessments with genetic data and survey responses to assess how genes influence brain processes -- such as...
August 2, 2017
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, a subsidiary of Quality Systems, has agreed to plunk down $26 million to acquire EagleDream Health, a cloud-based analytics outfit that optimizes practice performance using clinical, financial and administrative data. The deal is expected to close this quarter, pending all the customary closing conditions.   NextGen is a healthcare information technology...
August 1, 2017
Schlegel Villages, which operates 19 longterm care and retirement villages across Ontario, Canada, wanted to deliver top-shelf care and amenities to its residents. So it tapped Aruba. Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, operates the Aruba Gigabit wireless network, which Schlegel Villages now uses not only to bolster its care delivery but improve efficiencies for about 4,800 full- and...
August 1, 2017
Medicines aren’t the only tools that biopharma companies like Sanofi are using to help patients. Information technology has become a key tool in every part of Sanofi’s business, and among the most important digital tools are data and analytics; they enable the company to apply insights gained from real world evidence to the discovery, development and delivery of new medicines.   To advance that...
July 31, 2017
Doctors at The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital are testing a high-tech vest which measures fluid inside the lungs from outside a person’s clothing. It could potentially be a new way to prevent repeated trips to the hospital for the nearly six million Americans living with heart failure.   The SensiVest, created by Sensible Medical, uses radar technology that was first used by...
July 31, 2017
While the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act imploded last week, that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from introducing bills that would make tweaks to the healthcare system in smaller ways. One such bill, sponsored by Reps. Doris Matsui, (D-California), and Bill Johnson, (R-Ohio), would expand the use of telemedicine to reduce costs.   The bill, the Evidence-Based Telehealth...
July 27, 2017
Cardiogram, a startup working on algorithms to make the Apple Watch’s heart rate data clinically actionable, is launching two new features for the Apple Watch that aim to help people stay more active this summer: Leaderboards and Workout Zones. Leaderboards is geared toward those who want to inject some friendly competition into their active lifestyles. Friends can compete with one another and...
July 27, 2017
Now Healthcare Group has become the first --  and to date, the only -- telehealth GP service provider in the United Kingdom to be declared “safe,” by the UK's Care Quality Commission, meeting all regulations put forth by the commission's new digital health reporting guidelines.   Following a recent inspection on June 14, Now Healthcare Group was found to be meeting all necessary criteria across...
July 27, 2017
More than 500,000 births occur each year in the state of California, but deciding where to get care can often be a difficult process for consumers. That’s where a new partnership between Yelp and the California Health Care Foundation comes in.   Thanks to the partnership, maternity care measures are now being displayed for the roughly 250 hospitals that deliver babies in the state. These measures...
July 26, 2017
San Francisco-based digital health coaching startup Vida Health has demonstrated in the past that it’s effective at helping people lose weight, but The Journal of Internet Medicine recently published a study from the University of California San Francisco that quantifies this efficacy. Almost 29 percent of participants lost an average of 9.5 percent of their body weight; 86 percent of those with...