Jeff Lagasse

By  Jeff Lagasse 01:43 pm July 19, 2017
Note: This article has been updated to clarify the claims being made by Milestone Scientific about its new technology. If Milestone Scientific has its way, epidural procedures will no longer be done blindly by feel.   The company has developed a technology that will be used for epidural procedures, and allows anesthesiologists and other clinicians the ability to determine the pressure at the tip...
By  Jeff Lagasse 01:41 pm July 19, 2017
On-skin sensors that monitor vital signs can often cause inflammation, but that may be about to change. According to a new study in Nature Nanotechnology, a new approach to this technology using a nanomesh structure could have positive implications for long-term health monitoring.   The new sensors are inflammation-free, are very gas permeable, and they’re thin and lightweight, without the use of...
By  Jeff Lagasse 03:44 pm July 18, 2017
Now that Runkeeper has joined ASICS as part of the latter’s recent acquisition, Dan Smith, Runkeeper’s CEO, will have a new role -- head of global digital for ASICS. Smith was chief operating officer at RunKeeper prior to becoming CEO in January, taking over for founder Jason Jacobs. Jacobs will remain on in an advisory role. “This has been a long time coming,” Jacobs wrote in a post on medium...
By  Jeff Lagasse 03:37 pm July 18, 2017
K4Connect, a technology company focused on seniors and those with disabilities, has partnered up with Garmin International on wearable devices geared toward residents of senior living communities, as well as staff and operators.   The devices will be part of K4Community, K4Connect’s “connected-life” platform. The idea is to give senior living residents a means of tracking their wellness and...
By  Jeff Lagasse 02:38 pm July 18, 2017
Wearable technology company iBeat has gotten a fresh injection of cash, scoring another $3 million in funding to bring its total seed stage funding to $4.5 million. In addition to a health records platform, iBeat is now building a new wearable device that monitors and analyzes users’ heart activity.   Along with the funds come a slew of new investors, including WTI, SV Tech Ventures, Sidekick...
By  Jeff Lagasse 03:41 pm July 17, 2017
Portland, Oregon-based Bright.md has scored a fresh injection of cash in an $8 million Series B funding round aimed at improving patient care and lowering healthcare costs for clinicians. B Capital Group led the round with participation from return backer Seven Peaks Ventures. The funding, which was announced on Monday, will go toward market development for Bright.md’s cloud-based artificial...
By  Jeff Lagasse 02:59 pm July 17, 2017
Abbott and Bigfoot Biomedical have entered into an agreement to develop and commercialize diabetes management systems, integrating Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology with Bigfoot's insulin delivery solutions.    Under the agreement, Abbott will supply glucose measurement sensors for all of Bigfoot's insulin delivery systems in the U.S. as the exclusive sensors for those systems...
By  Jeff Lagasse 02:18 pm July 17, 2017
Novo Nordisk and Glooko are working together to help people manage diabetes from their phones. The companies have partnered on the Cornerstones4Care Powered by Glooko, an app melding Novo Nordisk’s knowledge of diabetes and personalized patient support with Glooko’s digital platform and data analytics know-how. The idea behind the app is to provide, for people with diabetes, a means of measuring...
By  Jeff Lagasse 06:07 pm March 27, 2017
As lawmakers on Capitol Hill wrangle over the fate of the Affordable Care Act and its would-be replacement, the American Health Care Act, the National Academy of Medicine said its four main priorities for fixing the country's healthcare industry include continuing the shift from fee-for-service to value based payment models; empowering people to be fully engaged in their healthcare decisions;...
By  Jeff Lagasse 02:43 pm March 7, 2017
For health plans and employers, one of the key attractions of telehealth is the potential savings involved in replacing physician office and emergency department visits with less expensive virtual visits. But new findings published in the journal Health Affairs suggest that telehealth may increase overall healthcare spending by increasing utilization. In fact, in looking at commercial claims data...