Lab test results through Apple's EHR, Microsoft HoloLens for heart surgeons, and more digital health news briefs

Also: Funding announcements for Think Research, Kinetic and Aura.
By Dave Muoio
02:52 pm

Accessing lab results on iPhones. LabCorp announced this week that it will be integrating with Apple's Health Record app, allowing patients to more easily access and manage lab test results produced by the company. These results will be viewable alongside health data provided by other healthcare services who have integrated with the app, so long as the user has a LabCorp Patient account.

“Our strategy to support the increasingly engaged healthcare consumer is a critical part of our mission to improve health and improve lives,” David P. King, chairman and CEO of LabCorp, said in a statement. “LabCorp on Health Records will help provide healthcare consumers with a more holistic view of their health. Laboratory test results are central to medical decision making, and broadening access to this information will help patients take charge of their health and wellness, and lead to more informed dialogues between patients and their healthcare providers.”

Clinical support tool maker raises $25M. Toronto-based Think Research, a company that makes a suite of digital clinical support tools, has raised $25 million from Fidelity Investments Canada ULC, Kayne Partners, Canaccord Genuity Group and National Bank of Canada. According to the company, which said that it has hundreds of clients in Ontario and early adoption in the US and Europe, the funding will be used to further build up its product line, expand into new markets and develop more advanced machine learning capabilities for its service.

“Think Research’s expansion over the past 12 months, particularly into the healthcare market in the United States, has us very confident that the Company is well-positioned to continue accelerating the adoption rate for their suite of digital support tools on both sides of the border,” Nishita Cummings, a partner at Kayne Partners, said in a statement. “Our investment will help ensure they remain a leader in this sector as more and more hospitals and facilities look for cost-effective digital solutions that fit within their existing systems.”

Workplace safety wearable wins $4.5M. Kinetic, maker of a wearable device that monitors for unsafe postures and activity among deskless or active workers, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from Crosslink Capital, Primary Venture Partners and others.

The Reflex device attaches to a worker’s belt, records unsafe posture or activity for managerial review, and alerts the wearer when it detects these postures with a vibration. According to a statement released yesterday, Kinetic plans to use these funds to expand its manufacturing capabilities and grow its business.

"What excites us about Kinetic is the ability to simultaneously impact both safety and operational efficiency for deskless workers,” Brad Svrluga, a general partner at Primary Venture Partners, said in a statement. “Over the past few years, I've watched the Kinetic team work tirelessly to find the right way to address these challenges. The company is showing impressive results with a wide range of leading employers, and we are thrilled to partner with them as they change the nature of work for this often-overlooked category.”

HoloLens for heart surgeons. A team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Center have detailed how Microsoft’s HoloLens could be used to create 3D holographic visualization of heart scarring. Published in PLoS One, the breakdown describes how these images could be created and displayed for cardiologists as they conduct a procedure using the stand-alone augmented reality device.

“Augmented reality allows physicians to superimpose images, such as MRI or CT scans, as a guide during therapeutic intervention,” Jihye Jang, a PhD candidate at the center, said in a statement. “Our report shows exciting potential that having this complex 3D scar information through augmented reality during the intervention may help guide treatment and ultimately improve patient care. Physicians can now use AR to view 3D cardiac MR information with a touchless interaction in sterile environment.”

Meditation, coaching app collects $2.7M. Aura, a free-to-download daily meditation and emotional wellbeing app, has received $2.7 million in seed funding in a round led by Cowboy Venture and Reach Capital, TechCrunch reports. The investment will be used to expand the company’s development team and secure new content for the app, which currently includes guided meditations, calming nature sounds and music, short stories and life coaching videos.

“At Reach, we often ask how we can empower people to achieve at their fullest potential,” Reach Capital Partner Wayee Chu said in a statement obtained by TechCrunch. “We are thrilled to be supporting two founders who are not only deeply driven by their own personal narrative in living with a family member with a mental illness, but who have committed themselves in building a world-class technology and tool to empower others in building a regular mental health and wellness practice.”


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