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By Laura Lovett May 21, 2019
This morning, digital fitness company Aaptiv released its new artificial-intelligence-enabled trainer the Aaptiv Coach. The new technology uses a proprietary algorithm to personalize fitness routines and lifestyle tips to each user.  The coach was designed to give users a daily structure and help them fit workouts into their routines. It will also give users specific Aaptiv workouts that will...
By Dave Muoio May 21, 2019
Minneapolis-based NightWare — maker of a smartwatch therapeutic for people with nightmare disorder and PTSD-driven nightmares — has received breakthrough therapy designation for its in-development product. In addition, the company is launching two new placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials for its digital intervention, one of which is being conducted within Department of Veterans Affairs...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2019
New York’s Northwell Health is a few years into the rollout of its digital patient experience, a reinvention of the hospital’s website and patient outreach tools. At the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit last week, an event co-organized by HIMSS, Northwell Chief Experience Officer Sven Gierlinger and Emily Kagan Trenchard, VP of digital and innovation strategy, laid out some of the...

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By Laura Lovett May 21, 2019
Public health departments are now getting a little bit of help from Facebook to map out where diseases are spreading worldwide. The social media giant recently launched three new maps aimed at helping public health officials tackle the problem of pinpointing where diseases are present and spreading. The new additions include high-resolution population density maps with demographic estimates,...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2019
Boston Children’s spinout Mightier, which makes biofeedback games to help children improve their emotional resilience, has raised $6.6 million in Series A funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $10.1 million. Foxkiser led the round, with additional contributions from new investors Asset Management Ventures and FundRx, and existing investors including Founder Collective, Slow Ventures...
By Dave Muoio May 21, 2019
Cala Health, a wearable neuromodulation therapy startup focused on chronic diseases, has closed a $50 million Series C financing round. Novartis, Baird Capital, LifeSci Venture Partners, TriVentures and other unnamed backers participated, as did returning investors JJDC, Lux Capital, Lightstone Ventures, Action Potential Venture Capital, dRx Capital and GV. WHAT THEY DO Stanford University...
By Laura Lovett May 21, 2019
This morning, artificial-intelligence-enabled monitoring and decision support platform Biofourmis announced a $35 million Series B raise. The round was led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures with participation from EDBI, Jianke and existing investors Openspace Ventures, Aviva Ventures and SGInnovate.  The funding announcement coincided with the news that the Singaporean company will be...
By Dave Muoio May 21, 2019
This morning Verily announced a series of new strategic partnerships with four global pharmaceutical companies that will bring low-burden digital data collection and analysis tools to clinical research projects. Alongside Novartis, Otsuka, Pfizer and Sanofi, the Alphabet subsidiary will employ its Project Baseline platform to increase the number and diversity of study populations by making it...

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By Laura Lovett May 20, 2019
Using a smartphone and a paper funnel, researchers from the University of Washington have created a system that can detect fluid in the middle ear, which causes ear infections. According to a new study published by the Science Translational Medicine journal, the smartphone-based machine learning algorithm app can be used to identify pediatric patients with the condition.  Authors of the study...
By Dave Muoio May 20, 2019
Easy access CME. The American Medical Association has launched an online continuing medical education (CME) tool for healthcare workers. The tool, called AMA Ed Hub, allows clinicians to earn, track and report CME credits across a range of topics and specialities, and includes content from sources like the JAMA Network’s JN Learning and the American College of Radiology. “The AMA is committed to...

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