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By Laura Lovett December 13, 2018
A class action lawsuit against Teladoc and two of its executives, which includes allegations of misleading or false statements, insider trading and an inappropriate sexual relationship at the company, has put the publicly traded telemedicine company in the spotlight. The suit was filed on behalf of anyone who purchased shares in the company between March 3, 2016 and December 5, 2018.  At the...
By Jonah Comstock December 13, 2018
Credentialing is a complicated but rarely discussed problem for doctors, health systems, and health plans. When a doctor wants to start a new job or enter a new payer’s network, their prospective hirer needs to gather a wide variety of certificates and credentials, a process that can take months or even a year. Anthony Begando, CEO of the Professional Credentials Exchange (ProCredEx), is looking...
By Dave Muoio December 13, 2018
Digital gastrointestinal health company Vivante Health has raised $6 million in Series A funding, according to an announcement. New York-based NFP Ventures and Nashville-based FCA Venture Partners participated in the round. What they do Headed by Livongo founder Dr. Kimon Angelides, Vivante makes a digital program for digestive health and disease called GIThrive that includes, among other tools,...
By Leontina Postelnicu December 13, 2018
Galway, Ireland-headquartered WhiteSwell has closed a $30m series B funding round to support a pivotal trial and advance the development of its therapy system for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). Heart failure occurs when the heart is not pumping enough blood to meet the needs of the body, with main symptoms including shortness of breath and feeling unusually tired,...

A pharmacy student models the SwipeRX app on her phone in Vietnam. Photo: mClinica

By Dean Koh December 12, 2018
The Singapore headquartered mClinica has recently reached a milestone to become the largest pharmacy data technology player in Southeast Asia: its platform is now being used by 1 in every 2 pharmacists in the Philippines, 1 in every 3 pharmacists in Indonesia and 1 in every 4 pharmacists in Vietnam. About one and a half years ago, mClinica started from just 1,500 pharmacy professionals in the...
By Tom Sullivan December 12, 2018
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett December 12, 2018
Ride share company Lyft has brought on Megan Callahan as its first VP of healthcare to advance its business as a non-emergency medical transportation supplier for hospitals. Callahan’s resume includes a chief strategy officer position at Change Healthcare and an SVP of corporate strategy and business development role at McKesson. “During this time of incredible growth, we have a unique...
By Laura Lovett December 12, 2018
Last week the Department of Homeland Security and Philips issued notices alerting the public to possible cyber security risks in Philip’s HealthSuite Health Android app.  The DHS said the risk was related to inadequate encryption strength and warned that it would not be difficult for hackers to exploit this vulnerability.  “Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker with...
By Dave Muoio December 12, 2018
A Stanford study recently published in npc Digital Medicine suggests that the iPhone’s step measurement capabilities are sufficient enough to monitor and measure patients’ activity remotely. However, the device’s built-in walking distance measurement algorithm is inconsistent, and should not be used when gauging a patients’ activity or building a patient monitoring app for conditions such as...

The view from outside Helsinki Children's Hospital. All photos by Jonah Comstock.

By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2018
Helsinki Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility that serves sick children from all over Finland, opened earlier this year with a price tag of €170 million, replacing an outdated facility from 1948. The building is a case study in patient-centered design and also includes a number of process innovations and digital technologies (including an iPad in each patient room). Along with a...

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