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By Laura Lovett May 14, 2019
Patients are becoming savvier consumers of healthcare. Like in other industries, technology is raising the convenience standards of the industry, but the patient journey has its own set of unique challenges, Cleveland Clinic executives said during this week's Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit.  “Healthcare can learn a lot from other industries. The vulnerability that our patients...
By Tammy Lovell May 14, 2019
Governments, industry and regulators worldwide are trying to make the pharmaceutical supply chain more bullet-proof and the use of blockchain based track and trace technology has been hailed as a possible solution. Blockchain is an electronic cryptographic ledger which creates an immutable record of all events throughout the supply chain, allowing digital information to be distributed without...
By Dean Koh May 14, 2019
Theranica, an Israel-based biomedical technology company focused on developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other prevalent diseases, announced that Omron Ventures has joined its $35M series B funding round, which was announced earlier this March. The investment sum by Omron Ventures has not been disclosed.  Omron Ventures, the venture capital arm of Japan-based Omron Corporation...

Mariusz Gralewski, CEO and founder of DocPlanner; Credit: DocPlanner

By Leontina Postelnicu May 14, 2019
DocPlanner has closed an €80m Series E funding round, it was announced this morning, bringing the total amount raised by the company to around €130m. The round was led by London-based One Peak Partners and Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing, with participation from Piton Capital and ENERN Investments, existing investors. DocPlanner, founded in Poland in 2012, is one of a number of players in...
By Dean Koh May 14, 2019
Although health tech and digital health startups have much to offer in terms of transforming healthcare, they often face the challenges of overcoming regulatory hurdles, which are especially stringent in healthcare for the safety of patients. In addition, clinicians can often be torn between being in medical practice and being involved in health tech innovation/research, particularly for those in...
By Dave Muoio May 13, 2019
Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel-based deep learning startup Zebra Medical Vision announced yesterday that it has received an 510(k) clearance for an artificial intelligence tool that can read medical imaging to identify potential cases of pneumothorax — a build-up of gas between a lung and the chest wall. The HealthPNX product scans a chest X-ray or digital radiography scan for signs of the condition,...
By Dave Muoio May 13, 2019
Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to a patent describing a means of monitoring a user’s health while they sleep, without the use of a smart device like the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. The patent, registered with the European Patent Office and spotted yesterday by Patently Apple, incorporates sensors placed near or remote to the patient to monitor individual, environmental, physiological...
By Laura Lovett May 13, 2019
Miscommunication and misinterpretation have long plagued text and email messaging. But when it comes to healthcare communication the stakes are high. Balancing efficiency and empathy in text communications can be a difficult task for medical teams.  “There are many ways in which we communicate digitally,” Dr. Richard Frankel, of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said this morning during...
By Dave Muoio May 13, 2019
Somerville, Massachusetts-based Podimetrics, maker of a connected device for diabetic foot ulcer detection, has raised $13.4 million in Series B funding. Rock Health, Norwich Ventures and Scientific Health Development each participated in the round. WHAT THEY DO Podimetrics’ platform consists of a cellular-connected SmartMat for use in the home, and a corresponding clinician-facing dashboard....
By Jonah Comstock May 13, 2019
Durham, North Carolina-based RelayOne has raised $500,000 in seed funding from Cofounders Capital, a tech-focused venture fund located in Cary, North Carolina. WHAT THEY DO Founded by two frustrated medical device sales reps, RelayOne is focused on solving communication issues in the operating room. The crux of the problem is that surgeries can often take a longer or shorter time than expected,...

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