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By Dean Koh February 14, 2019
Burning Rock Biotech, which was founded in 2014 and focuses on NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing) diagnostics solutions for precision medicine in oncology, today announced the closing of the Series C financing totaling RMB 850 million. The financing was led by GIC, followed by LYFE Capital, CMB International Capital, Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV), Sequoia Capital China and T&Brothers Capital. The...
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By Leontina Postelnicu February 14, 2019
New research published in the BMJ this week has shown that access to online decision support and feedback for UK GPs led to a decrease in the number of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory illness by 12 percent. A team from the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences at King’s College London carried out the year-long trial, funded by National Institute for Health...
By Dave Muoio February 13, 2019
A patient’s care often extends beyond the time spent within the hospital itself. Unfortunately, even the best efforts of a care team to craft and communicate a long-term health management plan is subject to a raft of pitfalls that, ultimately, can hinder patients’ adherence and outcomes. “[Care plans] are often fragmented, less collaborative and less conversational than we’d like them to be, and...
By Jonah Comstock February 13, 2019
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have crossed the threshold from theory and pilots to real implementations in hospitals. But the reality of machine learning’s role is a bit different from the idyllic vision of IBM Watson reading the New England Journal of Medicine and setting a care plan, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO Dr. John Halamka said in a talk today at the Innovation...
By Laura Lovett February 13, 2019
Innovation is one of those buzzwords that float around conference halls and boardrooms. But startup competitions are one place where the lay person can get a peek into new technologies as they emerge. Now in its thirteenth year running, the HIMSS Pitch Competition featured seven startups described as “Series A ready.” This year, the contestants ranged from a digital health company focused on...
By Jonah Comstock February 13, 2019
At Monday’s Patient Engagement and Experience Summit at HIMSS19, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer Dr. Adrienne Boissy took the stage to answer some attendee questions about the state of patient engagement. While the discussion was wide-ranging, an overall theme shined through: the importance of empathy. Read on for some patient engagement lessons. 1. Don’t mix up patient data with...
By Dave Muoio February 13, 2019
The aging population’s caregiving needs are growing as quickly as the demographic, and a slew of new tech-based products for seniors, their families and providers are cropping up each day in response. But despite the potential voice-first interfaces and inconspicuous sensor-equipped wearables, analysts discussing the senior care technology market at HIMSS19 noted that long-term adoption is...
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By Laura Lovett February 13, 2019
Digital health has been making care more accessible and cost effective in the past couple of years, particularly in central and east African countries. The most recent issue of the HIMSS Insights eBook, released this week during the HIMSS19 conference taking place in Orlando, looks at innovators addressing the challenges and the needs of the region with the advent of digital health technologies...
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By Piers Ford February 13, 2019
Mendelian, a UK healthtech startup, has received a £500,000 grant from Innovate UK to build platforms that will help GPs to identify NHS patients with potentially rare or hard-to-diagnose conditions and diseases more quickly. The two-year £940,000 project is based on Mendelian’s specialised screening system, which provides augmented and automated data analysis to assist with the accurate...
By Laura Lovett February 12, 2019
It’s no secret robots have caught the hearts and minds of children for decades — whether in sci-fi novellas or on the silver screen. Now, robots are also coming to pediatrics care.  “If you look at pediatrics and robotics systems, most children are attracted to robotics. So what does this mean? I can bring in a robotic device and I don’t have to convince you. I can bring it in and say, ‘Hey, this...

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