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By Jonah Comstock May 9, 2019
Working with pharma giant Eli Lilly and Company, chronic disease management company Livongo has completed a retrospective analysis of more than 10,000 paitents, which suggests that Livongo's diabetes program can prevent $88 worth of medical spending per person per month.  Citing an average cost to employers of $68 per person per month, including about $30 worth of diabetes management products,...
By Leontina Postelnicu May 9, 2019
Health tech startup Closed Loop Medicine has raised £2.1m in a pre-Series A funding round from Longwall Venture Partners, IQ Capital and Martlet, it was announced this morning. The Cambridge startup, which describes itself as a "new breed of therapeutics company", says its approach is based on using data and insights about how patients are responding to treatments to tailor drug and non-drug...

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By Dean Koh May 9, 2019
Sydney, Australia-based tech accelerator BlueChilli and Enterprise Singapore, an economic agency under the Singapore Ministry and Trade and Industry, announced that they will partner to launch a Singapore-based health tech accelerator to spur innovation and build startups that address health challenges and opportunities in Southeast Asia. BlueChilli has also joined Enterprise Singapore’s Startup...

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By Leontina Postelnicu May 9, 2019
Transplant clinics in Sweden will see digital health startup Pilloxa’s innovation be deployed in a new collaboration with Novartis division Sandoz Nordics to improve medication adherence, announced today.   Founded in 2015, Pilloxa has developed a platform that consists of an intelligent pillbox, an app and a cloud solution, along with data driven services, that aims to help patients take their...
By Laura Lovett May 8, 2019
This morning integrated EHR platform MedHost announced that Ken Misch will serve as its next president, in addition to his current role as CFO. In this position Misch will oversee innovation projects and the growth of the company’s hosted, managed and cloud-based platforms.  Before joining MedHost in 2013, Misch served as CFO and CIO at Dyna Vox.  “Ken’s leadership and commitment to our customers...
By Dave Muoio May 8, 2019
Google goes big on AI for accessibility. A substantial portion of yesterday’s Google I/O developer conference keynote was devoted to the tech giant’s efforts on increasing device accessibility for those with speech, vision and hearing impairments. During its onstage presentation, the company demonstrated how artificial intelligence could record, interpret and ultimately transcribe the speech of...
By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2019
Harris Computer Systems, through its healthcare group, has acquired Uniphy Health, a startup focused on clinical communications and physician workflow software. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Uniphy works with healthcare organizations to build each one a sinlge app that brings together many different workflow needs for physicians. Depending on the platform's needs, the app can...
By Dave Muoio May 8, 2019
San Diego-based MedCrypt, a maker of cybersecurity software for medical devices, has raised $5.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Section 32. Other participants include Eniac Ventures and Y Combinator, the latter of which included MedCrypt as part of its Winter 2019 batch. WHAT THEY DO While many medical device security companies are focusing their efforts on provider customers looking...

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By Laura Lovett May 8, 2019
While digital tools may help individuals curb a sweet tooth habit, gamifying those tools doesn’t improve results, according to a recent study published by the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.  In the study, researchers developed multiple versions of a platform, including two gamified versions, designed to help overweight individuals cut out sweets.  Researchers found that participants who had an...
By Dave Muoio May 8, 2019
A randomized controlled trial recently published in npj Digital Medicine found Kaia Health’s app-based exercise therapy for lower back pain (LBP) to be an effective treatment for multidisciplinary patients, and could be more effective than a standard strategy of individual physiotherapy sessions paired with online education. TOPLINE DATA In the investigation — which was sponsored by Kaia Health...

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