Frugal Innovation

Innovating on a budget

This year so far, billions of dollars have poured into the digital health space as so-called unicorns become increasingly more commonplace. But this month, we are focusing on frugal innovation – those new developments that are happening with fewer resources.

While the U.S. has largely been the hotbed for digital health, the industry has been expanding into new regions as more new companies and technologies have launched thrifty innovations. In May, we look at how companies all over the world are creating new digital health tools with less funding.

News

How a pair of 'middle school graduates' developed and sold their respiratory health tech company

by Mallory Hackett

The two college students built Spira, a no-code back-end tool for creating smart intake forms that was acquired by Galileo Health in April. 

 

News

Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente invest in at-home acute level care

by Susan Morse

Regulations allowing non hospital space to be used for patient care during the COVID-19 emergency gave rise to hospital care in the home setting.

News

UnitedHealth launching post-discharge home program for group Medicare Advantage plans

by Jeff Lagasse

Included is post-discharge meal delivery, transportation and up to six hours of in-home personal care.

News

Teladoc builds out mental healthcare services with myStrength Complete

by Mallory Hackett

The new offering combines the app-based models of care from myStrength with Teladoc’s on-demand therapists and psychiatrists. 

 

News

To build a more equitable health system, experts say start with tech insights

by Laura Lovett

Chelsea Clinton and others at the International Vatican Conference discuss starting to develop healthcare systems around the most vulnerable populations. 

News

Want to make healthcare more accessible? Google says tech is the answer

by Laura Lovett

Today at the Vatican Conference on health, Google's Dr. David Feinberg discussed how tech could help address health disparities. 

News

Samsung upcycles older phones to diagnose eye diseases in impoverished communities

by Thiru Gunasegaran

The electronics giant has been repurposing older Galaxy model smartphones for medical uses.

News

In-depth: Female-led startups make strides, but venture funding lags

by Laura Lovett

Women-led startups only represent 14% of digital health deals closed in 2019, according to Rock Health. 

News

Black founders less likely to have a digital health company venture backed than white and Asian peers, Rock Health reports

by Laura Lovett

The Diversity in Digital Health report zeroed in on the funding gap and the barriers that Black founders face in health tech. 

News

Australian startups team up to provide telehealth solution for Aboriginal groups

by Thiru Gunasegaran

The companies hope the service will help improve health outcomes for Aboriginal communities in Australia.

News

Contributed: Analyzing social determinants of health data to improve patient outcomes

Providers must go beyond just learning about a patient's SDOH to change the game; they must also support changes. 

News

Using analytics could be key to curbing medical bias

by Laura Lovett

Today at Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS' Patient Experience Summit, Dr. David Newhouse, formerly of Permanente Medical Group, discussed putting statistics into practice. 

News

New tool lets users sign up for leftover COVID-19 vaccines

by Laura Lovett

Dr. B helps connect patients to providers with unused vaccines.