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By Dave Muoio December 18, 2018
Change Healthcare — a provider of health IT software that ranges from network data analytics to revenue improvement — announced this morning the acquisition of several key assets from blockchain-focused API startup PokitDok, including its software, IP and employees. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Prior to this, PokitDoc has raised just over $55 million in in funding GIS Strategic Ventures...
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2018
Yesterday Teladoc’s VP, COO and CFO Mark Hirschhorn resigned amidst allegations that he engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate and took part in insider trading. Last week the telemedicine company was hit with a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the company’s share holders, which accused the company of misleading or false statements.  “While this was a difficult...
By Matthew Holt December 18, 2018
About the Authors: Matthew Holt is Co-Chair of Health 2.0 conferences (now owned by HIMSS), publisher of The Health Care Blog, where this piece originally appeared last month. He also serves as co-chair of Catalyst @ Health 2.0 and president of SMACK.health. Olivia Dunn, an associate at Healthy Communities Institute, and Kim Krueger, a Venture Associate at Plug and Play, also contributed to this...
By Jonah Comstock December 18, 2018
When health tech companies turn to distributed ledger technology, security is one of the key reasons they do it. But to say that blockchain is inherently more secure than other technologies would be a dangerous oversimplification. In reality, blockchain is a novel technology for solving certain security problems. But to be truly useful in healthcare, it will need to be approached smartly and...
By Dave Muoio December 18, 2018
The FDA has approved an app-based smart programming device used to discreetly and easily control implants treating for overactive bladder (OAB), chronic fecal incontinence (FI) and non-obstructive urinary retention, medical device maker Medtronic announced yesterday. Called the InterStim smart programmer and designed for use with Medtronic’s InterStim system, the product consists of a Samsung...
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2018
Wearable data is becoming more integrated into clinical practice, but there is one caveat, explains Sense2beat CEO Natalia Glazkova — those devices can be contaminated by a glut of data. Sense2beat is a Russian company working on technology that eliminates interference and analyzes ECG data. “Data that comes from wearable devices is always contaminated by noise, which can make the analysis and...

Above photo: Dr. Snehal Patel, CEO & Co-founder of MyDoc. Photo: MyDoc

By Dean Koh December 18, 2018
The digital managed care platform MyDoc has been tapped to digitally deliver health screening results of AIA Vitality members in Singapore, creating the first digitally integrated corporate health screening programme for the global insurer. As a digital healthcare provider, MyDoc is part of Singapore’s Ministry of Health's (MOH) regulatory sandbox for telemedicine, allowing it to offer digital...
By Dave Muoio December 17, 2018
CVS Caremark and health data management company Sharecare last week announced the launch of a digital pharmacy savings card for under-covered individuals. Accessed through an app, the Sharecare Rx program will provide discounts on CVS Caremark network drugs as well as search for lower drug prices. The digital card will be accepted at more than 68,000 in-network pharmacies. “Whether treating strep...
By Laura Lovett December 17, 2018
Last week MassChallenge HealthTech unveiled the 30 digital health startups that will make up its 2019 cohort. The program gives the startups co-working office space and a tailored curriculum, with the primary goal of connecting startups to advisors, investors, pilots and research opportunities. Startups can also apply for need-based scholarships for no cost and no equity. Eventually, the...
By Jonah Comstock December 17, 2018
According to IDC, 20 percent of healthcare organizations will be using blockchain by 2020. So should startups in the healthcare space be using it now? Well, not necessarily. While many digital health startups are putting blockchain to good use, for others it might be premature, or even extraneous. “I think companies over the last couple years have been asking the question ‘I want to use...

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