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By Laura Lovett 03:17 pm April 4, 2019
Figuring out the best user experience can be a tricky process for any platform. But its particularly important in digital therapeutics, which some view as a disruptor to traditional pharmaceuticals.  Unlike medical drug makers, digital therapeutics companies have UX design to consider during the development of their products, Madhavi Jagdish, director of product designer at Pear Therapeutics,...

PatientsLikeMe founder Jamie Heywood and iCorbonX founder Jun Wang pose together.

By Dave Muoio 03:16 pm April 4, 2019
A Chinese firm holding the majority stake of PatientsLikeMe, an online network for information, support and study recruitment for chronic conditions, is facing pressure from a US federal committee to sell its shares of the company due to concerns of foreign investment and influence, according to a CNBC report citing anonymous insiders. iCarbonX, a health data and genomics company founded by...
By Dave Muoio 02:09 pm April 4, 2019
Earlier this morning, Amazon announced in a blog post that its voice-based Alexa platform now supports the development of software that communicates HIPAA-protected health information through an invite-only Alexa Skills Kit program. To kick off the new capability, the company also highlighted the launch of six new Alexa skills built by healthcare providers and other stakeholders. Each is designed...
By Laura Lovett 10:12 am April 4, 2019
This morning, maternal health focused femtech company Advantia Health announced that it has acquired Pacify, a live video chat platform for new and soon-to-be moms.  As part of the deal Advantia Health, which provides in-person care with a companion care coordination platform, will now be able to offer its members video chats. Advantia Health estimates that the services will be available to...
By Jonah Comstock 03:04 pm April 3, 2019
The first quarter of 2019 is behind us and both Rock Health and Startup Health have released their funding report for the quarter. Both agree that funding for Q1 2019 is down relative to other recent years. But both see other reasons to be optimistic about digital health investment. Rock Health tracked $986 million of investment across 61 digital health deals in the US, which is lower than both...

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By Laura Lovett 02:45 pm April 3, 2019
Power dynamics are present in nearly every facet of life — including health innovation. These inequities of power can determine who developers innovate for, and the way in which developers go about creating tools for certain groups, Vanessa Mason, director of the Institute for the Future, said at Mad*Pow's HXD 2019 conference in Boston yesterday. “In talking about power, all of us bring biases...
By Dave Muoio 02:43 pm April 3, 2019
A staggering number of health apps are being released with each passing year, many of which could have a lasting impact on patients entering the health system with stress, anxiety or depression. That sheer volume of options comes at a cost, however, as many therapists and clinicians who are interested in recommending a digital tool or service to their patients simply don’t have the time to comb...
By Jonah Comstock 01:16 pm April 3, 2019
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb may be stepping down, but he isn’t slowing down on his way out the door. Yesterday the agency dropped a 20-page exploratory whitepaper on how it could address artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. “As algorithms evolve, the FDA must also modernize our approach to regulating these products,” Gottlieb wrote in a statement. “We must ensure that...
By Jonah Comstock 10:59 am April 3, 2019
Giblib, a medical education streaming service with offerings including both VR and traditional videos of medical lectures and surgeries, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, with participation from some notable strategic investors. Those include Mayo Clinic, the Venture Reality Fund, Wavemaker 360, USC Marshall Venture Fund and Michelson 20MM. “With our partners’ support, Giblib is uniquely...
By Laura Lovett 02:52 pm April 2, 2019
Yesterday NextGen Jane, a femtech company focused on reproductive health, announced that it scored $9 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Material Impact, with participation from Access Industries, Viking Global Investors, Liminal Ventures and unnamed angel investors.  WHAT THEY DO  The Oakland, California-based startup uses tampons in order to tell women about their reproductive...

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