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By Laura Lovett May 30, 2019
This morning Altoida, a digital platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help predict Alzheimer’s disease, closed a $6.3 million Series A funding round. M Ventures led the round with participation from Grey Sky Venture Partners, VI Partners AGG, Alpana Ventures and FYRFLY Ventures.  WHAT THEY DO Altoida makes a digital platform that employs AI, ML and augmented reality...
By Dave Muoio May 29, 2019
The summer of 2016 was dominated by a digital wellness app that few saw coming: Pokémon Go, a mobile game that used GPS and augmented reality to encourage players to explore real-world locations. And while the initial spike of mainstream consumer interest dropped off within a few months, The Pokémon Company and app developer Niantic (a Google spinout) have gradually won players back with content...

An illustrated graphic of how the Nerivio Migra device works. Source: Theranica

By Dean Koh May 28, 2019
Theranica, an Israel-based biomedical technology company focused on developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other prevalent diseases, announced on May 28 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a De Novo request for its smartphone-controlled electroceutical, Nerivio Migra, utilising Remote Electrical Neuromodulation for the acute treatment of migraine. The FDA...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett May 28, 2019
  Microsoft recently detailed two partnerships with pediatric health research groups that have yielded tools and insights for clinicians tackling prevalent conditions. The first, with Seattle Children’s Research Institute, saw the two organizations teaming up on a data-driven partnership aiming to identify predictors and risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). By collecting public...

Babyl activation event in Rwanda. As part of the service communities have access to virtual consultations with doctors and experts, as well as monitoring and diagnostic tools. Photo credit: Babyl Rwanda 

By Laura Lovett May 24, 2019
With billions of dollars pouring into the biggest tech hubs in the world like Silicon Valley, New York and Beijing, it can be easy to forget about other health technologies under development in regions without the same resources. However, digital health has already started changing care around the world, especially in developing regions, making care more accessible and cost effective. In...
By Lynne Minion May 23, 2019
A low-density sprawl of 420,000 people that is known as “the bush capital”, Canberra would appear to be an unlikely digital transformation hub. But above its leafy boulevards, national institutions and mobs of kangaroos, a fleet of mini planes will soon be zipping around carrying painkillers, lattes, gelato and golf balls. Wing announced in April that it had received Civil Aviation Safety...

Photo credit: Facebook 

By Laura Lovett May 21, 2019
Public health departments are now getting a little bit of help from Facebook to map out where diseases are spreading worldwide. The social media giant recently launched three new maps aimed at helping public health officials tackle the problem of pinpointing where diseases are present and spreading. The new additions include high-resolution population density maps with demographic estimates,...
By Laura Lovett May 21, 2019
This morning, artificial-intelligence-enabled monitoring and decision support platform Biofourmis announced a $35 million Series B raise. The round was led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures with participation from EDBI, Jianke and existing investors Openspace Ventures, Aviva Ventures and SGInnovate.  The funding announcement coincided with the news that the Singaporean company will be...
By Jonah Comstock May 20, 2019
MyHeritage, an Israeli company that has been doing ancestry-related genetic testing since 2016, has announced a new product that brings the company into the health-focused consumer DNA testing space alongside the likes of 23andMe. MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry is a single test that includes a wide-range of genetic aptitudes for possible health conditions: specifically, the company will offer 11...
By Laura Lovett May 17, 2019
Listening has always been a critical component to medicine. Increasingly the healthcare world is seeing the value in listening to patients’ stories and helping these narratives drive hospital transformation.  “Patient stories provide rich, qualitative data, and context to the critical texture, which is how are we doing in delivering great patient care and a great patient experience,” Lee Chen Ee...

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