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By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm May 15, 2019
Aidoc, an Israeli provider of artificial intelligence products for radiologists, announced today that it has received FDA clearance for a tool that identifies potential cases of pulmonary embolism — a blockage in one of the lung’s pulmonary arteries — for expert review. “We chose to focus on this product because these are patients who might not necessarily have clear symptoms of pulmonary...
By Dave Muoio 02:43 pm May 14, 2019
Fitbit and UnitedHealthcare are revitalizing their longstanding partnership with an update to the latter’s wellness-focused Motion Walking Program. Participants in the employer-sponsored program may use their Fitbit Charge 3 device to log daily activity and earn rewards, or obtain the device as a buy-up option. In addition, the companies announced that the Fitbit Inspire HR will also be available...

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By Laura Lovett 10:19 am May 14, 2019
Patients are becoming savvier consumers of healthcare. Like in other industries, technology is raising the convenience standards of the industry, but the patient journey has its own set of unique challenges, Cleveland Clinic executives said during this week's Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit.  “Healthcare can learn a lot from other industries. The vulnerability that our patients...
By Dean Koh 04:35 am May 14, 2019
Theranica, an Israel-based biomedical technology company focused on developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other prevalent diseases, announced that Omron Ventures has joined its $35M series B funding round, which was announced earlier this March. The investment sum by Omron Ventures has not been disclosed.  Omron Ventures, the venture capital arm of Japan-based Omron Corporation...
By Dave Muoio 05:47 pm May 13, 2019
Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel-based deep learning startup Zebra Medical Vision announced yesterday that it has received an 510(k) clearance for an artificial intelligence tool that can read medical imaging to identify potential cases of pneumothorax — a build-up of gas between a lung and the chest wall. The HealthPNX product scans a chest X-ray or digital radiography scan for signs of the condition,...
By Dave Muoio 04:27 pm May 13, 2019
Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to a patent describing a means of monitoring a user’s health while they sleep, without the use of a smart device like the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. The patent, registered with the European Patent Office and spotted yesterday by Patently Apple, incorporates sensors placed near or remote to the patient to monitor individual, environmental, physiological...
By Laura Lovett 03:06 pm May 13, 2019
Miscommunication and misinterpretation have long plagued text and email messaging. But when it comes to healthcare communication the stakes are high. Balancing efficiency and empathy in text communications can be a difficult task for medical teams.  “There are many ways in which we communicate digitally,” Dr. Richard Frankel, of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said this morning during...
By Laura Lovett 02:54 pm May 10, 2019
It’s no secret digital health is iterating and evolving at breakneck speed. But many are starting to ask the question, "Are those technologies made with all in mind?" Industry players have warned that many patients groups are being left behind— namely, people of color, underserved communities, members of the LGBTQ population and women.  The problems and opportunities  “I would say communities of...
By Laura Lovett 03:24 pm May 9, 2019
This morning a private equity firm by the name of Warburg Pincus merged DocuTAP, maker of a tablet-based EMR and practice management software, with Practice Velocity, an urgent care EHR company. The firm plans on uniting the two companies under the name Experity.  WHAT’S THE IMPACT After the merger, the company promises existing clients that it will continue to support all platforms and service....
By Dave Muoio 03:16 pm May 9, 2019
At-home lab test startup LetsGetChecked has brought in a $30 million Series B raise headed by health IT investment firm LTP. Optum Ventures and Qiming Venture Partners USA also returned to participate in the round. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2014, the New York City-based company offers consumers a range of lab tests that can be ordered through an online site or partner retailers. Customers receive a...

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