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By Laura Lovett February 7, 2019
Yesterday Embleema, a healthcare blockchain startup that lets patients share their data with stakeholders, announced that it landed $3.7 million in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Pharmagest and Techstars.  The news coincides with the announcement that Embleema will be joining the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator, a three-month program that gives startups access to...
By Dave Muoio February 7, 2019
Roughly a month after introducing customizable mobile features for its workplace messaging platform, Microsoft announced this morning new features for Microsoft Teams that are specifically aimed at improving communication and coordination between healthcare providers. The service is now able to integrate FHIR-enabled EHR data so that care teams can quickly access and view a patient’s records on...
By Dave Muoio February 6, 2019
The FDA released new draft guidance yesterday regarding premarket review for combination products — those with a mix of components that span across the agency’s drug, biologic and device product categories. The proposed premarket guidance, which may still be adjusted based on public feedback, broadly advises industry to submit a single regulatory application within the pathway that most closely...
By Jonah Comstock February 6, 2019
When your hospital system is smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley, the need to innovate digitally becomes personal. “If you look where we are based and who our patients are, our patients are employees of people who have worked here in the valley,” Aditya Bhasin, VP of software at Stanford Health Care, told MobiHealthNews. “They’re the guys who are creating the consumerization experiences we...
By Laura Lovett February 6, 2019
This morning Omron Healthcare announced that it has inked a deal with PhysIQ to integrate the former’s wearable blood pressure monitor HeartGuide into the remote monitoring platform pinpointIQ.  HeartGuide just launched in January, after getting FDA clearance in late 2018. The system includes a flexible synthetic band that is designed to inflate and maintain its shape when taking a blood pressure...
By Laura Lovett February 6, 2019
When it comes to telemedicine adoption in Latin America, the numbers vary dramatically from country to country. A new study published in Health Affairs Global Health Policy found that 65 percent of hospitals in Chile reported using the technology; however, move further north to Colombia and only 25 percent of hospitals had adopted the service.  Topline data While Chile and Colombia were the two...
By Dave Muoio February 6, 2019
San Francisco-based Calm, developer of the meditation and sleep app of the same name, announced this morning that it has raised $88 million in a Series B funding round led by TPG Growth. Creative Artists Agency also participated in the round alongside existing investors Insight Venture Partners and Sound Ventures. The new backing brought Calm’s total funding to $116 million and, according to the...
By Dave Muoio February 5, 2019
A study recently published in JAMA Network Open that employs Fitbit activity trackers found additional recorded steps were directly correlated to shorter hospital stays following an inpatient surgical procedure. Conducted at Cedars-Sinai, the investigation also attributed the monitors with improved accuracy when assessing a patient’s daily step count. “We’re operationalizing this pop culture tech...
By Laura Lovett February 5, 2019
This morning Healthy.io, maker of a take home urine analysis test kit, announced a new $18 million Series B funding round. The funding round was led by Aleph, with participation from Samsung Next and private investors.  What they do The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company’s signature product is Dip.io, a home-based urinalysis kit that turns a smartphone into a clinical-grade diagnostic device. The kit...
By Laura Lovett February 5, 2019
This morning PerfectServe, a Tennessee-based medical communication and collaboration platform, announced two new acquisitions in the digital health space. The first is CareWire, which is a mobile patient communication platform. The second is Lightning Bolt Solutions, an artificial intelligence-run physician shift scheduling technology designed for hospital and healthcare system.  CareWire can...

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