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By Dave Muoio October 12, 2018
The challenges of new technology adoption loom across every industry, and healthcare is by no means an exception. Between its risk-adverse culture, worn out workforce, and heavy value placed on establishing human connections, it’s little surprise that many technologies which could potentially isolate patients or introduce unnecessary tasks would be met with some resistance. “One of the hardest...
By Laura Lovett October 12, 2018
Designing apps and platforms for healthcare isn’t necessarily about ticking off how many downloads the product has. Most of the time the main goal is changing the end user’s behavior — whether that be a patient’s health habits or some outdated workflow process used by providers.  “We deal in the thing that is difficult about healthcare, or what is challenging and what is also really fun, that is...
A woman conducts a telemedicine visit.
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2018
Telemedicine, whether offered by insurers, hospitals or direct-to-consumer, continues to grow with more and more organizations offering virtual visits to patients. It’s a technology with broad support, one of the few things that seem to be able to unite both sides of the political aisle, for instance. But that doesn’t mean everyone is in agreement about the particulars of the technology: how and...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett October 11, 2018
Point-and-shoot wound imaging. Earlier this week, mobile imaging and AI platform Tissue Analytics has revealed a new feature that can generate a 3D image of a patient's wound from a five-second smartphone video. Once made, these images can be easily shared to EMRs through the platform’s integration Cerner, Epic, athenahealth, and Allscripts. "Tissue Analytics uses sophisticated algorithms that...

CNBC reporter Christina Farr talks to Bob Sheehy, CEO of Bright Health.

By Laura Lovett October 11, 2018
As consumers become more involved in their healthcare, payers and providers alike are being forced to think about the industry differently. But this could give new insurers the opportunity to start looking at the consumer space, Bob Sheehy, CEO of Bright Health, said at Digital Health Innovation Summit in Boston today.  “The thing about healthcare is often times we’ve forgotten about the consumer...
By Laura Lovett October 11, 2018
This morning Flo Health, an AI-enabled women's health platform, announced that it closed a $12 million Series A Extension funding round led by Mangrove Capital Partners, with participation from Flint Capital and Haxus. The company plans to use the new money for the startup’s next growth phase, as well as product improvement.  The Redwood City, California-based startup is focused on women’s health...
By Jonah Comstock October 11, 2018
The third quarter of 2018 was the biggest funding quarter for digital health ever, according to StartUp Health Insights. The research group attached to healthcare startup alliance StartUp Health reported $4.5 billion in digital health funding. With $11.1 billion invested so far, investment is only $600 million short of last year’s overall total, even including the fourth quarter. The top five...
By Dave Muoio October 11, 2018
Optina Diagnostics, a Montreal-based company that uses spectral retinal imaging and artificial intelligence to scan for early Alzheimer’s disease, announced today that it has raised $4 million in seed funding. Zoic Capital led the round with participation from Desjardins Capital, DigitalDx Ventures, Pallasite Ventures, Barney Pell, Barney Pell's AngelList Syndicate, Advisors.fund and Hike...
By Dave Muoio October 11, 2018
Pfizer recently detailed a number of C-suite shakeups coming in the wake of its incoming CEO Albert Bourla. Perhaps most relevant to Mobi readers is the appointment of the company's first chief digital and technology officer, Lidia Fonseca. Currently the CIO and SVP at Quest Diagnostics, Fonseca has also held tenure at the Laboratory Corporation of America, Synarc Incorporated and Philips...
Doctor using a medical imaging device.
By Dave Muoio October 11, 2018
Between high-profile hacks and hospitals’ growing dependency on connected medical devices, cybersecurity is as relevant to healthcare as it’s ever been. And while providers and device manufacturers are rightfully making protection a priority for newly developed or purchased medical devices, older legacy devices pose the greatest security risk to healthcare organizations. "There are any number of...

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