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By Dave Muoio February 27, 2019
Healthcare software and services company WellSky (previously known as Mediware) announced yesterday the acquisition of Health Care Software (HCS), which specializes in clinical and financial software for long-term care settings. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Although HCS will keep its New Jersey office and continue operations, the company will gradually transition into the WellSky...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2019
Looking to the emergency medicine space, this morning interoperable health IT company Medsphere Systems Corporation announced that it is set to acquire Wellsoft, a company that specializes in ED information systems.  As part of the deal Medsphere will be acquiring Wellsoft’s signature product, the Emergency Department Information Systems (EDIS), which is targeted at improving workflow in EDs and...
By Dave Muoio February 27, 2019
Stroke patients who received in-home rehabilitation therapy from a tablet-based app had similar outcomes to those completing the same treatment with physician guidance, suggesting that the digital treatment could be effective without provider supervision, according to a paper recently published in Frontiers in Neurology. The study’s 3,686 patients each had post-stroke aphasia affecting their...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2019
This morning primary care and insurance navigation platform Eden announced a $10 million Series A funding round led by Greycroft, with participation from PJC, 645 Ventures, Max Ventures, Convene, Aspect Ventures and Brand Foundry.  What they do  The company focuses on providing primary care and insurance navigation directly to employers.  “When we were launching the company the intention was to...

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By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2019
Researchers who use Fitabase to capture data from Fitbit and Garmin devices will soon be able to capture a new kind of data: continuous glucose monitoring data from Dexcom products. The ability to capture glucose values, as well as calibrations, syncs, and alerts, from Dexcom CGMs will allow researchers to study the interplay between blood glucose and the activity, heart rate, and sleep — the...

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By Dave Muoio February 26, 2019
FDA draft guidance on BCI devices. The FDA signaled its interest in the development of implanted brain-computer interface (BCI) devices on Friday with the release of a new draft guidance focused on the emerging technology. The new document suggests that non-clinical testing of the devices could precede clinical testing as a means to identify and prevent potential risks prior to use by patients. “...
By Laura Lovett February 26, 2019
Yesterday Babyscripts, a virtual obstetrics care management platform, announced that it is teaming up with Penn Medicine on a new initiative designed to improve postpartum health. The pair plan on combining Babyscripts’ remote monitoring system with the knowledge gleaned from Penn Medicine’s Heart Safe Motherhood (HSM) program, a text-based intervention for pregnancy-related hypertension.  The...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2019
CareLinx, a digital health company focused on in-home care, has acquired Optimal Aging, a fledgling startup still being incubated at Providence St. Joseph Health. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. What’s the impact Optimal Aging is a program that coordinates non-clinical services like home care, transportation and meal support for accountable care organizations and Medicare Advantage...
By Dave Muoio February 26, 2019
Alongside its artificial intelligence coach, Apple Health and Google Fit integrations, activity-tracking sensors and language translation functionalities, the Livio AI connected hearing aid has a new slew of feature to brag about — chief among which is automatic fall detection and alerts. As of an update announced yesterday, Minnesota-based Starkey Hearing Technologies’ device can now identify...
By Laura Lovett February 26, 2019
Digital health has been around for a little over a decade, meaning it is one of the newest—and arguably hottest—emerging trends in healthcare. But like any new industry it is working out the ethics.  Last week Stanford Libraries released a statement of guiding principals for digital health. The document was created based on input from 30 participants from across disciplines including the former...