October 22, 2020
Searching for outbreaks. The long and sometimes muddled tradition of predicting outbreak hot spots by analyzing search engine activity has continued into the COVID-19 era, with Mayo Clinic researchers publishing new findings that suggest strong correlations between certain keywords and case reports. In reviewing data from Jan. 22 to April 6, "face mask," "Lysol" and "COVID stimulus check" had the...
October 25, 2019
Augmedix, a startup that uses natural language processing (NLP) and devices to populate medical documentation from clinician-patient conversations, has raised $19 million in Series B funding. Redmile Group, McKesson Ventures, DCM Ventures, Wanxiang Healthcare Investments and other unnamed investors all contributed.
WHAT THEY DO
Founded in 2012, the startup made a name for itself by outfitting...
July 20, 2017
When Google Glass was first launched, it was targeted primarily to consumers, the idea being that they would be able to access the web within their line of vision utilizing what was billed as sleek and stylish technology. But it may have found new life in professional settings, including healthcare, where clinicians are using it to increase efficiency.
Dignity Health has been among the first to...
December 7, 2016
San Francisco-based Augmedix, which makes a smartglass-based remote scribe platform to reduce the amount of time physicians spend on EHR charting, has raised $23 million in a round led by new investors McKesson Ventures and OrbiMed. Previously, the company raised $17 million, and this latest round brings the company’s total funding to over $60 million.
The funds will be used to build out Augmedix...
August 30, 2016
Ride-sharing company Lyft has partnered with GreatCall, which makes connected health and safety solutions for the aging population to offer a new transportation program. The GreatCall Rides program will provide GreatCall customers with access to Lyft without an app by leveraging GreatCall’s personal operator services. (Customers just have to dial “0” on their Jitterbug phones). The initial pilot...
May 12, 2016
April was a big month for digital health funding, with 15 more deals coming through, totalling an impressive $220 million and bringing the total funding so far this year to $691 million. As we did in February with Oscar, we're excluding the largest deal, Bright Health's $80 million round, from the total because the company in question is a tech-saavy payer, but not a digital health company per se...
April 25, 2016
Augmedix, a San Francisco-based startup that uses Google Glass to reduce the time physicians spend on documentation, has raised $17 million in strategic investments in a round that includes some of its largest health plan customers: Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), TriHealth Inc. and one other which chose to remain anonymous. Some traditional VCs also participated...
July 15, 2015
It's been clear for a while that Google sees the future of the Glass program in the enterprise, rather than through the Explorer program or directly to consumers. Now 9to5Google is reporting that Glass version 2, due out this year, will be distributed exclusively through Google's Glass at Work partners.
A full five out of ten of those partners are healthcare or healthcare-adjacent companies:...
January 22, 2015
A Glass-wearing doctor, from Augmedix's website.
Last week, Google made a controversial announcement about Google Glass: that the Explorer program (by which consumers were able to get access to the devices) was shutting down, and Google Glass would move out of Google's experimental Google X Lab to become their own Google Team, under Nest creator Tony Fadell.
As the announcement essentially...
January 12, 2015
San Francisco-based Augmedix, which has developed a Google Glass clinical documentation offering for physicians raised $16 million in a round co-led by existing investors Emergence Capital and DCM Ventures. Augmedix has received $23 million in venture funding to date, according to the company.
Other existing investors include Great Oaks Venture Capital, and Rock Health’s LPs (Kleiner Perkins,...