Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

By Jonah Comstock 10:59 am April 3, 2019
Giblib, a medical education streaming service with offerings including both VR and traditional videos of medical lectures and surgeries, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, with participation from some notable strategic investors. Those include Mayo Clinic, the Venture Reality Fund, Wavemaker 360, USC Marshall Venture Fund and Michelson 20MM. “With our partners’ support, Giblib is uniquely...
By Jonah Comstock 03:13 pm February 20, 2019
Patient feedback processing company Narrative Dx has raised a strategic funding round led by Christiana Care Health System, Summation Health Ventures (founded by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and MemorialCare Health System) and The Texas Medical Center, with additional participation from existing investors HealthX Ventures and Cultivation Capital. The company didn’t disclose the amount of the...
By Jonah Comstock 09:12 am December 3, 2018
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and LA-based Giblib have teamed up to offer what the organizations say is the first accredited continuing medical education (CME) course delivered entirely via virtual reality. The course, called Essential GI Surgeries will be available through Giblib's website. It will include 25 hours of real surgeries recorded in 360 VR (as well as in a traditional...
By Jonah Comstock 04:10 pm February 13, 2018
Portland, Oregon-based Bright.md, which makes a virtual physician's assistant app called SmartExam, has announced two new customer wins at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico and Providence Health & Services in Oregon. Concurrent with the New Mexico launch, Bright.md has launched a Spanish-language version of the app as well. "Healthcare systems like Presbyterian and Providence...
By Jonah Comstock 10:31 am January 24, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article said that Gliimpse founder Anil Sethi was still at Apple. In fact, he left the company last year. After many months of rumors, Apple announced today that it is launching a personal health record (PHR) feature with iOS 11.3, the beta of which launched today to users in Apple's iOS Developer Program. The feature, called Health Records, will aggregate...
By Jonah Comstock 05:13 pm September 28, 2017
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has launched an Apple Watch app to go along with its existing patient-facing app. Patients with Apple Watches will now be able to find hospital and urgent care locations, get directions to the hospital, and even to call a recently-searched doctor, all from the wrist. Cedars-Sinai CIO Darren Dworkin told MobiHealthNews that he sees those functions as just...
By Jonah Comstock 04:16 pm September 20, 2017
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has launched the third class of its accelerator, which the hospital runs in partnership with TechStars. Startups in the Cedars-Sinai Tech Stars accelerator receive a $20,000 investment and a $100,000 convertible bridge grant in exchange for a 6 percent equity stake. But the main draw is the opportunity to work with the health system, through guaranteed...
By Jonah Comstock 10:03 am July 20, 2017
When a hospital wants to deploy a new technology, a major decision is whether to partner with a company or build it themselves. Building something uses a lot more resource, but the tradeoff is control — the organization can create exactly what they need. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is one of a handful of hospitals around the country that’s discovered a third option. By partnering...
By Jonah Comstock 03:56 pm March 10, 2017
A team of researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has published a review of randomized trials studying the use of virtual reality in inpatient settings. The research team included Dr. Brennan Spiegel, who heads up a team that uses virtual reality for pain reduction at Cedars-Sinai. The paper, published in “Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience” was originally intended to be a...
By Jonah Comstock 05:04 pm February 1, 2017
There's some technology that has to be seen to be believed. Dr. Brennan Spiegel, director of health services research at Cedar-Sinai Hospital, puts virtual reality technology in that category. And that can make it hard to sell doctors on the idea, at least at first. "What I’ve seen is, talking about therapeutic virtual reality is completely hypothetical until you’ve experienced virtual reality...