August 31, 2020
Hogwash, or a brain activity breakthrough? Friday evening came with a long-awaited look at the work of Neuralink, Elon Musk's ambitious brain-computer interface implant startup. In the streamed progress update, Musk ran down a PowerPoint overview of the technology's capabilities, which he likened to "a Fitbit in your skull." The coin-shaped implant will read and wirelessly transmit brain signals...
February 27, 2019
Yesterday the University of Virginia announced a new effort to expand its telehealth program, with a special focus on chronic disease care.
The initiative, funded by a $750,000 grand from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, is set to expand or pilot six new telemedicine initiatives.
Two will focus on diabetes, including a remote blood sugar monitoring program for people with Type 2...
February 14, 2018
When Kate Sheridan was 11 years old, a series of complications from Lyme Disease changed her life dramatically.
“I went from a straight A student to not being able to read and write, a competitive athlete to wheelchair-bound, and developed an intense pain disorder,” she said. “We very suddenly had a lot to manage — medication schedules, dozens of doctor appointments and conflicting diagnoses,...
October 14, 2016
There’s no getting around it: we’re all getting older. Nearly 100 million people in the United States are over the age of 50, and those over the age of 65 make up the biggest, most expensive user group of healthcare. But older people today aren’t like older people of a few generations ago, and that means our methods of tailoring healthcare and technology to serve them in a way that reflects our...
December 7, 2015
MD Revolution has raised $23 million in a round co-led by Chicago-based Jump Capital and an undisclosed global healthcare technology company for its mobile chronic care management system. To date, MD Revolution, which is based in San Diego, California, has raised more than $30 million.
The company has developed a program, called RevUp, available on the web or on iOS devices, that helps patients...
October 7, 2015
Wesley Chapel, Florida-based care coordination platform CareSync raised $18 million in a round from the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (Merck GHI), Greycroft Partners, and Harbert Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Tullis Health Investors, Clearwell Group, CDH Solutions, and CareSync CEO Travis Bond. The company raised $4.25 million around this time last year.
July 2, 2015
At the beginning of 2015, CMS began reimbursing physicians for the care they provide to a particular group of their Medicare patients remotely and between visits. This new billing code, called Chronic Care Management (CCM), required that this remote care meet a few criteria, like patients must have two or more chronic conditions; the physician must establish a comprehensive care plan for the...
January 20, 2015
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based chronic care app developer CareCam Health Systems received a strategic investment from Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation. CareCam has already raised at least $12.4 million to date.
CareCam raised $2.4 million late last year, according to a filing with the SEC in November. Given the timing, it is likely the Independence Blue Cross...
July 7, 2009
Be wary of studies that aim to determine the efficacy of "electronic messages" for chronic disease management if they were conducted four or five years ago. Four or five years may not seem like a long time for advances in chronic disease management but four years is an eon for electronic messaging.
A study conducted by physicians at Group Health Cooperative in Washington and Idaho tracked 2,924...