December 17, 2020
Following months of regulatory investigation, the European Commission has officially signed off on Google's $2.1 billion purchase of health-wearable-maker Fitbit. Still, the go-ahead is contingent on a handful of commitments from the tech company that focus on its competitive practices across advertising, digital health APIs and smart device interoperability.
"We can approve the proposed...
November 20, 2020
Orange has pledged to invest in the Digital Health 2 (DH2) fund of LBO France — a major player in the private equity sector in France.
The investment will be made through its Orange Digital Investment holding and will contribute to the development of innovative eHealth companies in France and Europe.
The DH2 fund plans to invest €200 million in eHealth SMEs, such as QuantifiCare, Tribvn...
October 21, 2020
UK digital health platform, Your.MD and the creators of Healthily have approached the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) to help ensure that the growth of the business was not compromising the safety of their users.
PRSB helps define the standards needed for high quality care records including in digital care.
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Former chief executive at the NHS Institute for Innovation and...
October 12, 2020
Datavant, a data sharing technology startup for providers and life science companies, last week closed $40 million in Series B funding. Transformation Capital headlined the raise, which saw contributions from new backers Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC and Cigna Ventures in addition to those of prior investors Roivant Sciences and Flex Capital.
All told, the new funding brings Datavant's...
August 18, 2020
U.S. consumers want to understand how and why their personal health data is being used by organizations, and may change their data sharing behaviors if they believe the information is being used to improve health outcomes for themselves or others, according to recent survey from health data intelligence firm W2O.
Conducted in two 1,000-person waves in September 2019 and May 2020, the poll...
May 27, 2019
Since period tracking app Clue was launched in 2013, the femtech industry has continued to flourish and is projected to reach a market potential of $50bn by 2025.
“It’s been absolutely amazing in shedding light on a range of products created by women and addressing female needs previously not known to the investment community,” says Eirini Rapti, founder and CEO of inne, a natural contraceptive...
April 8, 2019
Last year when Microsoft announced the end of HealthVault Insights, an app-based project applying machine learning to personal health records, it came with the assurance that users’ data would remain housed on the HealthVault website.
However, it seems the time has come to officially bid farewell to Microsoft’s decade-spanning health management service. In an email letter sent to users late last...
July 19, 2016
The ONC issued a report to Congress today laying out the gaps that exist in health data protection. The report opines at length about non-covered entities (NCEs), the large swath of consumer-facing companies that aren’t subject to HIPAA.
“The wearable fitness trackers, social media sites where individuals share health information through specific social networks, and other technologies that are...
November 2, 2015
Just last week, the Consumer Electronics Association released guidelines about privacy policies for health and fitness devices. At the Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium in Boston last week, a panel of experts also had some ideas about maintaining privacy and security in the world of health and fitness devices -- a world where HIPAA often doesn't apply.
Right now, the biggest...
June 25, 2015
The University of California San Francisco has launched a longitudinal study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and other sexual and gender minority (SGM) adults to examine how their sexual orientation affects their health.
The study is called PRIDE and stands for population research in identity and disparities for equality. Researchers will collect data for the study using an...