kidney disease

By Jonah Comstock 11:48 am January 17, 2020
As 2020 gets underway, the federal government has set its sights on bringing innovation to an area of health that affects one in seven Americans and costs the government more than NASA and the Department of Commerce combined, yet hasn’t seen major innovation since the 1970s. That area is kidney disease. Both HHS Chief Technology Officer Ed Simcox and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan addressed the...
By Dave Muoio 12:14 pm March 28, 2019
Scanwell Health, the maker of a smartphone-based platform for home urinary tract infection screening, announced last week that it will be playing a role in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study, an ongoing, multicenter investigation of chronic kidney disease and other comorbid chronic conditions sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. As a result of the partnership, up 1,250...
By Laura Lovett 03:21 pm February 5, 2019
This morning Healthy.io, maker of a take home urine analysis test kit, announced a new $18 million Series B funding round. The funding round was led by Aleph, with participation from Samsung Next and private investors.  What they do The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company’s signature product is Dip.io, a home-based urinalysis kit that turns a smartphone into a clinical-grade diagnostic device. The kit...
By Dave Muoio 11:35 am September 11, 2018
Mountain View, California-based AliveCor announced yesterday that its KardiaK Software Platform has been granted Breakthrough Device designation by the FDA. AliveCor’s software is a neural network trained to read ECG data for elevated levels of blood potassium, a condition known as hyperkalemia that affects the kidneys. Primarily diagnosed through invasive laboratory blood test, KardiaK would...
By Jonah Comstock 09:43 am July 25, 2018
Correction: Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, this story has been updated to remove the claim that Dip.io is the first FDA-cleared smartphone urine test. We've reached out to Healthy.io for comment on this development and we'll update when we hear more. Update 4/16/19: This story has been updated with additional clarity from Healthy.io about the difference between this clearance and previous...
By Jonah Comstock 04:52 pm April 2, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services’ position of Chief Technology Officer is a relatively new one. President Barack Obama created the role in 2009 and appointed the first three people to hold the post: Todd Park, Bryan Sivak, and Susannah Fox. That makes Bruce Greenstein the first ever HHS CTO appointed by a Republican president, or even by a non-Obama president. But unlike many Executive...