opioid crisis

By Sofia Noori and Dan Gebremedhin 10:59 am June 12, 2020
  About the authors: Dr. Sofia Noori (@sofianoori) was a member of the 2019 Flare Capital Partners Scholar Class and is currently a psychiatry resident at Yale School of Medicine. She is the curriculum lead for Innovation to Impact, a substance use entrepreneurship program funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse. Dr. Dan Gebremedhin (@dangebremedhin) is a partner at Flare Capital Partners...
By Dave Muoio 12:04 pm March 2, 2020
axialHealthcare, maker of a platform for managing substance use disorder (SUD) patients, has closed $15 million in Series C funding. The raise was headlined by the Nashville company's existing investors, a list that includes Oak HC/FT, .406 Ventures, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Advantage Fund. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2012, axialHealthcare's earlier iteration focused on...
By Laura Lovett 04:03 pm February 10, 2020
Addiction focused digital health startup Boulder scored $10.5 million in Series A funding this morning. Investors included Tusk Ventures and Greycroft Partners.  The deal coincides with the news Boulder signed a value-based contract with Premera Blue Cross.  WHAT THEY DO  The startup connects patients seeking treatment for opioid use disorder to teams of addiction specialist, care coordinators...
By Jonah Comstock 10:57 am February 11, 2019
Before we can solve the problems of patient engagement, we have to make sure we’re not the ones creating them. That was one takeaway of Geisinger CIO Karen Murphy’s remarks at the HIMSS Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Orlando this morning. “We’re trying to innovate because […] patient engagement and patient experience is truly not ideal,” she said. “We have the system arranged so that...

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By Jonah Comstock 03:10 pm January 31, 2019
Duke University has received about $500,000 in grant money from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to build an app designed to help doctors and patients work together to prevent opioid abuse. The investment is part of $2 million in grants distributed earlier this week by Blue Cross NC across five organizations tackling the opioid crisis in different ways, which in turn is part of a $10...
By Laura Lovett 12:16 pm October 25, 2018
In one of the few and far between bipartisan bills to be passed during this administration, President Donald Trump signed into law yesterday a new package aimed to help tackle the opioid epidemic, called the Support for Patients and Communities Act.  The latest legislation expands opioid-specific telemedicine services, exempting the technology from certain requirements. It also modifies the...
By Dave Muoio 04:04 pm October 19, 2018
WEconnect, maker of an app that helps addiction patients through their first year after substance abuse treatment, announced yesterday that it has closed a $6.05 million Series A round. Investors in the company include ServiceNow founder Fred Luddy, Buckingham Capital Management Chairman Larry Leeds Jr., Metalab founder Andrew Wilkinson, CEO of Venturehouse Mark Ein, and others. The app — which...
By Laura Lovett 03:13 pm October 4, 2018
Yesterday the senate overwhelmingly passed a new opioid bill in a 98-1 vote, with only Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) voting against it and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) not voting. The vote expands telemedicine services to people with opioid abuse disorder, exempting it from certain requirements. It also modifies the provisions regarding electronic prescriptions and post-surgical pain management.  Further...
a screensnap of Do No Harm trailer about doctor burnout

The panel will include a discussion with ‘Do No Harm’ documentary filmmaker Robyn Simon. Credit: Screen snap of film Do No Harm

By Jonah Comstock 02:34 pm August 23, 2018
Eight years ago, Eliza CEO Alex Drane came up with the idea for “The Unmentionables,” an annual panel at Health 2.0 where participants would address difficult but important topics in healthcare. “Her bullet point was that there are things in healthcare that drive health outcomes that we don’t mention,” Health 2.0 cofounder and CEO Indu Subaiya told MobiHealthNews. “She started with topics like...
By Jonah Comstock 11:34 am April 26, 2018
This Saturday, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host its third National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. And this time, Google is helping out.  The search engine company and tech giant announced in a blog post yesterday that it would implement several features to support the DEA's efforts to combat the opioid crisis, starting with a Google Maps-based locator tool to help...