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By Mallory Hackett 03:14 pm July 17, 2020
A parable used in public health goes, if there is a group of people who’ve fallen into a river that need saving, the traditional treatment method would be to rescue them from drowning downstream. However, going upstream to find the cause of why these people were falling into the river in the first place would follow the preventative method. The story is used to illustrate how addressing social...
By Laura Lovett 02:13 pm July 16, 2020
Cityblock, a startup focused on used tech to tackling health disparities, has raised $53.5 million in what it describes as Series B+ funding. Kinnevik AB led the round with participation from AIMS Imprint of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Alphabet, as well as existing investors.  This comes roughly a year after a $63 million Series B funding in April of 2019, and close to two years after the...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm June 18, 2020
Community care service-coordination platform Unite Us announced this week that it has acquired Staple Health, a social determinants of health analytics company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2017, Staple Health's specialty is predictive analytics regarding the role social factors can play in various health outcomes. Unite Us was interested in adding these strengths to its...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett 03:27 pm June 5, 2020
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others have lit a powder keg in the U.S. and abroad, leading to nearly two weeks of protests and demonstrations that highlight the pervasive and long-standing issues of racism, racial inequality and police brutality.  As public pressure mounts on those in positions to create change, a number of technology and health organizations have...
By Dave Muoio 12:12 pm May 27, 2020
As COVID-19's opening salvo on the healthcare system gradually gives way to long-term mitigation efforts, much of the public health focus is shifting away from the four walls of the hospital. Now, community-support services have found themselves shouldering a heavy burden of social isolation and nonessential business closures that, without proper support, could lead to new social determinant of...
By Dave Muoio 03:59 pm November 6, 2019
Due to their increasingly personalized and convenient experiences with other sectors, consumers have high expectations when it comes to the services they’re receiving from the healthcare industry, according to a new global survey from Salesforce Research of nearly 6,000 consumers. Unfortunately, nearly half (47%) of those polled believe that the healthcare and life sciences are less focused on...
By Dave Muoio 03:41 pm September 30, 2019
Cutting-edge technologies often serve as the drivers of innovation, and within healthcare can inspire pioneers to devise new means of spotting illnesses or streamlining patient care. But it’s vital for digital health entrepreneurs and innovation-minded providers to look beyond the patients who would hardly blink an eye at yearly device upgrades or $1,000+ smartphones, and remember that there are...
By Laura Lovett 04:03 pm September 24, 2019
Getting the right diagnosis and prescription from a doctor is just one piece to the healthcare puzzle. How much food is at home and whether there is enough money in a patient’s bank account to cover the medication copay can be just as important to determining their medical outcomes.  Now hospital executives are starting to turn to technology as a way to help serve more patients and address social...