Digital Health

The Vscan Air with its smartphone app

Image courtesy of GE Healthcare

By  Dave Muoio 01:47 pm March 16, 2021
GE Healthcare has pulled back the curtain on the Vscan Air, a wireless take on the handheld ultrasound technology it first debuted more than a decade ago. Cleared by the FDA back in November, the battery-powered device is intended for use by healthcare professionals conducting diagnostic ultrasound imaging and fluid flow analysis. It connects to a companion app downloaded to a user's personal...

Photo credit: NovaSight

By  Mallory Hackett 12:18 pm March 16, 2021
Today NovaSight, an Israeli digital eye treatment and assessment startup in the pediatric space, announced a clinical trial for its CureSight system, with the goal of achieving Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance. CureSight presents a new treatment method for amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, that doesn’t require patching. The device trains the brain to use both eyes simultaneously...
By  Dave Muoio 09:00 am March 16, 2021
Google headlined today's announcement of its second-generation Nest Hub smart display with a breakdown of its newest features: contactless sleep monitoring and data-driven personalized recommendations for those struggling to get a good night's rest. When placed on the bedside and calibrated, the Nest Hub's Sleep Sensing feature uses Google's Soli – a low-energy radar sensor previously tapped to...
COVID-19, vaccine

Credit: University of Eastern Finland

By  Sophie Porter 02:49 am March 16, 2021
Recently-formed Rokote Laboratories Finland is developing an intranasal vaccine against COVID-19 utilising specialised gene transfer technology. The company, which has emerged from University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and University of Helsinki (UHEL), is currently seeking investment to support the further development and marketisation of the vaccine, with human trials hoped to take place within...
COVID-19, Oxford University Hospitals
By  Sara Mageit 08:18 am March 15, 2021
The Israeli blood diagnostics company, Sight Diagnostics behind delivering lab-grade full blood count (FBC) results to emergency departments, has deployed Sight OLO at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT. The deployment allows FBC testing for patients attending the emergency departments in the UK and is supporting the validation of an AI triage system for COVID-19....
100Plus

Photo credit: 100Plus 

By  Laura Lovett 02:12 pm March 12, 2021
Remote patient monitoring company 100Plus landed $25 million in seed funding. Angel investors Henry Kravis and George Roberts led the round The announcement also revealed new distribution partnerships between the San Francisco-based startup and health tech companies AdvancedMD, DrChrono and athenahealth. WHAT IT DOES Founded in 2020 the company's platform is dedicated to supporting clinicians in...
By  Dave Muoio 02:59 pm March 11, 2021
Colorado-based cliexa, the maker of various software tools for providers, announced in a blog post yesterday that it has acquired ProSkedge.com, an automated scheduling platform for surgical procedures. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. WHAT'S THE IMPACT? ProSkedge is the work of Dr. Lukasz Kowalczyk, a practicing gastroenterologist who, according to his LinkedIn profile, started...
By  Dave Muoio 01:28 pm March 11, 2021
This morning, Forward Health, a tech-heavy doctor's office founded and backed by ex-Googlers, announced a $225 million Series D funding round. Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Marc Benioff and The Weeknd each participated in the raise, along with other unnamed backers. WHAT IT DOES San Francisco-based Forward was formed about five years ago by Adrian Aoun (who also founded...
Pillcam, medtronic
By  Tammy Lovell 11:45 am March 11, 2021
A national NHS trial will see patients in England given edible miniature cameras to check for signs of colon cancer. The Pillcam Colon 2 technology, from US medical device firm Medtronic, takes images as it passes through the bowel which are transmitted to a recording device worn by the patient at their waist. After the camera has passed through the body it can be flushed away. An initial group...
By  Dave Muoio 03:00 pm March 10, 2021
Ibex Medical Analytics, an Israel-based startup using artificial intelligence to support cancer diagnostics, has unveiled a $38 million Series B funding round. Octopus Ventures and 83North led the raise, which also saw participation from aMoon, Planven Entrepreneur Ventures and Dell Technologies Capital. WHAT IT DOES Ibex's Galen platform uses AI and machine learning to reduce the burden on...