Emerging Technologies

COVID-19 testing

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By  Sara Mageit 05:48 am April 22, 2021
The University of Oxford, Prenetics, a diagnostics and genetic testing company, and Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) have signed collaboration agreements to further develop OxLAMPTM technology, a molecular testing technology for infectious diseases. Following the acquisition by Prenetics of Oxsed, an Oxford University spin-out company from October 2020, the aim has been to...
GluCare, diabetes, continuous data monitoring, wearable, diabetes management

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By  Rachel McArthur 05:41 am April 22, 2021
A Dubai-based specialist diabetes clinic has released its very first report on the outcomes of its care model, demonstrating that continuous data monitoring is advantageous in dramatically improving the health of those with the condition. GluCare Integrated Diabetes Center, which describes itself as the “world’s first healthcare provider to employ integrated continuous data monitoring” and the “...
Amazon Alexa

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By  Laura Lovett 02:59 pm April 21, 2021
Amazon's Alexa has joined the vaccine conversation. As of today, the technology is able to answer questions about COVID-19 immunization sites and eligibility. The data is powered by VaccineFinder, a tool created by Boston Children's Hospital with CDC support.  When a user asks Alexa about COVID-19 vaccinations in their area, the technology can reply with a list of centers in close proximity....
Surgeons performing an operation.

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By  Mallory Hackett 01:48 pm April 21, 2021
London-based virtual surgery platform Proximie has raised $38 million in a Series B financing round led by F-Prime Capital. Existing investors Global Ventures, BECO Capital and Cedar Mundi Ventures participated in the round along with new backers Questa Capital, Eight Roads and Maverick Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Proximie's technology-enabled platform uses augmented reality, machine learning and ...
Lyft ride

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By  Laura Lovett 11:49 am April 15, 2021
Ridesharing app Lyft is furthering its foothold in the medical transportation space with the launch of Lyft Pass for Healthcare, a tool that lets patients plan their own rides to providers. The new program lets partnering health plan members, including those enrolled in select Medicaid and Medicare programs, as well as patients from client health organizations, request a ride to their medical...
AVNeo, KSA

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By  Rachel McArthur 01:54 am April 15, 2021
A recently established health solutions provider has partnered with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health to bring a “pioneering” heart surgery procedure to the Kingdom. Abdul Latif Jameel Health – which was formed in 2020 with the mission to tackle “disparity in access to modern medical care” – has launched the AVNeo (Aortic Valve Neo-cuspitization), used in surgical reconstruction of the aortic...
A Crossover Health location (photo courtesy Crossover Health)

A Crossover Health location (photo courtesy Crossover Health)

By  Jonah Comstock 02:46 pm April 14, 2021
Next-gen care provider Crossover Health has quietly shuttered Sherpaa, the virtual primary care company it acquired in 2019. Sherpaa founder Jay Parkinson broke the news in a farewell blog post, in which he also revealed he has parted ways with Crossover after two years there. Sherpaa, a longtime digital health stalwart founded by Parkinson in 2012, is no more as of December 2020, following a six...
European Space Agency

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By  Sara Mageit 05:40 am April 14, 2021
As part of the UK government's Health Infrastructure plan, up to £5 million of UK Space Agency funding is available to support a joint initiative with the Hampshire Together: Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services Programme, in order to utilise space technology to tackle healthcare challenges.  This project forms part of the government's plan to provide 40 new hospitals across England by...
Robotics, cardiology, Moray Medical

Moray Medical founders: Mark Barrish and Phillip Laby

By  Sara Mageit 06:14 am April 13, 2021
US-based developer of the Coral interventional robotics platform, Moray Medical, has completed its seed round of €4.7 million ($5.7m) with European health tech investor Heal Capital and several other angel investors, including the Angel Physicians Fund.  The round was led by international MedTech VC 415 CAPITAL and prior investors include leaders in the structural heart and robotics space...
Two healthcare providers consulting a tablet in the operating room

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By  Mallory Hackett 02:32 pm April 12, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration has granted De Novo authorization to GI Genius, the first-of-its-kind device that uses artificial intelligence to help clinicians identify polyps in real time during colonoscopies. Manufactured by Cosmo Pharmaceuticals and distributed by Medtronic, the GI Genius software and hardware can be applied to most colonoscopy videos to assist in the detection of...