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Accenture: Healthcare AI poised for explosive growth, big cost savings
Artificial intelligence " is rewiring our modern conception of healthcare delivery, " according to a new Accenture report that shows an array of clinical AI applications are already well on their way to saving the industry $150 billion over the next 10 years. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

15 health and wellness use cases for virtual reality
Virtual reality has moved from science fiction to marketable consumer product astonishingly quickly, partly because the incorporation of the smartphone into the technology makes it accessible, if not ubiquitous. It ’s looking more and more like those who bet that virtual reality is here to stay, and not a flash-in-the-pan trend, made the smart bet.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

IDC projects wearables market to grow 20 percent in 2017
For all the debate over the staying power of wearables – with some writing them off as a fad inevitably headed towards obsolescence like countless other types of consumer technology – the market doesn’t seem to line up with those concerns. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Beyond Verbal launches API to enable voice-based emotion detection by virtual private assistants
As virtual private assistants like Amazon ’s Alexa become smarter, more popular and more useful, why not give it them tools to recognize emotions? That seems to be the thinking behind Israel-based Beyond Verbal, which makes voice recognition software to analyze human emotion and health indicators, releasing a cloud-based API engine to int egrate with virtual private assistants (VPAs). (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

American Telemedicine Association convenes task force on climate change
What does telemedicine have to do with climate change?   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Despite data controversy, Google DeepMind extends rollout of Streams app.
DeepMind, the AI-focused, UK-based Google subsidiary, will roll out its Streams app in a second hospital, the company announced this week. The deployment of the app at Musgrove Park Hospital marks the start of a planned five-year rollout with the  Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Former Twitter exec joins Headspace and more digital health hires
Headspace, maker of the eponymous meditation and mental well-being app, has hired Ross Hoffman as the company ’s chief business officer. Hoffman joins Headspace after six years at Twitter, where he most recently held the post of SVP of global partnerships. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Sensor makers speak out on the increasing commoditization of hardware
In the connected health space, hardware is becoming less and less important as sensors become commodified, according to two panelists at HXRefactored, a conference held in Boston this week. Instead, companies should focus on software, user experience, algorithms, and data analysis. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Fitbit eyes sleep apnea space for next digital innovation
As we ’ve reported regularly for the past several months, Fitbit has made increasingly targeted moves to wedge itself deeper into the healthcare ecosystem. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Oscar lays out six-state strategy for 2018, adding Ohio, Tennessee
Oscar Health plans to expand the reach of its innovative, tech-savvy insurance plan into six states in 2018. Pending regulatory approval from the states, the move will include the service's return to New Jersey, where it pulled out last year, expansions in existing markets, and brand new launches in Tennessee and Ohio (via the previously announced Cleveland Clinic partnership). (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Three lessons Propeller learned from a decade in digital health
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is now a decade old. The digital health company, which makes connected inhalers and patient- and provider-facing data analytics tools for respiratory diseases asthma and COPD, can hardly be considered a startup anymore. Nowadays the company has numerous published efficacy studies and business relationships with most major pharma companies in the respiratory space. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Hippo Health launches its relationship-focused telemedicine offering in Colorado
Is there room for small local players in the rapidly growing telemedicine market? That's a question that Boulder-based Hippo Health, which officially launches today across the state of Colorado, is hoping to answer with a telemedicine platform focused on the idea of recreating the trusted, local physician-patient relationship. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Text-focused telemedicine startup CirrusMD raises $7 million
Denver-based telemedicine startup CirrusMD, which focuses on a text-first approach to virtual visits for large health systems and payers, has closed on $7 million in Series A funding led by Colorado Impact Fund. Bootstrap Incubation, Three Leaf Ventures, Rockies Venture Fund, Service Provider Capital, Sand Hill Angels and New York Angels also contributed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Apple rumored to be working with Health Gorilla, Timberwolves tap Fitbit, and more digital health deals
Apple is allegedly working with health startup Health Gorilla to bring patient medical records to the smartphone. According to a CNBC report, the Sunnyvale, California-based company is helping Apple bring diagnostic data like blood work into the iPhone. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Spry Health raises $5.5M to commercialize wearable for chronically ill patients
Across the consumer wearable landscape, many devices seem to be designed, first and foremost, for those who are already healthy and looking to get healthier. While a growing number of researchers are tapping things like fitness trackers or sophisticated sweat and heart rate monitors for use in clinical studies, the primary audience for many consumer devices remains those who want to take their wellness to the next level. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

UnitedHealthcare ACO partnership gives Aledade a major boost
Aledade is joining forces with UnitedHealthcare, marking its first accountable care program for Medicare Advantage plan members – more than 15,000 of whom could participate in the new initiative. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

No longer under the Withings name, Nokia's connected health ecosystem hits market
As promised, Nokia has officially launched its suite of consumer digital health tools that formerly lived under the Withings name. Along with the connected scale, blood pressure monitor, thermometer and activity tracker, Nokia has also released a digital program for chronic condition management called the Patient Care Platform and an updated version of the Health Mate app. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

With Verily vet on board, Mindstrong Health gets $14M to quantify mental health by monitoring smartphone usage
Mindstrong Health, the mental health startup that former NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel left Verily for last month, has raised $14 million.  Foresite Capital and ARCH Venture Partners led the round, with additional participation from Optum Ventures, Berggruen Holdings, and the One Mind Brain Health Impact Fund.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Teladoc acquires virtual medical expert consultation platform Best Doctors
Telemedicine giant Teladoc has acquired Best Doctors, a virtual medical consultation company, to enable a connected care platform focused on improving outcomes for some of the most complex medical conditions. Under the terms of the deal, which is expected to close next month, Teladoc will pay   $375 million cash and $65 million of Teladoc common stock. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

ClassPass gets $70M for virtual fitness network app
New York-based ClassPass, a virtual fitness membership network, has raised $70 million in Series C funding in a round led by Temasek. Existing investors Acequia Capital, CRV, General Catalyst, GV, M13 and Thrive also contributed to the funding, which ClassPass will use to expand operations and develop new products. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Providence-St. Joseph spinout Xealth gets $8.5M to help doctors prescribe apps
Xealth, a startup that helps doctors to prescribe digital health apps, has raised $8.5 million in a round led by DFJ Venture Partners. Other investors in the round included hospital systems Providence St. Joseph Health, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC),  Hennepin Healthcare System, and Froedtert Health. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Dutch investor acquires majority stake in telehealth, aging in place company Verklizan
Dutch investment company Main Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Verklizan, a Dutch telehealth infrastructure company.  Currently Verklizan operates in the Netherlands, Germany, England, France, and Spain, but one of the goals of the acquisition is to support continued international expansion. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Cleveland Clinic and Oscar Health team up to offer co-branded health insurance
Cleveland Clinic is venturing into the health insurance business for the first time with Oscar Health. The organizations announced this week they will offer co-branded health insurance plans to consumers in northeast Ohio, marking  Cleveland Clinic's first entr ée into the payer market with a product bearing its name. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

JAMA study: technology to self-monitor blood glucose levels no better than traditional management of type 2 diabetes
Diabetes management is among the most active, well-funded and rapidly-evolving areas of digital health. Connected tools that allow people living with diabetes to monitor their own blood glucose levels and work with digital coaching platforms to choose the best lifestyle practices to stay healthy abound, as do analytics platforms that enable remote monitoring and more detail-rich data visualization to help clinicians keep better tabs on their patients. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Digital health deals: Oscar-Cleveland Clinic, Tactio-Doctapost and more
Insurance startup Oscar Health announced a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic to offer co-branded insurance plans in northeast Ohio. The deal marks a first for both organizations: Oscar ’s first plan in Ohio and Cleveland Clinic’s first foray into the health insurance market. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Florida bill would ban the use of telemedicine to prescribe medical marijuana
Over the last five years, there has been considerable traction in two non-traditional approaches to healthcare: implementation of telemedicine, and the prescribing of marijuana to treat some health conditions. But some states are nervous about the two overlapping, choosing to specifically ban the use of telemedicine to prescribe medical marijuana at the same time as expanding legal use of the substance in a healthcare setting. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Figure 1 plans include AI, Collections, monetization
Earlier this week, Figure 1, a medical image-sharing network often referred to as an Instagram for doctors, raised $10 million in Series B funding. To some extent, that funding is going into ramping up the already impressive growth of the platform. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Bayer gets FDA nod for app-connected injector for MS patients
Bayer recently received FDA approval for a connected auto-injector for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis medication and companion app. The device is called the  Betaconnect Electronic Autoinjector and the app, due out in July, is myBetaApp. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

ChartSpan raises $16M for digital care coordination, patient engagement tools
Greenville, South Carolina-based ChartSpan Medical Technologies, which makes digital care coordination tools, has raised $16 million in new capital led by Cypress Growth Capital. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Roundup: More ADA news from Medtronic, Care4Life, Hygieia, and iSage
Late last week we did a pre-conference roundup of news from the 77th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. Now that the show has concluded, here ’s a few more notable stories from the show: Care4Life texting lowers A1C, but not as consistently as personal intervention (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Rythm's sleep-tracking wearable makes official debut
Three years in the making, and Dreem has come true. The sleep-tracking wearable, made by Paris and San Francisco-based startup Rythm is now available for pre-order. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

New FDA commissioner lays out bold new plan for mobile app regulation
Back in March, when President Donald Trump chose Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head up the FDA under his administration, MobiHealthNews noted that he had a history of advocating for a hands-off approach to mobile health regulation. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

New Adherium CEO and more digital health hires
Adherium, the Australia-based, AstraZeneca-backed smart inhaler company, has hired a new CEO. Arik Anderson will head up the company, while former CEO Garth Sutherland steps down into an executive director role on the company's board. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Boston Children's Hospital and Duke collaborate to create CareKit-based pediatric health-tracking app
For families with a child who has complex medical needs, keeping on top of all the information associated with their care and day-to-day functioning can be tough. Seeing that pain point, Boston Children ’s Hospital and Duke Health System came together to develop an Apple CareKit-based iOS app called Caremap, designed to help families securely track their children’s health and share that data with members of their ongoing care team. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Osso VR gets $2 million to train surgeons in virtual operating rooms
Osso VR, a startup looking to disrupt the surgical device training space with virtual reality, has raised $2 million in seed funding in a round led by  Signalfire, with participation from Anorak Ventures.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Figure 1 picks up another $10M for image-based doctor social network
Clinical image and knowledge-sharing app Figure 1, which is sometimes described as an Instagram for doctors, has raised $10 million in funding in a round led by Kensington Capital Partners, with additional support from Samsung NEXT Ventures, John Hancock/Manulife Financial, Hedgewood, and WTI. Existing investors Union Square Ventures, Rho Canada Ventures, and Version One Ventures also participated. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Massachusetts government-backed startup accelerator awards $200K to first class, gets $170K for second class
In many ways, the Pulse@MassChallenge startup incubator operates like any other startup accelerator. But the differences are key -- the program, part of a public-private partnership with the Commonweatlh of Massachusetts, takes no equity in the startups and doesn't accept startups unless a major healthcare stakeholder wants to work with them as a " champion " in a relationship that's half mentorship, half pilot program.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Saranas raises $4M for bleeding detection device for use in cardiac procedures
Houston, Texas-based medical device company Saranas has raised $4M to support continued development on their sensor-enabled bleeding detection device intended for use during cardiac procedures. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Omada Health raises $50M for digital health coaching program, expands partnership with Cigna
San Francisco-based Omada Health has raised $50 million in new funding, led by commercial partner Cigna. Civilization Ventures and Sanofi Genzyme BioVentures also contributed to the round. Omada last raised money in September 2015, when it took in $48 million. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

FBI issues subpoena to Zoom Health Plan over allegations of fraud
The ambitious vision of Portland, Oregon-based Zoom+ to offer a fully integrated, tech-enabled healthcare system under one roof appears to be more than the company could handle. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of fraud Zoom+ may have committed in effort to avoid losing money from required risk adjustment payments. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

FBI issues subpoena to Zoom+ over allegations of fraud
The ambitious vision of Portland, Oregon-based Zoom+ to offer a fully integrated, tech-enabled healthcare system under one roof appears to be more than the company could handle. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of fraud Zoom+ may have committed in effort to avoid losing money from required risk adjustment payments. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

NowRx gets $2M for on-demand pharmacy delivery app
Mountain View, California-based NowRx, an app-based pharmacy delivery company, has raised $2 million in seed funding.   The startup, which has been in operation a little over a year, plans to use the capital to expand their customer base. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Stanford digital officer Sumbul Desai is Apple's latest stealthy health hire
Apple has hired Sumbul Desai, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford. Desai is also vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief digital officer at Stanford Center for Digital Health. Desai will serve in a senior role at Apple in what appears to be a growing healthcare team, CNBC reported on June 8, adding she would continue to see patients at Stanford. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Thriva gets $1.9 million to use at-home blood tests for health tracking
London-based mail order consumer blood testing startup Thriva has raised $1.9 million (1.5 million pounds) in a round of seed funding, the company announced today. Individual investors include Zoopla CEO Alex Chesterman and TransferWise CEO Taavet Hinrikus and funds investing include Seedcamp, 500 Startups and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF). (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Sleep tracking company Hello, a Silicon Valley darling, has shut down
Hello, a heavily hyped and funded Silicon Valley company focused on passive sleep monitoring, is shutting down according to multiple media reports and a medium post from founder James Proud. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Art Medical gets $20M for smart intubation devices
Israel and Palo Alto-based Art Medical, developers of smart intubation devices for use in intensive care, has raised $20 million in a round led by Advanced Medical Technologies. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Oscar Health rolls out clinician dashboard to create detailed patient profile
Health insurance startup Oscar Health has introduced a new tool to give doctors a more detailed overview of their patients: a virtual clinical dashboard that displays multiple steps of an Oscar member ’s medical journey, with the goal being to offer a more readable profile of their health. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Games-based cybersecurity training: Beaumont Health System's latest safety tactic
When Beaumont Health System in Dearborn, Michigan, identified the need for heightened and more effective security training in 2014, it brought on a new security executive with a bright idea. Scott Larsen, manager of cybersecurity operations and architecture, tracked down a company that delivers security training in bite-sized chunks – 10-minute interactive sessions using the gamification style. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

NIH's All of Us precision medicine program gets rolling
When former director of health innovation and policy at Intel and cancer survivor Eric Dishman took over the NIH ’s ambitious program to collect a deep research dataset on a diverse population of a million Americans, it was called the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

News and announcements from the American Diabetes Association conference
Diabetes management is a focus area for a number of digital health companies, and increasingly large medical device companies like Medtronic and Dexcom are turning to smartphone apps and connected devices for their consumer offerings. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 9, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news