Mayo Clinic exploring blockchain EHR use cases with UK startup
Medicalchain, a London-based startup that develops blockchain technology for storing electronic health records, announced this week that it is has signed a working agreement with the Mayo Clinic to explore different distributed ledger initiatives at the health system. The company says its blockchain platform can securely store health records, describing it as a single source of truth that can easily and securely be accessed, updated and shared. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Backed by Harry Styles, Ashton Kutcher, meditation app Calm nabs $27M
Calm, developer of the meditation and sleep app of the same name, has raised $27 million in a round of funding led by Insight Ventures that also includes singer Harry Styles (formerly of One Direction) and Sound Ventures, the investment vehicle of actor Ashton Kutcher. This is the company's first major funding round since a $1.5 million seed round, and brings its total investment to $28.5 million. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Facebook will direct users searching for opioids toward addiction resources
The US ’s struggle with opioid addiction rages on, and Facebook seems to have heard critics’ warnings about social media’s role in the epidemic. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Fitbit names new CFO, RxRevu taps former Cleveland Clinic CEO for board position, and other digital health hires and departures
Earlier this month Fitbit announced that Bill Zerella will be stepping down as chief financial officer. The wearable giant has tapped Ronald Kisling, who was perviously serving as the chief accounting officer, to fill the role. Kisling comes to position with 35 years of experience in financial leadership.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Walmart submitted patent for blockchain, wearable, biometric scanner-based EHR system
Walmart ’s ongoing investigation of blockchain technologies seems to have intersected with its growing interest in joining the healthcare space, according to a patent application released earlier this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Mayo Clinic-born remote patient monitoring startup Ambient Clinical Analytics gets $1.5M
Ambient Clinical Analytics, a remote patient monitoring company that spun off from Mayo Clinic in 2013, has raised $1.5 million in a round led by Noaber Ventures, the impact investment arm of Noaber Foundation and the company ’s first European investor. Existing investors Social Capital, Bluestem Capital, and Mayo Clinic also contributed to the round. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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FHIR will support EHR data sharing in Beth Israel, Lahey merger, CIO John Halamka says
BOSTON — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health, along with three other hospitals, are currently in the midst of a mega-merger to bring the organizations under one umbrella. But as with most providers, they’re operating with a wide range of EHR vendors and versions. There are three insta nces of Epic, three different versions of Meditech, athenahealth and Cerner, and the assumption is that we’ll rip and replace these versions and put in one monolith EHR, explained John Halamka, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess CIO at HL7’s DevDays on Tuesday. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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AMA creates regulations around'augmented intelligence '
Last week the American Medical Association outlined a new set of recommendations on augmented intelligence, a type of technology that aims to extend, but not replace, a human medical expert ’s insight and decision-making capabilities. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Apple taps RapidSOS to help emergency responders pinpoint iOS users' locations
Apple has announced a partnership with RapidSOS that will allow iPhones to more easily send detailed location data to first responders in the event of an emergency, the Cupertino tech giant announced yesterday.   “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance.” (Source: mobihealthnews)
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MedAware partners with Allscripts, Qardio integrates with Greenway Health, and other digital health deals
AI-based patient safety company MedAware has announced a partnership with Allscripts that will bring its medication decision support product to the latter company ’s EHR system. With this, providers choosing a prescription for their patients in a live setting will receive notifications concerning medication-related risks, such as adverse drug events or opioid dependency, and can amend their recommendation if deemed necessary. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Medtronic, Nutrino partner to bring nutrition info to glucose monitoring app
Medical tech company Medtronic is teaming up with Nutrino, an AI powered personalized nutrition platform. Nutrino ’s FoodPrint Report technology will now be integrated into Medtronic’s iPro2 myLog app, a platform that connects with a continuous glucose monitor to help give users insights about their glucose levels.  The new technology will enable doctors and clinicians to see the food that a person has log ged during their iPro2 cgm evaluation.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Healthcare shopping tool Vitals creates new data analytics division
This morning Vitals, maker of online healthcare transparency resources for patients, announced that it would be creating a data analytics division called Vitals 360. The new division will be dedicated to looking at data, quality, and predictive analytic technologies in an effort to expand Vital ’s cost and engagement services. Specifically, the division will work with health plans to help build more effective and efficient strategies.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Optum research head describes AI's'black box' problem and its impact on healthcare
To all of the people who work with machine learning and neural networks healthcare technologies, but can ’t describe exactly how the gears are turning — don’t worry, you’re not alone. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Digital health briefs: Sophia Genetics acquires Biosoftware, Garmin improves sleep tracking, Yaoshibang gets $66M
Sophia Genetics acquires CDS software company. Genomics AI company Sophia Genetics has acquired Interactive Biosoftware, a maker of Alamut, a clinical decision support software for clinical genomic data interpretation. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Digital health news briefs: Sophia Genetics acquires Biosoftware, Garmin improves sleep tracking, Yaoshibang gets $66M
Sophia Genetics acquires CDS software company. Genomics AI company Sophia Genetics has acquired Interactive Biosoftware, a maker of Alamut, a clinical decision support software for clinical genomic data interpretation. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Digital mental health platform Healios raises $2.9M
UK-based digital mental health company Healios has just closed a $2.9 million ( £2.2 million) funding round led by Albion Capital and Spice Capital.  The platform connects patients to mental health professionals for assessments, treatments, and wellbeing check-ins. It also gives patients and clinicians the ability to connect through video conferencing and interactive digital tools. The digital health tool is designed so that different family members can be connected on the platform.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
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6 former Fitbit, Jawbone employees indicted by federal grand jury
Wearables maker Jawbone may be out of business, but its beef with rival Fitbit lives on apparently in the form of a grand jury indictment handed down Thursday from the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The indictment, for theft of trade secrets, names the same six employees named in Jawbone's civil suit against Fitbit, but does not name Fitbit itself. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Medtronic's deep brain stimulation programmer and app get the FDA nod
Medical tech company Medtronic has just landed FDA clearance on its Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinical Programmer and ActivaProgramming application. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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How Sitra is fostering healthcare innovation in Finland
Pia Heikkurinnen, theme specialist, capacity renewal at Sitra, talks about the support the Finnish government is giving Sitra to back digital health startups and other healthcare innovators.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Health 2.0 and HIMSS: Why coming together strengthens the healthcare community
Indu Subaiya, co-founder of Health 2.0 and executive vice president at HIMSS, discusses the value in bridging the gap between the start-up community and European hospital IT leaders. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Care, wellness robotics company Embodied collects $22M
Pasadena, California-based Embodied announced today it has raised $22 million in Series A funding to support its AI and robotics platforms for improved care and wellness. The investment is led by Calibrate Ventures and Jazz Venture Partners, and had participation from previous backers including Osage University Partners, Intel Capital, Grishin Robotics, and others. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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FDA grants DreaMed's de novo request for device-friendly diabetes software
The FDA has granted Isreal-based DreaMed Diabetes a de novo request for its artificial intelligence-powered software for providers managing patients with Type 1 diabetes. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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In-Depth: Consumer genomics furthers healthcare foothold but privacy, resource concerns persist
In the last few years consumer genomics has grown in both its offerings and legitimacy. The industry that was once best known for telling clients if they were Italian or Hungarian is now securing its foothold within the healthcare space.     (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Benchling gets $14.5M to build collaboration tools for biotechs, pharmas
Benchling, which offers a software suite for improving collaboration and productivity among life sciences and biotech researchers, has raised $14.5 million in series B funding. Benchmark led the round, with additional participation by F-Prime Capital and returning investor Thrive Capital. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Valencell's partnership with earphone manufacturer leads to $10.5M raise
Biometric sensor technology company Valencell announced this week that it has raised $10.5 million in Series E, bringing the company ’s total funding to $35 million. The new backing primarily comes as the result of a strategic investment by hearing instrument and specialty earphone company Sonion a/s, with additional participation from prior investors including TDF Ventures, GII LLC, and WSJ Joshua Fund. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Digital brain biomarker startup raises $15M in Series B funding
Mindstrong Health, a company that uses phone activity to measure mental health and behavior, has just closed a $15 million Series B funding round.   This newest backing brings the startups total financing to $29 million, and will be used to scale the business and advance commercial deployments with partners in the healthcare industry. Mindstrong is backed by ARCH Venture Partners, Berggruen Holdings, Bezos Expeditions, Decheng Capital, Fore site Capital, Optum Ventures, and One Mind Brain Health Impact Fund. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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FDA approves wearable device for opioid withdrawal symptom treatment device
DyAnsys, a medical device company specializing in the autonomic nervous system, announced this week that it has received FDA approval for a wearable auricular neurostimulation device designed to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The device, called Drug Relief, is now available to providers in the US, and is distributed in the EU by the DyAnsys ’ European branch. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Studies lend credence to Click Therapeutics' digital therapeutic for depression
The past month has seen a succession of publications offering support for Click Therapeutics ’ digital offering for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Medical communication tool Medici rakes in $22.4M
Today medical communication startup Medici announced that it has raised $22.4 million from executives coming from Citadel, Dell, Publix, and Starwood Capital, and other unnamed investors. The Austin, Texas-based startup is aimed at enabling asynchronous text messaging between care providers and patients.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Cash incentives, wearable tracker increase steps for ischemic heart disease patients
A little bit of cash paired with a wearable activity tracker could be key in motivating people with ischemic heart disease to stay active. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that participants who were given a $14 cash incentive to meet physical activity goals, that were tracked by a wearable, had significantly more steps than their counterparts who just had the device.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Study: VA-sponsored telementoring improved survival rates for liver disease by 54 percent
Patients of doctors who participated in a Veteran Affairs-run telemedicine consultation program were 54 percent more likely to survive chronic liver disease than a matched cohort of patients of non-participating doctors, according to a new retrospective study from the University of Michigan. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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SleepScore's new app monitors sleep quality using soundwaves
SleepScore Labs — a joint venture between ResMed, Dr. Oz Media, and Pegasus Capital Advisors best known for its contactless, bedside sleep quality measurement device — has launched a new offering that relies only on the user’s smartphone. The SleepScore App uses the phone’s speakers as a SONAR system by pro jecting inaudible soundwaves around the bedroom. Once these reflect off of the user’s sleeping body and are captured by the smartphone’s microphone, the app’s algorithms translate the readings into a one- to 100-point metric of sleep quality. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Brain-machine interface startup Paradromics closes $7M seed funding round
Paradromics, a San Jose, California-based startup that is working to create streaming capabilities between the brain and computers, has just landed $7 million in seed funding. The round was led by Arkitekt Ventures and Synergy Ventures with participation from It-Farm, Dolby Ventures, Alpha Edison, Loup Ventures, and existing investor Fusion Fund.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Swedish telemedicine provider Kry announces $66M Series B funding
Stockholm, Sweden-based telemedicine app company Kry announced this week that it has raised $66 million (53 million euros) in Series B funding. The round was led by Index Ventures, and also included the company ’s existing investors Accel, Creandum, and Project A. According to a statement, the company will use the new funding to grow its staff, with the eventual goals of deepening market penetration, expanding medical offerings, and moving into new geographic markets such as the UK and France. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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CMS relents, opens up smartphone-connected CGMs for reimbursement
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will reverse a longstanding unpopular position on reimbursement for smartphone-connected continuous glucose monitors, CMS announced yesterday. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Survey: Hospitals' adoption of mobile strategies hits a snag
When healthcare communications firm Spok first began investigating the prevalence of mobile strategies in 2012, only a third of survey respondents reported that their organization had a formalized strategy in place. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Biogen launches new app, Aby, for patients with MS
Biogen has just launched a new app, called Aby, aimed at giving people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) accurate and reliable information about the condition and support. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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WebMD acquires Jobson to bolster content for pharmacists, eye health practicioners
Internet Brands subsidiary WebMD, which also oversees the Medscape brand of physician-facing mobile and web-based educational content, has acquired  Jobson Healthcare Information, another healthcare content group, for an undisclosed amount. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Mental health apps helpful but poor design, privacy concerns contribute to low engagement
A clinical review, published in Evidence Based Mental Health Month, suggests numerous issues, including poor app design and privacy concerns, have contributed to a low engagement rate for mental health apps. The article goes on to suggest that more patient engagement during the app design process and the creation of standards could help remedy these issues.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
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FDA clears MindMaze's gamified home-neurorehabilitation platform
Switzerland-based MindMaze announced today that it has received FDA clearance for the MindMotion Go, a gamified neurorehabilitation therapy platform for medium and light severity impairments able to be deployed in the patient ’s home. Using motion capture technology based on the Microsoft Kinect, the Go engages patients with a range of activities set in displayed 3D environments that promote motor and task functions. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Medidata acquires Shyft for $195M, establishes unified trial, commercialization data platform
Medidata, a New York City-based company that offers cloud storage and data analytics services for clinical trials, announced today that it has acquired Shyft Analytics, maker of a cloud data analytics platform specifically designed for the pharma and biotech industries. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Digital health briefs: Easing pain with VR, digital assistants for runners, more Propeller funding
The latest digital health news briefs for June 11. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Glooko launches diabetes analytics platform
Glooko announced the launch of the new version of its Glooko Web Application platform this morning. The site aims to give users more resources with a streamlined navigation tool and an assortment of diabetes analytics, charts, and graphs.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
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A third patent filing shows blood pressure monitoring on Apple's radar
A patent application filed by Apple, for a (possibly Bluetooth-connected) wearable blood pressure monitor, became public last week and was brought to light by The Ver (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Biological tissue sensor startup Sensome rakes in $5.4M in funding
Paris-based Sensome, a company that makes sensors to identify biological tissues, just landed $5.4 million (4.6 euro) in a funding round led by Kurma Partners. The latest funding is expected to help the startup bring its smart stroke guidewire, the Clotild, to market.   “This financing round will enable us to bring Clotild through clinical testing and to the European market, and to explore the next applications of our technology,” Franz Bozsak, CEO and cofounder of Sensome, said in a statement. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Fitbit Ace, a fitness wearable for kids, goes on sale for $99.95
Fitbit has officially launched the Fitbit Ace, the company's first activity tracker designed for children, specifically kids ages 8 and older. The band was first announced in March. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Roche launches CoaguChek Vantus to monitor coagulation levels wirelessly
As Pharma giant Roche continues its dive into the digital health realm, it is releasing a new self-testing device for INR or blood coagulation levels, that can wirelessly connect to a smartphone app. The CoaguChek Vantus system, which is designed for Warfarin patients to monitor their coagulation levels, includes built in Bluetooth technology. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Flatiron, Verily, GNS VPs talk importance of collaboration between tech, life science
The road to digital innovation in the pharma and healthcare space is going to take players across industries — from tech developers and engineers to researchers and clinicians, according to a panel of digital-focused VPs speaking at BIO 2018 in Boston.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
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Rising use of consumer devices in clinical trials has pharma hungry for data standards
Pharma companies are increasingly embracing the use of wearables and other connected devices to streamline and improve data collection in clinical trials. But for all the advantages these devices might have, there also challenges — especially when it comes to data standardization. This week at BIO 2018, Dr. Daniel Karlin, Pfizer’s head of clinical, informatics, regulatory strategy, digital medicine, and the Pfizer Innovation Research Lab, led a panel discussion delving into the many aspects of the thorny problem. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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At BIO 2018, digital technologies in pharma are gaining steam
Digital technologies are cementing their place across healthcare, and the pharmaceutical sector is no exception. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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