News 8/23/16

Accolade raises $70 million in a new Series E funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. The company provides an on-demand healthcare concierge for employers, health plans, and health systems. Accolade will use the capital to expand its technology platform, R&D, and sales and marketing initiatives.

News 8/23/16

Honor, a home health startup, gains $42 million in a Series B round of funding led by Thrive Capital. The company, launched in 2015, will use the funds to expand its home care services from California into Texas. They will be hiring more home care professionals as well as engineers to continue building and expanding its technology platform.

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News 8/3/16

Startup CognitiveScale closes $21.8 million in Series B financing from Norwest Venture Partners and Intel Capital. CongnitiveScale offers an industry-specific machine intelligence software. The financing will be used to build its portfolio of could-based cognitive computing products.

News 8/3/16

Big Health raises $12 million in new funding. Big Health automates behavioral medicine programs, thereby making them scalable, accessible and consistent. Big Health’s first product, Sleepio, is a digital sleep improvement program featuring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, clinically proven to help overcome even long term poor sleep without pills.

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HIStalk Connect Interviews Terry Edwards, President & CEO at PerfectServe

Terry Edwards is the president and CEO at PerfectServe of Knoxville, TN.

HIStalk Connect Interviews Terry Edwards, President & CEO at PerfectServe

Tell me a little bit about yourself and PerfectServe.

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News 7/21/16

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announces the Phase 1 winners of two application challenges to make electronic health information easier to access and use for consumers and providers. The Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge were announced at HIMSS by Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology. Applicants for both challenges were encouraged to use FHIR and APIs. The four winners of each challenge will receive a $15,000 award.

News 7/21/16

A team of researchers led by engineers from Tufts University introduce smart stitches. Threads are embedded with electronics, microfluids, and nano-scale sensors to create the diagnostic sutures. The threads can collect diagnostic data such as tissue temperature, pH and glucose levels, and stress and strain, and even sense if an infection is coming on. What’s more, these super-stitches can then wirelessly send the collected data to a smartphone or computer, potentially giving health professionals a realtime glimpse inside an injury. The smart threads could be used in more than just wounds, say the researchers. They could also be embedded in organs, orthopedic implants, and perhaps even knitted or embroidered into smart fabrics for other applications.

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HIStalk Connect Interviews Joel Diamond, MD, FAAFP Chief Medical Officer Genomics and Precision Medicine at 2bPrecise

Joel Diamond, MD, is Chief Medical Officer, Genomics and Precision Medicine at 2bPrecise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allscripts.

HIStalk Connect Interviews Joel Diamond, MD, FAAFP Chief Medical Officer Genomics and Precision Medicine at 2bPrecise

Tell me a little bit about yourself and 2bPrecise.
 
I still practice family medicine a couple days a week in western Pennsylvania. I came at all of this stuff from a primary care standpoint. I was an early adopter of electronic micro-records in my office. Then I went on to help do a CPOE at one of the UPMC hospitals back in 2004.

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News 7/14/16

Philips announces its first Bluetooth-connected Sonicare, the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, with a corresponding app. It tracks patients’ brushing in real time and syncs via Bluetooth to a personalized 3-D Mouth Map. It even includes a Touch Up feature that will prompt patients to go back to any missed spots immediately after a brushing session.

News 7/14/16

Endotronix closes $32 million in Series C round of financing. The digital health company makes a wireless implantable pulmonary artery pressure sensor for heart failure patients who can be monitored remotely. It is the first FDA-approved device of its kind.

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News 7/12/2016

Pokémon Go monopolizes news and social media this week. Everywhere I look there are stories of the app leading zombie-like people to hunt down Pokémon with unintended outcomes. A teenage girl found a dead body while looking for one,  robbers used it to lure victims with the possibility of catching a rare one, and there is speculation that the app will improve health by getting people on their feet to search for them. The craze adds $9 billion in market value to Nintendo in the week since the app was launched, as its shares surged 25%.

News 7/12/2016

Involution Studios debuts their Health Care Cards at Mass Innovation Nights. The cards offer advice and planning across the full spectrum of health and wellness and they are available in both digital and paper versions.

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News 6/21/16

Samsung Electronics unveils their vision for ‘Human-Centered IoT’ including a strategy to spend $1.2 billion over 4 years for U.S.-based Internet of Things R&D and investments.

News 6/21/16

New digital health insurance platform, LEAGUE announces it has raised $25 million in Series A financing. LEAGUE plans to expand its product offering and geographic reach to markets in the U.S. The financing follows the company’s launches in Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver in 2015.

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