News 5/23/16

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Google announces the availability of its new app, Science Journal. It is a tool that turns your smartphone into a miniature lab. It uses sensors in the phone as well as external sensors that can be connected to conduct experiments. The user can organize ideas into projects, make predictions, take notes, and collect data in multiple trials, then annotate and explore the results.

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Barnes Jewish Christian Hospital turns to startup MedAware Solutions to help improve care for patients after they are discharged from the hospital. The tracking technology is helping clinicians keep track of patients, making sure they don’t develop medical conditions that require a return trip to the emergency room.

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HIStalk Connect is sponsoring our first meet up, working with Healthcare Innovation, Design, Technology & Startups in Pasadena, CA on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Join Stacy Bamberg, CEO of Veristride as she shares the journey of a young startup in developing a healthcare data analytics platform leveraging IoT via an insole wearable. She will discuss the many opportunities for using IoT in healthcare, as well as Veristride’s approach to biomechanical analysis of how people walk, run and move and the many opportunities to help them heal, excel and thrive in both clinical and recreational settings.

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Jumpstart Foundry announces the 17 healthcare companies in which they will invest in 2016. This year the company will be investing as a healthcare innovation fund instead of an accelerator.

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Clover Health raises $160 million in their latest round of funding led by Greenoaks Capital. Clover Health is a startup insurance company that uses data analysis and preventative care to improve healthcare for seniors. Clover also analyzes lab data to identify patients who are in danger of serious illness, such as diabetes. Clover is currently available in only a handful of counties in New Jersey but it will be using the latest funding to expand into new regions.

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6SensorLabs, operating under its consumer-facing Nima brand, raises $9.2 million in Series A funding. The round and rebrand follow an enthusiastic consumer reception of the pre-sale of its first product, a portable sensor that detects gluten in food.

BACtrack Skyn is awarded $200,000 as the first prize winner of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholisms Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge. The device is worn on the wrist and provides continuous and non-invasive monitoring of the wearers blood alcohol. Alcohol is detected using a fuel cell technology similar to what law enforcement uses for roadside alcohol testing. The short video demonstrates how it works.

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CipherHealth, a six-year-old healthcare technology company in New York City, awards its first annual Outstanding Patient Care Award to recognize exceptional nurses and nursing teams across the nation. The award was launched in honor of National Nurses Week, an annual celebration of nurses around Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The winners include one nurse and two nursing teams who consistently demonstrate their commitment to patient safety, advocacy, and empowerment through compassionate patient care.

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Dr. David Shulkin, the VA’s Under Secretary for Health, announces the establishment of five VA Metal Health Telehealth Clinical Resource Centers during the Telemedicine Association Gathering. VA’s Mental Health Telemedicine Clinical Resource Centers will provide veterans, particularly those living in rural areas, with rapid access to mental health services where local barriers exist.  This expanded effort will help close the gap in access to mental health care, in particular in traditionally underserved communities.

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AboutOne, posts a message on its website stating it has closed its consumer business as they prepare to sell their technology and wind down their operations. AboutOne helps families organize their household information, including health and insurance. It offers reports, alerts, to dos, and reminders.

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I just preordered BLIPS. It is a set of 2 mini lenses which turns your smartphone or tablet into a digital microscope.The macro lens is the best option to observe insects or objects in motion, while the micro lens offers higher magnification and maximal resolution.

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This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen this week. Video game developer Konami teams up with a robotics engineer to build a prosthetic arm for video gamer James Young. The arm was designed and installed by a company called Open Bionics and in addition to functionality you would expect from a prosthetic limb, this one also has a working flashlight, a USB port built-in to the wrist for charging a smartphone, a laser light, digital watch, and if that isn’t enough: a fully functioning drone.

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