News 7/18/14

Not surprisingly, EHR adoption, implementation, and data integration are seen as the biggest technology problems facing physicians this year according to a survey one by Kareo. My guess would be technology is not the highest issue — reimbursement and payment would be more top of mind.


DreamIt Health, the accelerator in Philadelphia, announces its new class of startups. DreamIt has partnerships with Penn and Independence Blue Cross. Companies get a $50,000 investment in exchange for 6 percent equity. The companies offer everything from 3D printing, carbon nanotubes, scheduling, medication adherence, to fraud prevention. They are:

  • BioBots
  • Drop Diagnostics
  • FlexiSched
  • NarrativeDx
  • RegDesk
  • Ristcall
  • Tissue Analytics
  • TowerView Health
  • TrueClaim.


MediSafe releases an app for the new Android Wear smartwatches for Android. It will enable users to use wrist gestures to record the time they take their medications. I wonder how this helps with adherence more than a smartphone app. I like my Pebble becauseI can get messages while I’m doing other things. If I’m taking my meds anyway, using my smartphone is probably adequate. MediSafe also has a smartphone app.


I wrote a post on telecharting and Augmedix a few weeks ago. It looks like there’s another company that is getting into telecharting using Google Glass. Details are still scant, but here’s a story on Nashville-based Octovis.


The consumer health space continues to heat up with big recent announcements from Apple, Google, and Samsung. Now Samsung is going to be partnering with fitness apparel maker Under Armour, which made its first moves into digital health last year when it acquired MapMyFitness. I think we’ll see more and more of these partnerships between fitness, digital health, and mobile device makers. We’ll see how the existing health IT vendors play into these relationships.


Virtuwell launches telemedicine services in Virginia. Consumers complete online forms and then get responses and prescriptions (if needed) based on the data they entered.

I haven’t seen much telerheumatology, but apparently Dartmouth is offering remote rheumatology visits to patients in Vermont.

On this list of 10 startups to watch, two of them are healthcare related. ThriveOn is a platform with customized programs and remote coaches, focusing on mental health. Shadow is an mobile app that captures and shares (selectively) dreams. I’ve been using the beta of Shadow for a few weeks and I’m impressed with both the app and the team. It’s a fascinating concept.


Valant raises $11 million. The company makes EHR and billing software for behavioral health.


As opposed to rheumatology, dermatology is a popular telemedicine specialty. This dermatology publication discusses the liability issues with teledermatology, specifically discussing an sample case of a California dermatologist who is being sued by the family of a deceased patient who claims he missed a melanoma. The now-deceased patient sent an image to the dermatologist, who gave a free response in telling the patient it was nothing to worry about. It’s obviously a liability issue, but I don’t know many real dermatologists who would give advice to remote patients they haven’t met.


Travis Good, MD/MBA, is co-founder of Catalyze. More about me.

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