Weekly Recap 4/26/13

Google has unveiled the Google Glass developer guidelines, which reveal what users can expect from the most-hyped technological device to hit markets in years. Google Glass will not be capable of running real-time augmented reality apps, which comes as a major disappointment to most developers. Travis wrote an excellent piece on the potential of Google Glass in healthcare. He is excited about the potential of the Glass project but has a more realistic outlook on short and mid-range expectations, saying:

“I’m a huge fan of Google Glass, I really am, but I think we’re a ways off from Glass revolutionizing healthcare, mostly because revolutionizing, or disrupting healthcare, is more than just about great technology.” – Travis Good, MD.

Sense4Baby Raises $4 Million

San Diego-based Sense4Baby, a startup focused on developing a portable wireless heart rate monitor for women with high-risk pregnancies, announces that it has raised $4 million in funding from the West Health Investment Fund.

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CrowdMed, a Y Combinator backed health startup, has launched with the ambitious goal of creating a web-based diagnostic tool that evaluates patient cases based on crowd sourced information. CrowdMed is one of 46 participants in the Y Combinators 2013 class. It has raised $1.1 million in seed funding from investors including NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, and SV Angel in addition to the initial investment from Y Combinator.

Stretchable Electronics Maker MC10 Adds $8M To Its Series C Round

Cambridge, MA-based MC10, a startup focused on revolutionizing the wearables market by creating elegant, stretchable devices that can bend and flex with the body’s movements, announces that it has added $8 million to its Series C funding round, bringing its total to $18 million.

Kinsa Health Launches Smart Thermometer

NYC-based startup Kinsa Health launches a smart thermometer that plugs into a smartphone and integrates with an iOS app. The device, which is admittedly less convenient than a traditional thermometer, allow users to share location-specific health information with the community to monitor the spread of illnesses such as the flu and strep throat. To draw users in, the thermometer’s app comes with a “health weather” display that shows users what is happening in their neighborhoods and local schools, from influenza to strep outbreaks.

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athenahealth launches a marketplace of bolt-on pfferings for its cloud-based practice solution from a variety of vendors, including Experian Healthcare, InHealth Clinical Documentation Solutions (ICDS), NHXS, iTriage, and Entrada.

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Baltimore-based Healthify, a new startup led by Johns Hopkins University graduates and students, develops a free electronic waiting room questionnaire that can screen for health determinants such as psychosocial risks, nutritional status, housing, education, and substance abuse, all of which significantly increase the odds of an individual requiring hospitalization.

Israel-based medical social data mining vendor Treato raises $14.5 million in funding. The company’s platform extracts patient comments from blogs and discussion forums, applies natural language processing and other analytics, and provides an overview of patient comments about drugs and conditions. According to the company’s CEO, “Until now, everyone wanted to hear the doctor’s voice. Now, because of social changes and even legislation, everyone wants to hear the patient’s opinion. Regulation no longer pays for the doctor to treat, but for the patient to heal.”

Samsung Demos Mind-Controlled Tablet

MIT’s Technology Review recently profiled efforts that are underway at at the University of Texas, Dallas, in collaboration with Samsung engineers, to develop a concept device that would allow users with physical impairments to interact with a fully functioning tablet through a brain-computer interface, or in layman’s terms, mind control.

The Gamification of Pain Management Arrives as Kinect Pushes Beyond Physical Therapy

Researchers at Children’s National Medical Center are spearheading an initiative to expand the use of Microsoft Kinect-based digital health tools to aid doctors in the practice of pain management and help clinicians more precisely measure pain, limits of motion associated with pain, and pain triggers. The overall goal of the project is to further quantify pain to aid both in diagnosis and in treatment of chronic pain.

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The FDA announces that is launching a smartphone app that will streamline the reporting process for physicians submitting reports to its FDA Adverse Event Reporting System, which acts as a central reporting agency for clinicians in the field to report possibly dangerous flaws in high-risk medical devices.

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Mobile applications platform developer Kony Solutions, announcing 90 percent year-over-year growth, names Abhay Parasnis (Oracle) as president and COO. The company has also been publically discussing an IPO in the later half of 2013, or potentially 2014.

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