Weekly Recap 5/31/13

Shareable Ink Raises $3 Million

Health IT startup Shareable Ink raises $3 million in funding led by Minnesota-based Lemhi Ventures. This brings Shareable Ink’s total to $14 million since its 2008 formation. The company’s flagship product is a physician documentation tool that allows doctors to use a digital pen to fill in the same paper forms they have been using for years. The pen captures the physician’s writing in structured data format and integrates it with the hospital or practice EMR.

A Kickstarter project launched by Mountain View, CA-based startup Phyode has raised $96,000 of its $100,000 goal in its first week of fundraising. Phyode is pitching a new concept to the activity tracker market: quantified wellness. The W/Me wellness tracker, much like your garden variety activity trackers, pairs a wristband with a biometric sensor and a supplemental mobile app. The difference between the two is in the data. W/Me attempts to quantify a more holistic view of wellness and then guides users through rhythmic breathing exercises to help highlight correlations between breathing and overall mental state.

SXSW Winner Neurotrack Raises $90K in Seed Round

Neurotrack, a Rock Health graduate and the healthcare winner of the 2013 SXSW startup competition, raises $90,000 in seed funding, according to a recent Form D filing. The startup assists in early Alzheimer’s detection through a computer-based test that can detect impairment of the hippocampus, the first area of the brain to be impacted by the disease.

iHealth Introduces New Activity Tracker

IHealth, makers of wireless blood pressure monitors and wireless scales, introduces two new products to its portfolio: an activity tracker and a wireless pulse oximetry monitor. Along with the expanded product offerings, iHealth announces new partnerships with MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper, which will push data to the iHealth app.

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have designed both the hardware and software needed to turn an iPhone into a Tricorder-like sensor that can be used for toxin and pathogen testing as well as medical diagnosis. The hardware includes an assortment of lenses and filters which pivots over the iPhone camera lens, essentially turning the phone into a high-resolution spectrophotometer. The software guides the user through the testing procedures. There are a wealth of real-world applications the researchers hope to apply the technology to, specifically in remote-care environments.

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In a survey of more than 1,000 consumers, fitness was ranked as the single most important feature for a smart watch. Twenty percent of survey respondents were reportedly willing to pay at least $299 for a watch with integrated sensors for heart rate, activity tracking, and blood pressure monitoring.

FDA Challenges Medical App uChek

The FDA is challenging mHealth app developer Biosense over its lack of FDA clearance for uChek, a medical app that the company is actively marketing. Users take a picture of a urine dip stick and uChek helps interpret the results. The FDA has given Biosense 30 days to explain why the app does not require its approval.

Tim Cook Discusses Wearables, Acquisitions, and Executive Changes at D11 Conference.

Tim Cook took the stage at AllThingsD’s D11 conference ready to brief reporters on the state of Apple Nation and field questions from event organizers Walt Moosberg and Kara Swisher. The interview kicked off by asking the question that everyone was thinking, as Walt Moosberg posed, “There’s a sense that you may have lost your cool. Is Apple in trouble?” The interview covered a lot of ground in a short period of time, but we’ve broken down what’s coming for Apple and what it means to healthcare.

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The Canadian government announces that it will encourage the creation of local eHealth initiatives by issuing grants to 16 research projects focused on developing technologies that enable patients to self-manage their conditions via eHeath applications.

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Thomas Friedman of The New York Times publishes an editorial in which he points to a rapid increase in health IT startups as an unforeseen positive consequence of HITECH and ACA.

Travis lays out the path web-savvy patients take from the keyboard to doctors office, discussing the competitive landscape of all the key players (ZocDoc, iTriage, HealthTap, etc) involved along the way.  Kyle Samani discusses the proliferation third devices in our lives, both as consumers and in healthcare, and speculates on the form and role that the “third screen” will have in the acute care setting.

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Thank you to our own Dr Jayne, and those like her who took time this Memorial Day to pay tribute to those that gave their lives defending our nation in wars past and present. To the soldiers I served with who didn’t make it home, the countless others I never knew, and the children, spouses, and parents they left behind, I am eternally grateful. A toast to your heroism. – Lt. Dan


Sponsor Updates

  • The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority has selected Truven Health Analytics, as its partner in building a statewide community shared services (CSS) platform.
  • Two-thirds of the 6.5 million emergency room visits for people under age 65 are avoidable, according to a study released by Truven Health Analytics.
  • Kony releases a set of guidelines for developing secure, effective, long-term enterprise mobility strategies.

Contacts

Lt. Dan, Dr. Travis, Mr. H, Inga, Dr. Jayne.

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