Weekly Recap 7/5/13

7-3-2013 8-26-28 PM

Rock Health releases its 2013 Midyear Digital Health Funding Report, which covers health startup funding rounds of greater than $2 million since the start of 2013. So far, there have been 25 percent more $2 million-plus deals than at this time in 2012, though the pace of investment growth has started to show signs of slowing. The top five deals representing nearly 20 percent of the total capital invested.

6-30-2013 11-11-40 PM

PILOT Health Tech NYC announces the new class of the PILOT Health Tech NYC program startups. PILOT pairs early-stage startups with hospitals, physicians, or practices in New York City for product pilots running three to six months. The program will donate $100,000 toward the cost of each pilot. The program is run in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Health 2.0, Blueprint Health, and StartUp Health.

6-30-2013 10-04-35 PM

EyeNetra, a Somerville, MA-based startup, raises $2 million for a $2 smartphone attachment that helps ophthalmologists remotely diagnose eye conditions. The new funding adds to an earlier $1 million investment raised last year. EyeNetra’s technology, as well as the company itself, can trace its origins to the MIT Media Lab, where CEO David Schafran met fellow co-founder and CTO Vitor Pamplona. Pamplona had been researching remote eye care diagnostic tools as part of his PhD program and the technology behind EyeNetra became the cornerstone to his thesis.

7-2-2013 9-46-04 PM

Following a highly successful pilot project designed to increase organ donor registration, Facebook announces that it is working on a communication platform that will help match patients seeking organ donors with those that may be in a position to respond. The functionality is expected to go live by the end of 2013. There are sensitive design elements, such as how to avoid the possibility of coercion or financial exchange, that need to be carefully considered.

Med Student Study App Snafu Results in Entire Class Retaking OB/GYN Exam

In London, an entire class of medical students at King’s College will resit for their OB/GYN finals after a popular study aid app is found to contain exact matches of more than 60 percent of the questions that appeared on the official test.The app was created by a professor who went on to contribute to the content for the official OB/GYN exam. Rather than writing new questions for that exam, the professor recycled the questions written for his app.

7-2-2013 6-59-50 PM

The Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge will present three developer challenges in Indianapolis on July 12: reduce infant mortality by delivering educational information, eliminate duplicate messages caused by multiple Continuity of Care Documents, and perform medication reconciliation across inpatient and outpatient encounters. Teams can receive cash and an in-kind services worth up to $25,000.

7-1-2013 10-34-43 PM

BlackBerry announces poor Q1 results, reporting a loss of $67 million, or 13 cents per share, on $3.1 billion in revenue. Analysts had expected a 6 cent profit on $3.36 billion. The poor performance sparked an overnight 28 percent drop in the company’s already battered share price.

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Travis covers recent news that SafeLink, a partnership between Text4Baby and TracFone, has contracted with Medicaid to provide free cell phones, including unlimited text and 250 minutes of talk time in an effort to engage low-income patients with SMS health reminders.


During the last three weeks of June of 1776, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston worked in secrecy drafting the Declaration of Independence. On June 28, the document was first presented to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. It won the support of some but not all 13 colonies. It would take several rounds of discussions and revisions before all parties were satisfied. On July 2, Richard Henry Lee proposed a motion for independence before the Congress, which won 12 of 13 continental votes. The next two days were spent finalizing the document until July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the Continental Congress. Happy Independence Day and Happy 237th birthday to America! – Lt. Dan

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

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