Is Social Media the New Doppler Radar for Tracking Diseases?

Is Social Media the New Doppler Radar for Tracking Diseases

In today’s world of social media, oversharing is the norm. Twitter is great for discussing everything from that great new movie to what you had for breakfast. Facebook users often post status updates on everything under the sun, including their interactions, frustrations, struggles and even locations. If someone is feeling under the weather, they might post that fact on social media and get an almost instant stream of well-wishes, commiserations and remedy recommendations in return. By
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5 Reasons Why Digital Health Needs More Doctors as Investors

Dr. Saif Abed

With so many reports highlighting the increasing investment in digital health it stands to reason to ask whether investors are making the right choices. Clinical insight might make the crucial difference. Here's why. I am fortunate to have many interactions with investors within my network ranging from angels to later round focused venture capitalists. Here in Europe, investment in healthcare IT and digital health companies has started to become an area of interest because of the boom in
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Independence Blue Cross Makes Investment & Strategic Partnership in CareCam Health Systems

CareCam Health Systems

CareCam Health Systems (CCHS), a vHealthTM technology firm offering a chronic care management software platform designed to promote patient adherence to prescribed therapy and seamless coordinated care, announced a strategic collaboration with the Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation. As part of the collaboration, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) will work with CCHS on the development of several programs intended to improve the care of people with chronic health
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Tufts School of Medicine to Host Hackathon to Disrupt Medical Education

Tufts School of Medicine

36-Hour collaboration between MedStart and Major League Hacking hosted at the Tufts University School of Medicine to pursue new tech projects in medical innovation and education. The Tufts University School of Medicine will be hosting a weekend long Innovation Challenge (hackathon) testing some of the brightest minds in healthcare and across the country at MedStart, which is proud to be part of Major League Hacking (MLH) powered by Dell. The 36-hour collaboration will pair Tufts Med’s faculty
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Real Estate Developer to Raise $20M to Build Digital Health Startups in San Francisco

Alexandria Real Estate

  Alexandria Real Estate Equities, the largest owner and developer of real estate for the life-sciences industry in the nation wants to raise up to $20 million to build digital health startups in San Francisco, SFGate reports. Last year, the real estate developer announced that it would start three new accelerators nationwide to focused on agriculture, biotech and digital health. The biotech space is already up and running in New York City and has attracted giant pharma companies such as
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Top 5 Digital Health Categories Poised for Growth in 2015

Top 5 Digital Health Categories Poised for Growth in 2015

Is digital health an investment bubble set to burst? Rock Health’s Malay Gandhi weighs in. The ball may have dropped on another new year, but 2014 was known as the year venture funding picked up the ball and ran for it— when it came to digital health. According to a recent report released by Rock Health, a record total of more than $4 billion was poured into the space last year, and it’s poised to keep on growing in 2015. “This is not a bubble,” said Malay Gandhi, managing director
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Sharecare Partners with HCA to Create Digital Patient Engagement Solution

sharecare

Sharecare, an online health and wellness engagement platform, today announced at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference a strategic collaboration with HCA to accelerate innovation through the creation of new patient engagement solutions. HCA also made a financial investment in Sharecare during 2014, and the companies are exploring opportunities to create a joint innovation lab. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. Sharecare and HCA first began working together in December 2013,
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Rise of the “Internet of Healthy Things”

Daniel Kivatinos, COO and cofounder of drchrono

  People are embracing connected objects that are actively caring for them. As the decades have gone on, we’ve seen everything around us advance technologically at a rapid pace. Looking at Moore's law, you can see the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This in turn has allowed faster innovation in technology in every sector, from social networks, search engines and banking, to name a few. Despite all of
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Health Optimization Platform Welltok Closes $37M Funding Round

Health Optimization Platform Welltok

Welltok, developer of the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform™, officially closed its most recent funding round of $37 million. Two new investors join the round, Hearst Health Ventures, a unit of Hearst Corporation focused on investments in health IT and technology-enabled healthcare services, and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. This brings Welltok’s completed funding in 2014 to $59 million.  Hearst and CHI join the Series D round led by
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Big Data Firm Inovalon Files First Digital Health IPO of 2015

Big Data Firm Inovalon Files First Digital Health IPO of 2015

Inovalon Inc., a provider of cloud-based analytics and data driven platforms technology for healthcare filed for an initial public offering on 12/30/14, according to SEC filing. The Bowie, Md.-based company is seeking $500M in its initial public offeringand has applied for listing on NASDAQ under the ticker "INOV" making it the first digital health IPO of 2015. The big data firm outlines in the SEC filing that it will use the proceeds from the IPO for "acquisitions of complementary businesses,
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