Survey: Only 22% of Digital Health Users Use EHRs to Make Medical Decisions

Survey: Only 22% of Digital Health Users Use EHRs to Make Medical Decisions

60% of consumers who use digital health tools state they have an EHR; however, only 22% of digital health users are accessing EHRs to help make medical decisions, according to a March/April HealthMine survey. The survey of 500 insured consumers who use mobile/internet-connected health tools reveals that despite the wide-spread adoption of EHRs, 55% of users simply view them as tools to simply "stay informed."Additionally, 29% of those consumers who say they do have an EHR are not getting much
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Heritage Group Closes $220M Healthcare Innovation Fund

Heritage Group

Backed by 15 leading national healthcare companies, Heritage Group, a Nashville-based, healthcare-exclusive, venture capital firm has announced the official closing of its latest Healthcare Innovation Fund at $220 million. The fund exceeded its original fund target by $20M and exceeded its prior Healthcare Innovation Fund by more than $50M. Founded in 1986 as a holding company for the entrepreneurial endeavors, Heritage’s unique VC model allows its strategic investors to actively engage in the
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Why Digital Health Growth Will Come From Clinically-Tested, Consumer-Facing, Interoperable Products

Proteus Digital Health

Editor's Note: Ingrid Oakley-Girvan, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an epidemiologist trained at Stanford.  She is the VP of Strategy at Medable, a Palo Alto-based health platform start-up.A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that many health apps may be sharing patients’ health data without their knowledge.  Four-fifths of 211 diabetes apps examined did not have privacy policies.  And in January 2016, Fitbit was slapped with a class-action lawsuit alleging that its
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Telehealth Startup WeCounsel Nabs $3.5M to Connect Mental Health Providers

WeCounsel

WeCounsel, a HIPAA compliant turnkey telehealth platform that connects mental health providers to clients online has raised $3.5M in Series A funding led by Longmeadow Capital Partners, Point Judith Capital, and CVH Holdings. The company's solution serves as a turnkey virtual office for healthcare providers and businesses, complete with a custom video conferencing experience. We are fortunate to have seen so much success in the marketplace and to have translated that into a major investment from
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Your.MD Launches AI-Powered Doctor Diagnosis on Facebook Messenger Via Chatbot

Your.MD

 Your.MD, a London-based company that provides medical guidance through artificial intelligence has announced the launch of OneStop Health- a one-stop-shop in digital health to allow people to take full control of each stage of their health issues: from understanding their symptoms to finding the best treatment - all via a chatbot.Now available on Facebook Messenger and WeChat,  OneStop Health empowers mobile users to find the safest and most suitable health service providers and products. The
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100k Sign Up for Geisinger’s Genomic Biobank & DNA Sequencing Study

100k Sign Up for Geisinger's Genomic Biobank

Geisinger Health System, an integrated health system announced that 100k recruits have signed up for the provider's biobank & DNA sequencing study known as the MyCode Community Health Initiative. Launched in January 2014 in collaboration with the Regeneron Genetics Center, the MyCode Community Health Initiative originally set out to recruit 100k study participants; however, researchers are now setting a new goal of at least 250k. The information gleaned from the MyCode study will contribute
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Nokia to Acquire Withings for $191M, Enters Digital Health Market

Nokia to Acquire Withings for $191M, Enters Digital Health Market

Nokia has announced plans to acquire Withings, the Frenchh-based connected health company with a family of digital health products including fitness bands, sleep-trackers, thermometers, watches and scales for  for €170 million ($191 million) in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in early Q3, 2016 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The acquisition marks Nokia's official entry into the digital health market to help boost its ongoing renewal of Nokia
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LifeMap Solutions Launches Mobile Health App Design & Development Services

LifeMap Solutions

LifeMap Solutions, the digital health subsidiary of BioTime, Inc. and co-developer of ResearchKit-enabled app Asthma Health, has announced a new service to develop custom smartphone apps and research studies for partners worldwide. Through its new service, LifeMap offers clients its deep expertise in medical science, consumer behavior, app analytics, and design. LifeMap then adds the client’s own unique expertise to the mix and guides the development, from concept to completion, of a new
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AMA, IDEA Labs To Support Medical Technology Development for Young Entrepreneurs

AMA, IDEA LABS

The American Medical Association (AMA) has teamed up with IDEA Labs, a student-run biotechnology incubator to support medical technology development from the next generation of young entrepreneurs studying at Washington University in St. Louis, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania and University of Minnesota.  Working together with IDEA Labs furthers the AMA mission by providing physicians nationwide with additional opportunities to shape the
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5 Healthcare Systems Pump $17M into Google Glass Startup Augmedix

Augmedix Google Glass

Augmedix, Inc., a Google Glass-focused digital health startup announced it has raised $17M in strategic funding from leading healthcare systems including Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), TriHealth Inc, and one more. The strategic round was led by Redmile Group with participation from founding institutional investors Emergence Capital and DCM Ventures. Augmedix has raised $40 million in total funding to date. The strategic investment from the five healthcare
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