Behavioral Telehealth Startup AbilTo Taps Rob Rebak as New CEO

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AbilTo, a provider of behavioral telehealth programs proven to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs has appointed Rob Rebak as its new Chief Executive Officer. In his new role as CEO, Mr. Rebak will be responsible for shaping the vision and strategy of AbilTo going forward, as well as for building upon the company's history of clinical innovation and strong performance.Rob Rebak Background/ExperienceA 25-year healthcare industry veteran, Rebak brings a broad range of strategic and
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Medtronic To Acquire Heartware for $1.1B: 9 Things to Know

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On Monday, medical device maker Medtronic entered a definitive agreement to acquire HeartWare International Inc. an innovator of less-invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies for the treatment of advanced heart failure for $1.1 billion. The acquisition is expected to close during Medtronic's second fiscal quarter ending Oct. 28, 2016. Here are 9 things to know about the acquisition: 1. As part of the agreement, Medtronic will pay $58 for each Heartware share outstanding, which
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Cedars-Sinai, HomeHero Launch Safe Transition Home Program

Cedars-Sinai, HomeHero Launch Safe Transition Home Program

Cedars-Sinai has teamed up HomeHero, a Santa Monica-based non-medical home care provider to launch the Safe Transition Home program that provides safe rides and transitions for patients between the hospital and the home. The program is funded through a combination of private clients and Cedars-Sinai.Program BenefitsThe goal of the program is designed to reduce inpatient readmissions, raising patient satisfaction and improving health outcomes — challenges facing hospitals nationwide. Other key
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Mayo Clinic Makes Strategic Investment in Transplant Genomics

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Transplant Genomics has announced a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic to develop, validate, and commercialize diagnostic tests enabling personalized immunosuppression for solid organ transplant recipients. As part of the multiyear collaboration, Mayo Clinic will make an investment in Transplant Genomics for an undisclosed amount. Additionally, both companies with work together on co-development of new tests and technologies for additional targets, including exploratory studies in heart and
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Cedars-Sinai Unveils Therapeutic Virtual Reality to Enhance Patient Experience

Cedars-Sinai Unveils Therapeutic Virtual Reality to Enhance Patient Experience

AppliedVR, a developer of scalable therapeutic virtual reality (VR) content has announced a partnership with Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to implement its VR technology in the medical center’s department of Surgery and Orthopaedic Center.Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is among the first hospitals to utilize scalable VR technology. After investing in AppliedVR via the TechStars healthcare accelerator, Cedars-Sinai is currently implementing AppliedVR pilots across several
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NIH Awards $2.3M Grant to Develop Disease Diagnosis App, FeverPhone

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The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded to Cornell a four-year, $2.3 million four-year grant to develop FeverPhone, an portable disease diagnosis kit. Once developed, the FeverPhone will provide real-time, rapid and accurate diagnosis using a drop of blood to differentiate and identify specific pathogens for six febrile diseases in the field: dengue, malaria, chikungunya, typhoid fever, leptospirosis and Chagas’
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Google, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Team Up for Easy Symptom Search

Google, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Team Up for Easy Symptom Search

 Roughly 1 percent of searches on Google are symptom related. Starting  this week, when consumers access Google’s mobile search for information about certain symptoms, they will quick, accurate facts on relevant related medical conditions up front on their smartphone or other mobile device.Announced in a blog post by Veronica Pinchin, a product manager on Google's search team, the goal of the new symptom search feature allows consumers to quickly explore and navigate health conditions related to
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XPrize, IBM Watson Launch $5M Artificial Intelligence Competition

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XPRIZE has teamed up with IBM Watson to launch IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, a $5 million, four-year global competition challenging teams to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.The $5M prize will focus on creating scalable AI apps that benefit consumers and businesses across a multitude of disciplines including healthcare, education, energy & environment, global development and
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HealthPrize Nabs Series B for Medication Adherence Gamification

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HealthPrize, a digital health startup focused on patient engagement and medication adherence solutions has announced the closing of its Series B round of financing to support the company’s internal growth and international expansion. Participating investors in the financing round includes Mansa Capital, an investor group which includes seasoned healthcare investors Robert Dahl and Trygve Mikkelsen, as well as former pharmaceutical executives Anthony Wild and Richard DeSchutter. Dahl and
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Mayo Clinic, GE Set to Unveil Innovative Compact MRI Scanner

Mayo Clinic, GE Set to Unveil Innovative Compact MRI Scanner

On June 28th, Mayo Clinic will unveil a new first of its kind compact 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner developed in collaboration with General Electric's (GE) Global Research Center. The investigational, research device was developed under a National Institutes of Health Bioengineering Research Partnership between GE Global Research and the Mayo Clinic.Compact 3T MRI Scanner OverviewThe new MRI scanner is designed specifically to perform head scans, as well as small extremities, such
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