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By Heather Mack August 30, 2016
Ride-sharing company Lyft has partnered with GreatCall, which makes connected health and safety solutions for the aging population to offer a new transportation program. The GreatCall Rides program will provide GreatCall customers with access to Lyft without an app by leveraging GreatCall’s personal operator services. (Customers just have to dial “0” on their Jitterbug phones). The initial pilot...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2016
Qualcomm Life and Boehringer Ingelheim have announced that they will work together to develop the next generation of Boehringer's Respimat connected inhaler. Propeller Health, which developed the original connected inhaler for Boehringer, will continue to work with Boehringer to at least market the existing version of the device.  "The overall goal for Boehringer Ingelheim is to create health...
By Heather Mack August 30, 2016
As we reported yesterday, athenahealth has acquired Patient IO (Filament Labs) to build out their care coordination and patient engagement platform. What does this mean for the cloud-based provider of EHRs and population health management? For one, it shows athenahealth’s increasing focus on patient engagement in order to manage chronic conditions. It’s also the second such acquisition from...
By Heather Mack August 30, 2016
The hypnotic trance kids enter when they’re staring at an iPad isn’t just for on-demand quiet time in restaurants or cars. Turns out, the smart tablets are so effective at zoning out kids, they work just as well as sedatives to quell anxiety before surgery. A group of French doctors, led by Dr. Dominique Chassard of Hopital Mere Enfant, Hospices Civils de Lyon, presented a poster at the World...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2016
Though rumors have been circulating for some time, Fitbit officially announced its new versions of the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Charge devices yesterday. At the same time, the company announced new Fitbit app features and a new line of designer devices.  The biggest difference between the Fitbit Flex 2 and the Fitbit Flex is that the new device is sufficiently water-resistant to be worn while...
By Heather Mack August 30, 2016
Norwalk, Connecticut-based Zillion, which makes an cloud-based patient engagement platform, has raised $28 million in Series C fundraising in a round led by TwinFocus Capital Partners. The funding will be used expand Zillion’s customer base, increase sales and focus on marketing efforts. Zillion’s digital engagement platform uses face-to-face live video conferencing – including one-on-one, group...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2016
Health2Sync, a Taiwanese diabetes management startup, has raised $3 million in a round led by WI Harper Group; with participation from Cherubic Ventures, iSeed Ventures, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. The investors are mostly firms with a presence in both Silicon Valley and in Asia. Funds will be used to expand the program outside of Taiwan and into surrounding markets, especially Japan.  The...
About the authors: @DanGebremedhin is a Principal at Flare Capital Partners, an early stage Health Technology and Services focused VC Firm. He is a practicing physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and previously served as an Associate Medical Director at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and spent five years as an entrepreneur in the Health IT Industry. Matt Schuster is a Deland Fellow...
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2016
Tim Kelsey, who served as the first National Director for Patients and Information for England's National Health Service (NHS) has moved down under to serve as CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency, a new governmental body that will become the system operator for My Health Record, the Australian government's e-health record system, as well as setting the national agenda for other health IT...
By Heather Mack August 29, 2016
Designer brand Kate Spade announced its first line of connected activity-tracking wearables last week. The three-item collection –a  jewelry-inspired bangle, smartwatch and silicone tracker – are the product of Kate Spade’s partnership with Fossil Group, which recently announced its primary focus on connected wearables as a way to get back into fighting shape against competitors like Fitbit and...

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