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By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2016
IBM announced this week that it will work with Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, on a number of interconnected initiatives to combat the Zika virus. The piece that’s attracted the most attention so far is OpenZika, a project that crowdsources the computing power of many peoples’ Android smartphones. By downloading a free app...
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2016
Companion Medical, a stealthy San Diego-based company that received funding last year from Eli Lilly and Company, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Bluetooth-connected smart insulin pen and associated mobile app, called InPen. "FDA clearance of the InPen and mobile app represents a significant advancement in diabetes care," CEO Sean Saint, a veteran engineer of Dexcom, Medtronic, and...
By Heather Mack July 28, 2016
Nashville, Tennessee-based Medaxion, makers of a mobile-based EHR offering for anesthesiologists, raised $950,000, according to an SEC filing. That brings the company’s total known funding to at least $7M to date. Medaxion has two offerings for anesthesiologists – Medaxion Pulse and Medaxion Q. Pulse helps anesthesiologists document patient data and communicate with other team members. The...
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2016
Nashville-based employee wellness company Healthways has agreed to sell its population health business to Atlanta-based Sharecare. In an interview with MobiHealthNews, Sharecare CEO Jeff Arnold called it "by far our biggest acquisition." Sharecare will give Healthways $30 million in common stock in exchange for the population health business, which includes 1,700 employees and, according to...
By Heather Mack July 28, 2016
San Francisco, California-based Ava, a medical technology company focused on women’s reproductive health, announced the launch of its fertility tracking bracelet and companion app. Named simply “Ava,” the direct-to-consumer bracelet uses sensor-enabled technology to detect a woman’s fertility window in a given month. The company, which was founded in Switzerland in 2014 and has raised $2.6...
By Heather Mack July 28, 2016
New York City-based Smart Vision Labs, creator of the smartphone-based autorefractor for vision testing, announced the launch of the SVOne Enterprise, an intuitive, self-guided vision testing system now available in a handful of New York eyeglasses stores. SVOne Enterprise leverages the company’s early offering, SVOne, which is a handheld autorefactor about the size of a brick that attaches to a...
By Heather Mack July 27, 2016
Kognito, the New York City-based patient engagement company that provides simulations with virtual humans, has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch a new series of conversation simulations aimed at getting people better at being, well, people, when it comes to talking about health. The four new conversation modules are available to the public on a new website that uses the...
By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2016
Akron, Ohio-based Intellirod Spine, a sensor-enabled spine implant company, has raised more than $1 million in a round led by new and existing investors, including Queen City Angel First Fund V and JumpStart. Previous investors include the Kentucky Seed Capital Fund and the City of Akron, Ohio. Intellirod Spine is developing wireless sensors that will measure the strain being put on implanted...
By Heather Mack July 27, 2016
Geoff Clapp, founder of now-defunct consumer health startup Better, delivered a long-awaited post-mortem on the Tech Tonic podcast with Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz. Better, which launched in 2013 with backing by the Mayo Clinic and The Social+Capital fund, shut down last year. Clapp wrote last year that he planned to publish a post-mortem on Better’s efforts shortly after its closure, but...
By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2016
Minneapolis-based Sansoro Health, a health IT firm focused on interoperability that offers, among other things, software to integrate digital health tools with electronic health records, has raised $1.2 million in a round led by Healthy Ventures. The raise included backing from Treehouse Ventures and undisclosed angels. Healthy Ventures is an investor that works exclusively with health tech...

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