West Health

By Jonah Comstock April 1, 2015
Sense4Baby, the maternal and fetal monitoring product developed by West Health and then acquired by AirStrip Technologies, has received a second FDA 510(k) clearance, which will allow pregnant mothers to perform non-stress tests in their homes. The technology was previously only cleared for use by providers in clinical settings. The Sense4Baby offering is a packaged kit that includes the wearable...
By Aditi Pai January 8, 2015
Software company goBalto has raised $12 million for its software-as-a-service clinical research platform, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $30 million to date. Existing goBalto investors include Aberdare, West Health, EDBI, and Qualcomm Health. GoBalto’s main product, Activate (formerly Tracker 2.0), offers clinicians a clinical research platform for...
By Brian Dolan August 26, 2014
San Antonio-based AirStrip has raised $25 million in strategic funding led by new investor the Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund, Sequoia Capital and Wellcome Trust with participation from other existing investors HCA and Qualcomm. Other new investors include two customers -- Dignity Health and St. Joseph Health (SJH) -- and investment bank Leerink Partners. The company plans to use the...
By Jonah Comstock July 14, 2014
The new Kinect, the second generation of Microsoft's motion capture camera technology, has been making healthcare headlines for nearly a year now as a few select companies were able to tinker with prototypes. The version of the device that was connected to the Xbox One gaming console was made available back in November. But starting tomorrow, Kinect for Windows version 2 will be available...
By Aditi Pai March 3, 2014
Software company goBalto has raised $5 million from existing investors Aberdare, West Health, EDBI, and Qualcomm Health. goBalto has raised close to $18 million to date. GoBalto's main product, Tracker 2.0, offers clinicians a software-as-a-service clinical research platform for "study startup", which is the process of collecting, reviewing, and approving hundreds or thousands of clinical...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has formed a new workgroup, charged with "identifying key considerations to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology (Health IT), including mobile medical applications." The group has been selected by HHS and the FCC and will report to the Health IT Policy Committee which advises the ONC. This is the same workgroup...
By Brian Dolan March 20, 2013
We are live blogging day two of the Congressional hearings on FDA regulation of mobile medical apps. Hit "refresh" on your browser every few minutes for updates! (Liveblogging is now concluded!) 1200PM: With that Rep. Pitts concludes the hearing after saying it has been a very interesting hearing on an important issue. Members may have follow-up questions and they have 10 business days to submit...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2013
Digital health incubator Rock Health has released it's 2012 year in review report, and it shows that venture capital investment in digital health is robust, if still tentative by some measures. Overall investment is up, but a large percentage of the numbers are accounted for by a few big deals and a few big investors. Venture capitalists invested $1.4 billion in digital health in 2012, a 45...
By Brian Dolan November 6, 2012
One of the shifts that occurred in telecommunications once most people began to carry mobile phones was that we no longer only called places, we called people. Location no longer mattered us much, we can now make calls -- for better or worse -- from virtually anywhere. A popular phrase in healthcare -- "point of care" -- has historically been a phrase that is very much tied to a particular...