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In its first investment since the announcement that Google would become Alphabet, Google Capital has put a major vote of confidence into the…
Securing up shop
Fresh off its IPO in January, Box has made its first acquisition of the year, buying a small security startup called Subspace,…
80M people could be affected
Anthem, the nation’s second largest insurance provider, was hit by hackers who stole lots of customer data including names, birth dates, medical IDs, social…
Google is building a nano particle platform that could one day be used to continuously measure your health via particles traveling through your bloodstream.
A smart inhaler can warn a doctor a patient is having trouble before they go to the emergency room. But if patients have increased access to their data, they also will need to know how to manage it.
Local governments are trying to make their spending more efficient by making their cities connected. They’re starting one connected category at a time.
Major players like Apple, Google and Samsung have launched platforms in a bid to create new data services in the healthcare and fitness markets.
Cloud storage and collaboration provider Box has acquired MedXT, a startup that has built technology for storing and sharing medical images in…
If the latest reports are true, Facebook is eyeing the healthcare industry. Here’s what that says about the company’s big-picture business strategy.
A machine-learning-based health care startup called Lumiata has added $6 million to its series A round, first announced in January, bringing its total raise so far to $10 million. The company analyzes everything from medical papers to EKG readings to help predict each patients health.
Researchers at the University of Washington, Tacoma, have built a machine learning system capable of predicting readmission risks for congestive heart failure patients. It has shown good results in a pilot deployment, and now the team hopes to commercialize the technology.
Health care players are making open data as much a part of their business models as they are for slick marketing campaigns. But for an industry that still relies on fax machines to deliver release forms and test results, there are plenty of challenges ahead.
Thanks to the Quantified Self movement, we’ll soon see consumers tracking everything including sleep, fitness, physiological indicators, sexual activity and fertility rates, mood and stress, location, diet, and nutrition data.
A startup called BaseHealth launched on Tuesday with a mission to deliver personalized wellness plans while keeping doctors very much in the picture. The company’s platform combines genetic data, lifestyle data and medical records to determine patients’ risks and how they can mitigate them.
As more things get connected, more data is available for businesses to use as a competitive weapon. But much of that data is more useful when pooled with other sources, forcing rivals to become friends.
The Foldscope could dramatically increase the number of people who are screened for malaria each year.
Current obstacles in 3D printing represent a window of opportunity for traditional manufacturing industries to reassess their long-term strategies and to find a place in tomorrow’s economic landscape.
Even if your data plans are as noble and necessary as they come, a failure to earn buy-in will leave you facing significant opposition.
From ongoing government regulations to rapid technology advancements, healthcare is changing fast. From a health information point of view it is no…
Health insurer and 2014 Crunchies finalist for “Best Health Startup” Oscar will soon announce a $30 million funding round, led by the…
With $15 million from Kleiner Perkins and Jafco Ventures, Zephyr Health thinks it’s well-suited to help pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers navigate tougher financial times by making better use of the data around them.
Foundry Group managing director Brad Feld says that instead of bringing in more tech talent to fix the ailing HealthCare.gov, the government should take the site offline and launch it again with new leadership.
Technical glitches have plagued the new health insurance exchanges since their launch on Oct. 1. But in a blog post Sunday, the…
Two new research partnerships whose participants range from pharmaceutical companies to IT vendors are taking aim at improving disease treatment via data analysis. They’re targeting a handful of diseases specifically — heart disease and cancer among them — but they point toward a data-driven health care future.
Led by the former CEO of biotech company Genentech and Apple chairman Arthur Levinson, Google’s latest venture, Calico, wants to tackle aging and related illnesses.
Investment giant BlackRock led the round, but consulting firm Accenture also contributed, showing it might be interested in branching out into developer programs.
A big dose of activity and biometric data feeds the Filament Labs recommendation app, which aims to help patients lead healthier lives by getting them to change their habits.
Where did the VC dollars go this quarter? Here’s a breakdown of some of the most interesting trends from a recent report from CB Insights on venture capital in the second quarter.
It’s easy enough to quantify our lives with data and score people against the models we build, but sometimes — like in the case of organ transplants — deciding what scores matter is a matter of life and death.
GE Healthcare is pushing a system called Corvix for doing agent-based simulations on complex problems. In India, the technology simulated a population of 80 million people in order to determine the best places to build medical facilities.
A group of researchers from Columbia and Stanford have created a method for turning complex cellular datasets into visualizations that map the similarities between tens of thousands of cells within a tissue sample.
Jody Ranck is an Analyst for Gigaom Research who has a career in health, development and innovation spanning over 20 years. His…
Box says it’s serious about bringing on health care customers by announcing compliance with HIPAA regulations and the adding 10 health care-oriented partner applications.
Electronic health records company athenahealth is partnering with Mashery to encourage developers to create new apps on its service.
A new report from McKinsey estimates that big data could save the health care industry up to $450 billion, but it has to overcome a few obstacles first.
Ever wanted a single app that check you into any airline or an app that could aggregate healthcare data from multiple doctors and insurance companies? Apigee’s new API Exchange aims to make those apps possible.
Doing a deep dive into customer data – analyzing and mining the vast stores of information now available to many enterprises – can yield profitable results that provide an enterprise with a strategic advantage over its competitors.
From their founding teams to their target audience, startups tend to be all about youth. But the AARP says 50+ market has huge potential.
Speaking at GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference on Wednesday, Aetna’s head of innovation, Michael Palmer, talked about the company’s efforts to use patient data to provide better care.
Castlight launched a new drug price comparison tool to help consumers be more savvy about purchasing their medications and become more cost-conscious about their health purchases in general.
Happtique, a New York company building a certification program for mobile health apps, on Wednesday will release its final set of standards for developers.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sergey Brin, investor Yuri Milner and other Silicon Valley leaders have created a multi-million-dollar prize recognizing researchers in the life sciences.
Google Flu Trends significantly overestimated the number of Americans afflicted with flu-like symptoms during the season’s peak a couple months ago, but assuring accuracy is a big part of the puzzle any time we’re talking about web data.
Two Indiana University researchers have developed a computer model they say can identify significantly better and less-expensive treatments than can doctors acting alone. It’s just the latest evidence that big data will have a profound impact on our health care system.
BetterDoctor, a startup that takes a data-driven approach to helping people find quality doctors in their area, this week launched its first mobile app on iOS.
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services said it made the most “sweeping changes” to the HIPAA privacy and security law. But though the industry has expected the changes, companies are all over the map when it comes to being prepared.
What does the battle of the bulge have to do with cloud computing? It’s an instance where the technology may provide us with a productive path.
For at least a third of American adults, the internet — and, in particular, search engines — is a diagnostic tool. But physicians are only slowly adapting to this new reality.
What does the boom in digital health mean for the health care industry overall? As a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report lists the top issues in health care, we take a look the ways in which technology could shape the industry in the coming year.
Corporate giant GE appears to be taking a greater interest in early stage digital health startups. On Tuesday, the company’s $6 billion health care initiative, Healthymagination, announced a three-year program with Startup Health to support health entrepreneurs.
According to health tech accelerator Rock Health, investors poured $1.4 billion into digital health companies last year, which is up 45 percent from 2011. The major areas of interest include healthcare purchasing tools for consumers, personal health tracking, Electronic Medical records and hospital administration.
Chicago app developer MiGym is giving health clubs an app store presence, but it has bigger plans. It hopes to make the gym a critical element in the quantified self, tracking members’ workout data and sharing that information with fitness and health platforms.
The rise of electronic health records, other digital health platforms and connected devices has made healthcare more vulnerable to security breaches almost any other industry, according to a recent investigation by The Washington Post.
The U.S. health care system is at a turning point where opportunities for big data and data analytics firms are likely to expand dramatically in the coming years. Key drivers of the opportunities for big data in health care include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the use of data to address inefficient processes, and the rapid growth of the mobile health sector. This Sector RoadMap explores these drivers and looks at a sample of the companies that are making the first forays into the area of big data in health care.
Everywhere you look, there’s another option for sharing your medical data in the name of the greater good. These efforts are not for nothing: Because of there scale and geographic reach, crowdsourced data banks have the potential to revolutionze how medical research is conducted.
Backed by the New York Economic Development Corporation, the Bio & Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab will next month announce its first class of startups. Although it doesn’t provide funding or space, it is the latest program to provide health tech funders with mentorship and coaching.
A survey conducted by venture capital firm Interwest Partners found that 100 digital health entrepreneurs think Practice Fusion, Castlight or ZocDoc could be the next health tech IPO. The entrepreneurs also shared their biggest challenges and the companies they wished they had founded.
Over the past decade India’s major tech firms have grown at double-digit average annual rates to become competitive enterprise outsourcers and systems integrators on a global scale. Firms such as Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services are looking for technology to provide the next competitive advantages in the market. The cloud provides that opportunity on several levels. This research note looks at some of the common ways India’s leading firms are delivering cloud services and using the cloud to transform their businesses, as well as how they are currently differentiated in the market.
Hoping to bring more transparency to the quality of care doctors provide, Palo Alto, Calif.-based HealthTap is announcing a ongoing competition on its site that lets patients and doctors vote for top physicians in each field.
QuantiaMD, a Waltham, Mass.-based company that provides an online collaboration and communication platform for doctors, has raised $12 million from existing funder Fuse Capital. Launched in 2008, the company said it has more than 160,000 physicians on its network.
Ten forward-looking health tech startups pitched Wednesday at the DC to VC showcase in San Francisco, an annual event bridging Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Take a look at three companies that won the judges’ and audiences’ endorsement.
New York-based Blueprint Health, an accelerator for health-related startups, on Thursday graduated its second class of companies. Take a look at five aiming to improve the patient experience.
The Wall Street Journal, in releasing its third annual list of the top 50 startups, said that venture capital interest in healthcare is on the decline. But other data shows the contrary.
To help patients and caregivers access easy-to-understand, cutting-edge medical research, HealthTap is adding the full library of peer-reviewed medical research from the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed. The goal is further educate patients as well as help disseminate new information through the physician community.
There is a huge need for data in the health care sector, given the reforms underway and a renewed focus on providing better care. Broadly speaking, the more data we have the more intelligence we can derive from it to improve the quality and cost of care in the U.S. But vast quantities of data alone are not helpful. We need insight into that data, and that’s where the real challenges lie.
Corporate venture capital participated in $2.1 billion in financing in Q2, with one of the best quarters in the past five and an uptick in early-stage and standalone investments.
A New York startup, launched by an OpenSky co-founder and former About.com executive, helps patients and caregivers navigate the often confusing healthcare landscape by pairing them with trained patient “careplanners” with a range of expertise.
Today’s health care system is challenged in managing data and costs.
A Boston startup called Predilytics is trying to meld machine learning and administrative data from health care companies to help the run more efficiently. It’s the latest case of big data techniques being applied to health care, where insights can both lives and lots of money.
Kleiner Perkins and Rock Health have joined together to support digital health startups, a growing area for VC investment and interest as tech makes advances in the field possible.
France’s three big mobile operators are cooperating to put out a common API that mobile retail sites and apps can use to autofill customer data into a purchase screen. It’s a small achievement, but a notable one, considering operators past failures to lure in developers.
Women are underrepresented at the top of the health field, including in entrepreneurship. According to health startup accelerator Rock Health, the lion’s share of VC funding goes to startups founded or led by men. But several new women-led startups are emerging. Take a look.
As investments in health tech and consumer interest in health-tracking devices and apps continue to rise, Wired magazine said it is partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to host its first conference on digital health and the future of healthcare.
Healthy Dose of Imagination, a microsite launched Tuesday by the values-based venture fund Collaborative Fund, gives a lighter spin to the wonky world of healthcare with whimsical infographics visualizing innovations in health.
Innovation and investment in mobile health apps continue to grow but health tech experts say the vast majority of mobile apps fail to engage consumers and the category as a whole has yet to win over doctors.
The big health news of the summer will undoubtedly be last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. But the industry has also made headlines for the major investments in health tech startups. Here’s a look at how it’s tracking so far.
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine is about to get a lesson in big data thanks to Cloudera Chief Scientist Jeff Hammerbacher. He’s partnering with the school’s clinical and academic faculty to develop new methods and systems for analyzing data in a variety of important areas.
IBM’s (s IBM) Watson will team up with Memorial Sloan Kettering this fall and plans to launch in a handful of cancer…
An emerging group of health tech startups is trying to make healthcare more convenient by connecting patients and doctors for phone calls, Web video chats or written replies.
Soon, a stay in intensive care will no longer mean being physically tethered to every monitoring device imaginable. The FCC has designated a slice of radio airwaves for medical body area networks, which will allow hospitals to cut the cord on bulky vital-signs monitoring gear.
About five years after its launch, ZocDoc is not only used by more than 1.2 million people every month, it’s paving the way for an emerging wave of health startups.
Gen Yers do everything from shop to socialize with their smartphones; it’s no surprise that a recent ZocDoc survey found that they feel disconnected from analog era health care services. Here’s how emerging health tech startups are addressing the Millenial patient’s pain point.
As is often discussed at GigaOM Pro, beleaguered IT pros are the ones often left to figure out which applications and data should move first and to which type of cloud. But with more and more business leaders now turning to this topic, the questions — and confusion — are multiplying. With so much to consider, we’ve broken down the cloud discussion to help companies decide which strategy is right for their business. Let’s take a look.
Cloud computing is made up of three key segments: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. We forecast that the worldwide cloud market is estimated to grow 126.5 percent during the period from 2011 through 2014, driven by 119 percent growth in SaaS and 122 percent growth in IaaS. The PaaS segment is expected to nearly triple from a smaller base.
For all of the debate, one thing is for sure: social media in medicine is here to stay. But when it comes to the availability of trustworthy information, we still have a ways to go. Avvo.com’s Mark Britton offers his prescription for better online healthcare.
The healthcare industry is one step closer to going paperless. Doxo, the Seattle-based startup that makes “digital file cabinet” software, has signed up a number of major healthcare providers who will now use the system to send medical bills and collect patient fees online.
Dr. Sang Hoon Woo is an internist at Stanford Medical School, and with his own patients’ tales of trying to find health information online. He’s one of several entrepreneurs trying to bring medicine to reach consumers in the online (and mobile) age.
Many of us are using our smartphones to track our health, but much like the web, it’s hard to say what’s a worthwhile app or not. Happtique, a startup wants to change that by creating a certification program for medical apps.
For those in a perpetual snit about personal data privacy, here’s bold proposal from Michael Driscoll: Donate your own medical data. And do it now — don’t wait till you’re dead. What better way to make big data truly relevant — and helpful — to real live people?
Qualcomm and Verizon are both proposing to trick out healthcare with some wireless connectivity. Qualcomm launched its new 2net cloud and mobile biometric information monitoring and sharing platform, while Verizon is developing mobile video communications technologies that could enable the virtual house call.
If the U.S. wants to solve it’s healthcare problem, it should bring the Internet model to bear on it, Microsoft’s chief strategy and research officer said Monday. That means sharing, not segregating data, and using the government’s buying power to mandate change, Craig Mundie said.
Adam Bosworth, the founder and CTO of health start-up Keas said the key in transforming health care is not in personalized tools but in gamified systems for employees that build off competition and encouragement and help employers bring down their insurance costs.
Don’t listen to the naysayers. The time to jump into healthcare IT is now, said Frank Moss, director of the new media medicine at MIT’s Media Lab. Creative technologists working in mobility, social networking, nano devices, should seek health IT opportunities. Now.
Massive Health, the San Francisco startup aimed at tackling health care problems with innovative mobile apps, launched its first iPhone app called Eatery on Tuesday. In the 48 hours since then, the company has been hit with a flood of data about its users’ eating behavior.
The iPad may help electronic medical records (EMR, sometimes also referred to as electronic health records, or EHR) finally gain wide adoption, thanks in part to a new program that will see the federal government dispersing grants to doctors who use a free iPad app.
Simplee is looking to bring a Mint.com-like approach to health care expense management with a free service that lets people understand their plans, what they’re paying for and how they can optimize their coverage. The service is now available to the public today.
Former AOL CEO Steve Case and former Time Warner CEO Jerry Levin are reuniting to help spur on innovation in health and wellness. Levin, with the help of Case’s Startup America Partnership, is launching a new strategic initiative called StartUp Health designed to help health entrepreneurs.
Resilient Network Systems, a San Francisco-based security and networking startup targeted at healthcare industry, has secured more than $5 million in Series A funding. Resilient’s technology is targeted at enabling the transfer of health records and other related information safely and securely over the Internet.
In this video, Halle Tecco, co-founder of non-profit seed accelerator RockHealth, gives her elevator pitch about the company’s vision to shake up the world of healthcare. RockHealth is aimed at lowering the barriers for startups developing apps for the healthcare industry.
The public at large could be forgiven for assuming that most CEOs are against greater government involvement in healthcare, but at least one chief executive is speaking up for it. Mike Paolucci, CEO of Solvate, predicted that universal healthcare is “coming down the pike for sure.”
Massive Health, a new San Francisco start-up aimed at tackling health care problems, has just raised $2.25 million from a stellar list of investors. The company plans to apply the money toward mobile applications that help users treat chronic diseases using big data, analytics, social and game mechanics.
The always-unpredictable mobile space enters 2011 at a particularly dynamic time. Carriers are now bringing 4G networks online, even as their definitions of “4G” vary. Meanwhile, mobile data consumption is exploding and the FCC trying to settle on policies both to regulate the industry and to free up more spectrum. So while forecasting the path of mobile tends to be fraught with peril, here are some trends we expect to see in 2011.
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In many ways, the U.S. is still behind the curve when it comes to using technology in medical care, not because the technology industry isn’t interested in providing software and hardware, but because of connectivity troubles and the way doctors are reimbursed for care.
A growing number of early-stage deals and general optimism in the technology industry helped push venture capital investments up 14 percent in…
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey during a talk today at Webster University in St. Louis outlined his next venture, which he hinted may…
Don Witters, Chairman for the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, gave a presentation at a healthcare IT conference last week…
Obama says technology will save health care, and it’s true that IT is quickly becoming a medical resource: Google, which recently launched…