Health Tech News Roundup; March 20-25

Sandy Jen, Co-founder of Honor, explores how we can improve home care to help older adults live in their own homes with joy, comfort and grace.

Digital Health News

Here are 5 startups working to modernize clinical trials. MedCity 

MedNet has launched a website it calls the Quora for cancer. More

The state of patient engagement within digital health companies. More

Mango Health, which has a gamified app for medication adherence, announced an investment and partnership from AllScripts. More

Providers believe that genomic data will be the most important data source within 5 years as doctors can better utilize data for precision medicine. More

Tips for entrepreneurs partnering with health plans. More

Intermountain Health is partnering with Zebra to bring AI to medical imaging. More

How artificial intelligence will keep you healthy. More

Striker launches an expensive robot for orthopedic surgeons. More

Virtual rehab is gaining ground in orthopedics as bundled payments take hold. More

Policy News

  • Andy Slavitt, one of the most widely respected healthcare policymakers, advises Republicans to think hard before they sign into a law that will raise premiums and cut off insurance for millions of people. More
  • More and more doctors accept patients on Medicaid, but Trumpcare will be a major issue for doctors who accept those patients. More
  • Fewer people would lose insurance with a simple repeal than would lose insurance under the GOP's new insurance plan. More 
  • Children are the largest group of beneficiaries of Medicaid, and they stand to lose out with the GOP health bill. More 
  • An economist weighs in on the highly shared Vox article on healthcare. More 
  • Radical Republicans want something very different from what's in the current GOP healthcare bill. More 
  • Healthcare will comprise 20% of the economy by 2025. More 
  • The Koch brothers are not fans of the GOP healthcare bill. More

Fundraising News

  • VitalTrax raises $150k from Ben Franklin Tech Partners to bring app based patient engagement to clinical trials. MobiHealth
  • Elvie raises $6M from Octopus Ventures for their female health tech brand. More
  • betterPT raises $1.5M from Loeb Holdings to connect patients to physical therapists via a mobile app. More
  • Bivarus, a cloud analytics platform to improve patient experience, raises $4M Series B, led by Hatteras Ventures. More
  • Livongo Health, which offers a blood glucose monitor accompanied with a service designed to intervene and help coach people through managing diabetes, raised $52M in a round led by General Catalyst. More
  • CareDox raises $6.4M from Digitalis Ventures with participation from First Round Capital, Giza Venture Capital, TEXO Ventures, and Prolog Ventures. More
  • Pivotal raised $300 for its new fund. More
  • Biomatics raised $200M for its fund to invest in genomics and digital health products. More
  • Smartphone ECG company AliceCor raises $30m More
  • Cohero Health closed a round of $10.5M for their Series A. The company develops connected health tools for respiratory diseases. More
  • CarePredict raised $2.5M for their senior monitoring wearable. More
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