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  • When Wearable Health Trackers Meet Your Doctor

    When Wearable Health Trackers Meet Your Doctor

    How interested is your doctor in health data that you’ve tracked yourself? Wearable health and fitness devices are now hugely popular, and they certainly appeal to people who want to tot up their paces. But many people who have invested in trackers like the Fitbit, Jawbone’s UP bracelet, or the Nike+ FuelBand want to know: can this data be used to give me more serious… Read More

  • Doctor On Demand Raises $21M Series A And Adds Comcast As A Customer

    Doctor On Demand Raises $21M Series A And Adds Comcast As A Customer

    Doctor on Demand, the service that lets you video connect with a U.S. physician on Android and iOS for $40, closed a $21 million Series A round led by Venrock, Shasta Ventures and angel investor Sir Richard Branson. With the announcement, Doctor on Demand is available as a web-based app on desktops computers. Read More

  • Backed By YC And Rock Health, Aptible Handles The Hard Parts Of HIPAA Compliance

    Backed By YC And Rock Health, Aptible Handles The Hard Parts Of HIPAA Compliance

    “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” entrepreneur and technologist Jeff Hammerbacher once said, paraphrasing Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in a sadly truthful characterization of the modern day tech industry. The thing is, a lot of people who work in advertising-fueled tech products have said that they’re intrigued by the possibility… Read More

  • Sensors And Sensitivity

    Sensors And Sensitivity

    The sensible trajectory of connected sensor technology is that the world around us gains the ability to perceive us, rather than wearables taking continuous measure of us to try to determine what’s going on in our environment. Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed ListRunner Eliminates Hospital Paperwork

    Y Combinator-Backed ListRunner Eliminates Hospital Paperwork

    A majority of a doctor’s time is spent jotting down notes about a patient for the next doctor on duty over and over again with a pen and paper, according to Dr. Jeeshan Chowdury. His new Y Combinator-backed startup, ListRunner, promises to eliminate this paperwork with a mobile app. Read More

  • Automatic Vision-Correcting Displays Could Let You Ditch The Reading Glasses

    Automatic Vision-Correcting Displays Could Let You Ditch The Reading Glasses

    MIT’s research department working with the University of California at Berkeley has created digital display tech that can automatically compensate for vision problems, eliminating the need for glasses or contacts for specific uses like reading or viewing GPS navigation devices for far-sighted folks, among other potential uses. The new display tech is actually a variation on glasses-free… Read More

  • Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

    Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

    Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it’s going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker. The Orbit is similar in concept and execution to the various trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike already available, but with a number of features designed to set it apart from the competition. Read More

  • Kurbo Health Raises $5.8 Million To Fight Childhood Obesity Via An App, Live Now On iOS

    Kurbo Health Raises $5.8 Million To Fight Childhood Obesity Via An App, Live Now On iOS

    Kurbo Health, a mobile subscription service focused on fighting childhood obesity through the use of simple food diaries and live coaching, is today opening its doors to all families who want to sign up and try its weight loss program, initially available as an iOS application. The company also just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding from Signia Venture Partners, Data Collective… Read More

  • Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

    Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

    New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies. At a recent forum we hosted for founders and leading industry execs playing… Read More

  • Your Smartphone Will Soon Know If You Have Bipolar Disorder

    Your Smartphone Will Soon Know If You Have Bipolar Disorder

    In the United States, 1 in 50 people over the age of 25 have some form of bipolar disorder. In fact, the United States has more cases of bipolar I and II per-capita than any other nation in the world. Researchers at the University of Michigan are now testing a new smartphone app for Android, code-named PRIORI, that can help detect if someone is having a bipolar episode. While the app still… Read More