healthcare

  • IBM Acquiring Truven Health Analytics For $2.6 Billion And Adding It To Watson Health

    IBM Acquiring Truven Health Analytics For $2.6 Billion And Adding It To Watson Health

    IBM announced its intent to buy Truven Health Analytics today for a whopping $2.6 billion. It is the fourth major purchase for Watson Health since the unit was established in 2014. Watson Health was formed when IBM purchased Phytel and Explorys in April, 2014. Both companies had the common denominator of being data-driven health companies. The unit added Merge Healthcare for another… Read More

  • The Internet Of Medicine Is Just What The Doctor Ordered Crunch Network

    The Internet Of Medicine Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Healthcare reform has eluded Congress for more than two decades. It seems technology, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), could well make the biggest transformation of all. In many respects, IoT is just what the doctor ordered. It holds the key to lowering medical costs, improving quality and making healthcare more personalized, accessible and affordable for average patients. Read More

  • GV’s Approach To Healthcare Investing: An Interview With Dr. Krishna Yeshwant Crunch Network

    GV’s Approach To Healthcare Investing: An Interview With Dr. Krishna Yeshwant

    Healthcare investments are booming, and don’t seem to be slowing down. According to CB Insights, digital health funding hit nearly $5.8 billion in venture funding last year, surpassing the previous record of $4.3 billion in 2014. One of the top venture firms, GV (previously known as Google Ventures) recently came out with their year in review, revealing that more than one-third of… Read More

  • Fee-For-Value Drives Trillion-Dollar Healthcare Opportunity Crunch Network

    Fee-For-Value Drives Trillion-Dollar Healthcare Opportunity

    One of the main tenets of healthcare reform has been to better align payment/reimbursement schemes to incentivize healthcare providers for achieving improved outcomes and lower cost. Historically, insurance companies (including Medicare) have made separate payments to providers for each of the individual services they provide to patients for a single illness, visit or course of treatment. Read More

  • New Rules For Our Health’s Digital Future Crunch Network

    New Rules For Our Health’s Digital Future

    Technology promises to transform healthcare. It’s redefining how we interact with, and act on, our health data, and reshaping how care is delivered and coordinated. But uptake so far has been limited — particularly among the elderly, those with chronic conditions and others who could benefit most from a better, smarter healthcare system. To understand why, we need to look at… Read More

  • The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise Crunch Network

    The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise

    In a year not too distant, Loretta, a woman in her late 20s, hears a pleasant tone from her watch and checks to see a text. The message isn’t from a friend or work, it’s from the watch itself: “You’re pregnant.” Loretta is surprised; conception was merely days before. But pregnancy is one of the many tests constantly checked by her wearable and household technology. Read More

  • Self-Help: There’s An App For That Crunch Network

    Self-Help: There’s An App For That

    Digital therapy is the new frontier of health innovation — and the tech world has taken notice. Myriad apps promise to make you happier, more mindful, less anxious — you name it. But, do they work? Read More

  • Taking The Genome Further In Healthcare Crunch Network

    Taking The Genome Further In Healthcare

    Collecting genome data is reliable, fast and cheap. Yet, interpreting that data is unreliable, slow, and expensive — when it’s even possible. Today, genome interpretation is a burgeoning science, but it’s not yet a technology. A stricken patient has their genes sequenced and their mutations identified. But then, it can take a highly trained, and highly paid, expert many hours… Read More

  • Better Health By Design: Making Healthcare Tech More Usable, Understandable And Profitable Crunch Network

    Better Health By Design: Making Healthcare Tech More Usable, Understandable And Profitable

    The interplay of health and design isn’t new. In 1857, Nurse (and Data Scientist) Florence Nightingale used design principles to illustrate the casualties of soldiers in the Crimean War and changed national policy. Nightingale showed that soldiers weren’t dying mainly on the battlefield, but instead they were dying in the hospitals due to the poor sanitary conditions there. Read More

  • It’s Time The Tech Industry Paid Attention To The Healthcare Needs Of The Hispanic Community Crunch Network

    It’s Time The Tech Industry Paid Attention To The Healthcare Needs Of The Hispanic Community

    Entrepreneurs and investors are missing a big opportunity concerning Hispanics and their health. A recent survey of AngelList counted 89,405 U.S.-based startups. Out of these startups, only 15 target Hispanics and only one, ConsejoSano, focuses on healthcare services for Hispanics. Read More

  • “Unsexy Plumbing,” Integrated Data And The Future Of The Healthcare System Crunch Network

    “Unsexy Plumbing,” Integrated Data And The Future Of The Healthcare System

    Healthcare, like so many other sectors of the economy, is being transformed by technology. The changes are most obvious at the front end of healthcare, where health payment solutions, data analytics tools, telehealth, wearable devices and other products and services are addressing the needs of both businesses and consumers. But just as important is what’s happening behind the scenes, in… Read More

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