healthcare

  • Medtech Startup Embrace Her Health Helps Women Track Their Pregnancies

    Medtech Startup Embrace Her Health Helps Women Track Their Pregnancies

    Among the crowd showing at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley was Embrace Her Health, a two-year-old company at work on a suite of maternity apps that aim to enable women to manage their pre- and post-natal health better and cut the risk and costs of preventable complications. Embrace Her Health’s first mobile app for iOS and Android, Pregnancy Companion, serves as both a… Read More

  • Why Labor Unions And Silicon Valley Aren’t Friends, In 2 Charts

    Why Labor Unions And Silicon Valley Aren’t Friends, In 2 Charts

    None of the Internet giants have unionized employees, which has made Silicon Valley a favorite target for civil libertarians. Earlier this month, after several prominent Bay Area technologists came out against the BART subway union strike, it provided a convenient excuse for haters to brand the tech community as greedy oligarchs. “There’s a reason why so many people are hating on… Read More

  • ObamaCare Gets Price-Comparison Technology On Oct 1

    ObamaCare Gets Price-Comparison Technology On Oct 1

    President Obama just held a blindingly fast press conference on open government, which probably left most citizens scratching their heads in confusion over one of his geekier executive obsessions. The most important point is that citizens will be able to comparison-shop the costs and features of health-care plans, just like we can now do with flights and car rentals. You can check them out… Read More

  • Innovation: Where Can We Go From Here? A Lot Of Places, Actually

    Innovation: Where Can We Go From Here? A Lot Of Places, Actually

    Just when you think that we’ve innovated all that we can, something new comes along and completely blows our mind. It could be an advancement in hardware, software or just a new way of thinking of things. Humans are pretty resilient when it comes to thinking up new things to tinker with and making our lives easier. This year was pretty awesome when it comes to innovation, and not the… Read More

  • Healthcare Finally Moving Past Wang-Like Legacy Systems

    Healthcare Finally Moving Past Wang-Like Legacy Systems

    Healthcare has long been a technology paradox. There have been few places further out on the cutting edge of technology than biotech and medical devices. In contrast, healthIT has been in a time warp (see Why It’s Good News HealthIT is So Bad). Nearly 20 years after the advent of the web, the dominant healthIT vendors have thrived on a business model and technology architecture that… Read More

  • Healthy Consumers And The Future Of The Patient-Physician Relationship

    Healthy Consumers And The Future Of The Patient-Physician Relationship

    Editor’s note: Michelle Snyder is executive in residence at InterWest Partners focusing on the transformative role that mobile, social, and data can play in the healthcare industry. You can follow her on Twitter. It’s hard not to read an article about the healthcare system these days without some reference to the demise of the patient-physician relationship and the risk this poses… Read More

  • Confirmed: Doctors’ Social Network Doximity Lands Another $17M From Morgenthaler Ventures

    Confirmed: Doctors’ Social Network Doximity Lands Another $17M From Morgenthaler Ventures

    Doctors social network Doximity has raised another $17 million at a ballpark $80 million valuation led by Morgenthaler Ventures. The company’s series B financing also included participation from returning investors, Emergence Capital Partners and InterWest Partners. The announcement today follows the company’s $10.8 million series A raise in March of last year and brings the… Read More

  • Watsi Is Using Crowdfunding To Treat The 1B+ Worldwide Without Access To Medical Care

    Watsi Is Using Crowdfunding To Treat The 1B+ Worldwide Without Access To Medical Care

    Entrepreneurs are inherently risk-takers. But, the tech industry today needs more of the type of risk-takers who go against the grain by actually tackling big, difficult problems. I mean the type of big, honking problems no one likes to talk about and take years to solve. Like this: Today, we live in a world where more than one billion people are unable to afford (or do not have access to)… Read More

  • Procured Health Nabs $1.1M From Bessemer, Athena Health Founder To Help Reduce Health Costs

    Procured Health Nabs $1.1M From Bessemer, Athena Health Founder To Help Reduce Health Costs

    Procured Health, a startup that aims to help hospitals better discover, evaluate and adopt quality medical devices, is today announcing that it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding from a flock of angels and VCs. Investors in the startup’s first round included Zimmerman Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Fidelity Biosciences, NaviMed Capital’s Bijan Salehizadeh, CEO of… Read More

  • Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare Has Little Relevance To Healthcare Disrupters

    Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare Has Little Relevance To Healthcare Disrupters

    When I’m not writing for TechCrunch, my “day job” is working with healthcare providers the disruptive innovators who are reinventing healthcare and slaying the healthcare cost beast as a byproduct. In some cases, these are entrepreneurs. In most other cases, they are pioneers within existing healthcare providers fighting to make changes within otherwise slow-moving organizations. Read More

  • Pharma’s Huge Threat (and Opportunity): mRx

    Pharma’s Huge Threat (and Opportunity): mRx

    It was only a matter of time before healthcare providers would start prescribing mHealth apps as soon as they proved to be as or more effective than prescription drugs. Happtique, a mobile health application store and app management solution startup will launch a trial of mRx. They claim this is the first program to enable doctors to prescribe mHealth apps to patients. mHealth pioneers are… Read More

  • Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall(ed Garden)

    Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall(ed Garden)

    Today, I participated in a meeting at the White House described as an “expert roundtable on patient access to health data” hosted by Todd Park (Chief Technology Officer of the United States), Farzad Mostashari (the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology), Leon Rodriguez (Office of Civil Rights) and Peter Levin (CTO Veterans Administration). Being at the White… Read More

  • Mint-Like Healthcare Expense Tracker Simplee Partners With The HSA Solution, Grabs 800K Accounts

    Mint-Like Healthcare Expense Tracker Simplee Partners With The HSA Solution, Grabs 800K Accounts

    A big win for healthcare expense-tracking platform Simplee, fresh off its $6 million Series A from earlier this month: the company is now announcing a partnership with top HSA provider in the U.S. ACS (a Xerox company). This is the first major HSA partner for Simpleee, which now introduces its service to ACS|BNY Mellon’s The HSA Solution’s 800,000 members. While perhaps not… Read More

  • Rock Health Grad HealthInReach Merges With PriceDoc To Bring Price Transparency To Healthcare

    Rock Health Grad HealthInReach Merges With PriceDoc To Bring Price Transparency To Healthcare

    Founded in 2009 by Scott Sangster and incubated in healthtech accelerator Rock Health’s inaugural batch, HealthInReach has been on a mission to combat the high cost of healthcare and put consumers back in control of their healthcare by creating a transparent online marketplace for comparing the quality and price of health providers and procedures. The startup has built a consumer-focused… Read More

  • TenderTree Rolls Into Beta To Help You Find Reliable Senior Caregivers

    TenderTree Rolls Into Beta To Help You Find Reliable Senior Caregivers

    It’s always refreshing when a startup tackles a real-world problem instead of building another photo-sharing/local reviews/social calendar service. Case in point: TenderTree, a company that’s trying to improve the way people find reliable care for their aging family members, and then pay them for their work. A recent participant in the latest 500 Startups batch with less than a… Read More

  • Strategic Healthcare Investors’ Investment Thesis

    Strategic Healthcare Investors’ Investment Thesis

    This is the second part in a two-part series on strategic investors in healthcare. Healthcare IT departments have focused much of their attention on the $19 billion portion of the stimulus bill that is providing billions of subsidies for the adoption of electronic health records. While this is logical given the available money, it is paying for health IT systems optimized for the “do… Read More

  • Community Hospital Joins Wave Of New Strategic Venture Funds To Drive Disruptive Innovation

    Community Hospital Joins Wave Of New Strategic Venture Funds To Drive Disruptive Innovation

    This first part of a two-part series on strategic investors in healthcare focuses on the expansion of the venture business beyond traditional venture and large strategic investors. In the second part, I will outline the backdrop for the investment thesis that strategic healthcare investors are using to guide their capital allocation. Healthcare providers are finding their “play it… Read More

  • Government Poised To Provide A Huge Boost To Healthtech Startups

    Government Poised To Provide A Huge Boost To Healthtech Startups

    Currently, the federal government is poised to level the playing field for healthtech startups. An unprecedented wave of innovative healthtech startups has been developing over the last few years. You can see them at conferences such as Health 2.0, TechCrunch Disrupt, TEDMED and demo day events that Blueprint Health, Healthbox, Rock Health and StartUp Health host. Nonetheless, the health… Read More

  • Patients Are More Than A Vessel For Billing Codes

    Patients Are More Than A Vessel For Billing Codes

    It will be virtually impossible to succeed in the new reimbursement model without recognizing what has long been said, but little done about it — “the most important member of the care team is the patient.” Having implemented or reviewed over 100 health IT systems, there is one common purpose at the core of the architecture of these systems — how to get as big a bill out… Read More

  • Dumb Employers, Lucky Startups And An Untapped Reservoir

    Dumb Employers, Lucky Startups And An Untapped Reservoir

    A group of women is re-entering the workforce today and reshaping how products are made across key tech sectors like health & wellness, commerce and social products. Not only do they have the experience of raising families, but they’ve been business and technology leaders earlier in life. They’re becoming founders and leaders at startups and in the very companies they’ve… Read More