Health

  • 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

  • Book Excerpt: Bruce Perry’s Fitness For Geeks

    Book Excerpt: Bruce Perry’s Fitness For Geeks

    And Now for Something Completely Different

    Try this: you wake up without an alarm sometime soon after sunrise, with plenty of time to spare to make it to work. It was a good sleep; you went to bed just after nine o’clock after having a snack consisting of coconut milk blended with blueberries and a little whey powder. You’re already savvy about getting enough REM sleep, but now… Read More

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    Up Close With Biodigital’s 3D Human Simulator [TCTV]

    If you missed the Bodies exhibition at your local science center, you may be in luck. Rather than see some hapless Chinese prisoners dissected and put on display, you can now view the human body in 3D using any browser. You can see almost all the systems, nerves, and organs as well as simulate the effects of various diseases including cancer and heart trouble. Ain’t the future… Read More

  • Zeel, The Zocdoc For Alternative Healthcare Providers, Lands Another Investment

    Zeel, The Zocdoc For Alternative Healthcare Providers, Lands Another Investment

    In January, Zeel launched into the wild, bringing Zocdoc’s model to alternative healthcare providers — like massage therapists, personal trainers, nutritionists, and acupuncturists — allowing consumers to easily search for and book appointments with these providers. To accompany its launch, Zeel raised $1.5 million in funding from Matt Ocko of Archimedes Capital, Esther… 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

  • Index Launches Its First Life Sciences Fund: $200M And Partnering With Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson

    Index Launches Its First Life Sciences Fund: $200M And Partnering With Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson

    Index Ventures may be best known on these pages for its technology investments, but today it launched a new fund that points to how the company is willing to put its money into other examples of strong innovation. The life sciences fund will see Index put in $100 million of its own capital, and have it matched by $50 million each from big pharma leaders GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson &… 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

  • Aetna: The Company Scaring Its Competition And Delighting Startups

    Aetna: The Company Scaring Its Competition And Delighting Startups

    Whither health insurance? A former medical advisor to the Obama Administration who happens to be the brother of former Presidential Chief of Staff predicted in the New York Times that by 2020 health insurance companies will be extinct. Nearly two years ago, I penned a piece entitled Health Insurance’s Bunker Buster. It outlined two key reasons that health insurance — as we have… Read More

  • Khan Academy Inspires Flip of Doctor-Patient Relationship Model

    Khan Academy Inspires Flip of Doctor-Patient Relationship Model

    Education and healthcare are typically held up as the industries least affected by the technology revolution, however this has begun to change. From Bill Gates to millions of students and parents, the Khan Academy has impressed many of us and inspired teachers to flip the classroom lecture/homework model on its head as described in the video below. Similarly, doctors are now recognizing… Read More

  • What Pharma Can Learn From the Railroads and IBM

    What Pharma Can Learn From the Railroads and IBM

    Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Dave Chase, the CEO of Avado.com, a patient portal & relationship management company that was a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist. Previously he was a management consultant for Accenture’s healthcare practice and founder of Microsoft’s Health platform business. You can follow him on Twitter @chasedave. Pharmaceutical companies… Read More