healthcare

  • The major pitfall for digital health startups Crunch Network

    The major pitfall for digital health startups

    While 2015 was a solid year for digital health, with $4.5 billion in total venture funding, healthcare startups also made headlines for other reasons when reports emerged that much-hyped companies like blood-testing startup Theranos and brain-training app Lumosity were unable to prove the accuracy and effectiveness of their products. Read More

  • Apple launches CareKit to create health apps

    Apple launches CareKit to create health apps

    Apple announced on Monday the launch of CareKit, a new developer tool that will make it easier to build healthcare apps for iOS devices. The open-source platform will be available in April and should work similarly to ResearchKit, but will focus on patient care. With help from top medical institutions including UCSF, Johns Hopkins and Stanford School of Medicine, CareKit can help… Read More

  • The presidential candidate who might do the most for your healthcare is not who you think Crunch Network

    The presidential candidate who might do the most for your healthcare is not who you think

    Despite many healthcare insurers having decried Obamacare as the end of days, the truth–as measured by both stock prices and revenue results–is the nation’s largest healthcare insurance companies have been steadily growing. Read More

  • Three Things The Tech Industry Has Right And The Medical Industry Has Wrong Crunch Network

    Three Things The Tech Industry Has Right And The Medical Industry Has Wrong

    It seems like there’s no shortage of online apps and services to make life and business easier. You can stream movies in your own home, pay parking tickets with the tap of a finger and plan a world adventure from the comfort of your couch. But when it comes to healthcare, you’re living in the past. Read More

  • 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

  • Attune Technologies Gets $10M Series B To Expand Its Healthcare Software Beyond India

    Attune Technologies Gets $10M Series B To Expand Its Healthcare Software Beyond India

    Attune Technologies, a startup that makes cloud-based software for hospitals and labs, will tackle markets outside of India after scoring a $10 million Series B round from Qualcomm Ventures and returning investor Norwest Venture Partners. Read More

  • Risk And Reward: The Bundled Payment Opportunity For Tech Startups Crunch Network

    Risk And Reward: The Bundled Payment Opportunity For Tech Startups

    A key goal of the Affordable Care Act is to lower healthcare costs by prioritizing the quality of care over the quantity of services provided to patients. To that end, the Obama administration is moving quickly to adopt Alternative Payment Methods (APMs), such as a bundled payment system that fixes the amount Medicare will reimburse medical providers for specific episodes of care. Read More

  • How The Digital Health Revolution Will Become A Reality Crunch Network

    How The Digital Health Revolution Will Become A Reality

    To outlive the hype that comes with being Silicon Valley’s latest trend, and actually improve care for patients and consumers, health tech will require more than a just a funding pipeline. The good news is that all the pieces are in place — the problem, the appetite for a solution and the tech — to bring healthcare into the modern age. Read More

  • Data Is A Mine And A Minefield Crunch Network

    Data Is A Mine And A Minefield

    I’ve worked in data science and healthcare-adjacent fields for about five years now. I studied biology and marketing at Wharton, where I did pancreatic cancer research. And I will tell you, regardless of the stunning achievements of access and strength in tech, the healthcare field is not even close to keeping up. Let’s put this in perspective. Read More

  • Harnessing The Power Of Mobile For Healthcare Crunch Network

    Harnessing The Power Of Mobile For Healthcare

    People are checking their phones more than ever. The average person checks their phone 150 times a day — up from 110 just two years ago, according to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report. Why? The majority of phone checks come from looking at the time, reading text messages or getting social media updates. Most of this obsessive checking can seem pretty trivial. Read More