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

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