Brian Russell of Zephyr Anywhere, left, speaks with Stacy Enxing Seng of Covidien Vascular Therapies at VentureBeat's 2014 HealthBeat conference in San Francisco on Oct. 27.

What medtech can learn from digital health

SAN FRANCISCO — Big medical technology companies have the trust of hospitals. But digital-health startups are the ones developing the most exciting new technologies. Given partnerships and acquisitions lately, it looks like these two kinds of businesses can help each other.

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Tech for family caregivers: 3 ways entrepreneurs can help

Family caregiving is potentially a huge market, untapped primarily because it is unseen. But the needs are real and widespread, and enticing to bold, innovative entrepreneurs.

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Win free tickets to HealthBeat

The second year of HealthBeat is just days away — falling at time when health tech innovation is undergoing massive change. Here’s your chance to win free tickets, just for answering one question

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What airlines have figured out that health care hasn’t

The recent VA wait times controversy has brought to light an enormous issue plaguing the U.S. health care delivery system: Patients are forced to wait inappropriate — and sometimes deadly — lengths of time before they see doctors and receive treatment.

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This is why health care will finally be forced to automate

The annual U.S. spend on healthcare is nearly three trillion dollars (more than 17 percent of GDP), and yet the World Health Organization ranks our healthcare system below almost every other industrialized nation in the world.

Why we need to move up the value pyramid for health tech

Consumer devices such as fitness trackers offer quick feedback loops to motivated, but to really deliver value, new healthcare applications need to provide clinical utility.

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How big data is beginning to change how medicine works

The medical community can leverage big data analytics for many kinds of insights — from determining the frequency of certain diseases in a given population to optimizing treatment protocols to verifying how well a new drug is working in the real world.

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Top 5 reasons to attend HealthBeat 2014

Every year in people years is like 7 years in health tech. Read this and four more reasons to not miss HealthBeat later this month.