Health care is a completely dysfunctional market where the buyers have little access to price or quality information about the products they’re buying. Fortunately, the data we need is out there — if we can just get to it.
Nurses and doctors are consumers too. They experience consumer technology in their personal lives and are starting to demand it within the hospital walls.
The term “patient engagement” is often discussed as a vital component of health industry innovation, but rarely explained. There’s just one thing many experts agree on: Patients are not well-engaged with their own health care.
On stage today at HealthBeat 2013, Dr. Ivor Horn of the National Children’s Medical Center and Asthmapolis president Mark Gehring spoke about the potential for ‘mHealth’ to reach underserved populations and help them take control over their health.
Editor’s Pick The goal is to move continuing medical education, known as “CME,” to an online space so that it’s not confined to auditoriums and conference halls.
Patients need a better way to communicate with their physicians, and Ringadoc believes it can help. Investors agree; the San Francisco-based startup added another $700,000 to its seed round today, bringing its total funding to $1.9 million.
Guest Post As the number of systems increase, integration challenges will only grow for health providers.
Editor’s Pick Will the Sand Hill Road firms open their check books for you? We caught up with Sequoia Capital’s Warren Hogarth and Morgenthaler Ventures’ Missy Krasner to dig deeper into their investment thesis.
Guest Post A lack of online access to help employees enroll for benefits, change their healthcare plan, or modify their 401K, means that employees are far less likely to use or even be aware of the benefits they have.
Editor’s Pick While hospital robots sound like the stuff of the future, the technology is already in wide use today.
Editor’s Pick Although Google Glass is still in its early (and annoying) stages, it holds a lot of promise in the medical field — and entrepreneurs and investors are already salivating at the possibilities.
Health Q&A startup HealthTap has raised $24 million in its second round of funding and added former Square COO Keith Rabois to its board of directors.
Entrepreneurs enrolled in the accelerator will get $20,000 in seed capital to help jumpstart new digital health businesses.
Editor’s Pick Venture capital is drying up for early-stage medical devices. Experts say that American patients are already “missing out” on the most innovative treatment options.
“Imagine all diagnostics some day being reduced to a simple blood test,” said CEO Roopam Banerjee, who believes Raindance products are a “step in that direction.”
Editor’s Pick HopeLab’s six free-to-play online minigames help kids understand why they need to take medicine that makes them feel sick.
The goal for the multiyear partnership is to make genetic analysis a routine part of patient care.
Demo Mobile kicked off this morning with presentations from four mobile health startups. Each of these companies is applying mobile technology to the medical field to give people more control over their bodies, or to streamline the clinical process for physicians.
Guest Post Providing the right information and regular support for patients is something the health care system will never, ever be able to do on its own. A big part of the solution will come from startups like us, but probably not from the likes of Facebook. Here’s why:
Funding for digital health startups skyrocketed in the first quarter of 2013, according to a newly released report.
Guest Post In the past, small businesses could afford a certain lack of sophistication in their HR processes. It was common practice to rely on Excel, but health care reform is changing the game.
Guest Post Some say digital health investing is flailing, but it might just be getting started.
Editor’s Pick Who wants to go to college if you can start earning money right away?
Facebook and Twitter are not the appropriate venues to share that your back is feeling achy, or that your bowel is acting up.
Syros Pharmaceuticals integrates gene control research and drug discovery with disease biology and genomic data. Its initial focus is on cancer, but the platform will be applicable to other areas in the future.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT just released its budget plan for 2014, which would increase its funding. But it’s a little-reported line item that’s causing a stir among entrepreneurs — a proposal to boost fees for electronic health record vendors.
The AgilTrac Real-Time Location System will allow hospitals to make sure doctors, nurses, and other workers are washing their hands enough.
Venture firm New Enterprise Associates hopes to find new cures for rare diseases with its latest investment.
Social health management startup Welltok has raised $18.7 million in its second round of funding with a goal of expanding into new markets, hiring new employees, and boosting product development.
Guest Post Over the next decade, the healthcare system will need to adapt to the influx of baby boomers, many of whom will have chronic diseases and need continued care.
There’s no arguing that technology advancement is disrupting the $3 trillion health care market. We’re showcasing the 10 most interesting health care IT startups and companies that are driving this change.
It’s springtime! There’s no better time to start investing in health tech, and that’s just what Silicon Valley did today.
An article by Steve Brill in Time magazine has provoked debate about whether some patients — specifically the uninsured — are getting overcharged by hospitals.
Technology advancement is disrupting the $3 trillion health care market, and VentureBeat’s upcoming HealthBeat event will showcase the most interesting health care IT startups and companies that are driving this change.
This is the first event to have a singular focus on how information technology (IT) is driving out inefficiencies in health care.