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Carefully consider every aspect of the integration of AI into health care

AI, artificial intelligence, is all the rage right now in medical news media. And this has many practicing physicians, even medical students, concerned. Will AI make diagnose heavy specialties such as dermatology and radiology obsolete? Can AI give rise to new medical specialties? How many tasks traditionally done by doctors will now be handled by […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Tech, Health IT, Hospital-Based Medicine


Knowing how artificial intelligence works empowers clinicians to be at the forefront of using it

Physicians and other health care professionals are uniquely suited to understand artificial intelligence. They’ve studied or routinely use mathematics, data analysis, and algorithms. They comprehend pattern recognition, decision trees, rules-based systems, and statistics. These are the very components of AI.  Perhaps the only thing our premed and medical training didn’t teach us was how to […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn mo...
Tags: Tech, Health IT


Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2

Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as they’d already raised tons of money. Be sure to check out our write-ups of all 85 startups from day 1 plus our top picks, as well as the full set from day 2. But now, after asking investors and conferrin...
Tags: Apps, Biotech, Food, Funding, GreenTech, Hardware, Health, Logistics, Startups, TC


Homeland Security warns of critical flaws in Medtronic defibrillators

Homeland Security has issued a warning for a set of critical-rated vulnerabilities in Medtronic defibrillators which put the devices at risk of manipulation. These small implantable cardio-defibrillators are implanted in a patient’s chest to deliver small electrical shocks to prevent irregular or dangerously fast heartbeats, which can prove fatal. Most modern devices come with wireless or radio-based technology to allow patients to monitor their conditions and their doctors to adjust settings...
Tags: Health, Computer Security, Cybernetics, Food and Drug Administration, Medical Devices, Medical Technology, Medicine, Medtronic, Prosthetics


Gig workers need health & benefits — Catch is their safety net

One of the hottest Y Combinator startups just raised a big seed round to clean up the mess created by Uber, Postmates, and the gig economy. Catch sells health insurance, retirement savings plans, and tax withholding directly to freelancers, contractors, or anyone uncovered. By building and curating simplified benefits services, Catch can offer a safety net for the future of work. “I n order to stay competitive as a society, we need to address inequality and volatility. We think Catch is th...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Y Combinator, Finance, Collaborative Consumption, Funding, Tech, Earnest, Ira, Payments, Blue Shield


Jim Henson’s Creature Shop + Tombot’s Robo-Dog Companion

On a mission to improve the quality of life for senior citizens dealing with loneliness and depression, Tombot’s robotic puppy—which has exceeded funding on Kickstarter—emulates real-life dog behaviors. With artistic design by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the robo-dog certainly looks the part. And, as it’s a responsibility-free pet, companionship is manageable. Tombot’s touch-sensitive pup isn’t the first in this category, but it is the most …
Tags: Psychology, Design, Aging, Tech, Robots, Kickstarter, Robotics, Linkaboutit, Jim Henson, Tombot, Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Robo Dog Companion


Erectile pharmacy app Ro launches telehealth service for women

Six months ago, Roman, the cloud pharmacy for erectile dysfunction, dropped the ‘man’ to become ‘Ro.’ At the same time, the company raised a monstrous Series A funding round of $88 million and unveiled Zero, a product meant to help people quit smoking, a root cause of ED. Now, Ro is addressing a different demographic. Today, it announces ‘Rory,’ a line of products for menopausal women. In total, Rory offers six products treating four conditions, with prices starting at $13 per month. Prescriptio...
Tags: Health, Startups, Facebook, Tech, Venture Capital, General Catalyst, Slow Ventures, Rory, Blank, Ro, Scott Belsky, Zachariah Reitano, TechCrunch Right, ED Now Ro, Rachel Blank, Melynda Barnes Rachel Blank


Doctolib is now a unicorn with new $170 million round

French startup Doctolib has raised a new round of funding of $170 million (€150 million). The round is led by General Atlantic, with existing investors Accel, Eurazeo, Kernel and Bpifrance also participating. Some German healthcare entrepreneurs are also joining the round — the company isn’t detailing the names of those investors. But Doctolib is detailing an important metric — its valuation. Based on this new round, Doctolib now has a post-money valuation of $1.13 billion (€1 billion). There...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Germany, Tech, France Newsletter, General Atlantic, Doctolib, Bpifrance, Accel Eurazeo Kernel, Doctolib Doctolib


Will blockchain become the coin of the medical realm?

First, there was Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that utilizes blockchain, a decentralized system of data collection and transactions that we are told will defy hacking. (Wasn’t the Titanic said to be unsinkable?) We read that cryptocurrency and other blockchain functions will be a societal gamechanger, much like the internet was when Al Gore invented it some […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Practice Management, Al Gore, Health IT, PA NP, CRNA


EU gov’t and public health sites lousy with adtech, study finds

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently European Internet users are tracked when accessing national health service webpages to look for publicly funded information about se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Youtube, France, Germany, Marketing, Google Search, Tech


EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently European Internet users are tracked when accessing national health service webpages to look for publicly funded information about se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Youtube, France, Germany, Marketing, Google Search, Tech


A huge trove of medical records and prescriptions found exposed

A health tech company was leaking thousands of doctor’s notes, medical records, and prescriptions daily after a security lapse left a server without a password. The little-known software company, California-based Meditab, bills itself as one of the leading electronic medical records software makers for hospitals, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies. The company, among other things, processes electronic faxes for healthcare providers, still a primary method for sharing patient files to other provide...
Tags: Health, Security, California, Articles, Tech, Fax, Social Security, Dubai, Health Insurance, Illness, Puerto Rico, San Juan, University of Texas, U S Department of Health and Human Services, Marrero, HIPAA


Understanding 6 trends shaping health care through gastroenterology

If you throw a pebble today, it’s likely to land on an article that talks about how artificial intelligence and its brother — machine learning — are changing health care. Yes, I get it broadly. But I was curious to explore how exactly health care’s trends are shaping a single medical specialty. I chose gastroenterology […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Mobile Health, Gastroenterology, PA NP, CRNA


How telemedicine is increasing diversity in clinical trials

An important part of advancing medical research and drug development is making participation in clinical trials easier and more inclusive. To develop treatments that work on men, women, and children of all ages and different ethnicities we need to have clinical trial data that represents our diverse population. Right now, when the FDA approves a […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Fda, Mobile Health, Practice Management, PA NP, CRNA


YourChoice Therapeutics is developing unisex, non-hormonal birth control

The options available to women who want to avoid getting pregnant today are bad. Most, like the widely used birth control pill, feed man-made estrogen and progestin hormones to women, which are capable of causing a number of awful side effects. YourChoice Therapeutics — a startup launched by a team of Berkeley researchers, including two experts in sperm physiology and sperm-egg interactions — dreams of producing a unisex, non-hormonal alternative to existing contraceptives. The company has raise...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Drugs, Cancer, Tech, Contraception, Berkeley, Birth Control, Nurx, Pill Club, YourChoice Therapeutics, Akash Bakshi, Nadja Mannowetz


The FDA proposes further restrictions to sales of flavored e-cig products

The FDA has drafted for the regulation of e-cigarettes, particularly with regards to flavored nicotine products. The first big change is that the FDA has bumped up the application due date by one year for FDA approval of flavored products. Manufacturers of all flavored ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery system) products will now have to submit premarket applications by August 8, 2021. The second change is introducing a new compliance policy with regards to flavored ENDS products. At the time t...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Facebook, Government, Tech, Fda, Juul, Altria, National Cancer Institute, Sharpless, Gottlieb, Ecig, Juul Labs, Ned Sharpless


Jack Dorsey records podcast with fitness writer who claimed “vaccines do indeed cause autism”

Jack Dorsey, known for making tone-deaf statements on the platform he co-founded, is in the middle of another controversy. This time it is for plugging a podcast he recorded with fitness writer Ben Greenfield. Greenfield has espoused anti-vaccination views on Twitter and other platforms, continuing to do so despite measles outbreaks in the United States. Dorsey retweeted Greenfield’s tweet about their podcast interview, commenting “Great conversation, and appreciate all you do to simplify the...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Myanmar, Rohingya, Jack Dorsey, Musk, Dorsey, Pete, Greenfield, Instagram Pinterest


National Cancer Institute chief tapped as acting FDA Commissioner

In the wake of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s abrupt resignation, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar III announced that Dr. Ned Sharpless will serve as interim commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Since October 2017, Dr. Sharpless served as director of the National Cancer Institute and, before that, worked as a researcher and hematologist-oncologist at the University of North Carolina. He is also a co-founder of G1 Therapeutics, a biotech firm focused on cancer t...
Tags: Health, TC, Government, Tech, Rest, Food And Drug Administration, Nyt, Fda, Juul, Altria, Ned, National Cancer Institute, Sharpless, Gottlieb, Scott Gottlieb, Personnel


What if EMRs can never capture the clinical experience?

Apocryphal story from residency: On morning rounds in the critical care unit, the post-call resident starts to present a complicated patient admitted overnight with chest pain, and after the first bits of the history have been presented, the wise old cardiology attending turns to the gathered medical students who are just starting their first clinical […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Primary Care, Health IT, PA NP, CRNA


The truth about artificial intelligence in medicine

For many months, artificial intelligence has been in my peripheral vision, just sitting there, ignored by me because it seemed too far in the future to be interesting now. And then, there were all these terms — Big Data, machine learning, data science — which circled the subject and, frankly, gave me a bit of […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Twitter, Tech, Mobile Health, Health IT, PA NP, CRNA


Facebook will downrank anti-vax content on News Feed and hide it on Instagram

After indicating that it was exploring its options for fighting the potentially deadly rise of anti-vaccination content on its platform last month, Facebook is making a plan of attack. Facebook’s strategy in the effort is to both minimize the spread of vaccination misinformation and to point users away from inaccurate anti-vaccination propaganda and toward “authoritative information” i.e. info corroborated by the health and scientific establishment. To achieve a reduction in the spread of ant...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, Instagram, California, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Vaccination, Misinformation, Adam Schiff, Instagram Facebook, Clark County Washington, Online Disinformation


Hammerhead raises $4.2M to build a smarter operating system for bikes

Hammerhead founder and CEO Piet Morgan is a bicyclist, and he started the company because he wanted a better navigation system. So Hammerhead , the H1, and subsequently built Karoo, a “cycling computer” that supports navigation and training. But Morgan told me his ambitions is bigger than that. After all, he sees a future where electric bikes need smart range projections, where bikeshare fleets need to be managed, where social training programs like Strava can pull data from the bike itself and...
Tags: Health, Startups, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Garmin, Morgan, Karoo, Hammerhead, Zipp, Steve Schlafman, Robin Thurston, KB Partners, Primary Ventures, Piet Morgan, KB s Keith Bank


SoftBank launches the Innovation Fund, committing $2B to invest in Latin America

While SoftBank continues to make big bets on startups out of its $100-billion Vision Fund, it has also launched another investment vehicle to invest in tech opportunities specifically in Latin America. Today the group announced the SoftBank Innovation Fund, which is starting out with a $2 billion commitment to invest in tech startups in Central and South America, specifically starting in the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, covering areas like e-commerce, digital fi...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Mexico, China, India, Softbank, Funding, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Healthcare, Venture Capital


How telemedicine can help patients and solve physician burnout

I have been practicing telemedicine successfully for four years. In 2015, I had to beg doctors to work in telemedicine. Because so many doctors were wary of it, I started to get licensed in multiple states, and now, I have 15 state licenses. Well, what a difference a few years makes. Now, in 2019, I […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Mobile Health, Primary Care, Health IT, PA NP, CRNA


A healthcare investment fund has become one of Israel’s largest with a $660 million close

One of Israel’s single largest venture capital funds is a new later stage vehicle focused on healthcare. The aMoon investment firm launched its second vehicle in April 2018 and it just announced its final close with $660 million in assets under management — making it one of the largest (if not the largest) firm in the country. “We plan to leverage Israel’s ecosystem of breakthrough science and disruptive tech innovation to accelerate cure and reshape global healthcare.” said Dr. Yair Schindel MD...
Tags: TC, Money, Finance, Boston, Cancer, Israel, Tech, Economy, Diabetes, Credit Suisse, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Alzheimer's, Goldman Sachs, Parkinson's


FDA approves esketamine nasal spray, the first new major depression drug in more than 30 years

In one of the most significant milestones for depression treatment in decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved a new drug with esketamine, a derivative of ketamine. Made by Johnson & Johnson under the brand name Spravato, the drug is meant to be taken as a nasal spray in conjunction with an oral antidepressant and is targeted to patients who have not responded to other treatments. Spravato is the first major new depression treatment to be approved by...
Tags: Health, TC, Medical, Tech, Mental Health, Depression, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, U S Food and Drug Administration, Johnson Johnson, Esketamine, Spravato


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb abruptly resigns from his post

That was unexpected, including by the FDA, apparently. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned today, an administration official tells The Washington Post, adding that Gottlieb will relinquish the office in one month. Unlike many people who leave the Trump administration, the resignation wasn’t sought or expected, reports the Post, which notes Gottlieb has recently hired senior staff and has been actively and aggressively diving into new initiatives. In fact, while Gottlieb has since tweeted a ...
Tags: Health, TC, Post, Obama, Washington Post, Washington, Government, Senate, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Donald Trump, Cnbc, Juul, New Enterprise Associates, Trump


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb just abruptly resigned from his post

That was unexpected, including to his FDA colleagues, apparently. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned today from his post, an administration official tells the Washington Post, adding that Gottlieb will relinquish the office in one month. Unlike many people who leave the Trump Administration, the resignation wasn’t sought out or expected, reports the Post, which notes Gottlieb has recently hired senior staff and been actively and aggressively dividing into new initiatives. In fact, while Go...
Tags: Health, TC, Post, Washington Post, Washington, Tech, Fda, Donald Trump, Cnbc, Westport, Juul, New Enterprise Associates, Trump, Altria Group, Gottlieb, Scott Gottlieb


Quip launches toothbrush for kids

Quip, the dental care startup, is releasing a new product aimed toward kids. Similar to the electric toothbrush it makes for adults, the kids’ brush features a timer that pulsates every 30 seconds and automatically turns off after two minutes. The main differences between the brush for kids and one for adults is the non-slip grip plastic handle, smaller brush head and new colors. Quip for kids costs $25 for a brush head starter set with a flavored toothpaste subscription ($10 every three mont...
Tags: Health, Startups, Tech, Toothbrush, Dental Care, Quip, Simon Enever, Enever


Eargo raises $52M for virtually invisible, rechargeable hearing aids

Eargo wants to become the ultimate consumer hearing brand. The company’s small and virtually invisible direct-to-consumer hearing aids, which come in an AirPods-style chargeable case, are designed to help destigmatize hearing loss. One month after revealing its newest product — the Eargo Neo ($2,550), which can be customized remotely via the case’s Bluetooth connectivity — the startup has closed a $52 million Series D, bringing its total raised to date to $135 million. The latest round of ...
Tags: Health, Startups, Bluetooth, Australia, Insurance, Chief executive officer, Tech, Venture Capital, Medicare, Charles, Hearing, Hearing Loss, Nea, Medicare Advantage, Maveron, Eargo



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