Health IT Business News – September 26, 2019
Robin Healthcare Raises $15 Million to Build Digital Assistant for Doctors, Launches Partnerships with Leading Health Systems, and Adds Siri Co-Founder Tom Gruber as Advisor
Robin Healthcare, a health technology company that provides a digital assistant service elegantly leveraging human and artificial intelligence (AI) to free physicians from paperwork, announced the close of $11.5 million in Series A funding led by Norwest Venture Partners. The latest round brings Robin’s total funding to $15 million. In addition, Robin announced the launch of partnerships with several leading academic and private medical practices across the United States, and named Tom Gruber, co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Siri, as a formal advisor.
One Drop Launches Global Commercial Partnership with Bayer and Announces $40M in Series B Financing
One Drop (@onedroptoday), a provider of digital therapeutic solutions for diabetes and other chronic conditions, announced $40 million in Series B financing, led by Bayer, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Bayer has also entered a commercial licensing agreement to use One Drop’s platform in Bayer’s global bio-digital efforts in therapeutic areas such as oncology, cardiovascular disease, and women’s health. Stefan Oelrich, the President of Bayer Pharmaceuticals, will join One Drop’s Board of Directors.
Kaia Health Announces $8 Million in Funding Led by Optum Ventures
Kaia Health, a digital therapeutics company, announced an $8 million funding round, the second significant investment this year. The infusion of capital is led by Optum Ventures (@Optum_Ventures).
Flex’s BrightInsight lands $25m Series A funding for medtech IoT platform
According to MassDevice Medical Network, BrightInsight (@Brightinsightco), a Flex company, raised $25 million in a Series A funding round for its medical-grade Internet of Things platform.
Healthcare Technology Startup InsightRX Raises $10 Million to Enable Precision Dosing at Point of Care
InsightRX (@insightrx), a pioneer in precision medicine, announced the closing of its $10 million Series A funding led by HealthX Ventures, with participation from Rock Health, OSF Healthcare, Leawood Venture Capital, Premier Inc., and earlier investor GreatPoint Ventures. InsightRX has created an integrated healthcare platform that individualizes treatment at the point of care. The company will use the funding to broaden its therapeutic areas and provide additional hospitals and pharmaceutical companies with access to its innovative technology. Since its founding in 2015, InsightRX has raised more than $13 million altogether.
Using Data to Save Lives: The Rockefeller Foundation and Partners Launch $100 Million Precision Public Health Initiative
The Rockefeller Foundation and leading global health partners announced a $100 million Precision Public Health initiative to empower community health systems and frontline health workers with the latest data science innovations, including more accurate and precise decision-making tools based on large, integrated datasets, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The initiative aims to prevent 6 million deaths in 10 countries by 2030, by enabling frontline health workers with simple, inexpensive data analytic tools.
Altus Launches New Mobile Cart to Reduce Errors, and Improve Battery Life and Patient Care
Altus Inc. (@altus_inc), a U.S.-based mobile sit-to-stand workstation manufacturer, announced ClioSwap 2.0, a new powered cart designed to last longer, and improve clinician documentation and patient satisfaction.
Medici Facilitates Telemedicine Teamwork with New Feature Enabling Group Consultations
Medici (@Medici_app), a mobile telehealth company, announced a new product feature that enables physicians to invite colleagues to participate in telemedicine consultations with patients. The new feature, Chat Collaboration, facilitates teamwork among physicians, enabling doctors to share their combined expertise and experience to enhance care delivery through telemedicine.
Frontive Launches Smart Personal Health Platform to Simplify Complex Care Instructions
Frontive, a new digital health company that aims to improve health management for patients and families, announced the launch of its smart personal health platform, Frontive Health. Frontive combines its patented artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled solution with Amazon Echo’s intuitive voice assistant to securely connect and organize fragmented pieces of health information to help patients and caregivers more easily adhere to care regimens. The company aims to enhance the patient experience by delivering highly personalized, relevant and timely information in a way that reflects how patients actually experience care management.
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Canada Implements the New Vocera Smartbadge
Vocera Communications, Inc. (@voceracomm), a provider of clinical communication and workflow solutions, announced that Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) has implemented the new Vocera Smartbadge for care team communication. Purpose-built for healthcare, the wearable Smartbadge combines smartphone capabilities with the hands-free freedom of the Vocera Badge.
GlobalMed and Meditar Launch Direct-To-Consumer Telemedicine Program Across Latin America
GlobalMed (@GlobalMed_USA), an international provider of virtual health solutions, announced the launch of TeleMeditar, a South American telemedicine program designed to transform healthcare delivery across Argentina and neighboring nations. Meditar, the largest managed healthcare company in Latin America, will integrate GlobalMed solutions with its state-of-the-art facilities to extend advanced care to even the most remote parts of Argentina.
Conduit Health Partners and Central Logic Join Forces to Improve Care Access and Drive Health System Growth
Conduit Health Partners, a patient access company that develops strategies to mitigate risk and help health systems grow, and Central Logic (@CentralLogic), an innovator in Access Center software solutions, announced at the Patient Flow Summit a preferred partnership to improve care access and operational efficiency for health systems nationwide.
Banner–University Health Plans Remove Barriers to Integrated Behavioral Health; Tap HealthBI as Tech Partner
After hosting a series of community conversations about the integration of physical and behavioral health services in Arizona, Banner–University Health Plans (BUHP), a division of Banner Health, has heeded the impassioned feedback and developed its groundbreaking Banner Navigation Accelerator model. Powered by CareEmpower® care coordination technology from HealthBI® (@HealthBI_social), the company that simplifies and scales value-based care at the provider practice level, the Banner Navigation Accelerator will dramatically streamline the process.
Making the Cut
First Ultrasound System for Spine Surgery Receives 2019 Spine Technology Award
Tissue Differentiation Intelligence, LLC (TDi™), a company specializing in real-time surgical ultrasound imaging, announced receiving a 2019 Spine Technology Award from Orthopedics This Week for the company’s SonoVision™ ultrasound platform.