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Wearable medical devices global market to reach $19.5B by 2021

The global market for wearable medical devices is expected to nearly $19.5 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.8% for 2016-2021, according to a new report from Report Linker. The report reveals that the U.S. market for wearable medical devices is expected to grow from $2.5 billion in 2016 to nearly $8.7 billion in 2021 at a CAGR of 27.9% from 2016 through 2021.


Doctor On Demand Nabs $74M to Expand Virtual Care Platform

San Francisco, CA-based Doctor On Demand has raised 74 million in Series C funding led by  Princeville Global and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners with participation from existing investors including Venrock, Shasta Ventures, and Tenaya Capital. his funding will support the continued rapid expansion of Doctor On Demand’s telehealth platform and further its commitment to delivering access to quality care at scale.


98point6 launches AI driven, on-demand primary care service in 10 States

After three years of R&D and a year of beta, 98point6 has announced the launch of its on-demand primary care service to deliver personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients across the country.  The on-demand primary care platform combines innovative AI technology with board-certified physicians to deliver affordable and high-quality care right to a patient’s smartphone.


NHS grant targets an mHealth device for point-of-care diagnostics

The National Science Foundation has awarded $10 million to a team of researchers to develop an mHealth device – either a wearable or mobile microscope – that uses light-sensing technology to diagnose and monitor health conditions.



Digital Health beats physical exam for accuracy in one study

Canadian researchers have found that an mHealth app on an iPhone performed better than the traditional in-person exam for doctors measuring blood flow in a patient’s wrist.



Swedish digital health platform Doctrin raises €10 million Series A round

Stockholm-based health tech startup Doctrin has raised €10 million in a Series A round led by Swedish healthcare provider Capio and HealthCap with participation from Inbox Capital and Norrsken Foundation.The Swedish company develops a platform for healthcare providers to manage and follow up with patients by triaging and monitoring patients’ digital medical history. The patient can enter their symptoms via the app, which will advise on further treatment or if a face-to-face with a doctor is more appropriate.


Amazon gets pharmacy license

Combined with e-prescriptions Amazon will disrupt and lead this market, also in Europe – just a matter of time! So if you run a pharmacy we would suggest to transform your business model asap.

The Hill


The future of Radiology

What if an algorithm could tell you whether you have cancer based on your CT scan or mammography exam? While I am certain that radiologists’ creative work will be necessary in the future to solve complex issues and supervising diagnostic processes; AI will definitely become part of their daily routine in diagnosing simpler cases and taking over repetitive tasks. So rather than getting threatened by it, we should familiarize with how it could help change the course of radiology for the better.


FDA clears first medical accessory for the Apple Watch – an EKG sensor

Plenty of studies boast about the medical possibilities of the Apple Watch, but Apple’s wearable is a consumer device, not a medical one. However, the FDA just announced the clearing of the first medical Apple Watch accessory, AliveCor’s KardiaBand, which uses the wearable’s heart rate technology and an attached sensor to provide EKG readings on the fly.

ars technica


Apple kicks off heart study

Apple (in collaboration with Stanford Medicine) just kicked off their first heart study. This will lead to an unprecedented study population and it’s just the beginning. Combining digital consumer health and wearables will shift the entire clinical research industry from traditional facilities to tech players!



Digital health investments are sexy

We have all read the headlines about new devices and apps in healthcare empowering patients to manage their health/disease more (cost-)efficiently and conveniently. People can book their doctor appointments online, monitor their sugar levels via an app or share information via an electronic health record. And the majority of customers – in our case patients – appreciate digital tools. Even more, they are actively asking for it and already choosing their health providers and payors based on their level of digital service portfolio.

So why is all this now so sexy, it sounds quite like a normal cyclic evolution in healthcare…?! Wrong!

Gordon Euller


Blockchain – the great unknown will impact healthcare

To say the technology is advanced is an understatement, but hospitals should understand the reasons that it’s getting so much attention.

Healthcare IT News


Mary Meeker believes tech firms can take over healthcare

Her presentations are as interesting as they are long. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Partner Mary Meeker devoted 31 pages of her information-packed Internet Trends Report to health technology. The title of the section set the tone: „The Healthcare Digital Inflection.“



Good prognosis for Digital Health

‚Digital health is an umbrella term for anything which, as the US Food and Drug Administration puts it, enables the „convergence of people, information, technology and connectivity to improve health care and health outcomes“


When will pharma move from experimenting with digital health tools to adopting them?

Digital health is at an interesting point in its evolution. Not only are some providers and payers connecting patients and members with apps and connected devices but also pharma companies are collaborating with startups and growth stage companies to develop applications to address challenges such as medication adherence. But which groups are further along in the adoption of these tools beyond the pilot phase? And how can the data these tools generate be harnessed for the greatest benefit?

Medcity News


How can digital health startups meet priorities of investors, partners?

A panel discussion at MedCity INVEST conference highlighted some of the features investors and healthcare organizations look for in digital health startups, particularly the questions they address.

Medcity News


Integration of Digital Health in cars unleashes amazing opportunities

The mass introduction of 5G and satellites will lay the foundation for linking the automotive industry up with other industries outside the traditional ecosystem, paving the way for intelligent, cross-segment partnerships. In future cars will see built in, brought in and beamed in / cloud enabled applications of health wellness and well-being in cars.


Global E-Health Market projected to reach USD 195.58 billion by 2021

With the application of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in healthcare, everyone can get access to proper healthcare facilities. An infrastructural support with better electronic systems and internet connections are required for ICT to be put into full-fledged use.


Digital health reduces wait times

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released a survey How Canada Compares:  Results From The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults in 11 Countries, which shows that Canadians report some of the longest wait times for doctors, specialists and emergency department visits compared to citizens in peer countries.



Investors are putting their dollars into patient experience

Personalized health and wellness are the top areas where investors are placing their money, according to Polina Hanin, academy director at StartUp Health, speaking at Sunday’s Venture+ Forum HIMSS17.



Healthcare IT News


Microsoft Takes Another Crack at Health Care

Microsoft Corp. is trying again in health care, betting its prowess in cloud services and artificial-intelligence can help it expand in a market that’s been notoriously hard for technology companies.

A new initiative called Healthcare NExT will combine work from existing industry players and Microsoft’s Research and AI units to help doctors reduce data entry tasks, triage sick patients more efficiently and ease outpatient care.


Bloomberg Technology


HealthCare 2020: The e-Doctor Will See You Now

Technology has transformed industries ranging from recorded music to retail to travel, but from the consumer’s point of view, healthcare has remained stubbornly analog.

Visit a doctor in 2016 and there’s still a good chance that you’ll encounter the same paper form and clipboard you might have used 30 years ago. Since your doctor probably can’t access your health history via an online-based file, you are still forced to rely on your memory, which may obscure a potentially life-saving detail from your past.

Happily, at least the paper-and-clipboard part of that scenario may finally be a thing of the past by 2020. You may not enter a doctor’s office at all in fact as “telemedicine” and videoconferenced doctor visits become more common. Patients will also continue to take more control of their health care by accessing the latest information and using cloud-connected wearables to monitor their health. The most exciting change though will be the effect of artificial intelligence on diagnoses and medical problem solving which will, for the first time, pool humanity’s mental resources to take on scourges like cancer and diabetes.




Artificial Intelligence System Matches Dermatologists at Skin Cancer Diagnosis

As many jobs are disappearing to automation, the latest profession to also start seeing the future may be dermatology. Stanford University researchers have developed a deep convolutional neural network, an artificial intelligence technique for building a knowledge set, to learn how to spot suspect cancer lesions.

Today this process is manual and prone to errors of subjectivity. Dermatologists simply look through a dermatoscope and judge based on their education and experience. The Stanford system was given 130,000 images of skin lesions simply labeled with previously established diagnoses that included more than 2,000 diseases. The system processed these images and learned on its own what to look for.

Study in Nature: Dermatologist-level classification of skin cancer with deep neural networks…

Via: Stanford…



Apple’s top 22 patient-facing personal care apps

Apple periodically features groups of apps in its app store for particular use cases and audiences. Under “Apps for Patients” in its Medical section, the company highlights these 24 personal care apps, which range from well known apps like WebMD and Mayo Clinic to some more under-the-radar options. Some apps apply to people living with particular conditions, while others provide lifestyle help for anyone. Read on for Apple’s 22 picks for personal care apps.


Global digital health VC funding hit £4.2 billion in 2016

Global health IT and digital health venture capital funding topped £4.2 billion ($5 billion) for the first time in 2016.

According to the US technology market intelligence company Mercom Captial Group, venture capital funding for Healthcare IT, including private equity and corporate venture capital, raised £4.25 billion (US$5.1 billion) in 622 deals in 2016.  This was up from £3.8 billion ($4.6 billion) raised in 574 deals in 2015.

Mercom Capital disclosed the figures in its annual report on funding, mergers and acquisition activity for the healthcare IT and digital health sector


Apple CEO Cook: Healthcare may make smartphone market ‘look small’

Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the healthcare market’s potential could dwarf the smartphone market that accounts for some 65% of ... Mehr lesen


How smartphones are transforming healthcare

Powerful new apps are turning our phones into mobile medical clinics. Could this help solve the issue of rising healthcare costs?

Financial Times


Apple CEO thinks mHealth revenues will dwarf the $Trillion Smartphone market

Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the healthcare market’s potential could dwarf the smartphone market that accounts for some 65% of Apple’s $234 billion in annual revenues



Empowering Digital Health: Using data and technology to improve outcomes

Ever since people started practicing medicine, the goal has been to get more information about what’s wrong with a patient and how to make it right. This has been at the heart of all change and innovation in health and care. But although there is a significant amount of data available today, and it’s doubling every 24 months – the problem currently facing the NHS isn’t having enough data, it’s getting access to, and reasoning over data easily, to provide actionable intelligence, and doing all of this in a cost-effective manner.



In first major digital health deal of the year, Castlight Health acquires Jiff

Castlight Health, a company that made a name for itself with making price transparency in healthcare easier to manage for self-insured employers, has acquired Jiff, a health IT company that developed an employee benefits marketplace with the idea of making these benefits easier to manage, according to a company press release. As part of the deal, Castlight will give 27 million shares and options to former Jiff equity holders, when the deal closes in the first half od 2017. Those shares represent about 20 percent of the combined company on a fully-diluted basis.



May announces £67.7 million for digital mental health

UK prime minister Theresa May has announced £67.7 million of funding for digital mental health services. May made the announcem... Mehr lesen


NHS Digital Academy ‚will be virtual organisation‘

The recently announced training school for clinical information professionals will be a “virtual organisation”, according to an NHS England lead. Details of the NHS Digital Academy, where chief clinical information officers, chief information officers, and other aspirant leaders in IT will be trained and developed, were fleshed out by Harpreet Sood.


Equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd launches $50M digital health fund

Israeli equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has launched a new fund specifically focused on the digital health field, called OurCrowd Qure. They will work with Johns Hopkins University to provide validation of value, market access,  and on-going feedback on the startups.



Patient portal market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 18.1% by 2020

The growth of the overall patient portals market can be contributed to federal mandates, growing adoption of a patient-centric approach in healthcare delivery, increasing EHR adoption, and growing popularity of patient portals among the elderly.


India’s Most Remote Villages Are Getting Better Healthcare With This Cloud-Based Solution

In India, public health care is free, yet years of under-investment in public health means that facilities are also grossly understaffed and under-equipped. The country also has a massive resource gap of over 4 million health workers and, to compound problems, nearly 60% of existing health workers practice in urban areas.


Amazon in Digital Health? What the Future Might Look Like

In this series on Amazon’s Echo, Maneesh explores how Amazon & others are bringing tools powered by a number of emerging technologies into the hands of the average consumer, how those consumers are using these tools to manage their health, and how our daily conversations might well reframe how we view Digital Health.


Digital Health Market Size to Grow at Over 25.9% CAGR

Digital Health Market size is estimated to exceed USD 379 billion by 2024; as per a new research report by Global Market Insigh... Mehr lesen


NHS Digital’s plans for a digital NHS

The NHS is taking another run at digital transformation. At a national level, much of the “heavy lifting” is falling to NHS Digital. Ben Heather talks to three of the new organisation’s leaders about what coming for a digital NHS.


Here is Apple’s smart plan for digital health

Apple wants to expand HealthKit from being a basic fitness tracker to becoming a useful diagnosis tool. “Health is a huge issue around the world and we think it’s ripe for simplicity and a new view,” Apple CEO, Tim Cook told a May conference in Amsterdam.


What is The ROI on Digital Health?

One question that still remains unanswered to many is the return on investment on digital health, including telemedicine. Most see the return as improvement in population health outcomes, the patient experience, and the doctor experience at less cost.


Digital technologies to help enhance Saudi health services: Study

KPMG International and the Nuffield Trust, a charitable trust with a mission to improve healthcare services in the United Kingdom, have recently published a report that highlights how digital technologies can help enhance health services.

Saudi Gazette


Investors: Digital health M&A is still in early stages

Investors MobiHealthNews spoke to seem to agree that we’re still in the early stages of digital health acquisition, characterized by larger startups buying smaller startups while big companies just dip their toes in with small deals and acqui-hires.



Atos spends $275 million on a digital healthcare acquisition

A big French information technology services company is spending $275 million to acquire a U.S. developer of electronic medical records system. The main reason for the acquisition is gaining market share in the $32 billion U.S. digital healthcare services market.


With Watson Health, IBM bets big on health care

Since IBM Watson Health was launched in 2015, the company has made four acquisitions worth about $4 billion and forged numerous partnerships with major hospitals, drug makers, and other companies.

Boston Globe


Graphnet plugs wearables into care record

A project to improve the care of patients with epilepsy has led to the launch of a Graphnet product that combines wearable technology, data analysis, and digital care records.


Philips unveils new products for healthy lifestyle at IFA 2016

At this year’s Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin, Germany, Royal Philips announced a range of new products that empower consumers to stay healthy, live well and enjoy life.


How the NHS can deliver the benefits of digital healthcare

In January 2013, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, set the NHS the ambitious target of ‘going paperless’ within five years to save billions, improve services and help meet the challenges of an ageing population. He said that patients should have compatible digital records that allow their health data to follow them around the health and social care system – meaning that, in the vast majority of cases, when a patient needs a GP, hospital or care at home, the professionals responsible for providing that care can see their history at the touch of a button.



Apple acquires digital health startup Gliimpse

Apple has acquired personal health data-monitoring startup Gliimpse, which was founded in 2013 by Indian-origin Anil Sthi and Karthik Hariharan.

Deccan Chronicle


Cardinal Health acquires TelePharm, a digital health startup aimed at retail pharmacies

Cardinal Health, an Ohio-based healthcare products and services company, has acquired TelePharm, an Iowa-based company which, among other things, uses telemedicine to connect pharmacists to patients.



Google Glass startup has partnered with Aryka

Digital health deals: Lyft-GreatCall, Google Glass startup Augmedix-Aryaka. Ethicon, a medical device subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is collaborating with healthcare technology platform developer Touch Surgery



Five Ways Pharma Can Benefit From Digital Health Technologies

Pharmaceutical companies (pharma) inhabit a unique position, situated between patients, prescribers and payers, allowing them to gain maximum benefits from a wide array of digital offerings.

Samsung Insights


Digital Inhalers to be $3.56bn market by 2024

A new market prediction by Grand View Research pegs the market for digital inhalers at 3.65 billion.


Audi partners with digital health incubator to tone up startups and drivers

With its involvement, Audi is accelerating to develop “automotive health” as new business area – dedicated to enhance customer’s health and fitness while driving.

Automotive World


Philips launches line of clinically validated consumer health devices

Royal Philips is launching a big, consumer-focused push into digital health by introducing a line of medical-grade, connected health monitoring devices and integration with a mobile app and the company’s HealthSuite digital health platform.

Med City News


ASX listed companies make waves in $110B digital health market

Through technological breakthroughs in the medical field, treatments are becoming more accessible. According to the University of Illinois at Chicago, “Health IT opens up many more avenues of exploration and research, which allows experts to make healthcare more driven and effective than it has ever been.”


Astellas partners with MPM Capital to launch new health investment company, DigiTx Partners

Astellas Pharma Inc. and DigiTx Partners announced that Astellas has launched DigiTx Partners, a digital health investment company in partnership with MPM Capital, Inc. (MPM Capital).


Digital Health Funding Hits $2B In The First Half Of 2016

Following years of record-breaking venture funding, digital health investment funding hit slightly over $2 billion in the first half of 2016 according to a Rock Health report

Health IT Outcomes


Hospitals Are Partnering With Uber to Get Patients to Checkups

The convenience could greatly reduce the likelihood of missed appointments.

The Atlantic


Large Employers Leverage Digital Health Tools to Offer Telehealth Benefits

Employers, take note: Telehealth is one of the newest shifts in digital health trends, and it might soon impact your ability to attract top talent.

Samsung Insights


The digital health leap

PWC’s ‚The Digital Healthcare Leap‘ highlights insights into how digital health could be an answer to the emerging markets’ challenge to achieve sustainable growth


Here’s how payers are betting on digital health

In the past five years, health insurers have sunk a total of $900 million into digital health startups. That includes 2016, which isn’t even over yet.

Med City News


How the Search for Smart Data Drives Healthcare IT Investment

The quest to turn big data into smart data is driving billions of dollars in healthcare IT investment as providers search for the tools to equip themselves for healthcare reform.

Health IT Analytics


GE CEO „All new employees should learn coding“

GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt has a plan for new young hires — they are going to learn to code. This is just one of Immelt’s initiatives to drive innovation for the 124-year-old company.



Ireland eReferral roll-out complete

Every hospital in Ireland can now receive electronic referrals after full implementation was completed in July.


The story of digital health

Digital health is the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society.

Paul Sonnier


Global market for connected wearables, health devices expected to reach $612B by 2024

The demand for wearable medical devices and remote patient monitoring systems is increasing, and the global market is expected to reach $612 billion in the next eight years



Powering Up COPD Management with Digital Health

Providers can introduce the concept of a single mobile app that serves as a communication and motivation tool between patients and their caregivers, backed by a central COPD management system.

HIT Consultant


What’s behind expansion of personalization of healthcare?

Personalized healthcare isn’t solely based on genetics, it also means providing individuals with tools like digital health and fitness apps, telemedicine providers, and at-home testing kits.



Using digital screens to inspire better health

Digital signage is an industry that just keeps getting bigger. Reports show that digital signage adds a 31.8 percent upswing in overall sales volume.



Electronic Medical Records a reality in India – What If?

Fast Forward – It is the year 2020 and India is reaping the benefits of Prime Minister Modi’s ambitious Digital India initiative. The healthcare sector among several others appears to be upbeat. An appointment with a doctor is more convenient now, whether the practitioner is from the local vicinity or from a clinic at a district or state level, given that medical history records are now accessible at a click of a button.


Digital Consumer Health

Der allgemeine Überbegriff lautet hier „Technology Enabled Care“ (TEC), also die durch Technologie unterstützten medizinischen ... Mehr lesen


Artificial Intelligence

Die digitale Evolution der Menschheit hat inzwischen einen Standard geschaffen, der bereits alle Lebensbereiche erfasst. Der ge... Mehr lesen


Doctor logs in to digital health role

A doctor from North Tyneside is lending his expertise to millions of patients as he takes on a new role.



Things are looking app

Mobile health apps are becoming more capable and potentially rather useful

The Economist


Impact of Digital Health on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Digital Health will transform the business models of the Pharmaceutical industry. Although many companies have not yet formulated a concise Digital Health strategy, industry executives expect that by 2020, Digital Health will enable Pharmaceutical companies to activate new business segments as well as to significantly improve their competitive advantage.

Arthur D Little


Swedish Digital Health Startup Lifesum Nabs $10M from Nokia

Swedish digital health startup Lifesum has raised $10 million in funding led by global venture capital firm Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), with participation from Draper Esprit, Bauer Media Group and SparkLabs Global Ventures. Founded in 2008 by Henrik Torstensson, CEO, and Marcus Gners, COO, Lifesum’s app available on both Apple and Android combines technology and applied psychology with personal preferences to help people form habits that build towards healthier, happier lives. The app currently boasts over 15 million users worldwide.

HIT Consultant


Apple CareKit: Are Consumers Ready for Tech-Enabled Home Health?

Deloitte’s Harry Greenspun talks about what research is revealing when it comes to consumers and caregivers plugging into tech-enabled home health.

HIT Consultant


MyWard: Award-winning electronic wipeboard system improves NHS care

MyWard is an at-a-glance visual storyboard that allows staff to get a clear picture of the ward in one place – and it’s been honoured at the Tech4Good Awards.


Medtech Companies Need to Transform While Times Are Still Good

The medical technology (medtech) sector has been highly attractive to investors for more than a decade, delivering total shareholder returns of nearly 350% between 2001 and 2015. But sales growth has leveled off considerably in recent years and now hovers at around 4%.  There are many reasons for this, including the pressure to reduce health care costs, the increasing power of economic stakeholders in purchasing decisions, more consolidated and sophisticated health systems, new low-cost competitors, and the ubiquity of information with which to assess value.

Boston Consulting Group


Update on Private Equity in healthcare

Healthcare investors will remember 2015 for the juxtaposition of a very strong year, marked by record corporate M&A and strong PE investments and exits, against early signs of dislocation late in the year.



Pay-for-Performance: Will the Models Provide Value?

In theory, paying for performance makes logical sense, says Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute. But eliminating pay-for performance programs isn’t the answer, he says. Instead, an overhaul is necessary.

Health Leaders Media


Mid-Year: 5 Trends Shaping Telemedicine in 2016

The telemedicine industry is an exciting, dynamic place to be right now. As with many maturing industries, not only is telemedicine itself evolving, but also the trends that drive its evolution.

HIT Consultant


American Heart Association, Amazon Partner to Advance Precision Cardiovascular Medicine

The American Heart Association (AHA) has inked a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a cloud computing infrastructure, to enable and advance discoveries in cardiovascular science and medicine using cloud technology.

HIT Consultant


Children’s Health Adopts Ingestible Microchip Technology

Children’s Health has begun offering patients an ingestible microchip and digital patch that can track whether an individual takes his or her medicine and monitors their diagnostics afterward.

Healthcare Daily


China’s Digital Health-Care Revolution

In 2014, approximately $700 million in venture funding poured into digital health care in China, with investors supporting all things digital, from e-commerce to online physician-and-patient communication services to disease management apps. This is just the beginning.

Boston Consulting Group


TELUS Health Acquires Nightingale’s Canadian EMR Assets for $14M

TELUS Health has entered  an agreement to acquire Nightingale Informatix Corp’s Canadian EMR software solutions and related assets for $14M. The acquisition will help expand the company’s EMR customer base in Ontario and Atlantic Canada where Nightingale’s EMR solution currently supports 4,000 physicians.

HIT Consultant