Spanish startup Elma gets $3.2M for a digital-first health insurance play

September 27, 2019

Insurtech startup Elma has closed a €3 million (~$3.2M) Series A funding round led by Mangrove Capital partners to build out a digital-first health insurance business starting with Spain, its domestic market. Also investing in the Series A are a number of unnamed local investors focused on the healthcare space, along with Barcelona-based investor and company builder Antai Venture Builder (AVB), Arroba Capital, and US VC Joyance Capital Partners.  Elma’s…

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In healthcare these days, Theres an app for that unless you really need it

July 24, 2019

Sarah Lisker faxes and  thirty billion dollars have been invested in digital health since 2011. The resulting technological innovations, such as mobile applications, telemedicine, and wearables, promise to help patients fight diabetes, treat chronic disease, or lose weight, for example. However, we haveOver 80% of clinical trial participants are white, and many are young and male. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, as well as older adults must be included in clinical trials…

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Biofourmis raises $35M to develop smarter treatments for chronic diseases

May 26, 2019

Biofourmis, a Singapore-based startup pioneering a distinctly tech-based approach to the treatment of chronic conditions, has raised a $35 million Series B round for expansion. The round was led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures, the VC fund from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Other investors who put in include EDBI, the corporate investment arm of Singapore’s Economic Development Board, China-based healthcare platform Jianke and existing investors Openspace Ventures, Aviva…

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Apple attempts to demystify healthcare with Aetna’s Attain app

February 1, 2019

The Apple Watch Series 4 is the most powerful health wearable available.Image: lili sams/mashable Regardless of whether iPhones sales are flat, much of the excitement and loyalty that’s made Apple into a behemoth tech company comes directly from its products, so meticulously designed and engineered to be irresistible. Apple is a devices company and its lifeblood (and stock) depends on new products to dazzle. But Apple under CEO Tim Cook…

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UK health minister sets out tech-first vision for future care provision

October 19, 2018

The UK’s still fairly new in post minister for health, Matt Hancock, quickly made technology one of his stated priorities. And today he’s put more meat on the bones of his thinking, setting out a vision for transforming, root and branch, how the country’s National Health Service operates to accommodate the plugging in of “healthtech” apps and services — to support tech-enabled “preventative, predictive and personalised care”. How such a…

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Apples Watch isnt the first with an EKG reader but it will matter to more consumers

September 18, 2018

Apple’s COO Jeff Williams exuberantly proclaimed Apple’s Watch was the first to get FDA clearance as an over-the-counter electrocardiogram (EKG) reader during the special event at Apple headquarters on Wednesday. While Apple loves to be first to things, that statement is false. AliveCor has held the title of first since late last year for its KardiaMobile device, a $100 stick-like metal unit you attach to the back of a smartphone. Ironically,…

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Uber joins Apple, Amazon as the next tech company to jump into healthcare

March 4, 2018

The Uber Health dashboard brings Uber rides to healthcare facilities for its patients and caregivers.Image: uber Healthcare is big business, and tech companies don’t want to miss out just because they’re busy building smartphones, apps, and self-driving cars. Uber announced its new Uber Health platform Thursday. It’s a way for healthcare organizations to order rides for patients who are receiving care at their facilities. Uber also launched an API so…

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Forward brings its personalized healthcare service to Los Angeles

November 20, 2017

Forward, the San Francisco-based startup that’s looking to refashion healthcare services in Apple’s image, is expanding with its first location in Los Angeles. Weaving together a number of Silicon Valley’s favorite healthcare trends, the company’s services combine proprietary, purpose-built medical devices with algorithmically enabled diagnostic tools, and the latest in gene, bacteria and blood tests to provide a holistic view of its patients’ health. These technologies and services include: unlimited…

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Mary Meekers latest trends report highlights Silicon Valleys role in the future of healthcare

July 31, 2017

Mary Meekers latest Internet Trends Report, out today, was full of insights on how tech is shaping our future including now in healthcare. This was the first year Meeker included healthcare in her report and it shows just how much of a role tech is going to play in improving our lives going forward. A few key insights from the report: Wearable devices have continued to gain momentum with 25…

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Mary Meekers latest trends report highlights Silicon Valleys role in the future of healthcare

June 1, 2017

Mary Meekers latest Internet Trends Report, out today, was full of insights on how tech is shaping our future including now in healthcare. This was the first year Meeker included healthcare in her report and it shows just how much of a role tech is going to play in improving our lives going forward. A few key insights from the report: Wearable devices have continued to gain momentum with 25…

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