How augmented reality and virtual reality devices are boosting medicine

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices have immense disruptive potential, with the capacity to change how the healthcare industry delivers patient care and provider training. These technologies are helping to take medicine outside clinical spaces and will present a wide range of opportunities for innovators as professionals continue to adapt. Tim Jennings,  Custom

Minnesota digital health companies are raking in the big bucks

Minnesota-based medtech companies raised $112 million in venture capital during the first quarter of this year, according to a report from Medical Alley Association. More than half of the companies that raised VC were consumer-focused healthcare and digital health, a change for the region that is known for its implantable cardio devices and neuromodulation. Investors

Aranz Medical launches two new image capture products

Aranz Medical (Christchurch, New Zealand) has launched its two new smartphone-based imaging products in a multi-site clinical trial through Promore Pharma and in New Zealand’s Capital and Coast Digital Health Board. The new imaging apps SilhouetteLite+ and SilhouetteLite are portable and easy-to-use. They deliver accuracy and image consistent and collect measurement and documentation data securely

Gore and Bonbouton partnered to create sensors for digital health applications

W.L. Gore and Associates announced that it has forged a partnership with digital health startup Bonbouton to create advanced sensor technology to develop better smart fabrics and digital health applications. The agreement will focus on collaborative research in temperature sensing materials to enable future applications of sensor technology and conductive inks in digital health, chronic

This visor-like device could be a defibrillator for stroke

A portable, visor-like device has shown potential for detecting emergent large-vessel occlusion with 92% accuracy in patients who may have had a stroke. The researchers suggest that the diagnostic device could be readily accessible to emergency personnel and in public spaces in the same way a defibrillator is available for treating heart attacks. Researchers and

RxFunction raises $7.5 million for its wearable sensory prosthesis

Medical wearable startup RxFunction (Eden Prairie, Minn.) announced today that it has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding as it prepares for market launch of its Walkasins wearable sensory prosthesis. The round, which surpassed RxFunction’s initial $5 million funding goal, was led by Edina, Minn.–based Cedar Point Capital, a boutique investment banking firm. The

ResMed is disrupting connected health: Here’s how

Here’s how a respiratory firm took control of the connected health and the medtech digital revolution. When you think powerful digital connected devices, the first thing to pop into your head probably isn’t a CPAP. Continuous positive airway pressure has been shown in numerous studies to be effective in improving sleep apnea and preventing a

These sweat patches can tell when you are tired, among other things

A new organization called NextFlex has teamed up with GE Global Research and is looking to scale up hybrid, flexible electronics called sweat patches that measure fatigue in pilots, elite athletes and other potential medical users — all by analyzing their sweat. NextFlex is a young entity and an unusual one. Founded in 2015, the

Allina Health and Zipnosis partner to expand online care platform

Minneapolis-based Allina Health and Zipnosis have recently partnered to update Allina Health’s online diagnosis and treatment service. Allina Health — a major Twin Cities health system — recently launched its Everyday Online platform that is powered by virtual care company Zipnosis. Allina Health Everyday Online is designed to bring convenient access to patients through Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

7 digital health startups you need to watch in 2018

If you want to see where the big money is going in healthcare these days, digital health products are the place to look. Digital health startups raised $11.5 billion in 2017, up 27 percent over 2016, according to the StartUp Health Insights Year End Report. Digital health startups are doing everything from enhancing patient-provider relationships to

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This wearable system continuously monitors stomach activity

California researchers have created an electrocardiogram-like system for the gastrointestinal tract that monitors electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The system is a wearable, non-invasive system that provides GI activity monitoring outside of clinical settings while increasing the chance of identifying abnormal activity. It is a 3D printed portable box that is

Bigfoot brings Series B total to $55m with new investment from Abbott

Reeling in an $18 million add-on to the $37 million Series B that it reported last year, Bigfoot Biomedical touted today that it has raised over $90 million in total funding since the Milpitas, Calif.-based company first launched. Investments from Abbott (NYSE:ABT), which has an established partnership with Bigfoot, and other new and existing investors, brought the […]

8 women medtech innovators you need to know

As we celebrate more women becoming medtech leaders and paving the way for innovation, it’s important to remember the many accomplishments women have already made when it comes to the advancement of health and medicine. X-rays on the battlefield, the American Red Cross, leprosy treatment and more — these advances happened because of women. As

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Medtech’s existential crisis and how it can survive

Executives in medtech and other life sciences companies view digital health startups and high tech giants as an existential threat. To compete, they’re going to have to invest in or acquire customer engagement and personalization skills usually associated with online retailers and social networking sites, according to a new report out today from EY. The

9 wearable medtech companies at the Wearable Technology Show

Digital health wearables are increasingly making medtech strides: They can measure heart vitals, temperature and even track when someone falls. The Wearable Technology Show 2018 — March 13–14 in London — is highlighting some of the latest wearable devices in the digital health realm. Showcased technologies include sensors to help orthopedic surgery patients, a watch to

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