Stephanie Baum

Stephanie Baum

Stephanie Baum is the East Coast Innovation Reporter for MedCityNews.com. She enjoys covering healthcare startups across health IT, drug development and medical devices and innovations deployed to improve medical care. She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and has worked across radio, print and video. She's written for The Christian Science Monitor, Dow Jones & Co. and United Business Media.

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Does it take a community to improve blood glucose levels? One digital health entrepreneur thinks it could help

Does it take a community to improve blood glucose levels? One digital health entrepreneur thinks it could help

April 21, 2015 10:33 am by | 0 Comments

When Jeff Dachis was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, he recalls feeling let down by the lack of support for how to manage his newly diagnosed condition. Dachis launched One…


Report highlights ethical concerns, questions financial gains of employer wellness programs

Report highlights ethical concerns, questions financial gains of employer wellness programs

April 20, 2015 6:27 pm by | 0 Comments

The interest in employers cutting healthcare costs has purred the growth of companies claiming their employer wellness tools can make it easier for employers to satisfy those goals. But a…



Health insurance startup Oscar raises $145M to support push into California, Texas

Health insurance startup Oscar raises $145M to support push into California, Texas

April 20, 2015 1:28 pm by | 0 Comments

The young insurance company Oscar has completed just one open enrollment and the New York based insurer only moved into its second state — New Jersey — at the start…


2 teams put predictive analytics to work for breast cancer and to predict genetic disease risk

2 teams put predictive analytics to work for breast cancer and to predict genetic disease risk

April 20, 2015 7:00 am by | 0 Comments

Predictive analytics tools come in many forms but two aspiring teams of entrepreneurs at a StartUp Weekend for healthcare in Philadelphia see its usefulness for two applications — reducing biopsies…


ER doctor’s solution to make clinical pathways part of physician workflow grabs spotlight

ER doctor’s solution to make clinical pathways part of physician workflow grabs spotlight

April 18, 2015 2:44 pm by | 0 Comments

A clinical decision support tool designed to make it easier to integrate clinical pathways into workflows walked away with $50,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners as part of a University…


Report: Emails, text messages helped hospital cut readmissions for congestive heart failure patients

Report: Emails, text messages helped hospital cut readmissions for congestive heart failure patients

April 17, 2015 6:47 pm by | 0 Comments

Figuring out effective ways to reduce 30-day readmissions for chronic conditions is an ongoing healthcare challenge facing hospitals as they try to avoid slashed reimbursement from CMS. Hahnemann University Hospital,…


Apple Watch apps part 2: Tracking sickness by neighborhood, adjusting hearing aid settings

Apple Watch apps part 2: Tracking sickness by neighborhood, adjusting hearing aid settings

April 17, 2015 11:18 am by | 0 Comments

Earlier this week I wrote about several mobile health apps rolled out in the runup to Apple Watch’s official market debut later this month, many of them to coincide with…



PointNurse sets up collaborative telemedicine service, joins Swarm’s Bitcoin incubator

PointNurse sets up collaborative telemedicine service, joins Swarm’s Bitcoin incubator

April 16, 2015 6:12 pm by | 0 Comments

Not many healthcare entrepreneurs can reference negotiating $2 billion oil service contracts in Iraq on their resume, but Cyrus Maaghul is a little outside of the box. He’s also founded…


meQuilibrium raises $9M for program to give employees more effective stress coping skills

meQuilibrium raises $9M for program to give employees more effective stress coping skills

April 16, 2015 12:06 pm by | 0 Comments

A digital health business that has developed a way to counter the widespread problem of stress in the workplace has closed a Series B round that raised $9 million to…


JAMA article calls for more effective tools to separate good mobile health apps from poor ones

JAMA article calls for more effective tools to separate good mobile health apps from poor ones

April 16, 2015 7:00 am by | 0 Comments

Few of the folks who champion digital health would make a case for apps as the be all end all solution to prevent the kind of complications that send healthcare…


Banking on b2b2c teledermatology model, 3Derm adds health system customers

Banking on b2b2c teledermatology model, 3Derm adds health system customers

April 15, 2015 5:53 pm by | 0 Comments

3Derm Systems, a teledermatology startup that spun out of Yale University and graduated from Healthbox’s Boston class two years ago, is preparing to go live with three health systems by…


Study of MS patients using FitBit highlights speedy recruitment, strong adherence

Study of MS patients using FitBit highlights speedy recruitment, strong adherence

April 15, 2015 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

A study by a team of researchers from Biogen and PatientsLikeMe to quantify physical activity of patients with multiple sclerosis between doctor appointments released some details on the patient experience…


Report: Healthcare, consumer wellness account for 14 percent of VC deals in Q1

Report: Healthcare, consumer wellness account for 14 percent of VC deals in Q1

April 14, 2015 9:26 pm by | 0 Comments

Wearable devices helped fuel an appetite for mobile healthcare and consumer health deals, according to a report by CB Insights tracking venture capital dealflow in the first quarter. These mobile…


Patient ID theft prevention company raises $15M to roll out biometrics tool nationwide

Patient ID theft prevention company raises $15M to roll out biometrics tool nationwide

April 14, 2015 5:03 pm by | 0 Comments

The founders of a health IT company CrossChx view fingerprint verification as the key to addressing the pitfall-laden path to improving patient identification to prevent fraud and improve patient safety….


Predictive analytics biz provides healthcare insights to patients, care managers, institution heads

Predictive analytics biz provides healthcare insights to patients, care managers, institution heads

April 14, 2015 12:08 pm by | 0 Comments

IBM Watson’s acquisition of Explorys as part of its big announcement at HIMSS this week underscores the growing importance of effective big data analytics tools in healthcare. It also speaks…