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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Spark Therapeutics adds regulatory insider to support gene therapy for retinal degeneration

Spark Therapeutics adds regulatory insider to support gene therapy for retinal degeneration

November 28, 2014 2:58 pm by | 0 Comments

A gene therapy spinout from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has added a head of regulatory affairs as it continues Phase 3 clinical trials for its treatment to reverse the effects…


Entrepreneur wants to help MDs initiate difficult conversations with patients

Entrepreneur wants to help MDs initiate difficult conversations with patients

November 28, 2014 11:32 am by | 0 Comments

Most families getting together over the Thanksgiving weekend studiously avoid the kind of awkward conversations about politics, religion and healthcare that are likely to end in arguments, tears and slammed…



Angel investor group Keiretsu Forum launches accelerator

Angel investor group Keiretsu Forum launches accelerator

November 28, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Keiretsu Forum, a global angel investment network, has added an accelerator that will work with digital health companies among other sectors. It is part of a wider trend of accelerator…


Rural telemedicine programs receive $8.6M in grants to support doctors, patients

Rural telemedicine programs receive $8.6M in grants to support doctors, patients

November 26, 2014 2:46 pm by | 1 Comments

About 31 telemedicine programs will receive $8.6 million in federal grant money for healthcare programs as part of a wider move by the government in support of telemedicine as a…


Medication adherence platform uses tablet, multiple reminders to condition seniors to take meds

Medication adherence platform uses tablet, multiple reminders to condition seniors to take meds

November 26, 2014 6:52 am by | 1 Comments

A medication adherence business is working with health systems, caregivers and patients in what it sees a niche opportunity to remind seniors to take their pills. The estimated $290 billion…


Missing EHR data rises up top 10 list of medical technology hazards to patient safety

Missing EHR data rises up top 10 list of medical technology hazards to patient safety

November 25, 2014 5:39 pm by | 17 Comments

Every year the ECRI Institute assembles a top 10 list of healthcare technology hazards that cause the most adverse events or, more frequently, near misses jeopardizing patient safety. Although alarm…


Gartner shows a mixed market outlook for wearables sales

Gartner shows a mixed market outlook for wearables sales

November 25, 2014 7:49 am by | 0 Comments

Wearables in the fitness realm have had a fair share of supporters as part of the quantified self trend but critics note the short-term interest in using these devices when…



TouchCare’s $4 million fundraise coincides with telemedicine app launch

TouchCare’s $4 million fundraise coincides with telemedicine app launch

November 24, 2014 6:14 pm by | 0 Comments

A telemedicine company that seeks to connect patients with physicians through smartphones and tablets made its market debut last week after initiating a beta test with early adopters in the…


Telepsychiatry biz mining e-survey data to improve options for Medicare patients

Telepsychiatry biz mining e-survey data to improve options for Medicare patients

November 24, 2014 12:17 pm by | 1 Comments

A health IT company focused on population health has added 1DocWay as a collaboration partner, according to a company statement. The partnership will enable WellTrackONE to make it easier its…


Quality Reviews expanding mobile patient experience survey to emergency departments

Quality Reviews expanding mobile patient experience survey to emergency departments

November 24, 2014 6:59 am by | 1 Comments

Heath IT company Quality Reviews uses patient surveys to help hospitals get a better sense of the patient experience at their facilities and where it needs improvement. It’s expanding the…


Which healthcare startups did Harvard shortlist for finals in acceleration contest? (video)

Which healthcare startups did Harvard shortlist for finals in acceleration contest? (video)

November 22, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

A Harvard Healthcare Acceleration Challenge launched a competition in October to speed up availability of healthcare technologies earlier this year. About one month later, it has selected four healthcare startups…


Only 12 percent of $5B invested in digital health is for companies focused on older adults

Only 12 percent of $5B invested in digital health is for companies focused on older adults

November 21, 2014 5:15 pm by | 4 Comments

By all accounts digital health funding is hitting new highs with companies in this sector accounting for $5 million in investments through the third quarter of this year. But digital…


Mobileys mobile health winners address teen problems spanning depression, bullies, skin

Mobileys mobile health winners address teen problems spanning depression, bullies, skin

November 21, 2014 12:02 pm by | 0 Comments

A couple of mobile health apps singled out for top honors in the Mobileys this week seem to coincide with some of the most challenging problems teens carry with them.


Infant vision test, stroke recovery among medical apps to compete for investment

Infant vision test, stroke recovery among medical apps to compete for investment

November 21, 2014 7:01 am by | 0 Comments

A competition between University of Pennsylvania mobile app teams, many with medical degrees, produced medical apps spanning eye tests for toddlers and adults and a Google Glass application for people…


Patient shark tank takes much gentler approach than sharp-toothed muse

Patient shark tank takes much gentler approach than sharp-toothed muse

November 20, 2014 4:16 pm by | 0 Comments

A nutrition app that tailors diets to patients’ diseases and medications to avoid adverse reactions, Nutrify shared the winners’ circle spotlight with a price transparency tool, Clear Health Costs. A…