MedXT image-sharing technology could resolve interoperability issues in teleradiology

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MedXT image-sharing technology could resolve interoperability issues in teleradiology

July 21, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

A technology entrepreneur fed up with the time-consuming workflows behind teleradiology developed a cloud-based platform that could potentially make other parts of healthcare more efficient. Cody Ebberson is the CEO…


No HIPAA escape hatch: Donald Sterling can’t strike doctors’ testimony  about his mental state

No HIPAA escape hatch: Donald Sterling can’t strike doctors’ testimony about his mental state

July 21, 2014 5:38 pm by | 0 Comments

Confused on the Donald Sterling trial? @writerkev joins the show to discuss. 6ET @FOXSports1 http://t.co/XeiefpMPzI pic.twitter.com/M2t6eQpPQ1 — America's Pregame (@AmericasPregame) July 21, 2014 An interesting HIPAA-related angle in the Donald…


California thinks it can halve its backlog of Medi-Cal sign ups by August

California thinks it can halve its backlog of Medi-Cal sign ups by August

July 16, 2014 9:09 am by | 0 Comments

Responding to inquiries from federal officials, the California health department has released a plan it says will dramatically slash its backlog of Medi-Cal applications within six weeks. For months, the…



Symplur jumps into big data pool with business intelligence channel

Symplur jumps into big data pool with business intelligence channel

July 14, 2014 6:05 pm by | 1 Comments

Symplur has played a big role in popularizing healthcare hashtags for Twitter to guide people on Twitter looking for specific topic threads, conference conversations and people to follow. It’s recorded…


California’s uninsured population has reportedly halved under Obamacare

California’s uninsured population has reportedly halved under Obamacare

July 11, 2014 8:51 am by | 0 Comments

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – The number of Californians without health insurance has been cut in half since the implementation of Obamacare, according to a survey published Thursday. The study by…


Misfit Wearables gets into bed with Beddit

Misfit Wearables gets into bed with Beddit

July 10, 2014 1:29 pm by | 0 Comments

Misfit Wearables, a company known for its aesthetically pleasing wearable, Shine, is collaborating with a Finnish sleep analysis company Beddit, according to a company statement. The move pairs Beddit’s thin,…


Health IT company that helps make sense of genomics data raises $10M

Health IT company that helps make sense of genomics data raises $10M

July 10, 2014 9:20 am by | 0 Comments

    Syapse, a healthcare data analytics company that helps health systems crunch and analyze genomics data and clinical data to support treatment decisions has closed a Series B round….


Pot for the poor: Berkeley law requires charity medical marijuana for low-income patients

Pot for the poor: Berkeley law requires charity medical marijuana for low-income patients

July 9, 2014 8:10 pm by | 0 Comments

BERKELEY California (Reuters) – A California college town known for its liberal activism has voted to make medicinal marijuana dispensaries give away free a small amount of their pot to…



Diagnostics company gives employers a “before and after” system for workplace injury claims

Diagnostics company gives employers a “before and after” system for workplace injury claims

July 9, 2014 5:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Treating workplace injuries can add up for employers, but Emerge Diagnostics could help lower these costs significantly, if all goes to plan. Emerge Diagnostics is developing a series of before-and-after medical tests…


Bay Area data fellows are thinking even bigger about analytics & interoperability

Bay Area data fellows are thinking even bigger about analytics & interoperability

July 9, 2014 3:27 pm by | 0 Comments

Imagine that your local ambulance and fire dispatch runs on an algorithm developed with the help of the data scientists who built Lyft’s grid-optimization system. Bayes Impact, a big data…



A giant leap in the quest for clear health costs? PokitDok offers an API to parse pricing

A giant leap in the quest for clear health costs? PokitDok offers an API to parse pricing

July 8, 2014 7:28 am by | 0 Comments

California-based startup PokitDok is adding another tool in its quest to provide clear healthcare costs to patients. Today it will unveil its API, “PokitDok Platform,” filled with hard-to-reach pricing data….


California ballot initiative would let regulators reject increases in health insurance premiums

California ballot initiative would let regulators reject increases in health insurance premiums

July 3, 2014 7:37 am by | 0 Comments

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Californians paid a quarter of a billion dollars in health insurance premiums during a 15-month period ended last year that were deemed excessive by state regulators,…


Soda will cost an extra penny an ounce in Berkeley if voters approve in November

Soda will cost an extra penny an ounce in Berkeley if voters approve in November

July 2, 2014 3:42 pm by | 1 Comments

BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) – A California college town known for its liberal activism will vote in November on whether to place a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, touching off the latest obesity-fighting campaign in the United States.

Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to add the measure in the form of a referendum on the city’s ballot, drawing cheers of support from residents and health advocates, and vows to fight from the U.S. food and beverage industry.

“When we pass this measure in November, Berkeley will be the first in the country where such a measure has been passed,” said Vicki Alexander, a co-chairwoman of a local campaign to put the measure on the ballot. “We are very excited to see that day happen.”

Public health advocates across the country have clamored for ways to reduce consumption of sugary drinks and junk food, but lawmakers and voters have generally opposed enacting taxes or other regulations.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to limit the sale of large sugary drinks was rejected on June 26 by the state’s highest court.

A California bill to require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay died in the California Legislature on June 17.

Two California cities, Richmond and El Monte, failed two years ago in their attempts to become the first in the country to impose taxes of a penny per ounce on businesses that sell sugary drinks.

Revenues from Berkeley’s tax, if it passes, would go toward the city’s general fund.

“It’s disingenuous because there’s nothing in this measure that’s going to education. This goes right into the general account. It’s a money grab,” said Ted Mundorff, CEO of Landmark Theatres, which has movie theaters in Berkeley. 

A Berkeley vending machine executive said her company would be forced to pass the tax on to consumers in order to stay in business.

A city survey of 500 likely voters showed majority support for the tax in April.

(Reporting by Jennifer Chaussee in Berkeley, California; Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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California’s Medi-Cal bottleneck tops 900,000 anxious applicants

California’s Medi-Cal bottleneck tops 900,000 anxious applicants

July 2, 2014 9:07 am by | 0 Comments

A massive backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third  month, and California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation…


Cidara gets $32M to “rewrite the book” on dangerous fungal infections

Cidara gets $32M to “rewrite the book” on dangerous fungal infections

July 1, 2014 4:41 pm by | 0 Comments

Cidara Therapeutics has emerged from relative obscurity with a new name, a new antifungal drug platform and a $32 million Series A financing round to help bring it to clinical…