What does Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus mean for virtual reality in medicine?

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What does Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus mean for virtual reality in medicine?

April 2, 2014 2:01 pm by | 0 Comments

Telemedicine pioneer Dr. Jay Sanders is pretty jazzed about Facebook’s move to acquire virtual reality company, Oculus, for $2 billion. Why? It could lead to telemedicine becoming more widely adopted. The conference call about the deal prompted this key quote from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg:


eCaring raises $3.5 million for monitoring program to support aging in place

eCaring raises $3.5 million for monitoring program to support aging in place

April 16, 2014 5:40 am by | 0 Comments

The push to enable more seniors to stay in their homes rather than move to a nursing home is one of the major trends in healthcare. eCaring is one of…


Health IT venture capital report: Consumer-focused tech is capturing more early-stage deals

Health IT venture capital report: Consumer-focused tech is capturing more early-stage deals

April 15, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

As early as February, analysts were saying that it would be a good year for healthcare IT companies looking for venture capital. Communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital echoed that…



Digital health startup’s device for detecting arrhythmia raises $17M

Digital health startup’s device for detecting arrhythmia raises $17M

April 9, 2014 5:30 am by | 0 Comments

The number of digital health companies seeking a piece of the remote monitoring market hasn’t diminished investor interest. The cardiac monitoring industry alone is estimated to be worth $3 billion.InfoBionics…


AirStrip acquires fetal monitoring company Sense4Baby assets in milestone for West Health

AirStrip acquires fetal monitoring company Sense4Baby assets in milestone for West Health

March 27, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

AirStrip, a mobile health company that got its start by enabling obstetricians to do remote monitoring for pregnant women, has acquired Sense4Baby assets for an undisclosed amount from Gary and…


Gene therapy company Spark Therapeutics inks licensing deal for a retinitis pigmentosa gene therapy

Gene therapy company Spark Therapeutics inks licensing deal for a retinitis pigmentosa gene therapy

March 25, 2014 6:13 pm by | 0 Comments

Retinitis pigmentosa is the most common inherited eye disease. Mutations in the gene for rhodopsin, the pigment for photoreceptor cells in the retina responsible for the perception of light, account…


Innovate, aggregate, diversify, manage: Why hospitals are continuing to turn to M&A

Innovate, aggregate, diversify, manage: Why hospitals are continuing to turn to M&A

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

Number-wise, hospital mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. dipped last year after reaching decade-high levels in 2012. But analysts don’t think the appetite for growth via M&A is dying down…


VC firm Venrock goes after a $200M healthcare fund

VC firm Venrock goes after a $200M healthcare fund

March 13, 2014 11:47 am by | 0 Comments

Venrock Healthcare Capital Partners is looking to pull together a $200 million fund to invest in life sciences and health IT companies, a newly filed regulatory document suggests. This will…



Private equity firm Imperial Capital closes $295M fund, eyes healthcare opportunities

Private equity firm Imperial Capital closes $295M fund, eyes healthcare opportunities

March 12, 2014 5:53 am by | 0 Comments

Toronto’s Imperial Capital has just closed its fifth fund and is hoping to funnel some of the $295 million it raised into middle-market healthcare companies in the U.S. and Canada….


When should you take on venture debt? When you don’t need the money

When should you take on venture debt? When you don’t need the money

March 6, 2014 2:45 pm by | 1 Comments

Debt isn’t always a dirty word in the world of startups. Yesterday I heard John Hoesley from Silicon Valley Bank give a brief presentation on venture debt as a funding…


Predictive analytics puts a new twist on startup investing for San Diego’s Correlation Ventures

Predictive analytics puts a new twist on startup investing for San Diego’s Correlation Ventures

March 3, 2014 3:52 pm by | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that venture capitalists are loving big data right now. The partners at Correlation Ventures, though, are doing more than investing in companies turning big data into insights….


VC funding for health data startups bursts out of the gate in ’14 (after doubling YOY last year)

VC funding for health data startups bursts out of the gate in ’14 (after doubling YOY last year)

February 26, 2014 9:46 am by | 1 Comments

If the rounds that Health Catalyst and Zephyr Health have put together are any indication of how the rest of the year might go for fledgling healthcare data analytics startups,…


10 healthcare industry trends guiding medtech M&A

10 healthcare industry trends guiding medtech M&A

February 20, 2014 3:37 pm by | 0 Comments

Investment in medical devices fell last year, but medtech companies continued to do deals amongst themselves at a steady pace. In an analysis of last year’s medtech M&A transactions, analysts…


Dutch life science startup offers access to late-stage drugs for patients with few options

Dutch life science startup offers access to late-stage drugs for patients with few options

February 20, 2014 10:08 am by | 0 Comments

A Dutch life science startup is collaborating with biotechnology companies to make it easier for patients with advanced chronic conditions and unable to get into clinical trials to access potentially…


UnitedHealth takes majority stake in Audax Health Solutions

UnitedHealth takes majority stake in Audax Health Solutions

February 19, 2014 6:30 pm by | 2 Comments

A few weeks after MedCity News reported that UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) was in acquisition talks with Audax Health Solutions, its health IT services arm Optum has acquired a majority stake…


Mobile health news: MedWhat raises seed capital for app to process detailed medical questions

Mobile health news: MedWhat raises seed capital for app to process detailed medical questions

February 18, 2014 8:26 am by | 1 Comments

If you had heart surgery and were being discharged, what questions would you be most likely to ask? How would an app distinguish between questions that require an urgent response…