Spark Therapeutics’ late-stage gene therapy for inherited blindness takes a $73M step forward

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Spark Therapeutics’ late-stage gene therapy for inherited blindness takes a $73M step forward

May 27, 2014 3:55 pm by | 0 Comments

A Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia spinout with the potential to be the first to win U.S. FDA approval of a gene therapy is now funded through the rest of development of…


Meal delivery business that wants to help you shop for ingredients goes live locally

Meal delivery business that wants to help you shop for ingredients goes live locally

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

Fitly is a digital health startup that wants to change how people think about food shopping. Its meal delivery service takes the view that ordering ingredients online, organized into “meal…


Children’s Hospital CMIO turns entrepreneur to more rapidly detect patient data breaches

Children’s Hospital CMIO turns entrepreneur to more rapidly detect patient data breaches

July 23, 2014 7:00 am by | 0 Comments

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is working with DreamIt Ventures through its Open Canvas@CHOP program to identify enterprise software applications and commercially viable companies. It recently selected two companies from the…



Preventive health study: Healthcare costs, readmissions drop when gum disease is treated

Preventive health study: Healthcare costs, readmissions drop when gum disease is treated

June 27, 2014 1:16 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who were treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations for other medical conditions compared to those whose gum disease went…


Philly mental health service providers see no uptick in patients from ACA provisions

Philly mental health service providers see no uptick in patients from ACA provisions

June 25, 2014 1:08 pm by | 0 Comments

Six months into the Affordable Care Act, local mental-health and substance-abuse professionals have yet to see an uptick in clients using their new benefits. The seeming lack of interest has…


Pennsylvania’s alternative to Medicaid expansion would require 700+ new workers

Pennsylvania’s alternative to Medicaid expansion would require 700+ new workers

May 16, 2014 12:15 pm by | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania’s ambitious alternative to expanding Medicaid — a private-market initiative that Gov. Tom Corbett says is designed to save money — would require 723 new state workers, about one percent…


IBX is averaging 30,000 customer phone calls a day since plans sold on the exchange kicked in

IBX is averaging 30,000 customer phone calls a day since plans sold on the exchange kicked in

May 13, 2014 4:23 pm by | 0 Comments

Success is good. But too much success can leave some people grumbling.  Take Independence Blue Cross. The region’s largest health insurer anticipated enrolling 100,000 new members in Pennsylvania and through…


Maker of Botox wrinkle treatment attracts $45.6B bid from activist investor Ackman and Valeant Pharma

Maker of Botox wrinkle treatment attracts $45.6B bid from activist investor Ackman and Valeant Pharma

April 22, 2014 12:26 pm by | 0 Comments

Activist investor Bill Ackman and his unlikely Canadian partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., unveiled details of their bid for Irvine pharmaceutical company Allergan Inc., which makes the popular Botox wrinkle…



Here are five different approaches to crowdfunding for biotechnology

Here are five different approaches to crowdfunding for biotechnology

April 21, 2014 8:19 am by | 1 Comments

The impact of federal budget cuts compounded by the challenges of securing funding for biotechnology companies has led to a growing trend of drug development. Scientists are turning to crowdfunding…


Pennsylvania hospitals use Obamacare bogeyman to hedge financial bets

Pennsylvania hospitals use Obamacare bogeyman to hedge financial bets

March 29, 2014 6:17 am by | 0 Comments

Profits were up at many Western Pennsylvania hospitals at the end of last year, thanks to higher revenue, a turnaround from the previous year when many reported losses from their…


Pennsylvania Health Trust faces new costs under Obamacare

Pennsylvania Health Trust faces new costs under Obamacare

March 21, 2014 12:24 pm by | 0 Comments

EDWARDSVILLE — The Affordable Care Act continues to impact health insurance costs for local school districts belonging to the Northeast Pennsylvania School District Health Trust. The trust board learned Wednesday…


These 10 states are critical to reaching Obamacare enrollment goals by March 31

These 10 states are critical to reaching Obamacare enrollment goals by March 31

March 19, 2014 5:01 am by | 1 Comments

Ten states — seven of them controlled by Republicans —hold the key to whether the Obama administration succeeds at signing up 6 million people by the deadline of March 31….


Genomic data mining firm hopes to help personalized medicine become commonplace in 3-5 years

Genomic data mining firm hopes to help personalized medicine become commonplace in 3-5 years

March 18, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Charles Eldering started developing methods for mining big data back in the late ’90s on a project that characterized consumers based on their purchasing and television viewing habits. Now, a…


Court won’t hear dispute over breast cancer awareness ‘boobies’ bracelets

Court won’t hear dispute over breast cancer awareness ‘boobies’ bracelets

March 10, 2014 9:41 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Pennsylvania school district that wants to prevent students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to promote breast cancer…


UPenn study finds more primary care follow-up, fewer repeat readmissions with community health workers

UPenn study finds more primary care follow-up, fewer repeat readmissions with community health workers

March 1, 2014 12:26 pm by | 0 Comments

Al Tiller was in a state of despair on Jan. 7, when yet another hospital worker came into his room. He was homeless. Estranged from his daughter. Hadn’t had a drink in a week. And his hands — on their way to losing parts of six fingers, the result of …


Highmark to stop reimbursing health systems at higher hospital-outpatient rates

Highmark to stop reimbursing health systems at higher hospital-outpatient rates

February 27, 2014 2:10 am by | 0 Comments

Health systems across the country are buying out private doctor practices and reclassifying them as hospital-outpatient departments — a move that critics say allows hospitals to bill higher rates without…