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Is this the ideal patient-payer-pharma social media convergence?

April 16, 2014 4:38 pm by | 0 Comments

One of the dominant themes at the Eye for Pharma conference this week has been how pharmaceutical companies can use social media channels beyond just conveying a positive message about…


Inspira Health Network experiments with using emergency medical technicians to do follow-up home visits

Inspira Health Network experiments with using emergency medical technicians to do follow-up home visits

April 15, 2014 1:48 pm by | 0 Comments

Hospitals and health systems responding to Obamacare’s reimbursement pressure are increasingly experimenting with new ways to reduce readmissions for patients less than 30 days after they were discharged. To that…


Entrepreneur develops food allergy app that’s a streamlined action plan for parents, caregivers

Entrepreneur develops food allergy app that’s a streamlined action plan for parents, caregivers

April 15, 2014 5:00 am by | 0 Comments

As the father of a son with a nut allergy, David Edwards is familiar with the anxiety and need for preparedness that comes with the territory. It inspired him to…



What should be a healthcare startup’s prize for good work? [Hint: It's not necessarily money]

What should be a healthcare startup’s prize for good work? [Hint: It's not necessarily money]

April 10, 2014 7:25 pm by | 0 Comments

If you were to ask most early-stage companies what they’d consider to be a decent prize from a group of investors for a well pitched device or service, they’d probably…


IBX and DaVita try a new business model to help primary care physicians and patients reduce chronic condition costs

IBX and DaVita try a new business model to help primary care physicians and patients reduce chronic condition costs

April 8, 2014 6:00 pm by | 0 Comments

The tension between accomplishing some of the aims of Obamacare to reduce healthcare costs and the diminishing number of physician practices is giving way to a certain amount of experimentation…


Biomeme’s smartphone lab to diagnose STDs sets sights on Central America

Biomeme’s smartphone lab to diagnose STDs sets sights on Central America

April 3, 2014 6:59 am by | 0 Comments

When was the last time you heard a medical device company say the first market it’s pursuing is Central America? But that’s the plan for Biomeme’s Smartphone-enabled lab. Its mobile…


This medical imaging software uses motion sensing to reduce touch and lower HAI risk

This medical imaging software uses motion sensing to reduce touch and lower HAI risk

April 1, 2014 1:06 pm by | 0 Comments

A neurosurgeon and team of computer engineers and developers have produced an innovative medical imaging software platform that combines a DICOM viewer for radiology scans with motion sensing as a…


Engineers develop tool to make gaming more inclusive for gamers with disabilities

Engineers develop tool to make gaming more inclusive for gamers with disabilities

April 1, 2014 5:15 am by | 0 Comments

AbleGamers, a nonprofit foundation in support of developing tools for physically disabled gamers, estimated that there are 33 million gamers with disabilities. A couple of University of Pennsylvania engineering students…



Healthcare entrepreneurs who see value in house calls win top prize at startup weekend

Healthcare entrepreneurs who see value in house calls win top prize at startup weekend

March 31, 2014 2:20 pm by | 0 Comments

#OnCall presenting at startup weekend @healthphl pic.twitter.com/aPfGwi2021 — Tom Austin (@austinstom) March 30, 2014   The idea that you can develop a concept for a company and launch it within…


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…


InstaMed expands mhealth services for medical bill payment, sees convenience as “powerful retention tool”

InstaMed expands mhealth services for medical bill payment, sees convenience as “powerful retention tool”

March 20, 2014 7:52 pm by | 0 Comments

As patients shoulder a bigger portion of the healthcare cost burden, medical billing companies are tweaking their healthcare technology tools as well. InstaMed has developed an app for providers that…


Drexel meningitis death linked to Princeton outbreak

Drexel meningitis death linked to Princeton outbreak

March 19, 2014 2:12 am by | 0 Comments

PHILADELPHIA — A Drexel University engineering sophomore was killed earlier this month by the same strain of bacterium that caused a meningitis outbreak at Princeton University last year, the U.S….


Family of late Philly Speaks radio personality sues hospital

Family of late Philly Speaks radio personality sues hospital

March 18, 2014 2:07 am by | 0 Comments

The family of longtime Philadelphia radio personality E. Steven Collins on Monday sued Chestnut Hill Hospital, alleging that he received “substandard care” before he died there in September. The Common…


Widower sues medical device maker over hysterectomy

Widower sues medical device maker over hysterectomy

March 18, 2014 2:07 am by | 0 Comments

Philadelphia — The husband of a Berks County woman who died of a rare uterine cancer following a minimally invasive hysterectomy is suing the maker of the device used in…


Jefferson, Main Line Health split their financial partnership in Philadelphia

Jefferson, Main Line Health split their financial partnership in Philadelphia

March 17, 2014 10:38 pm by | 0 Comments

Philadelphia — Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc., the core of the Jefferson Health System since 1995, are separating financially, but will continue working together on patient…


6 must-haves for BYOD to work: A chief information security officer’s perspective

6 must-haves for BYOD to work: A chief information security officer’s perspective

March 14, 2014 11:10 am by | 0 Comments

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