DreamIt Health Philadelphia’s second class adds more life sciences startups

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DreamIt Health Philadelphia’s second class adds more life sciences startups

July 18, 2014 8:38 am by | 0 Comments

DreamIt Ventures is kicking off its second health IT accelerator class in Philadelphia with a stronger life sciences theme than last year. More hospitals reviewed candidates this year and the…


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…


How do biomedical engineers work with hackers?

How do biomedical engineers work with hackers?

July 18, 2014 6:15 am by | 0 Comments

That was my question when I spoke with DreamIt Health newbie BioBots, specifically co-founder Ricardo Solorzano. He has spent three years working on technology to develop low-cost 3D bioprinters that…



How will hospital command centers make healthcare more efficient?

How will hospital command centers make healthcare more efficient?

July 17, 2014 10:13 am by | 2 Comments

Some of the speakers at CONVERGE offered a few different takes on what healthcare would look like in the future. Medtronic’s director of IT Innovation, Paul Thompson, talked about the…


Reimagining house calls as a concierge service

Reimagining house calls as a concierge service

July 17, 2014 6:30 am by | 1 Comments

A healthcare startup that made its debut at StartUp Health Weekend and went on to win has rebranded. The service that seeks to reimagine house calls for physicians and nurse…


Therapeutic hypothermia app developer will be in simulator maker’s app store

Therapeutic hypothermia app developer will be in simulator maker’s app store

July 16, 2014 8:58 am by | 0 Comments

One way hospitals are treating patients experiencing cardiac arrest is targeted temperature management, a procedure that lowers the body temperature of the patient to reduce the risk of tissue damage…


Merck opens office in technology innovation hub

Merck opens office in technology innovation hub

July 11, 2014 4:50 pm by | 0 Comments

On a recent tour of the latest addition to University City Science Center’s campus in Philadelphia – an innovation hub in an established building on its campus set to officially…


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…



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

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…


Biotech company wants to be first with OTC sleep aid that’s also a snoring remedy

Biotech company wants to be first with OTC sleep aid that’s also a snoring remedy

May 24, 2014 7:04 am by | 0 Comments

A biotech company developing an over-the-counter sleep aid came across an intriguing discovery — it also helps snoring. Requis Pharmaceuticals hopes to be the first company to develop a drug…


National High Blood Pressure Month: What’s going on in Columbus and Philadelphia?

National High Blood Pressure Month: What’s going on in Columbus and Philadelphia?

May 19, 2014 1:17 pm by | 0 Comments

May is National High ¬†Blood Pressure Month, and to check on this year’s numbers, iHealth has conducted a study with data from Practice Fusion and has published hypertension levels by…


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…


A map of stroke mortality hot spots could help identify where telestroke could be implemented

A map of stroke mortality hot spots could help identify where telestroke could be implemented

May 10, 2014 10:28 am by | 0 Comments

A couple of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania identified parts of the country where stroke mortality rates are highest. The map, presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting,…


An asthma inhaler and app designed from the patient’s point of view

An asthma inhaler and app designed from the patient’s point of view

May 1, 2014 6:38 pm by | 2 Comments

Misplace your inhaler lately? Are you due for a refill? Staying away from spots that exacerbate your asthma? A senior at Drexel University re-imagined an asthma inhaler with a companion app so users can keep a personal record of the quality of their breathing and do a better job of managing their health.


Comic book maker raises $1.5M to use superheroes to explain food allergies, transplants, swine flu

Comic book maker raises $1.5M to use superheroes to explain food allergies, transplants, swine flu

April 30, 2014 6:28 am by | 0 Comments

Even as healthcare organizations develop patient engagement tools to help adults as they struggle to understand and manage their medical conditions, some think the pediatric population has been overlooked. A…


Medical device entrepreneur bets automated device can speed up venous access

Medical device entrepreneur bets automated device can speed up venous access

April 29, 2014 7:54 pm by | 2 Comments

If the CEO behind medical device developer VascuLogic is right, the time-consuming practice of hunting around patients’ arms for the the right vein for blood tests and drug delivery will be transformed into a much more efficient process.