Healthcare Tech

The algorithms carry out an array of crucial tasks: helping emergency rooms nationwide triage patients,  predicting who will develop diabetes, and flagging patients who need more help to manage their medical conditions. But instead of making health care delivery more objective and precise, a new report finds, these algorithms ’ some of which have been
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One Medical announced its plan on Monday to acquire Iora Health, expanding its primary care services for the Medicare population. The all-stock transaction, valued at $2.1 billion, would bring together two longtime players in the virtual care space and add to One Medical’s already-growing physical footprint by taking on Iora’s 47 in-person medical offices, now
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“Mount up! Let’s hear more about this unicorn.” So begins every episode of a new reality show called “Unicorn Hunters,” built around an outlandish twist on a well-worn premise: What if people could actually invest in the startups they see on television? It gets weirder from there. The panel of judges, who debate whether to
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As personnel moves go, the hiring of Amy Abernethy by Verily is about as big as it gets in digital health care. It signals the Alphabet-backed company’s ambition to fundamentally reshape clinical research, making participation easier and drugs more effective. Abernethy, an oncologist by training, is credited with modernizing the way the Food and Drug
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CVS Health recently expanded its investing efforts with the launch of the CVS Venture Fund, a $100 million vehicle to provide promising upstarts with access to CVS’ wealth of financial and strategic expertise and generous physical footprint. While the retail and pharmacy giant had previously backed more than 20 upstarts through a partnership between CVS
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Naomi Fried has watched the same plot unfold over and over again: A digital health startup pitches software to accelerate drug discovery, track medication use, or identify patients for clinical trials. But initial interest from pharma executives quickly fades. They stop returning emails, often with no explanation. But if the reasons are mysterious to startups,
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 AI has enormous potential to improve the quality of health care, enable early diagnosis of diseases, and reduce costs. But if implemented incautiously, AI can exacerbate health disparities, endanger privacy rights, and perpetuate bias. In a new STAT report, reporters Casey Ross and Erin Brodwin, examine the possibilities and pitfalls of artificial intelligence, and offer
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After raising $500 million earlier this year ’ bringing its total funding up to $897 million ’ Ro, which made its name selling erectile dysfunction and hair loss drugs to men, this month announced it would acquire women-centric brand Modern Fertility for a reported $225 million. To some observers, Ro’s acquisition of Modern Fertility follows
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If Teladoc, the bigfoot of virtual care, comes poking around your turf, you’d better be ready. For several billion-dollar mental health startups, that moment came last week, when the company announced a retooled, expansive offering for employers and health plans, trampling into a crowded market. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your
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Before the pandemic, most people had never heard of Illumina, the California-based sequencing behemoth whose machines generate upwards of 90% of the world’s DNA data. And while Illumina might still not be a household name, over the last 15 months the technology it sells has become standard dinner table fare. Genetic vaccines, coronavirus variants, wastewater
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Health tech startup Cityblock Health, with its mission of delivering stepped-up primary care to Medicaid patients, is finding its footing in the very cracks that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed. It’s leveraging its signature technology to help this highly marginalized population. “It’s very telling here that up until before the pandemic, there was a real
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Kylene Redmond and Deb Foerster both are converts to their continuous glucose monitors, quarter-size devices that measure their blood sugar in real time so they can adjust their diet, their activity, and the medications they take to manage their diabetes. The automated sensors give both women feedback they can use to better control their disease
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Amazon’s objectives for its nascent pharmacy business are straightforward: “better selection, better convenience, and better prices,” according to TJ Parker, the vice president of pharmacy at the company. “It really is the Amazon playbook,” he said during a Wednesday panel at STAT’s Health Tech Summit. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your
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WASHINGTON ’ Telehealth companies, flush with cash after the Covid-19 pandemic spiked both demand and investment, are now embarking on massive lobbying efforts to secure their interests on Capitol Hill. The goal is clear: Lawmakers are weighing whether to permanently loosen regulations that were temporarily eased during the pandemic. Among other changes, providers have been
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