We bring you this week’s medtech news, from Boston and beyond:
1. Medisafe Integrates BioFeedback
Medisafe, a global medication management program based out of Boston, will now allow patients to track and correlate their adherence directly with health outcomes. The company is hopeful that this will help users visualize how taking medication or missing a dose could impact biometrics like glucose levels or blood pressure.
2. Sky Ventures Launches Life Sciences & Healthcare Forum
The Boston-based Sky Ventures, an investment group providing seed funding to early stage life science and healthcare companies, held its first ever members’ forum this week. Sky Ventures Managing Partner Eyal Geffen said in a press release that it can be difficult to distinguish genuine value in such a chaotic market. He’s hopeful that this forum will bring qualified startups in the life science and healthcare sectors together with investors to drive real change.
3. New York Funds State-Wide Health Information Network
We’re a little bit envious, because the New York State Legislature voted last week to support New York’s electronic health records system (the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, known as “SHIN-NY). The agreed-upon budget will include $45 million in state funding for SHIN-NY and will make the EHR a public network. Listen up, Massachusetts – New York is doing something right!
4. Medstro & Google Announce Wearables Competition Finalists
After several months of online campaigning and voting, Medstro announced 10 finalists in their Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge this week. The finalists will pitch their pilot ideas live to an audience of healthcare executives, judges and investors on April 23rd at Google’s Cambridge headquarters. $10,000 and a variety of wearables will be up for grabs at the event.
5. Verizon Funds Innovation
Three Boston-based companies came out on top of Verizon’s annual Powerful Answers competition, according to the Boston Business Journal. Vaxess Technologies, which develops technology to support global access to temperature-controlled vaccines, was awarded $1 million. Aldatu Biosciences and School Yourself were also both awarded $250,000.
Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.
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