Healthcare

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In the shadow of Apple Watch
After staff shuffle, Quanttus will unveil wrist-worn health monitor this month
Quanttus CEO Shahid Azim. (Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.)
Amid all the hype about the Apple Watch, expected to start shipping later this week, a Cambridge startup working on a smartwatch of its own has stayed very quiet. But that will change on Friday, when Quanttus unveils the design of its first product on Friday at the Wired Health conference in London. Quanttus became the best-funded local startup working on wearable devices after it raised $19 million last February, which brought its total funding to about $22 million — but there have recently been a few high-profile departures at the company. Read More
On Par
Par8o raises $10.5 million for a more organized, better connected health care system
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Have you ever heard of SERMO? No? Well SERMO is the largest online physician community in the world. Over 300,000 US physicians use the network, which was developed by doctors in Boston and acquired by WorldOne Interactive in 2012. The site allows physicians to share notes, talk about difficult to understand diseases, and to help each other diagnose health problems. On Thursday, a project from two of SERMO's founding physicians, Dr. Daniel Palestrant and Dr. Adam Sharp, called par8o (pronounced par-eight-oh), announced that it has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding to help organize the mess that is the current state of healthcare. Read More
The Download
The Download: Dr. Michael Docktor of Boston Children's Hospital
Dr. Michael Docktor demonstrates one of the medical apps he frequently uses during work at Boston Children's Hospital. Photo: Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe
Dr. Michael Docktor -- yes, his name is Dr. Docktor -- is a gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s Hospital who also acts as clinical director of innovation and the director of clinical mobile solutions. Each day at work, he tests the devices designed to improve our health care system. Here he shares his daily digital habits with the Download. Read More
Tapping tech talent in Boston
Pharmacy giant CVS Health will open digital innovation lab in Boston
CVS store
Rhode Island-based CVS Health, operator of Minute Clinics and the country's second-biggest drugstore chain, is planning to open a technology development center in Boston this winter. Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer tells me that the CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab will fit about 100 people — some of whom will move from CVS HQ in Woonsocket, and some of whom will be new hires. "We may not hire all 100 next year, but we're going to hire a lot," Tilzer says. The lab's focus will be on "building customer-centric experiences in health care." Read More
Doctors orders
High blood pressure? There’s an app for that
Twine Health co-founders, John Moore (right) and Frank Moss, at the MIT Media Lab. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe)
Among the ills of the American health care system is the disconnect between patients and their doctors. John Moore has an app for that. Moore is cofounder of Twine Health, which is making a mobile app to improve communication between doctors and patients and nudge the sick to more closely follow their treatment plans. Read More
Shared digs for healthcare revolutionaries
Baystate Health opens shared space in Springfield for health care tech companies
TechSpring's workspace in downtown Springfield. Photographed in October.
Friday is the official ribbon-cutting for a new shared workspace in Springfield focused on testing and deploying new health care technologies. Baystate Health, the big nonprofit healthcare system that spawned the space, has dubbed it the Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center. But that sounds like a name coughed up by a committee, and Christian Lagier, a former entrepreneur and business development executive who will run it, says he expects everyone will call it TechSpring. Read More
Adding clinical expertise
Merck veteran signs on with Clarus Ventures, Cambridge healthcare investment firm
Employees of Clarus Ventures, a Cambridge-based venture capital firm.
After departing pharmaceutical giant Merck in June, Barry Gertz is signing on with Clarus Ventures of Cambridge. Gertz had most recently served as Merck's head of global clinical development, overseeing research and development of more than 25 products. Clarus invests in startups creating new drugs, diagnostics, and medical devices. Read More
When the Sox are away...
VerbalCare emerges victorious from Fenway Park pitch competition
Screenshots from VerbalCare's product.
Boston startup VerbalCare left Fenway Park $15,000 richer tonight, after winning the "Fast Pitch" competition put on by WeWork, which operates a network of shared office spaces. The competition pitted three Boston teams against three from New York, and asked audience members to vote on the idea they liked best, so there may have been just a wee bit of a home field advantage. VerbalCare makes a tablet app to help patients at hospitals communicate with caregivers, and give administrators better insight into the patient's experience. The company has been conducting a pilot at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton. I covered VerbalCare earlier this year; and in 2013 they were guests on an episode of The Entrepreneurs Grill.