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8 blockchain healthcare startups to know

The blockchain framework first got its roots with Bitcoin, but is now being used for entirely different purposes. Many small healthcare startups around the globe are using this data structure framework to help maintain and preserve data integrity and security as information moves from one touchpoint to another. Startups currently utilizing the blockchain framework include McKesson Ventures portfolio company, PokitDok, which provides a cloud-based API to help streamline healthcare transactions and business. Other recent healthcare startups using blockchain include Guardtime, Gem, Brontech, MedRec, Blockchain Health Co., HealthCombix,...

GeekWire 200 August Update: Impinj Graduates With a Rare IPO — Who’s Next?

Geekwire recently published its list of the top 200 privately held technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. While acknowledging that IPOs are down in 2016 as compared to the past few years, Geekwire did point out some key movers, including RFID chip-based business solutions company Impinj, which was the second IPO for a Seattle-based company this year. Many of the companies in the GeekWire 200 have been mentioned as potential IPOs, but none of them have actually made that step, leaving little room for other companies...

Healthcare Company Accolade’s Next Czech-up: A New Engineering Office in Prague

After raising $70 million in Series E funding, rising healthcare firm Accolade announced the opening of its new office in Prague. After only nine years, the start-up company has already reached international heights. This will be Accolade’s fourth office, following its Philadelphia, Scottsdale, and Seattle locations. The recent expansion comes as a result of a rising demand for Accolade’s personalized healthcare services. After acquiring Comcast as its first customer in 2009, the company has since gone on to secure contracts with Lowe’s and Hewlett-Packard. With over...

Phone Checklist Could Help Home Care Recipients

A phone checklist could help detect changes in health that could lead to hospitalization for non-medical home care patients. ClearCare, a company that provides a software platform for home care agencies, recently worked with the in-home care company Right at Home to conduct research on a real-time post-visit home checklist for caregivers. At the end of their shifts, home caregivers received an automated phone message prompting them to answer questions about changes in their clients’ health status that could eventually lead to hospitalization. If the caregivers reported...

How to Use Big Data to Improve Patient Engagement

Patient engagement remains an elusive goal in the healthcare industry, wrote Dr. William Disch, director of analytics at Evariant, in an article on DataInformed.com. But big data analytics can help, particularly with chronically ill patients. Because this population also has a problem with compliance regarding medications and other health maintenance issues, it’s particularly important to use technology to help these patients. Health care providers can use big data insights to identify people who have chronic illnesses and help them to receive the information they need in order...