Google releases telemedicine platform Helpouts. The trial video platform connects users to doctors after they use the search engine to look for symptoms of common illnesses. Big partnerships with One Medical Group and Scripps are in the works, cementing Google’s entrance into the health space. New York Times
Philips proposes medical-grade wearable with Salesforce. The two tech giants have joined forces to develop a device for COPD patients that would allow patients and doctors to track respiratory activity, sleep apnea and more. The proposed wearable would transfer its data to two FDA-approved applications and could target patients recently released from the hospital. Gigaom
The universe of healthcare accelerators is booming, according to a new report published by the California Healthcare Foundation and written by VC and consultant Lisa Suennen. For the inside scoop, watch her on our latest episode of StartUp Health NOW.
Entrepreneurs are made not born. A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which examined records of 2.8 million small retailers in Texas, found that the lessons repeat entrepreneurs learned from the past were more valuable than their innate personality characteristics. Inc.
VCs are back to backing science startups. While funding for science-based companies still lags behind traditional tech startups, VCs including Founders Fund and Y Combinator are showing renewed interest in biotech, clean tech and other hard-core science startups. Investment in biotech companies rose 26% in the first half of 2014 to $2.93B and is on track to surpass the 2008 peak of $5.14B. New York Times
Telemedicine is gaining ground globally. More governments and private companies in Europe, China, Israel and the US are embracing telemedicine and enacting policies to support it. China is spending billions on health reform and Israel introduced relatively lax guidelines a couple of years ago to support an uptick in telemedicine. The Economist