July 23, 2014

Brave New World of Health Data Poses New Questions and Opportunities

From apps for counting calories to devices for tracking steps, new digital tools can provide ever clearer pictures of our health. But while data collected by new health innovations has powerful implications for personalizing medicine, it also raises important questions about consumer privacy. A report released this week by the California HealthCare Foundation points out that as healthcare moves out of the hospital and into wearable devices and consumer tools, health data increasingly falls outside the protection of HIPAA. That means huge databases of consumer health information are free to travel between data brokers, employers, insurers and all kinds of third parties. But despite the privacy risks, the CHCF reports that many consumers are willing to share their data to improve their own health or achieve public health goals. And it highlights the opportunities for companies that offer personal health data lockers and other ways for consumers to securely store their health data.

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StartUp Health Companies in the News

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Ben Franklin NEP makes nearly $600,000 in loans, grants
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Upcoming Health Events

The Future of Healthcare Communications Summit & Roundtables
July 24
New York, NY

mHealth Open Mic Series with Juan Pablo Segura of 1EQ
July 25

Women’s Health Codeathon
August 15-17
New York, NY

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StartUp Health Weekly InsightsTM

Top Digital Health Funding This Week
Startup Amount Investors
Prodigo Solutions $12.5M Alliance Healthcare Partners
Valant Medical Solutions $11.0M Keiretsu Forum NorthwestLighter Capital
Edico Genome $10.0M Qualcomm VenturesAxon Ventures
DICOM Grid $6.0M Canaan PartnersMayo Clinic
Sensoria $5.0M Reply SpA
Epion Health $4.5M Deerfield Management
Ayannah $1.0M IMJ Investment PartnersBeenosSiemer Ventures
Golden Gate Ventures
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