SAN FRANCISCO & ANTWERP, Belgium – Wearable health startup Byteflies was selected to join the Google Launchpad Studio program to generate medical insights from raw sensor data. Google Launchpad Studio vets all technical and business plans for its startup candidates then brings them together with Google products and research teams in a six-month program. “We are excited to work with Byteflies,” said Malika Cantor, global lead at Google Launchpad Studio, in a statement. “They share our vision of applying machine learning to enable new applications in the healthcare industry.” Byteflies’ Sensor Dot is a modular wearable that uses machine learning to measure any vital sign, anywhere, anytime. “Two key components are needed to establish the importance of wearables in healthcare: high quality vital sign data and medical insights gleaned from those vital signs,” said Hans Danneels, CEO and co-founder of Byteflies. “Our versatile and modular Byteflies Sensor Dots take care of the first—with Google Launchpad, we can achieve the latter by working with the best machine learning experts in the world.”
CAESAREA, Israel and EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – Digital diabetes company DarioHealth Corp. has joined the HighTechXL accelerator with a goal of bringing personalized health care management to diabetes and pre-diabetes patients around the world. “We believe the industry is transforming from a device-driven industry to a personalized managed care, data and clinical outcome driven industry,” said Erez Raphael, chairman and CEO of DarioHealth, in a statement. “We are looking forward to collaborate with the accelerator team and find new ways to accelerate our growth.” Backed by an alliance of corporations and regional organizations, the HighTechXL Acceleration program is a three-month program designed to accelerate startups to their next stage of development, including to help them gain broader customer traction and secure development partnerships. DarioHealth develops cloud-based diabetes platforms that include a native mobile solution helping patients to manage diabetes-related information and a platform that facilitates coaching. The all-in-one Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System is capable of sharing real-time results with healthcare professionals via the personalized AI-driven application.
‘What we can do together is phenomenal’
LOS ANGELES – Cedars-Sinai recently signed an agreement with a startup company that was part of its accelerator program.
The three-year agreement with health data software startup Noteworth will give the hospital’s physicians new ways to monitor patients at home.
“What we can do together is phenomenal,” said Joan August, vice president of service line operations at Cedars-Sinai.
With the Noteworth system, a physician can order patient generated health data from a patient’s electronic medical record. Once the data, such as vital signs, medication adherence and activity, are selected, Noteworth delivers appropriate digital health devices to the patient’s home, and provides support and training. Once the patient starts taking readings with the FDA-approved devices, secure data is sent back to the EMR in actionable, clinically relevant reports and customizable notifications.
August said that the ability to collect real-time data is one of the most important parts of the Noteworth system.
“It immediately sends that information to providers and that’s better help to them in terms of patient surveillance,” she said.
Cedars-Sinai is using the Noteworth system with cardiac patients to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure, as well as diabetes patients and high-risk mothers. They’re looking to use it for patients with chronic diseases in the future.
The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator invests $120,000 in each company and provides the chance to work side-by-side with physicians and patients who might use the product, as well as financing leaders, IT experts, reimbursement experts and other mentors, all while developing their technology.
“Rarely do developers get the chance to actually work this way,” said August. “All the pieces are together and we get all of those resources for them.”