The competitors to Elon Musk’s Neuralink in the race to link human and machine

Earlier this month, Elon Musk took the stage in a science museum in San Francisco and sketched out a bold vision of connecting a human brain to a computer. The presentation was one of the first public unveilings of the technology behind his brain-machine interface (BMI) company Neuralink, which is trying to use robotically implanted...

Allergan recalls Biocell breast implants, warns physicians not to use them

A drugmaker is recalling a brand of textured breast implants due to a risk of a rare type of blood cancer. Dublin-headquartered Allergan said Wednesday it was voluntarily recalling its Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders worldwide as a precaution after the Food and Drug Administration notified the company that the products were...

Freenome nabs $160M to advance blood-based colorectal cancer test

Investors have poured boatloads of cash into liquid biopsy companies promising that their technology is the solution for non-invasive screening of early-stage cancer. In the latest mega funding round, South San Francisco company Freenome has raised a $160 million in a Series B led by RA Capital Management and Polaris Partners to launch its pivotal...

The provider data problem: Widespread inaccuracy and a harsh regulatory landscape

Shouldn’t your provider data be more accurate than a coin flip? Shockingly, recent studies show that the average level of inaccuracy for provider data across Medicare Advantage Organizations is around 50%. Widespread data inaccuracies affect everything–including claims management, referrals, credentialing, surprise medical bills, and much more. Inaccurate provider data strains relationships with health...

How to make the 3 Cs work for enterprise-wide video deployments

I have found that most organizations have departmental silos that manage distinct video technologies and their related services. In fact, some organizations manage these technologies at the entity or even business unit level. While this may have worked in traditional legacy settings, the evolution of the technologies themselves and the need to integrate them...

CVS Health launches new social care network in partnership with Unite Us

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The concept of addressing social barriers to health as a central part of medical care has continued to gain steam as research has shown its outsized effect on overall health and healthcare costs. CVS Health has made the idea a key part of its strategy as it continues its integration with Aetna in the...

Intra-Cellular share price drops after FDA cancels expert panel meeting for schizophrenia drug

The Food and Drug Administration canceled an advisory committee meeting concerning an investigational drug to treat schizophrenia Tuesday, sending shares of the company developing it tumbling. New York-based Intra-Cellular Therapies said Tuesday that the FDA had canceled the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for July 31 for the drug lumateperone. The company said...

MED-EL gets first FDA approval for the use of cochlear implants in single-sided deafness patients

  Patients with single-sided deafness or asymmetric hearing loss often have associated problems like identifying where sounds originate, maintaining balance, speech recognition and hearing in complex noise environments. Existing treatment options, which include hearing aids or bone conduction devices, often fail to address these issues because they generally only serve to reroute sound signals from one ear...

Syapse, Pfizer enter deal to develop precision medicine in oncology

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A company that uses data from various sources for the development of precision medicine programs in oncology has gained its latest pharmaceutical industry partner. San Francisco-based Syapse said Tuesday that it had signed a collaboration deal with New York-based drugmaker Pfizer that will involve using real-world data from Syapse’s network of community health system...

Kaiser Permanente partners with MinuteClinic to cover services for traveling members

Oakland, California-based Kaiser Permanente has made it possible for members who are traveling outside of the managed care organization’s geographic footprint to receive healthcare services through MinuteClinic locations inside of CVS and Target stores. Kaiser’s HMO model has traditionally meant that getting care outside of the company’s clinics for its 12.2 million health plan...
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