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Klara Receives $2,5 Million to Expand to U.S.

Klara Receives $2,5 Million to Expand to U.S.

Klara, an eHealth startup from Berlin, formerly called GoDerma, raised $ 2.5 million from Creathor Venture, Partech, Stephan Schambach, Heilemann Ventures and existing investor Atlantic Labs. The investment will fuel its US expansion. Founded in 2013 by Simon Bolz and Dr. Simon Lorenz, the startup aims to digitize the communication...
Tinnitracks is the only European nominee for SXSW Accelerator Competition

Tinnitracks is the only European nominee for SXSW Accelerator Competition

We’ve reported about the niche healthcare startup Tinnitracks, hailing from Germany, earlier already and now they got some big news today. Hundreds of companies submitted to present at SXSW Accelerator, where Tinnitracks was selected out of 48 finalists in six different categories. The team from Hamburg, Germany, is the only European...
Are A Doctors Religious Beliefs Her Privat Private Beliefs?

Are A Doctors Religious Beliefs Her Privat Private Beliefs?

Does it matter whether your doc believes in a god or not? Famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins posed this question during one of his many panel discussions between theists and atheists. The majority of people will argue that beliefs are something private and should not get mixed with a professional opinion....
Doctor Goes Entrepreneur - And What Management Consulting Has To Do With It

Doctor Goes Entrepreneur – And What Management Consulting Has To Do With It

In my last posts I laid out why management consulting can be a promising alternative to clinical routine for doctors. However, the question on ‘what happens next?’ remains unresolved. A management-consulting career lasts two to three years on average. And then? What happens after that? One could always go back to being a practicing doctor...
Wellthcare series - Despatch 1: Discovering Wellth

Wellthcare series – Despatch 1: Discovering Wellth

When I was a kid, one of my favourite things was getting lost on my bike. My two best friends and I would set off and take random lefts and rights until we had no idea where we were. Being lost was one of the scariest feelings I have ever had, and yet, together, we...
How Seemingly Absurd Fiction Can Radically Change Healthcare

How Seemingly Absurd Fiction Can Radically Change Healthcare

Albert Einstein once said: ‘if at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it’. How is this related to healthcare innovation? You may wonder. I assume some of you still remember Star Trek. In the series a “medical tricorder” is used to scan patients, effectively displaying what is wrong...
Diabetes: A Gateway to Dementia?

Diabetes: A Gateway to Dementia?

The link between obesity, heart disease, and diabetes has been researched extensively. Experts now add dementia to the list of illnesses that can stem from obesity. The risk of developing dementia increases in people with heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. In the past 25 years, obesity rates have skyrocketed to 1 out of every 3...
Curing Hearts and Lungs Remotely

Curing Hearts and Lungs Remotely

The frustrations of delivering medical care are many: unequal access, limited resources, excessive costs, non-compliance, and legal documentation to name a few. Our systems based practice is being disrupted through large scale efforts on the policy side and simultaneous grassroots efforts by tech saavy patients who both create apps to track their own health and...
End of Life Decision Making, Online

End of Life Decision Making, Online

– More than half of Americans don’t have wills. – Each year, somewhere around 100,000 hospital patients in the US over the age of 65 will experience a “Code Blue” event (18 to 20 percent of those patients will leave the hospital alive) — but only around 20% of Americans have an advance directive. –...
'The Program has Evolved to Respond to the Digital Context' - Interview with Denise Silber on Doctors 2.0 & You

‘The Program has Evolved to Respond to the Digital Context’ – Interview with Denise Silber on Doctors 2.0 & You

MedCrunch: We loved attending the Doctors 2.0 & You event; it was really charming and educative. We particularly enjoyed the familiarity and community feeling amongst the attendees. What were the highlights of the event this year for you? Denise Silber:  Thank you and great question. Where do I begin?  Bringing together Key Opinion Leaders from...
How Medicine Should Be - Larry Weed's Grand Ground from 1971

How Medicine Should Be – Larry Weed’s Grand Ground from 1971

Many people think that medicine is an art, but it’s not. Good medicine is not guessing, but problem-orientated thinking. Watch the video of Grand Rounds by Larry Weed, the famous propagator of the medical record. More than 40 years have passed since this Grand Round took place, yet, it’s more relevant and true than ever....
Wellthcare Series: Can Health Return to Being a Civic Value?

Wellthcare Series: Can Health Return to Being a Civic Value?

I was struck this week by an insightful essay in the Financial Times on the new £188m library that has been opened in Birmingham, England. The bit that got me was a quote from Brian Gambles, the library’s project director: “When the public library service started in the 1850s, it was about how to give...
Can Insurance-Free Care Be a Solution to our Healthcare Spending Problems?

Can Insurance-Free Care Be a Solution to our Healthcare Spending Problems?

While driving along the boulevard, your fuel gauge ticks judiciously towards empty, partially obscuring the “E” as the orange light of death uncomfortably gleams out of the corner of your eye. You know it is time for a refill. As you pull into the gas station, a large white sign boasting various gas prices in...
Can Good Health Be Bad For You?

Can Good Health Be Bad For You?

Our mothers teach us to wash our hands and face, take a bath, or take our medicine. Our doctors warn us to keep our hands clean to prevent sicknesses like the flu. But can too much hygiene make us sick? Perhaps. A recent study conducted by Cambridge University researchers explores a potential link between Alzheimer’s...
Using Our Senses To Create Functional Design In Med Tech

Using Our Senses To Create Functional Design In Med Tech

Several weeks ago I saw Jinsop Lee’s TED talk titled ‘Design For All 5 Senses’. In less than 10 minutes, the speaker discusses a design project he did for a clock. The design he created was well conceived but the concept he thought most innovative went a step beyond using visual cues. It could not...