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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....
11 Insights of 2 E-patients

11 Insights of 2 E-patients

MedCrunch had the pleasure to speak to Kerri Sparling  and Marie Ennis both empowered and vocal epatients and active members of the Doctors 2.0 & You community. MC: Please give us three sentences about yourself in the context of health. Kerri: My name is Kerri Sparling, and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the...
Remote Patient Interaction With Google Chromebox

Remote Patient Interaction With Google Chromebox

Google just unveiled its internal meeting system as an actual product called “Chromebox”.   It says “for meetings” on the site but actually this could be an easy to setup and probably easy to use infrastructure physicians could use to interact with chronic patients in their homes. It works with basically any device, be it...
Screening: Is it Always a Good Thing?

Screening: Is it Always a Good Thing?

With all the medical research we do, it’s easy to lose sight of what the end goal should be: to save lives. Whether saving lives is measured in the form of years of potential lives lost, disability-adjusted life years, or quality-adjusted life years, the outcome should make a meaningful difference to peoples’ lifespan. Why is...
Getting Rid Of Silos And What Medical Conferences Can Learn From It - A DLD 2014 Recap

Getting Rid Of Silos And What Medical Conferences Can Learn From It – A DLD 2014 Recap

Usually, when you go to business conferences you meet people who work in an area that aligns with the event’s purpose. In healthcare, for example, you typically attend a large congress, like the ASCO. There you  meet physicians discussing the newest research and mingling with pharma and other industry partners. DLD, however, is different. In...
It’s Time to Prioritise Health Creation – Not Just Care and Prevention

It’s Time to Prioritise Health Creation – Not Just Care and Prevention

So much has happened in the world of Wellthcare I don’t know where to start. I’m a reductionist at heart so let’s start with a number – 20. This is the percentage that health care contributes to our health, according to Nancy Adler of the University of California, San Francisco. She was writing for ‘Investing...
Figure1 - Tinder Meets Instagram, Almost

Figure1 – Tinder Meets Instagram, Almost

The smartphone has quickly become the ideal tool for physicians. It enables companies’ long-touted tagline: At the point of care. But hardly ever has a medical app made such a close interpretation of that slogan. Meet Figure1. We gave it a try to see whether it was true. Figure1 is in its very essence a very...
The Most Important Person in Primary Care Today... Ain’t a Doctor!

The Most Important Person in Primary Care Today… Ain’t a Doctor!

One of the highlights and first deliverables of the data-driven revolution in the NHS is the five star ratings and feedback system at NHS Choices, which allows patients to rate their experiences with GPs surgeries. In theory it should allow everyone to make informed choices about the care they receive and who they receive it...
Two Ways Google is Going To Increase Our Lifespan

Two Ways Google is Going To Increase Our Lifespan

As if Google hasn’t done enough for society, they are now encroaching into medicine, with two large announcements this past year that are sure to be game changers: Calico and smart contact lenses. Calico Standing for “California Life Company”, Calico is taking on one of humanity’s most perplexing and universal phenomena: death. Expanding the lifespan...
Interview with Berci Mesko on the Future of Medicine and the Doctors 2.0 & You Event!

Interview with Berci Mesko on the Future of Medicine and the Doctors 2.0 & You Event!

Berci Mesko is a medical futurist, interested in bringing disruptive technologies to medicine & the wider spectrum healthcare. He is the managing director of Webicina.com which curates medical social media resources for patients and medical professionals. MC: You are a speaker and advisor at Doctors 2.0 event. You obviously like the event. Why? Berci: This is one...
Injecting Design into Global Challenges

Injecting Design into Global Challenges

The World Design Impact Prize takes place every year to recognize industrial designs focused on building solutions to improve quality of life.  Among the 2013 finalists was the ABC Syringe, a syringe built to reduce spread of disease caused by contaminated needles. Issues Injections are one of the most common health care procedures in the...
5 Reasons You Should Become a Physician

5 Reasons You Should Become a Physician

Students going to med school usually end up being clinic-practicing physicians. Most don’t consider doing anything else with their education. The public also has the expectation that going to med school means you become a physician. University is meant to be an educational institution, not a training institution. Time and money may make you forget...
An Entrepreneur On The Inside: How A Seattle Doctor Is Redefining Patient-Clinician Communication

An Entrepreneur On The Inside: How A Seattle Doctor Is Redefining Patient-Clinician Communication

A sheet of paper reading “Digital Health” covers Suite 250‘s original office sign at the  Springbrook building of Seattle Children’s Hospital. Inside are two offices and a cubicle for three full-time staff comprising the Digital Health Department. Pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, and author of Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Seattle Mama Doc Blog, accepted...