H|T: The Healthtech Times – Big data in healthcare

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Canadian government investing $25 million in health research projects that use AI(BETAKIT)

Over $20 million will support 30 research teams across Canada that are working to address issues such as vision loss, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer.

Drug patents could be Canada’s special weapon in U.S. trade dispute (CBC)

Taking an ‘asymmetrical’ approach and targeting U.S. intellectual property has worked in the past, experts say.

YC alum Modern Health, a startup focused on emotional wellbeing, gets $2.26M seed funding (TECHCRUNCH)

Modern Health’s services are meant to improve employee well-being and retention rates. The company’s funding was led by Afore, with participation from Social Capital, Precursor Ventures, Merus Capital, Maschmeyer Group Ventures, Y Combinator, and angel investors.

“Like Theranos, but it works”–health startup Genalyte proves its worth (FASTCOMPANY)

The transparent diagnostics company raised over $91 million in funding. Can it overcome the skepticism Theranos left in its wake?

Digital healthcare company KRY raises $66M in Series B funding (FINSMES)

KRY, which lets people see a healthcare professional within 15 minutes via a smartphone or tablet, raised the funding from Index Ventures, with participation from existing investors Accel, Creandum, and Project A.

Big data in healthcare: How chief data officers can help (HEALTHTECHMAGAZINE)

As data science in healthcare begins to deluge systems, CDOs can help healthcare systems stay compliant and productive.

Carrot Rewards adds RBC Rewards points as new reward option (BETAKIT)

RBC says the Carrot Rewards partnership is part of a larger commitment of over $15 million to health and wellness programs across Canada.

UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’ (TECHCRUNCH)

The DeepMind Health Independent Reviewers’ 2018 report flags a series of risks and concerns, as they see it, including the potential for DeepMind Health to be able to “exert excessive monopoly power” as a result of the data access and streaming infrastructure.


3iOntario Digest presents a list of ongoing funding opportunities and other resources to accelerate health innovation.

CAD – Internal Bedside Solution (read more)

CAD – SPOR National Data Platform (read more)

CAD – Frontlines of Health SOLVE Challenge (read more)

CAD – Robotic Radio-Biology (read more)


Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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