H|T: The Healthtech Times – Canadian Shields up

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Digital pharmacy startup PocketPills tracks increased growth amid COVID-19 (BETAKIT)

PocketPills, a Surrey, British Columbia-based healthtech startup is tracking increased interest in its digital pharmacy service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UK’s COVID-19 health data contracts with Google and Palantir finally emerge (TECHCRUNCH)

Concerns had been raised about what is an unprecedented transfer of health data on millions of U.K. citizens to private tech companies, including those with a commercial interest in acquiring data to train and build AI models.

Lumeca Health, SaskTel partner to provide residents of Cowessess First Nation virtual care (BETAKIT)

Lumeca Health, a Regina-based healthtech startup, is making virtual healthcare more accessible for the residents of Cowessess First Nation.

How AI and smartwatches can help us cope with COVID-19 (CBC)

Each scenario will take different factors into account and determine how the population is impacted by different decisions.

Canadians can now buy their own PPE direct from The Canadian Shield (BETAKIT)

The Canadian Shield, a Kitchener-Waterloo-based personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer, has made its face shield available to the public.

Digital doctor startup raises $23M to lavish patients with attention (BIZJOURNALS)

Following the strategy popularized by Zappos and Chewy, this digital health startup aims to obsess over the patients to build a loyal customer base.

Spiderwort closes $3.4 million CAD in seed financing (BETAKIT)

Spiderwort, an Ottawa-based healthtech and biomaterials startup, has raised a seed round of funding at $3.4 million CAD ($2.5 million USD).

Nanox raises $20 million to scale its AI medical imaging system (VENTUREBEAT)

Medical imaging startup Nanox hopes to reinvent the X-ray with hardware inspired by Star Trek‘s biobed.

Sonic Incytes raises $3.5 million seed round to commercialize liver health assessment device (BETAKIT)

Sonic Incytes, a medical device startup based in Vancouver, has raised a $3.5 million CAD seed round.

Demonstrating 15 contact tracing and other tools built to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (TECHCRUNCH)

Personal-symptom trackers, digital contact-tracing and exposure-notification tools are under development in the United States and around the world — their adoption could help healthcare workers mitigate the impact of further waves of COVID-19.

How tech can help during COVID-19, from a doctor who runs a startup (BETAKIT)

As part of BetaKit and DMZ’s ‘Startup Growth Series,’ Dr. Vipan Nikore of Homecare Hub shares how he’s building his company in the wake of COVID-19.

Quebec to invest $75-million in biotech sector (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

The Quebec government is committing $75-million to fund early stage life-sciences companies in a partnership with the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, one of Canada’s top backers of the booming sector.

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