H|T: The Healthtech Times – Data meltdown


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Dialogue closes TSX IPO, raising $100 million (BETAKIT)

Dialogue plans to use the fresh funding to expand its product, build new health services, grow its customer base, and invest in complementary businesses. The company is also looking to focus on Germany as well as Canada.


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Spartan Bioscience files for creditor protection after identifying ‘issue’ with COVID-19 test (CBC)

An Ottawa-based company that developed a rapid COVID-19 testing device says it has filed for creditor protection after finding an undisclosed problem with the technology.

Canada’s public health data meltdown (MACLEAN’S)

When needed the most, the systems that track health and vaccines were a scattered mess. How Canada went from a world leader in public health technology to laggard.

Digital health companies raised $6.7B, breaking a record for Q1 (MED CITY NEWS)

Digital health startups raised a record-breaking $6.7 billion in the first quarter of 2021. Large funding rounds propelled them past previous months.

Walgreens-backed VillageMD plans initial public offering (BNN BLOOMBERG)

VillageMD, a primary health-care provider backed by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., is planning to go public in the U.S. in an initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Google is exploring a health record tool for patients (STAT NEWS)

The tech giant has launched an early user feedback program aimed at exploring how patients might want to see, organize, and share their own medical record data.

Diabetes DTx startup Better Therapeutics heads to public markets in SPAC deal (MOBIHEALTHNEWS)

The deal is expected to close this summer, subject to stockholder approval, and will raise $113 million for the combined company.

Peekapak, Cisco, and the C100 share advice for Canadian tech leaders who “leave it all on the field” (BETAKIT)

Laura Buhler (C100), Ami Shah (Peekapak), and Erin Hipp (Cisco) provide founders with tangible examples of how to adapt and transform in the face of change.

Want to make healthcare cheaper? Bring the hospital to you (FAST COMPANY)

Telemedicine was just the start. The next step? Moving hospital-quality care into your living room.

Vesta Healthcare pulls in $65M in growth capital backed by Deerfield, Kaiser Permanente (FIERCE HEALTHCARE)

Vesta Healthcare, a digital health platform focused on home-based care, pulled in $65 million in growth capital to help it expand in other states and increase program offerings.

Is ‘femtech’ the next big thing in health care? (NEW YORK TIMES)

Startups and tech companies are creating products to address women’s health care needs. It’s still a small segment of the market, but growing.

Firefly Health prepares for employer market entrance with $40M Series B raise (MOBIHEALTHNEWS)

Along with the funding, the company has added a16z General Partner Julie Yoo to its board of directors.

Josh Scott

Josh Scott

Josh Scott is a BetaKit reporter focused on telling in-depth Canadian tech stories and breaking news. His coverage is more complete than his moustache.

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