H|T: The Healthtech Times – Is another Theranos coming?

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Cannabis software company Ample Organics acquires Last Call Analytics (BETAKIT)

Last Call Analytics specializes in generating data-driven insights geared towards increasing sales, identifying trends, and improving company performance.

Clover Health raises massive $500M round in exploding Medicare Advantage space (MEDCITYNEWS)

The new funding, led by existing investor Greenoaks Capital, is simply the latest in a number of monster investments in insuretech companies looking to broach Medicare Advantage.

Lack of transparency in healthcare startups risks another Theranos implosion (TECHCRUNCH)

Are more Theranos-style scandals looming for investors in healthcare startups? A team of researchers associated with the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford thinks so.

Seattle startup raises cash for app that gives patients control of their medical records (GEEKWIRE)

Digital health startup Vyrty recently launched a mobile app called Sync.MD that lets users store and share medical records with doctors.

Canadian developer Carrot Rewards to launch in England in spring 2019 (BETAKIT)

Canada’s wellness app Carrot Rewards has partnered with the British government to expand its service to parts of England.

Apple and Aetna are teaming up on a new app to help track and reward healthy behavior (CNBC)

The companies are hoping to find success where previous efforts have struggled by designing an experience that is unique to the individual, rather than a one-sized-fits-all approach. Those who sign up and use the Apple Watch to track their progress will receive health goals that are unique to them, as well as recommendations, nudges, and rewards.

Will tech companies change the way we manage our health? (TECHCRUNCH)

Two of the most intriguing companies to make movements around healthcare recently, are Amazon and Alphabet. Both of them seem to have health insurance, in particular, set in their sights.

Doctor’s offices are terrifying. This one is designed to calm your nerves (FASTCOMPANY)

Parsley Health isn’t just a trendy spot for wellness obsessives–though it certainly looks the part. The clinic was designed by architect Alda Ly and interior designers Hilko Designs, and it’s conceptualized to provide a healthy way of life for the company’s members from the moment they walk in the door.

Dadi brings in $2M to democratize sperm storage (TECHCRUNCH)

Smith believes Dadi, the provider of a temperature-controlled at-home fertility test and sperm collection kit, will encourage men to contribute to family planning conversations and become more aware of their reproductive health.


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

CAN – The Reimagining Respiratory Protection QuickFire Challenge (read more)

CAN – Virtual Care Experiences Showcase (read more)

EURO – Active and Assistive Living Call Challenge 2019 for ICT-Based Solutions (read more)

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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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