H|T: The Healthtech Times – Telehealth “need to have”

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Government expands procurement deals with Canadian startups to aid with COVID-19(BETAKIT)

The Government of Canada has officially signed procurement deals with three Canadian healthtech companies that it had signed letters of intent with last week.

Why telehealth can’t significantly flatten the coronavirus curve — yet(TECHCRUNCH)

Telehealth has rapidly evolved from a “nice to have” to a “need to have” for U.S. health systems.

Opencare lays off one-quarter of staff as it prepares to “weather the storm” of COVID-19(BETAKIT)

Toronto-based Opencare has laid off 18 members of its team, as its core business has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Startup raises $8.25M to help physicians track payments(MEDCITYNEWS)

Rivet, a startup that helps providers keep track of insurance contracts and billing, closed an $8.25 million funding round.

Think Research, Ontario Psychological Association partner to offer virtual mental health services(BETAKIT)

Think Research has partnered with the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) to make its virtual care platform available to OPA psychologists in Ontario.

How hospitals are using AI to battle Covid-19(HBR)

The Partners Covid-19 Screener provides a simple, straightforward chat interface, presenting patients with a series of questions based on content from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Partners HealthCare experts.

Dialogue enters partnership with Sun Life to offer virtual healthcare(BETAKIT)

Dialogue has partnered with Sun Life Financial to offer virtual healthcare services to the Canadian insurance provider’s company benefits customers.

Flagship Pioneering raises $1.1 billion to spend on sustainability and health-focused biotech(TECHCRUNCH)

Flagship Pioneering, the Boston-based biotech incubator and holding company, said it has raised $1.1 billion for its Flagship Labs unit.

INKSmith to hire 100 employees as it ramps up development of face shields for healthcare workers(BETAKIT)

Kitchener-based educational toy manufacturer INKSmith is now creating personal protected equipment to help help healthcare staff fighting COVID-19.

AristaMD raises $18M for eConsult platform(MEDCITYNEWS)

AristaMD, a San Diego-based startup facilitating eConsults, raised $18 million in a series B round led by Cigna Ventures and MemorialCare Innovation Fund.

Google commits to donating $800 million to COVID-19 response efforts(BETAKIT)

Google has committed to donating $800 million USD (about $1.1 billion CAD) in COVID-19 response effort funding.

98point6 raises $43 million to expand its AI-powered telehealth service(VENTUREBEAT)

98point6, a telemedical startup whose platform pairs clinicians with AI to provide text-based care, today announced that it secured $40 million in financing.

26 Vancouver hospitals adopt healthcare app designed by tech companies, BC government(BETAKIT)

At least 26 Vancouver area healthcare facilities that have started using a new app that can track staff and resources in real-time.

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