H|T: The Healthtech Times – Telus Health heads to Babylon

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Telus, Babylon launch app allowing Canadians to visit doctors through smartphones (BETAKIT)

Telus claimed that its app will improve the efficiency of communication with doctors for overall better healthcare for Canadians.

HealthJoy raises $12.5M Series B to help employees make the most of their healthcare benefits (TECHCRUNCH)

The company will use its Series B to double its team to 250 people over the next 10 months.

PointClickCare acquires medical management company QuickMAR (BETAKIT)

“The acquisition…expands and strengthens our health and wellness portfolio,” claims Mike Wessinger, chief executive officer at PointClickCare.

Mental health app makers join forces to go after multibillion-dollar market (CNBC)

“There’s been a bunch of acquisitions recently,” said Trip Hofer, CEO of AbleTo. “I see that as a recognition that behavioral health is something that needs to be addressed.”

Augmented intelligence: How robots paired with humans can improve your health (MEDCITYNEWS)

Using bots can deepen the interaction between doctors and patients because it allows us to collect more information, really understand our health habits, and closely examine how our habits actually impact our health.

New Thunder Bay researcher to focus on improving health care with technology (CBC)

“There are a lot of things that can be done just with technology to allow people to get better health access, help doctors in the region, help nurses in the region to quickly access health information and solutions.”

Chronic care management company Livongo reportedly eyeing 2019 IPO (MEDCITYNEWS)

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mountain View, California-based Livongo has enlisted Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. as underwriters for an IPO that would value the company in excess of $1 billion.

Emovi raises $15 million CAD Series C led by TVM Capital Life Science (BETAKIT)

“These investments enable us to support clinical adoption of our product in Canada, the United States and Europe,” said Michelle Laflamme, President and CEO of Emovi.

Tia launches a clinic that places the menstrual cycle at the center of care (TECHCRUNCH)

From its first location in New York, the two founders of Tia hope they can build a network of care facilities that integrate all of the information their app collects with the benefits of having in-person consultations with physicians that have a holistic view of their patients’ health.

B.C. hospitals using virtual reality to help kids cope with painful procedures (CBC)

ER doctor says seeing kids go from crying to smiling while using VR goggles is “magical.”

Spill picks up £650K seed round for its message-based workplace therapy app (TECHCRUNCH)

Spill has designed a consumer-styled app that provides access to qualified therapists via text messaging, paid for by employers.


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

CAN – Automated Storage Management System (read more)

CAN – Electronic Database and Workflow Management tool for Pharmacy Clinical Trials (read more)

CAN – Hacking Health in the Community (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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