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StartUPDATES: New developments from healthcare startups

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PromptHealth, a Canadian wellness platform bridging the gap between conventional and holistic wellness options, has officially launched their new website and app: PromptHealth 2.0. The update makes them a leading one-stop-shop solely for individuals to directly interact with wellness providers. 

Time constraints and over-crowded social media platforms mean wellness providers have to compete for attention among millions of other, non-certified individuals sharing advice. 

PromptHealth 2.0 allows users to discover, learn, and connect with wellness providers with different user-friendly formats, before connecting with them, to help facilitate a better provider-client relationship that results in the best care possible. After launching in 2020, PromptHealth has grown to feature providers from all across Canada and thousands of supporters on all social media platforms.

In the traditional healthcare system, finding treatment is often illness-focused and does not take into account all the elements of our wellbeing – mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health. Instead, it only treats symptoms. PromptHealth was created to solve the gap between people seeking preventative care, and the wellness practitioners who provide complementary solutions to traditional healthcare. 

Check out the new website, or app available on iOS and Android devices. 

To read more, click here. 

Healthmine’s EVP of Consulting and Professional Services Melissa Smith and two of Healthmine’s Senior Consultants, Cynthia Pawley-Martin and Dwight Pattison, wrapped up the Star Ratings Webinar Series with an “Ask Me Anything”-style session just before Thanksgiving. Watch recordings of the entire series to learn everything you need to know about the 2022 Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage plans.

To watch the webinars, click here.

Sound Life Sciences, a spinout of University of Washington, received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a prescription only smartphone app which uses the company’s contactless respiratory monitoring sonar software for consumer smart devices. The telehealth startup’s app produces inaudible ultrasonic sonar pulses to detect reflections caused by nearby patient respiration to measure breathing in clinical settings or at home.

Dr. Jacob Sunshine, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of Sound Life Sciences, talked about the company’s plans for the app.

“With this foundational clearance we have established a regulatory foothold, from which we can build out additional use cases including for respiratory chronic disease management such as asthma and COPD, opioid safety monitoring, infant monitoring, incipient respiratory infection detection and identifying when an unwitnessed cardiac arrest occurs.”

To read more, click here.

Rimsys, which develops regulatory information management software for the medtech industry, has closed a $16 million Series A financing round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Existing investors also took part, including Allos Ventures, Private Opportunities, and Innovation Works.

Its cloud-based platform helps global medtech companies streamline regulatory processes. It includes an integrated data hub for regulatory information and documents, to help easily access critical information and put it to use in pre-market submissions, and to establish and maintain market authorization.

In 2020, the FDA issued more than 70 guidance documents focused on medtech products, according to Rimsys, and noted that research from MedTech Europe predicts that the new MDR and IVDR regulations in the European Union could lead to a significant number of medical devices (including in vitro diagnostics) being withdrawn from the market.

The company also announced the appointment of two industry veterans, Adam Price and Christine Robertson to its executive team, and that Bessemer Partner Andrew Hedin and Pendo Co-Founder Eric Boduch have joined Rimsys’ board of directors.

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Health2047, the Silicon-Valley innovation subsidiary of the American Medical Association, has expanded its advisory board with two physician executives and a hospital operations and IT leader.

Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, a physician executive and entrepreneur, is an  entrepreneur-in-residence at Health2047. She is the founder of Complete Care Management Partners LLC., a company that provides urban-based Medicaid focused delegate care management services to Fortune 100 payers. She is also a co-founder of NextLevel Health Partners, Inc.

Francis J. Crosson has 35 years of clinical and executive experience with Kaiser Permanente. He is founding Executive Director of The Permanente Federation—the national leadership and consulting organization for the 8 Permanente medical groups. He is also a past Group Vice-President of the AMA and immediate past Chairman of the Congressional Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Eric Yablonka is a practiced IT executive with over 30 years of experience in leading hospital operations and information systems management functions. He served as the Chief Information Officer at Stanford Health Care and the School of Medicine.

To read more, click here.

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Stephanie Baum

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