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When the Sox are away...
VerbalCare emerges victorious from Fenway Park pitch competition
Screenshots from VerbalCare's product.
Boston startup VerbalCare left Fenway Park $15,000 richer tonight, after winning the "Fast Pitch" competition put on by WeWork, which operates a network of shared office spaces. The competition pitted three Boston teams against three from New York, and asked audience members to vote on the idea they liked best, so there may have been just a wee bit of a home field advantage. VerbalCare makes a tablet app to help patients at hospitals communicate with caregivers, and give administrators better insight into the patient's experience. The company has been conducting a pilot at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton. I covered VerbalCare earlier this year; and in 2013 they were guests on an episode of The Entrepreneurs Grill.
A lot of news today from Apple, but few were probably paying as close attention as RunKeeper, whose health graph strategy seemed to be going up against toe-to-toe against  Apple's newly announced HealthKit. If Cupertino's moves are raising founder Jason Jacob's pulse rate, he's not showing it. He emailed Dennis Keohane:
It is great to see a powerhouse like Apple is getting involved, and starting to bring some of the other key players in the ecosystem (doctors, EMRs, etc) into the discussion.  This is exactly where things need to be heading, and with our continued laser focus on the direct-to-consumer side, having big partners like Apple start to tie the other pieces together will be a helpful enabler of our efforts.  We are excited for RunKeeper and Breeze users to be able to tie in their data with HealthKit soon!
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Economic impact of domestic violence may be more than you'd think
jared remy
Contributed article by attorneys Lennox Chase and Jane E. Freedman. Recently, George LeVines covered how domestic abuse shelters are using high tech surveillance tools like Tor to prevent digital abuse.            When Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley speaks about domestic violence her voice fills with passion, and people listen. Recently, Councillor Pressley spoke at two different events about the effects of domestic violence. Pressley talks about the bonds of a community as a fiber of woven threads. If some of the threads are weak, the community is weak. The thread of domestic violence weakens the collective fibers that comprise our community. Read More
A smarter search engine?
Medical search engine Parzival wants to guide docs to more reliable sources
Parzival co-founders Celina Ansari and Lonnie Rae Kurlander.
Do you want your doctor to diagnose an ailment by Googling? A new medical search engine called Parzival is taking the wraps off this week, aiming to guide doctors and medical researchers to the most reliable sources when they're hunting for information about diseases and treatments. Read More