Healthcare

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Tapping tech talent in Boston
Pharmacy giant CVS Health will open digital innovation lab in Boston
CVS store
Rhode Island-based CVS Health, operator of Minute Clinics and the country's second-biggest drugstore chain, is planning to open a technology development center in Boston this winter. Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer tells me that the CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab will fit about 100 people — some of whom will move from CVS HQ in Woonsocket, and some of whom will be new hires. "We may not hire all 100 next year, but we're going to hire a lot," Tilzer says. The lab's focus will be on "building customer-centric experiences in health care." Read More
Doctors orders
High blood pressure? There’s an app for that
Twine Health co-founders, John Moore (right) and Frank Moss, at the MIT Media Lab. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe)
Among the ills of the American health care system is the disconnect between patients and their doctors. John Moore has an app for that. Moore is cofounder of Twine Health, which is making a mobile app to improve communication between doctors and patients and nudge the sick to more closely follow their treatment plans. Read More
Shared digs for healthcare revolutionaries
Baystate Health opens shared space in Springfield for health care tech companies
TechSpring's workspace in downtown Springfield. Photographed in October.
Friday is the official ribbon-cutting for a new shared workspace in Springfield focused on testing and deploying new health care technologies. Baystate Health, the big nonprofit healthcare system that spawned the space, has dubbed it the Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center. But that sounds like a name coughed up by a committee, and Christian Lagier, a former entrepreneur and business development executive who will run it, says he expects everyone will call it TechSpring. Read More
Adding clinical expertise
Merck veteran signs on with Clarus Ventures, Cambridge healthcare investment firm
Employees of Clarus Ventures, a Cambridge-based venture capital firm.
After departing pharmaceutical giant Merck in June, Barry Gertz is signing on with Clarus Ventures of Cambridge. Gertz had most recently served as Merck's head of global clinical development, overseeing research and development of more than 25 products. Clarus invests in startups creating new drugs, diagnostics, and medical devices. Read More
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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Global Biz Hub
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