Dying in the Waiting Room: Emergency Departments Have Become the Nexus of the Newest Healthcare Crisis

Across nearly every hospital in the country, an entirely new unit has appeared. It’s one that nobody wanted and nobody knows exactly what to do with, but it’s there. You might call it purgatory, or a black hole, or limbo, or any number of other names, but thousands of patients are finding themselves there every … Read more

Experts Release New Framework to Evaluate Digital Health Products

A group of healthcare researchers and health system leaders recently proposed a new framework to evaluate evidence for digital health products. The set of guidelines — titled “Evidence in Digital health for EFfectiveness of INterventions with Evaluative Depth” (Evidence Defined) — was published last week in npj Digital Medicine. The framework seeks to provide hospitals, … Read more

How Data for ImmunoGen Drug Could the Way Doctors Treat Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer patients whose disease develops resistance to platinum-based chemotherapies have few treatment alternatives. A new ovarian cancer drug that won a speedy FDA nod last fall now has data from a confirmatory study that clinicians say should support the drug’s full approval. They also say the new therapy, Elahere, will change the care of … Read more

INVEST Pitch Perfect Spotlight: How Partum Health Is Working To Transform Maternal Healthcare

Meghan Doyle (left), CEO of Partum Health, accepts the MedCity INVEST Pitch Perfect award from Arundhati Parmar (right), editor-in-chief of MedCity News, May 24. Meghan Doyle, co-founder and CEO of Partum Health, was working at a consulting firm in the healthcare sector when she first became a mom. It was during this time that she … Read more

In Key Study, Servier Drug Delays Brain Cancer in Patients With Few Treatment Options

In the brain cancer known as a diffuse glioma, the disease infiltrates the central nervous system causing cognitive and physical disability. But the limited treatment options available bring about cognitive problems too. An experimental drug from Servier Pharmaceuticals has Phase 3 results showing it can keep this cancer from progressing, suggesting it has the potential … Read more

Ezra Earns FDA Clearance for AI Tool that Makes MRIs Faster & Cheaper

New York-based startup Ezra recently received FDA clearance for an AI tool it plans to use to launch “the world’s first 30-minute full body MRI scan.”  The tool, named Ezra Flash, allows radiologists to acquire MR images at a rate much faster than normal — which results in noisier images that lack sharpness. Ezra Flash’s … Read more

Hyro Raises $20M for Conversational AI Assistant Used by Intermountain, Novant & More

Health-focused AI companies are continuing to generate venture capital funding as the healthcare industry works to automate its myriad of time-consuming administrative processes. This week, Hyro — a New York-based startup that is building a conversational AI platform for providers — closed a $20 million Series B funding round. The round, led by Macquarie Capital, … Read more

Digital Biomarkers: The Key to Delivering on the Promise of Personalized Medicine

As the healthcare industry strives toward precision medicine, it will be essential for care providers to gain an intimate view of a patient’s response to treatment to determine its impact on their quality of life. This shift is already starting in the clinical research setting, where AI-powered digital biomarkers are delivering key insights into patients’ … Read more

Moving up the Digital Maturity Ladder in an Evolving BioPharmaceutical Ecosystem

Good data capture is crucial across the biopharmaceutical lifecycle. Good data matters not only for internal process management but—just as crucially—across external stakeholders. At the close of 2022, there were 295 active drug shortages, according to a new Senate report. That’s a five-year high that has now decreased—but it underscores an ongoing and complex challenge. … Read more

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Tennessee’s Employee Benefits Program Discriminates Against Transgender People

A federal lawsuit recently filed by two people alleges that the state of Tennessee and its insurance committee are discriminatory against transgender people through the state’s employee benefits program. The plaintiffs are Gerda Zinner, a 30-year-old transgender woman and an academic advisor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Story VanNess, a 38-year-old transgender … Read more