|Helpful Reminder -- Cat Fancy Magazine|
Sometimes it's hard enough to remember to take your own medications, but add a pet into the mix and it can get overwhelming. You can manage your pet's (and your own) medications with the MediSafe Medication Reminder App. Free on the iTunes and Google Play stores, it features a first-of-its-kind cloud-synced mobile medication management platform to make life a little easier. MediSafe; www.medisafeproject.com Link to Article
|The Program Pairing Israeli Startups With Palestinian Talent|
Yadin Kaufmann--whose work at Veritas Venture Partners and Sadara Ventures in Ra'anana put Israel's tech scene on the map--had been working for months to launch a nonprofit called the Palestinian Internship Program (PIP). The goal: to bring Palestinian graduates across the border as interns, where they would be exposed to the Israel's thriving tech scene. Kaufmann needed to secure tech companies who would host the interns. So in June, despite the unfortunate timing, he approached Omri Shor, the Israeli founder of MediSafe, a medication management app. Shor, who calls himself "pro-peace," was intrigued, "but I had to think twice." Even though he's based in Haifa, nearly 100 miles from the conflict in Gaza, he wanted to be cautious. "You're starting to develop a project with the intern, and who knows what's going to happen one day?"Link to Article
|The Daily Startup: Will the Internet of Things Fit Ifttt, Or Go Pffft?|
Tips From the Startup Fundraising Playbook. The co-founder and CEO of entrepreneur-software tools maker Foundersuite, Nathan Beckord, has been considering raising a seed round and has been chatting up various startup friends who have recently been in the market for capital, he writes in a guest post for TechCrunch. Here are a few of the tips he’s picked up for running an efficient fundraising round. Link to Article
|Tips From The Startup Fundraising Playbook|
I’ve been considering raising a seed round for my startup Foundersuite. So, to get my head in the game, I’ve been chatting up various startup friends who have recently been in the market for capital. Here are a few of the best tips for running an efficient fundraising round.Link to Article
|Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators|
Mr. Divabetic hosts some of the most exciting developments and creative minds in diabetes and health and wellness. Meet the makers of the mobile apps, ‘HelpAround ‘and ‘mySugr,’ the co-founder of Jerry the Bear and the author of a “divabetic” inspired mystery series. Guests inlcude Scott Johnson, Tyora Moody and Aaron Horowitz. HelpAround is a mobile safety net for people with diabetes. When you post a request on HelpAround, the app searches for “helpers” in their Diabetes Safety Net. HelpAround identifies people with the highest chances of being able to help you, notifies them, and invites them to respond.Link to Article
|Neura's novel approach: Baking intelligence into connected devices|
Neura, a startup chosen as part of Microsoft Ventures' accelerator program, has a novel approach to the hub concept. "The phone and potentially in the future the watch is how we treat a hub," said Gilad Meiri, CEO of Neura. Neura aims to be like a central clearinghouse for IoT data collected from fitness trackers, home automation products, and phones. But then it interprets that data into useful information that it supplies to other devices. Here's one scenario. Neura works around the idea of events in a person's life. An important event could be waking up in the morning. Neura may figure out that a user has woken up based on information from a variety of devices like a sleep sensor, a Nest thermostat, motion sensors in a phone, and historical patterns. Link to Article
|Sharing Economy Invades Health-Care Industry|
A new breed of websites and apps are cropping up that help connect people with chronic illnesses to help them share their stories, better communicate and offer treatment and diagnosis tips and advice.
“There is still so much fragmentation in the health care system and it’s the patient that falls through the cracks,” says Yishai Knobel, co-founder and chief executive of HelpAround, an app that connects diabetes patients. “The sharing economy is creating efficiencies and has the ability to fill some of those gaps.”
For many patients, these websites are a place to share information, research their diseases, learn coping strategies and even save money. For those without insurance, the websites and apps can also provide specific information to help them better manage their disease.
HelpAround is a free app for iPhone and Android-based phones that lets diabetic patients connect with each other within a specified area.Link to Article
|An App That Lets Diabetics Share Supplies And Advice|
Online patient communities can be a huge help for anyone struggling with chronic disease. But many of the most popular communities are relegated to message boards that are most easily accessed via computer. HelpAround, an app that's calling itself "the first sharing economy service for consumer health," is bringing online community to the mobile app world--with a few twists.
When HelpAround first emerged last summer, it had an ambitious plan: use data analytics methods from the advertising world in an app that taps members of your Twitter and Facebook social network to figure out who can help with things you need, from getting a handyman to fix a plumbing issue to simply finding a neighbor with a spare Advil. That didn't exactly go as planned. "We learned that not all communities are that keen on helping each other, unfortunately," says Yishai Knobel co-founder and CEO of HelpAround.Link to Article
|The Many Faces of Multivariate Testing|
Consider the MediSafe project, one of the first mobile health apps based on Google's new Android Wear platform, which is designed to keep patients, such as diabetics, compliant with their pharmaceutical schedules.
Of course, any number of other apps -- not to mention nagging family members -- can accomplish the same thing. However, MediSafe built its app and interface by applying technological behavioral tools. It zeros in on a user's individual reason for forgetting to a pill or inject insulin, and then it creates a compliance program tailored to that situation.
MediSafe is the product of extensive multivariate testing, and although the result hasn't been, say, an increase in ad clicks or app downloads, it does boast its own impressive bona fides: MediSafe users have an average medication adherence rate of 86 percent, according to the company, compared to 50 percent of the general population, according to App Developer magazine.Link to Article
|New health apps, games reward patients who take their meds|
Omri Shor, chief executive of MediSafe, an Israeli medication management company, focuses on keeping patients on track by making them accountable to family-members. Link to Article
|Medical Tech-רק בריאות: 4 סטארטאפים ישראלים מתחום ה|
Medisafe and HelpAround
"הממוצע בעולם המערבי של אי-נטילת תרופות, או אי-התמדה בנטילת תרופות, עומד על כ- 50-60%" מספר עמרי שור, מנכ"ל MediSafe, "בארצות הברית לדוגמה, בשנת 2008 נרשמו 700,000 מקרי חירום בשל נטילת יתר של תרופות, כאשר כ-27 אלף בני אדם נפטרו כתוצאה מכך. אבדן ההכנסות לחברות התרופות כתוצאה מאי נטילת תרופות מוערך בכ-187 מיליארד דולרים בשנה והחברה הוקמה כדי לתת מענה לבעיה המורכבת של אי-התמדה בנטילת תרופות". MediSafe שנוסדה על ידי עמרי ורותם שור בשנת 2012 הינה פלטפורמה בעלת ממשק משתמש הנמצא על גבי הסמארטפון שלנו ומסייעת למשתמש לנהל את נטילת התרופות שלו. הפלטפורמה מגובה בענן וכוללת חיבור לשעונים חכמים, שירות SMS ופלטפורמה אינטרנטית.
אם תהיתם כמה קשה זה לנהל יומן לנטילת תרופות, תוסיפו לזה גם ערכה שלמה שצריכה להיות איתך בכל שעות היממה. ישי קנובל ושלומי אפללו, הקימו ב-2013 את HelpAround, המעניקה תמיכה לחולי סכרת.
המייסדים יצאו מנקודת הנחה כי בשל הציוד שהחולים הכרוניים בכלל וחולי סכרת בפרט נושאים על עצמם הם יכולים לסייע לאלו הנמצאים בסביבתם וכך נולדה האפליקציה. HelpAround מציעה למשתמשיה רשת בטחון הפועלת בשלוש רמות שונות: קבלת עזרה מהמשתמשים הנמצאים בסביבה הקרובה לנו, קבוצות תמיכה וירטואליות ושירותי פרימיום המוצעים למשתמשים וכוללים משלוחי אקספרס של תרופות, ביקורי בית ועוד.Link to Article
|High-Tech Devices Help Patients Manage Diabetes, High Blood Pressure|
Patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases often forget to take their medications. Or, it may be that they can’t remember they already took their medicine. The latter scenario led Omri “Bob” Shor to create MediSafe, a wireless, cloud-synced medication management app. Speaking to Healthline from the company’s headquarters in Haifa, Israel, Shor, the company CEO, explained that his father, who has Type 2 diabetes, asked if he had seen him inject his insulin. “My answer was no, meaning I didn’t see him inject. My dad misinterpreted this to mean that he had not injected the medication, so he took it again and eventually he overdosed. He’s fine today, but you can imagine how dreadful it was for us,” said Shor. How does MediSafe work? Shor explained, “A person clicks on Google Play or iTunes Store to get the free app. A patient types in the type of medication, when they are supposed to take it, and the shape and color of the medication. One of the most powerful features in MediSafe is it allows you go share it with a family member, so if my father doesn’t take his medication on time, I get a push notification telling me that he didn’t take his medication for some reason. There are three buttons: call, text, or email, so I can contact him and intervene in some way,” said Shor.Link to Article