by Angus Klamer
Intel and its Cancer Cloud
On Wednesday, Intel revealed that it has teamed up with the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to build a cloud-computing platform to aid in cancer research. Intel expects two new organizations to join the “Collaborative Cancer Cloud” next year. The company also disclosed that Discovery Peak, the company’s own data analytics software system. The platform aids in processing health-related information in the cancer cloud at OHSU.
Intel is one of many companies trying to make a name for itself in cancer research, and one of a few trying to do this with the help of big data. Although most cancer research groups prefer to keep their data private for security reasons, Intel says that its cancer cloud puts an emphasis on the secure sharing of data between healthcare partners. The Collaborative Cancer Cloud should be secure enough to let multiple organizations access without worrying about usability issues. And although the current focus is cancer research, Intel and OHSU eventually hope to expand their cloud platform to other areas of medical research such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Grand Rounds, doctor-patient matching service, completes $55 million round.
Grand Rounds, a startup that matches patients with doctors who are uniquely qualified to help them, has recently taken a $55 million late-stage funding round, adding on to the barely used $40 million funding round it took last year. This brings the company’s total funding to $106 million. The new money will be used to expand its care team and tech and analytics platforms.
Grand Rounds operates under the idea that a physician’s first opinion is often wrong, which is usually the result of a patient seeing a non-specialist physician. The startup looks to help patients receive better care and to cut costs through their three main products: Grand Rounds Opinions, Grand Rounds Office Visits, and Grand Rounds STAT.
By making the process of matching doctors and patients easier, cheaper, and more effective, Grand Rounds could go public soon and potentially help countless people in need of a medical diagnosis or treatment.
Massive digital health center planned for Denver
A developer and a healthcare entrepreneur have partnered to create Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation and are planning to build a 300,000 square-foot digital health center on a recently acquired full city block of land in Denver’s River North area. This is considered the initial step in a plan to make Denver America’s digital health capital. The entrepreneur, Mike Biselli, envisions a place where tenants can collaborate and work to accelerate innovation to create lasting change in the healthcare industry.
Biselli has commitments from about 30 tenants, of which he has publicly announced 4. These four tenants will certainly help create the innovative environment Biselli wants and include Silicon Valley startup Corvectra, startup Telespine, and Premier Manufacturing, which will create a 3D lab Catalyst.
Construction will start in roughly a year, and the facility will officially open by the end of 2017. It will include retail space, an events center, a fitness center, a rooftop deck, and a café.
Over 50 million wearable fitness and health trackers were estimated to have been purchased last year, and Novant Health is taking advantage of this explosion in wearable technology. Starting this month, patients will be able to share fitness data collected with wearable technology with their doctor. This will be done through Novant Health’s electronic patient portal MyChart, which has about 430,000 users.
MyChart is a tool that lets patients access the controlled access to the same medical records their doctors use. It also allows patients to email their doctors, request prescription refills and pay bills online. Patients will now be able to connect fitness tracking technology to MyChart so the data can be seen by both the patient and the doctor.
Novant Health leads the nation in patient engagement with MyChart, and this should continue with the integration of wearable technology. With an increase in patient engagement, doctors will have more up-to-date information to access when diagnosing a patient or considering treatment options. This should help keep patients more active and healthier while providing doctors with more, and better, information.