Tag: digital health

In the News: OurCrowd companies seek 100’s of new employees

Despite Israel’s unprecedented unemployment situation, high-tech companies are still recruiting. As Israel carefully re-opens for business, startups have a huge role to play in getting our nation back to work. OurTalent, OurCrowd’s jobs portal, currently lists hundreds of vacant positions from within its portfolio companies, with fresh opportunities added each week. Check out OurTalent. It’s hard to believe that just 3.5 months ago we hosted the 2020 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit in Jerusalem; now, we’re checking in with Jason Greenblatt, former Assistant to the President of the United States, and Special Representative for International Negotiations, and newly-joined OurCrowd partner. In February, he spoke about building bridges between Israel and the Arab Middle East through startup technology; last week Jason sat down with one of Israel’s leading tech bloggers, Hillel Fuld, to discuss how he is getting involved in the VC landscape to achieve the same ends. Watch now. Join us this Wednesday, May 27th for our next webinar – The Post-COVID Corporation: How Pandemic-Driven Innovation Will Change Everything at 9:30AM Los Angeles, 12:30PM New York, 7:30PM Tel Aviv. OurCrowd partners and analysts...

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Tyto Care: Remote Monitoring of Coronavirus Patients

Hundreds of doctors, nurses and other frontline medical workers have died after catching the coronavirus from their patients. Hospitals are racing to install remote monitoring technology that will allow them to treat COVID-19 patients while reducing the risk of infection for medical staff. Tyto Care is an OurCrowd portfolio company whose remote health monitors have been deployed in 16 hospitals, including coronavirus quarantine wards in Israel, the United States and elsewhere, and used successfully for hundreds of COVID-19 patients. Tyto Care technology uses AI to diagnose patients based on data that can be collected using its kit and a regular cellphone. Patients can also buy the system to use in their own homes and feed the data to their doctor, saving a trip to the hospital. Tyto’s AI algorithms can detect issues like swollen tonsils, throat inflammation and lung disease, enabling doctors to make a diagnosis without touching the patient. “In this situation with COVID-19 you really want clinicians and professionals to stay away as much as you can from sick people, or people that are currently in quarantine,...

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Your body, disrupted

In April, scientists at Tel Aviv University “printed” the world’s first 3D vascularized heart using a patient’s own cells and biological material. This is just the tip of the medical iceberg. We expect healthcare to change in the next decade as disruptive technologies promise to improve patient outcomes, making medicine more personalized, effective, and interconnected. The Path to Personal Care: Genetics How similar do you think you are to a banana? You actually share 60% of your genetic code with this healthy snack. DNA is the core building block of every living thing, and minute changes in genetic codes are responsible for unbelievable differences between us. From 23andMe DNA tests providing personalized reports about your ancestry to Igentify revolutionizing genetic testing and counseling, scientists are harnessing our understanding of genetics to provide real value to society. Medicine still relies heavily on general population statistics. The doctor evaluates your symptoms, considers your age, weight, family health history, and ultimately determines treatment. But far too often we simply do not respond and return to the doctor, having wasted money, effort, and time....

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6 trends that will shape the tech industry in 2017

This is a featured post by OurCrowd Partner and Head of Investments Elan Zivotofsky.  Is 2017 just another year to watch for tech innovation? The answer is, of course, yes. But there are specific sectors we are watching more closely as entrepreneurs leverage the power of new computing paradigms and the advent of true artificial intelligence. Reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the year ahead, here are some thoughts about the trends that will shape the technology industry, and by extension, the world in 2017. 1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are going mainstream In 2016, you probably heard Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as buzz words. The New York Times recently featured “the great A. I. awakening”. Until recently, the practical uses of AI and ML have been quite specialized and limited, due to the need for large amounts of expensive computing power, storage and large sets of unique data. Now, AI – driven by a unique way of “teaching” computers called Deep Learning – will be much more broadly utilized across a...

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Investing in a Healthy Humanity: Introducing Israel’s first digital health fund, OurCrowd Qure

Pop quiz: What’s the most important medical device you’ll use in the coming years? If you said mobile phone — you’re in good shape. Emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, internet of things, and mobile apps, are connecting the digital and physical worlds and changing the behaviors of both physicians and patients. In other words, digital health is revolutionizing our approach to medicine, refining healthcare, and improving our well being. Digital health solutions are becoming necessary now more than ever as the global population ages and healthcare demands accelerate, all while supplies and services cannot keep pace. Accelerating the “Qure” OurCrowd is excited to announce the launch of Israel’s first exclusively-focused digital health fund — OurCrowd Qure. The fund is raising $30-$50M to invest in Seed and Series A rounds in innovative digital health startups from areas like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Genomics, and Mobile Patient-Centric Solutions. Ultimately, companies that offer solutions to improve quality while simultaneously lowering costs through empowered patients, medical teams, and payers. Digital health is one of the fastest growing sectors in terms of funding and M&A activity. Exclusively focusing in digital health...

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