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SXSW: Top Health Tech News Roundup

By Heather Munro, freelance writer focusing on emerging technology.

Celebrating the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals event showcases plenty of innovation. For healthtech startups, the interactive—or tech—part of the the 2019 gathering highlighted some noteworthy healthtech news, up-and-coming award winners and cool product launches.

Here’s a roundup of some of what came out of the conference, which kicked off in Austin, TX, on March 8.  

23andMe Unveils New Product

Consumer genomics company 23andMe introduced its latest test, a predisposition report on Type 2 diabetes. The company says that by knowing the genetic likelihood of developing the disease, people will be encouraged to adopt lifestyle choices that could prevent the disease. Some medical experts who weighed in, however, say the the test is unlikely to make much of a difference.

To learn more about the mixed reactions to the news, read 23andMe launches predisposition test for Type 2 diabetes on MobiHealthNews.

Health Tech News from Rally, Apple and Lyft

Several tech companies made announcements at SXSW: 

  • Rally announced the launch of a new digital, consumer-focused wellness platform that helps users view, access and manage their employee benefits within a single interface.
  • An analyst reported that Apple’s augmented reality product will enter mass production as early as this year, or by mid-2020 at the latest.
  • Lyft’s non-emergency healthcare transportation business will receive a blockchain boost, thanks to a recently announced integration with Solve.Care’s tech.

To learn more about the latest digital health initiatives from these and other companies, read Rally launches new consumer wellness platform, Apple AR rumors and more digital health news briefs on MobiHealthNews.

2019 Winners of SXSW Pitch Event Announced

SXSW announced the winners of the 11th annual SXSW Pitch event. Fifty startup finalists with cutting-edge technology competed in 10 categories, including AI, Health and Wearables and Blockchain.

Pathware, which creates hardware and software solutions to simplify digital pathology workflows and reduce the rate of repeat procedures, won for Health and Wearables. Nebula Genomics, a personal genomic service that gives test takers complete control of their data, won two awards: Best in Show and Blockchain.  

Blockchain, which Nebula Genomics is using to directly connect data buyers with data owners, has the potential to be used for everything from claims adjudication, clinical trials, interoperability, EHRs and longitudinal health records to security and supply chain. To learn more about the emerging distributed ledger technology, check out Blockchain, is it ready for you? Are you ready for it? on MobiHealthNews.

2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award Winners Announced

The 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards recognized the most exciting tech developments in the world. Inspiren’s iN: Cognitive Patient Care Assistant, billed as the world’s first cognitive patient care assistant, won for AI & Machine Learning. Butterfly iQ won in Health, Med & BioTech for its iPhone-connected portable ultrasound scanner. 

To learn more about Butterfly iQ’s plan to make high-quality diagnostic imaging accessible to anyone, read MobiHealthNews coverage of when the company received FDA clearance for its pocket-sized ultrasound technology: Butterfly IQ gets FDA clearance for chip-based, smartphone-connected ultrasound.

To stay up to date on the latest healthtech disrupting healthcare, visit MobiHealthNews.

 

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