Rock Weekly5/26/15

Rock Weekly: Should the brain be treated as a medical device?

Written by Mollie McDowell

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Rock Weekly

May 26, 2015

Let’s talk about robots. They’re hyper-accurate, cost-saving, depression-diagnosing—even cute. Regardless of the debate about robots vs. humans, one open question in healthcare remains: if algorithms and robots are more accurate than a human doctor, should the human brain be regulated as a medical device? Either way, we’re jazzed this man is getting his limbs back after four decades thanks to bionics.

We’re also jazzed that portfolio company Stride Health just raised $13M to be the go-to health insurance and HR platform for an entire one-third of the workforce: freelancers. Congrats, team!

Headlines

Wearables Are Sexy, But The Smart Money In Health Startups Is Elsewhere
Quartz

Hospitals Find New Ways To Monitor Patients 24/7
The Wall Street Journal

Four Words That Imperil Health Law Were Actually A Mistake, Writers Say
The New York Times

21st Century Cures Bill Approved For Full House Vote
Modern Healthcare

Mysterious Google Team To Reveal New Wearable That Will ‘Blow Your Socks Off’
Mashable

How Afraid Of Watson Should We Be?
New York Magazine

Up To 1.1M Customers Could Be Affected In CareFirst Data Breach
The New York Times

Good News For Telemedicine: Interstate Medical Licensing Becoming A Reality
Modern Healthcare

Doctoring Without Doctors
The New York Times

US Scientists Want Guidelines For Human-Genome Editing
Nature

It Shouldn’t Take A Harvard Health Policy Pro To Understand Medical Bills
The Atlantic

The Best Study So Far Shows People With Obamacare Plans Like Them
Vox

Rock Health In The News

A Caution For Would-Be Digital Health Entrepreneurs
KQED

Vinod Khosla: Medicine’s Big Data Revolution
The Washington Post

Funding

Company Amt Investors Source
Metabiota $30M RSTP, Capricorn Healthcare, WP Global Partners, Industry Ventures, Data Collective TechCrunch
Jiff $23.3M Rosemark Capital, GE Ventures, Venrock, Aberdare, Aeris Capital FinSMEs
Stride Health $13M Venrock, NEA, Fidelity Biosciences TechCrunch
Pursuant Health $2.4M Undisclosed MobiHealthNews
OneOme $1M Undisclosed TECHdotMN

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