Mayo Clinic Backs AI Nurse Startup Sense.ly

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By Lora Kolodny, TechCrunch

“San Francisco startup Sense.ly has raised $8 million in a Series B round of venture funding to bring its virtual nurse technology to clinics and patients of every kind. The company’s app helps physicians stay in touch with patients, and prevent readmission to the hospital. Chief Executive Officer and founder of Sense.ly, Adam Odessky describes the platform as “A cross between Whatsapp and Siri that captures all the important signals about a person’s health.”

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NetGain CEO Scott Warzecha On The $25M Capital Raise

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SWLate last month, St.Cloud-based Netgain announced receiving $25m in a majority strategic stake from Bluff Point Associates, a private equity firm focused on the healthcare IT and financial services space.

We spoke with founder and CEO Scott Warzecha about the past, present and future for Netgain:

When and how did Netgain form?

I founded Netgain in January of 2000 as a pure play application service provider (ASP) because I realized that St. Cloud had a lot of fiber optic available.

For the first time ever, in this area at least, we were able to use this to access our data centers and do things never done before.

My original business plan included about 25 employees and was really just focused on the area, which we were concentrated on back in the beginning.  An early salesperson really helped us break into the healthcare industry, which has become our specialty today and really expanded the geographic scope of Netgain.

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Eric Martell Is Gener8tor’s New Managing Director In Minnesota

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mw_ey_EricMartellEntrepreneur Eric Martell is the new of face of gener8tor Minnesota, replacing Mark McGuire, who has since co-founded a startup of his own.

As the Managing Director of gener8tor Minnesota, Martell is taking over for gener8tor’s gBeta ‘pre-accelerator’ program and also spearheading the introduction of an actual fund + accelerator in Minneapolis slated for mid-2017

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HealthIT Startup Ambient Clinical Analytics Closes On $3.9m of Series A

Ambient_FullColorRochester-headquartered Ambient Clinical Analytics has closed on $3.9m of $5.4m series A funding round according to this recent SEC disclosure.

Created in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, Ambient Clinical Analytics launched its initial big data platform AWARE for hospital ERs & ICUs in early 2014.

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Q&A With Minnesota’s Most Active Heathtech Investor, TreeHouse Health

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Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 10.18.55 AMTreehouse Health is Minnesota’s most active healthtech investor by deal volume.

Since 2013 inception, the incubator has funded 14 HealthIT companies, 11 based in Minnesota.

We spoke with Managing Partner Jeffrey “JD” Blank about what’s working for TreeHouse Health right now.

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NUU Mobile Intros $50k Kickstarter For 4G LTE Global Wi-Fi Device

fTFKbUt8Nuu Mobile, a lesser known Rochester maker of unlocked Android devices, has taken to Kickstarter for a $50k crowdfunding campaign to launch the Konnect i1:

“The NUU Konnect i1 provides worldwide 4G LTE service at an affordable flat rate of USD $10/day for unlimited data. The award winning eSIM technology found in the Konnect i1 allows for up to 5 connected devices.

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Blue Cross Has A New Head Of HealthIT Investments

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Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 12.17.27 PMVia News Release

“EAGAN, Minn., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced that Tom Vanderheyden has joined the organization’s senior leadership team as president of diversified business. In this new position, Vanderheyden oversees all strategies for expanding diversified businesses investments, bringing new health care products and solutions to market, and commercializing existing products and services.”

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