Minnesota Medical Analytics Firm Apri Health Lands $500K Debt Financing

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By Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business

“Rochester-based medical data analytics firm Apri Health, cofounded by former Mayo Clinic doctor Mark Ereth, landed $500,000 in convertible debt financing as it seeks to expand its market focus.

A Canadian regulatory filing shows the company got the investment this spring from Alternate Health Corp. (CSE: AHG) of Vancouver, a health care holding company connected with Apri co-founder and president Dr. Jamison Feramisco, which is operating in the medical cannabis industry.”

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UMN Researchers Pursuing 3D Printed HCI Pressure Sensors

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Via NBC News

“Wearable technology may soon be at your fingertips — literally. Researchers have developed a pressure sensor that can be 3-D printed directly on your hand. The device, sensitive enough to feel a beating pulse, is made from soft, stretchy silicone that conforms to the curves of your fingertip.

It’s a step toward a more seamless integration of human and machine, said Michael McAlpine, a materials scientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His team didn’t print the device on a real hand yet — just an artificial one. “But,” he said, “it sets the stage for future work in 3-D printing electronic devices directly on the body.”

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How I Did It: MN Tech Entrepreneur Jeremy Pierotti On Raising $5.2m

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How I Did It is sponsored by Dundee Venture Capital in support of startups.

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EMR Healthtech venture Sansoro Health raised a $5.2m Series A round last month, led by CEO Jeremy Pierotti.  Here’s how he did it, in his own words:

We have been fortunate to have investors who bring more than money to the table, including: TreeHouse Health, Healthy Ventures, and Bain Capital Ventures.

I think that getting investors is an important milestone and it’s a meaningful accomplishment in some contexts, but it doesn’t equal success. We will be satisfied that ‘we did it’ when we have changed the landscape to better enable secure and robust data exchange — one that leads to better outcomes at lower cost. That’s our why.

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ABILITY Network Unfazed By Industry Changes

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“CEO Mark Pulido of Ability Network is one health care industry boss who doesn’t seem to sweat political wrangling over America’s health care system.

“We’re poised to help customers regardless of the environment … of the changing political and regulatory environment,” Pulido said recently. “Our business is to help payers and providers simplify [a complex system]. “Change is something you have to stay in front of. It’s exhilarating.”

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MN Startup ClinicianNexus Goes Beta With CA Healthcare System

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Local healthtech startup ClinicianNexus has started an enterprise beta test with Riverside University Health System in Riverside, CA.

The 10 clinic, one hospital, federally qualified healthcare system serves Riverside County, California with a surrounding population of approximately 2.5m people.

During the beta, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical students from across the U.S. are using ClinicianNexus’ software to match with Riverside University Health System’s elective rotations available at their clinical sites.

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Beta.MN/Byte: Binary Bridge

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Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

What is the name of the company and/or product?

Our company name is Binary Bridge, and our product is BackpackEMR. You can find us at backpackEMR.com.

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

Medical teams currently use paper forms to track their patients when bringing aid to developing countries. Local, rural clinics have similar issues where they fill out a form or just do not track their patients’ visits at all. Governments of developing countries are pushing for digital tracking to provide health metrics to determine causes of preventable diseases and death.

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Minnesota SportsTech Startup Prevent Biometrics Bites Into $6m

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“Minneapolis (April 27, 2017) — Prevent Biometrics today announced $6.0 million in new financing, marking the successful completion of the company’s Series B round. Prevent has now raised a total of $8.5 million in two rounds of financing. The new capital will be used for additional technical development and to support the launch of its head impact monitoring system.”

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