Medtronic Partners With Fitbit On Diabetes

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screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-16-48-pmBy Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

Medtronic will bring its iPro2 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system, a tool used in diabetes care, to Fitbit wearable fitness devices as part of a partnership between the two companies.

The medical device maker, which maintains its U.S. operational headquarters in Fridley, announced the collaboration on Wednesday. The company said the convenience of Fitbit devices would allow diabetics to more easily understand and monitor the relationship between exercise and glucose levels.”

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VC-Backed Zipnosis To Expand Minneapolis Footprint With T3 HQ Relocation

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By Andre Eggert, Twin Cities Business

zipnosisZipnosis said on Tuesday that it signed a lease agreement to move into T3—the United States’ first tall-wood building located in the North Loop.  The move will nearly double the square footage that the Minneapolis-based telemedicine provider occupies. The company currently is located a few blocks from T3 and as of April 2016 had about 30 employees.”

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Minnetonka Healthcare SaaS Firm MedNet Solutions Bags $16m

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-05-36-pm“MINNETONKA, Minn., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — MedNet Solutions, an innovative SaaS-based eClinical technology company that supports the entire spectrum of clinical research, is pleased to announce that Arrowroot Capital, a growth equity firm focused on software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Internet-based businesses, has led a new $16.5 million growth investment in MedNet Solutions.”

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RetraceHealth Founders Ousted, Angie Franks Interim CEO

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e_e1ck5sMinnesota tech entrepreneurs Thompson Aderinkomi (CEO) and Steven Bayer (CTO) have been fired from the company they founded in 2013.

RetraceHealth combines video telemedicine with face to face house calls for a blended delivery model designed to lower time and cost associated with the traditional physician-patient process. The venture has attracted investment capital from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), HealthEast Care System (Minnesota), and McKesson Ventures.

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Eden Prairie Healthtech Venture OneMedNet Picks Up Another $170k

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-8-07-02-amEden Prairie health tech venture OneMedNet has received another ~$170k of equity investment as part of series of ongoing funding events.

OneMedNet specializes in the exchange of medical imaging. Their flagship BEAM software suite features an array of features for providers and patients to securely and quickly share information across a number of devices and networks.

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Zipnosis Names Scott Brown To VP of Tech

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As healthcare continues its evolution beyond the traditional brick and mortar provider facility, Zipnosis announced today that it has hired an enterprise technology leader to further scale its virtual care offerings for a market that is hungry for convenient, quality care at a lower cost. Scott Brown, alumni of Medtronic with 20+ years of experience in building teams and enterprise-scale systems, joins Zipnosis as the company’s new Vice President of Product & Engineering.”

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Medtronic Joins Patient Safety Movement, Will Open Data For Entrepreneurs

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screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-12-26-33-pm“IRVINE, Calif.– The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) today announced that Medtronic, a leading global healthcare solutions company, has joined a growing list of healthcare technology companies that have signed the Patient Safety Movement’s public pledge to share their data to promote patient safety. In addition, Medtronic committed $5 Million to the PSMF over a five-year period, and Medtronic’s CEO, Omar Ishrak, will join Patient Safety Movement’s Board of Directors.”

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MNSure Comes Crashing Down…Again

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By Christopher Snowbeck, Start Tribune

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-11-28-27-am“The health insurance shopping season got off to a rough start Tuesday with complaints and technical difficulties at the MNsure website and a report that the MNsure call center was targeted by robocallers tying up phone lines.

The website at the state’s health insurance exchange opened for business at 6 a.m., and MNsure officials said roughly 1,200 signed up for coverage within the first two hours.”

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Derek Rucker, Carrot Health

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screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-1-32-24-pmThank you Andcor Companies for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies.

The CTO: Derek Rucker, Carrot Health

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

I’ve been in technology all my life. My 8th grade science fair project was a rudimentary database and front-end I created on my Apple IIe. My undergrad is in engineering from MIT, and my PhD and MBA are from the University of Michigan. I learned HTML in grad school, made a bunch of websites for friends and family, but chose to continue my studies rather than becoming part of the dotcom boom. Still not sure if that was a good move or a bad one.

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