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  • IBM Watson recruits health tech vet to transform personalized healthcare

    IBM launched Watson Health in April last year, leveraging the machine-learning capabilities of its Watson supercomputer to help improve patient outcomes. Now, Dr. Paul Tang is joining as chief health transformation officer, and his goal is to identify ways that Watson can be used to set up a "personalized healthcare" system.

State attorneys general sue J&J over allegedly deceptive vaginal mesh marketing

Johnson & Johnson has been wading through vaginal mesh litigation, sometimes to no avail. Now the company is facing pushback from Washington and California law officials who sued J&J over its allegedly faulty implants.

Propeller partners with managed care provider for pilot trial of asthma smart inhalers

Propeller is quickly lining up smart inhaler partnerships. It's just disclosed a sixth deal with a health system or biopharma company--that's in the last 6 months alone. This time, it's a partnership with Medicare and Medicaid-focused health provider Molina Healthcare of New Mexico.

KPCB, Flagship back Transmedics in $51M round for novel organ transplant preservation tech

TransMedics hopes to transform the way human organs are preserved when they are transported for donor transplantation. Its Organ Care System is a portable, ex vivo organ perfusion system designed to preserve a donor heart in a near-normothermic and beating state from retrieval to transplantation. The current approach in the U.S. is to rapidly cool organs upon removal and keep them in cold storage until surgery.


FDA panel backs St. Jude's stroke prevention device by 15-1 vote

It's been a long road for St. Jude Medical with its stroke prevention device, but the company is celebrating a milestone after an FDA panel recommended the product for approval.

Apple Watch will become 'holy grail' in healthcare, Apple CEO says

Apple has sharpened its focus in healthcare over the past couple of years with new apps and technology. One of the company's latest projects, a health-centered Apple Watch, will play a key role in its future success, CEO Tim Cook said.