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Following acquisition by Telus, EQ Care launches new virtual health platform for workplaces (BETAKIT)

The new platform, called LifeJourney, gives employees personalized support when accessing their care plans, appointments, and prescriptions.


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Health innovation needs to return to Canada: Business Council of Canada CEO (TORONTO STAR)

The head of the Business Council of Canada is worried about the country’s inability to produce vaccines and certain medical supplies, but hopes the pandemic will pressure governments to rectify the situation.


How 3 brothers solved a tech glitch that was crashing Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine booking tool (CBC)

In short order, the brothers Mathewson — Kory in Montreal, Ky in Edmonton and Keyfer in Ottawa — diagnosed the problem, debugged it and deployed the solution.


Roivant extends AI drug discovery reach with $450M Silicon Therapeutics buyout (MED CITY NEWS)

Roivant Sciences is expanding its drug discovery and design capabilities via a stock deal to acquire Silicon Therapeutics.


Innovaccer jumps to unicorn status on heels of latest funding round (FIERCE HEALTHCARE)

The San Francisco-based company secured $105 million in a series D funding round, bringing its valuation to $1.3 billion.


MDLive to be acquired by Cigna’s Evernorth (MOBIHEALTHNEWS)

Set to close in Q2, the deal will provide the payer’s healthcare services subsidiary with an integrated virtual care offering.


Truvian raises $105 million to commercialize its automated blood-testing platform (VENTUREBEAT)

Truvian says the funds will advance development of its benchtop blood testing system and enable the company to grow its product development team.


Access to mental health: Startups tackle sector’s complexities as investors go all-in (CRUNCHBASE)

Access to mental health treatment is getting easier, and oddly enough, we have the global pandemic to thank for that.


Telemedicine dominated 2020, but what happens when patients aren’t stuck at home anymore? (PROTOCOL)

The future of medicine won’t just be visits to the doctor’s office every so often: Telemedicine accelerated during the pandemic, and it’s here to stay.


As All of Us moves to diversify medicine, its tech partners push to democratize research (STATNEWS)

For All of Us, fulfilling the mandate of democratization is especially important.


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