Y Combinator is Activly Recruiting Health-Tech Startups

(Reuters) – What do Dropbox, Stripe, Airbnb and Reddit have in common? These technology firms all received mentorship and money from Silicon Valley’s so-called startup machine, Y Combinator.

Now, for the first time in its nine-year history, the accelerator program is actively recruiting health-technology startups. To attract top talent in healthcare and biotech, Y Combinator recently tapped medical executive Elizabeth Iorns as a part-time partner.

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FDA clears first smartphone-based device to detect atrial fibrillation

The first FDA clearance for the detection of a serious heart condition via a mobile ECG was announced yesterday. AliveCor got the nod for the AF Detector algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation (a warning sign of stroke and heart failure), and next month it plans to incorporate the new ability into its AliveCor smartphone plug-in and app for monitoring the heart.

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Inc. Names Fastest Growing Health IT Companies

The interest in using health IT tools as a way to improve healthcare delivery and efficiency has produced many rapidly growing healthcare companies, many of which can trace their origins within one or two years of Obamacare’s passage. These companies have reached a stage of their development to accelerate growth and that has coincided with a readiness by healthcare providers and payers to adopt or ramp up their technology.

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