Amazon payments engineering director leaves for health-care tech company

Doug Hebenthal, who left Microsoft in 2012 to become engineering director for Amazon’s e-commerce payments platform, is leaving Amazon to take a job as senior vice president with Emdeon, a company that provides payment solutions and patient management systems for health care. Hebenthal confirmed the move via phone this week, saying that he was intrigued by the opportunity with Emdeon… Read More


How big data will transform politics, education and just about everything else

Big data requires big thinkers. And some of Seattle’s top minds — from University of Washington computer scientist Oren Etzioni to Context Relevant CEO Stephen Purpura to’s Charlie Bell — turned out this week as Madrona Venture Group hosted a round table discussion on the topic with authors Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier. Madrona’s Matt McIlwain,… Read More


Qliance raises $8M, opens new clinic on Expedia campus

Qliance Medical, the Seattle health services startup backed by venture capitalist Nick Hanauer; Zillow Chairman Rich Barton; comedian Drew Carey; founder Jeff Bezos; and others, has raised $8.6 million in venture capital financing, GeekWire has learned. Total funding in Qliance now stands at $27.6 million, with the 50-person company possibly raising a little more… Read More


Geek of the Week: Dr. Rebecca Gardner is reprogramming blood cells to kill cancer

Dr. Rebecca Gardner and her colleagues at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are altering the body’s infection-fighting blood cells to attack cancer in the same way those cells fight viruses. The researchers take a patient’s blood, reprogram the T-cells, and infuse the blood back into the body to find and destroy cancer. How’s that for a… Read More


Tech Moves: Uber’s Broderick on the move; Qliance names COO; F5 execs get new gigs; etc.

Michelle Broderick has been promoted to lead the global marketing efforts for Uber, the fast-growing private driver service backed by founder Jeff Bezos, Menlo Ventures, Goldman Sachs and others. Broderick had served as general manager of the Seattle region, and the company is currently looking to hire her replacement. Broderick said she’ll remain in Seattle…. Read More


New details on Caradigm, Microsoft’s joint venture with GE — and yes, that’s the name

Microsoft and General Electric this morning confirmed that they’ve given the name “Caradigm” to their new health-technology joint venture, and announced the Microsoft and GE executives who will be making the switch to lead the new company. The name Caradigm had surfaced earlier in trademark filings, but the companies hadn’t previously confirmed it. So where… Read More


HP to sell Vioguard’s self-sanitizing computer keyboard

Less than a month after receiving FDA approval for its self-sanitizing keyboard, Vioguard today announced an agreement with Hewlett-Packard to market and sell the device through its HP’s healthcare technology group. The keyboard from the Kirkland-based startup can be retracted automatically into an enclosure to be bathed in germicidal ultraviolet light from two 25-watt fluorescent lamps. The… Read More


Self-sanitizing keyboard wins FDA nod for healthcare use

Vioguard, a company started by two Microsoft Hardware veterans and their business partners, says it has received U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval for use of its self-sanitizing computer keyboard in hospitals and other healthcare settings. The keyboard can be retracted automatically into an enclosure to be bathed in germicidal ultraviolet light from two 25-watt fluorescent lamps…. Read More


Nick Hanauer-backed Qliance raises cash to expand clinics

Qliance is looking to transform the way Americans receive their health care, certainly no easy task. And now the Seattle company has reeled in some extra cash to help tackle the problem. Qliance, which operates primary health care clinics in the Puget Sound area, has raised $3.1 million of a $10 million venture capital round,… Read More


Hanauer-backed health care provider Qliance appoints CEO

Qliance Medical Management, a Seattle company that operates primary health care clinics in the Puget Sound area, has appointed Erika Bliss as president and CEO. She replaces Norm Wu who co-founded the company in 2006. Wu plans to continue with Qliance as an adviser, focusing on strategic partnerships and other growth efforts. The company has… Read More


Jeff Bezos-backed Qliance to expand health care clinics

Qliance, an operator of health care clinics in which members pay monthly fees for primary and preventive care, is expanding operations in the Seattle area with a new clinic slated to open in Tacoma this October and an existing primary practice in Mill Creek now operating as an affiliate of the company. Backed by… Read More


Seattle Children’s lands $2.3M Gates Foundation grant for innovative respiratory device

Seattle Children’s Research Institute has secured a $2.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to finish developing the prototype for an innovative, low-cost respiratory device designed to support breathing in infants born prematurely. The device is intriguing in part because it’s expected to be significantly cheaper than conventional ventilators to produce, operate and maintain…. Read More


Liberty Dialysis to sell for $1.7B

Liberty Dialysis Holdings, a Mercer Island company that operates 260 dialysis clinics across the country, has entered into an agreement to be sold to Germany’s Fresenius Medical Care for $1.7 billion. Liberty Dialysis, which merged with Renal Advantage last year to become the third largest operator of dialysis facilities in the U.S., has annual sales of… Read More


Wireless power for heart pumps: Medical breakthrough from UW researchers

Here’s an innovation that might just make Dick Cheney smile. Researchers from the University of Washington and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are testing a wireless power transmission system that can be used to recharge mechanical heart pumps without a cord sticking out of the patient’s belly. The former vice president is perhaps the most famous… Read More


The future of health care, as imagined by a tech design firm

The Industrial Designers Society of America handed out its annual IDEA product design awards this week, and one of the projects that was recognized came from an unlikely place: Seattle Children’s Hospital. The prototype patient information system created for the hospital by Seattle-based technology product design firm Artefact is designed to work on iPad, mobile devices… Read More


Technical difficulties delay live online knee surgery

Doctors need reliable equipment in the operating room. But one piece of technology — albeit a minor one — failed early this morning as doctors at the Swedish Orthopedic Institute were prepping to broadcast one of the first live online knee replacement surgeries. The online broadcasting channel that the hospital had set up at Ustream… Read More