Five more 2013 digital health acquisitions

By Aditi Pai
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Last week, Teladoc acquired Consult A Doctor for an undisclosed sum. This news marked the eleventh acquisition so far this year.

Four months ago, MobiHealthNews compiled a list of six acquisitions that had occurred so far in 2013, starting in January when athenahealth bought Epocrates for $293 million. Just a month after that, Jawbone acquired Massive Health to improve its wearable health device Jawbone UP and Practice Fusion, developer of a free, web-based EHR system, bought consumer health app startup 100Plus. The financial details of both acquisitions were undisclosed.

Jawbone made news again in April with another acquisition -- BodyMedia, and the month ended with developer of health and fitness monitoring applications Health Reviser's acquisition of FitPal. Finally, in May Qualcomm Life bought HealthyCircles and brought on HealthyCircles Founder and Chief Strategic Officer Dr. James Mault, who was also one of the founding architects of Microsoft HealthVault, as Chief Medical Officer.

Already heading into the fall season, five other acquisitions have taken place. Here's a roundup of those deals.

March 2013 -- Allscripts acquires Jardogs: Chicago, Illinois-based Allscripts acquired patient engagement solution Jardogs to expand its network and the acquisition will allow Allsripts to offer a fuller integration across different systems. Springfield, Illinois-based Jardogs' FollowMyHealth patient engagement platform provides workflow integration between patients, physicians and other caregivers, including secure health messaging, prescription re-ordering, bill paying and scheduling of appointments. More

August 2013 -- Medtronic buys Cardiocom: Minneapolis-based implantable medical device maker Medtronic acquired Chanhassen, Minnesota-based Cardiocom, a remote patient monitoring and disease management company, for $200 million in cash. This acquisition represents a diversification for Medtronic, from its core offering of implantable medical devices to home health monitors working to help providers reduce hospital readmissions. More

August 2013 -- IMS Health subsidiaries buys Diversinet: Toronto-based mobile health company Diversinet agreed to sell its assets to subsidiaries of Parsippany, New Jersey-based IMS Health for about $3.5 million (US). The sale includes Diversinet’s intellectual property, software, and customer contracts. Some employees will also be offered positions at IMS, once the deal is finalized. The asset acquisition is still subject to the approval of the company’s shareholders but a vote is scheduled for mid-September. Diversinet plans to liquidate its remaining assets and wind the rest of the business up. More

August 2013 -- Jawbone acquired Nutrivise: Jawbone, which already acquired two companies this year, bought Palo Alto-based nutrition app maker Nutrivise for an unknown sum, without making any official announcement. This is Jawbone's second acquisition of a nutrition-focused product in 2013. Though MobiHealthNews learned about the acquisition in August, it's likely the buy happened earlier this year. More

September 2013: Teladoc bought Consult A Doctor: Dallas-based Teladoc acquired Miami Beach, Florida-based Consult A Doctor this week for an undisclosed amount, according to the Teladoc. This acquisition will allow small- and medium-sized companies access to Teladoc's patient-physician consult services. Teladoc, which launched in 2002, has since built a team of physicians that complete more than 120,000 consults annually and have an average of 15 years experience. More