Aditi Pai

April 4, 2016
San Francisco-based pet fitness tracking company Whistle was acquired by Mars Petcare, maker of pet food brands like Iams, Pedigree, and Whiskas, according to TechCrunch. The deal was close to $117 million, according to Bloomberg. Mars Petcare is a subsidiary of Mars, a candy maker that sells 29 brands of candy including M&Ms, Dove, Snickers, and Twix. Whistle has raised $21 million to date....
April 4, 2016
Some 42 percent of insured consumers who use mobile-enabled health applications or devices said their biggest motivator to use digital health tools is knowing their numbers, according to a survey of 500 insured consumers fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) and sponsored by online health and wellness program vendor HealthMine. About 52 percent of respondents said they are enrolled in a...
April 4, 2016
Cedars-Sinai and Techstars announced the 11 companies that will join its first digital health accelerator class. The two organizations first announced their plan to launch a digital health accelerator in Los Angeles last year, in October. The accelerator program aims to work with companies that are developing hardware or software offerings that help patients manage and improve their health or...
March 31, 2016
Los Altos, California-based Gauss Surgical, which has developed a blood loss tracking app for surgeons, raised $12.6 million in a round led by Providence Ventures, the investment arm of Providence Health & Services, with participation from Jump Capital. Existing investors Promus Ventures, LifeForce Ventures, Summation Health Ventures, and the Stanford-StartX Fund also participated. This...
March 31, 2016
Last year, The University of San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) data sharing initiative, called Health Data Exploration (HDE), awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated personal health data to advance research. Now, the five HDE projects have released results from their first year. Calit2, which received the...
March 30, 2016
PatientsLikeMe has hired Monique Levy as the company’s SVP, Head of customer strategy and value delivery, which is a new role. Levy will work with PatientsLikeMe’s life science partners to help them meet patients’ needs. Levy is on the Google Health Advisory Board, and prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, she was VP of Research for the Digital Innovation team at Decision Resources Group. Before that...
March 30, 2016
New York City-based smart jewelry company Ringly, has announced a new line of devices, bracelets, that in addition to notifying the user of calls, texts, and emails, also track activity -- specifically, step count. The company’s first line of jewelry, smart rings, connect to the wearer's smartphone and alert them about different app notifications by vibrating, but the rings didn’t offer any...
March 30, 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new app this month, called WHO Zika App, which offers medical reference information about the Zika virus. The app is specifically designed for health care workers and responders, but can also be used by the general public. Zika is a disease that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Symptoms of this virus include mild fever, skin rashes,...
March 29, 2016
Mobile-enabled sleep tracking company Rythm, a startup with offices in San Francisco and Paris, has raised $4 million from Laurent Alexandre and Xavier Niel. This brings the company’s total funding to around $11 million. The company’s CEO and Cofounder, Hugo Mercier, told MobiHealthNews in an interview that he first began working on developing this technology while studying for his masters at...
March 29, 2016
The percentage of Humana employees in a low-risk range for chronic conditions, who were also engaged in HumanaVitality, the payer’s employee wellness offering, increased by 24.4 percent, according to The HumanaVitality Impact Study. The study is a retrospective of healthcare usage and claims data for 8,000 members over three years. Humana only included members who were with the program for at...