Dave Muoio

April 10, 2018
With discussions on consumer data privacy again reaching a head amongst the lay press and lawmakers, it isn’t too far a stretch to wonder whether the data collected continuously through health and fitness wearables is receiving appropriate scrutiny. During a wearables-focused panel discussion held yesterday at PULSE: The Atlantic Summit on Health Care in Boston, top names from Fitbit, Empatica,...
April 10, 2018
Digital diabetes management company Glooko announced today that Russ Johannesson will succeed Rick Altinger as the company’s new CEO. Johannesson previously served as COO of Sharecare, and as chief client officer of OptumHealth. Altinger will stay on as Glooko’s EVP of corporate development. “Digital health solutions have a proven impact for people with chronic diseases like diabetes, and Glooko...
April 9, 2018
Helsinki, Finland-based Kaiku Health, which offers digital patient monitoring and patient-reported outcome services designed for several medical specialties, has announced $5.4 million (4.4 million euros) in Series A financing. The round was led by Debiopharm Innovation Fund SA and Tesi, with additional participation from new investor Prodeko Ventures and returning supporters Reaktor Ventures,...
April 6, 2018
Digital health-focused news from payers during the first quarter of 2018 generally focused on employee wellness and app-focused member engagement strategies, with a handful of similar partnerships or deals announced around the edges. These came from a number of major players, including UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fitbit, and a variety of other payers and digital health...
April 4, 2018
Pfizer announced today that it is receiving applications for its Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London competitive grant. This is the second time that Pfizer has held the startup-focused program, which representatives from biopharmaceutical company said had a strong inaugural year in 2017. “Following the success of the 2017 UK Hub, I’m delighted to continue the program again this year,” Erik Nordkamp,...
April 4, 2018
Seattle-based patient engagement and clinical education provider MedBridge has received a strategic investment from private equity firm LLR Partners. The two companies did not disclose details on the sum of the investment, but noted that the funding will be used to support the growth of MedBridge in existing markets and its expansion into new areas of healthcare. “By providing healthcare...
April 4, 2018
San Francisco-based Virta Health has announced the closing of a $45 million Series B funding round for its digitally-delivered, drug- and surgery-free Type 2 diabetes treatment. Previous investors Venrock, Obvious Ventures, Creandum, Caffeinated Capital, and SciFi VC participated in the round, with new investors including Founders Fund and Playground Global joining as well. Virta’s approach to...
April 3, 2018
A partnership between Louisville, Kentucky city leaders, a non-profit, and digital respiratory health company Propeller Health has led to clear improvements in local asthmatic residents’ inhaler use and symptoms, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs.  Furthermore, data collected and made available through the digital respiratory health company’s crowdsourced platform offered...
April 2, 2018
A study recently published in the BMJ’s Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry found that a digital interactive therapy tool designed for multiple sclerosis patients, Gaia’s Elevida, was effective in reducing MS-related fatigue. The randomized controlled trial included 275 participants with MS, and suggests that the intervention’s fatigue reduction effects could be sustained up to 12...
April 2, 2018
Smart inhaler company Adherium announced last week that it has received 510(k) clearance for over-the-counter sales of its inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler, called the SmartTouch for Symbicort. Adherium — which is headquartered in San Mateo, California, but holds currently offices in Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Amstelveen, The Netherlands...