Dave Muoio

February 1, 2018
Professionals working day to day in care facilities will make an unmatched impact on their patients’ health, but much of that work is driven, for better or worse, by decisions made on Capitol Hill.  While many may feel ineffective when faced with sweeping decrees from lawmakers or health agencies, Jeff Coughlin, senior director of federal and state affairs at HIMSS, said that he wants to remind...
February 1, 2018
Yesterday, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from her position as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following a Politico report that she had purchased shares of a tobacco company within a month of appointment. Since July, Fitzgerald has often been unable to attend several hearings due to conflicts of interest from other holdings, drawing ire from some of her colleagues in...
January 31, 2018
San Francisco- and Zurich-based Ava, which makes a bracelet capable of tracking women’s menstrual cycles, has announced an update that will better allow their device to track when, or even if, the wearer has ovulated, according to a statement from the company. Data collected by the Ava bracelet and companion app will be used to detect biphasic shifts among skin temperature, pulse rate, and other...
January 31, 2018
Halo Neuroscience, a device company that develops and sells the Halo Sport neurostimulation headset, announced yesterday that it has secured $13 million in Series B funding. Global private investment firm TPG led the round, which also had participation from prior investors Lux Capital, JAZZ Ventures Partners, and Xfund. The Halo Sport headset connects to a paired mobile app to promote brain...
January 30, 2018
A matter of national security. Heatmap data released this weekend by fitness app Strava appears to betray the locations of US military bases and patrol routes, according to an analyst with the Institute for United Conflict Analysts. Further, WIRED UK reported this morning that Strava’s current API allows anyone to de-anonymize user-shared data to reveal a recorded user’s name, speed, and even...
January 29, 2018
In 2016, Opternative, a Chicago-based telehealth startup offering online refractive eye exams, opened a lawsuit against South Carolina’s Board of Medical Examiners and Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation alleging that a newly passed law restricting online eye exams was protectionist, unconstitutional legislation. On Friday, Judge DeAndrea Benjamin of the Fifth Judicial Circuit in...
January 29, 2018
Israel-based telehealth provider and device maker Tyto Care has raised $25 million in Series B funding, the company announced today. The round was led by Ping An Insurance Group Company of China’s Global Voyager Fund, as well as a collection of new and returning investors. Included among those returning are Cambia Health Solutions, Walgreens, Orbimed, Fosun Pharma, and LionBird, whereas Israeli...
January 28, 2018
Omada Health has made plans with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Wake Forest University to conduct the largest randomized controlled study of a digital diabetes prevention tool yet, according to the digital therapeutic company. “What’s really exciting about this clinical trial is that we also are studying how best to integrate effective, scalable preventive services,...
January 25, 2018
A team of South Korean researchers are the latest to tout a smart, glucose-sensing contact lens. In a research article published today in Science Advances, the team described soft lenses carrying a tiny LED light that automatically turns off in the event of high glucose levels, as well as their efforts to test the lens in vivo. “The reliability and stability of soft contact lenses have been...
January 25, 2018
Brisbane, Australia-based M3DICINE is the latest device maker looking to distance physicians from their signature rubber-tubed stethoscopes. Today, the company announced the launch of Stethee, a wireless, artificial intelligence-boosted stethoscope that pairs with an iOS or Android app to quickly capture and analyze heart and lung data. “This most iconic and enduring symbol of healthcare is now...