Dave Muoio

April 27, 2018
Replacing the frequent home visits often necessary for tuberculosis treatment with video visits facilitated by an app appears to be a cost-effective, well-received means of ensuring adherence throughout therapy, according to a recently published pilot study. Because TB is, airborne, highly infectious, and increasingly resistant to antibiotics, treatment and prevention of the disease often...
April 27, 2018
Good omens for Good Doctor. Ping An Good Doctor, China’s largest online healthcare platform, has priced its initial public offering at $1.12 billion (8.77 billion Hong Kong dollars), according to the South China Morning Post. This flotation, the largest in Hong Kong of the year, was overbought 653 times by retail investors, making it Hong Kong’s most sought after IPO in nearly a decade. The...
April 26, 2018
Novartis announced yesterday that it has launched an app specifically designed for eye patients to participate in ophthalmic clinical trials. Built with ResearchKit, the FocalView app looks to improve data captured by allowing patients interested in participating to conveniently self-report their conditions through their smartphone, thereby providing researchers with a greater wealth of time-...
April 26, 2018
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have detailed a wearable device that can better measure muscle-tendon tension during certain activities, such as walking or running. The prototype device, which has so far been tested on the Achilles, patellar, and hamstring tendons, represents a feasible, non-invasive alternative to tendon tension measurement, and with additional work could...
April 25, 2018
A study published yesterday in JAMA found that, compared to normal care, a home-based exercise program employing wearables and telephone coaching did not help patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) improve their walking performance over a nine-month period. In fact, those undergoing the interventional program reported increased pain compared to those undergoing normal care. Blood vessel...
April 25, 2018
An analysis of Doctor On Demand administrative data conducted by the RAND Corporation suggests that patients turning to direct-to-consumer telemedicine services in the days following natural disasters such as hurricanes are most often seeking routine care and guidance, as opposed to treatment for new issues prompted by the storms. Still, the data suggest that the service (which Doctor On Demand,...
April 25, 2018
San Francisco-based telemedicine provider Doctor On Demand announced today the closure of a $74 million round of Series C financing. The funding round was led by Princeville Global and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Previous investors including Venrock, Shasta Ventures, and Tenaya Capital also participated. "At Doctor On Demand we’re focused on putting the patient first, and this latest...
April 24, 2018
Today, remote clinical trial company Science 37 and diagnostic clinical decision support system maker VisualDx have announced an effort to jointly engage patients and clinicians in their respective networks. The partnership will give VisualDx users access to Science 37’s clinical trial research platform, while those within Science 37’s network will be able to view VisualDx’s skin health medical...
April 24, 2018
Today, Bothell, Washington-based Steth IO announced the launch of its smartphone-based digital stethoscope. The product, also named Steth IO, is built directly into the protective case of a physician’s iPhone (models 6 and higher), allowing them to listen to and measure heart rates or lung sounds by running an app and holding the phone up to a patient’s chest. The device was cleared by the FDA in...
April 23, 2018
Researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed a low-cost, single-use tattoo-like wearable that measures the user’s glucose levels. According to a release from the institution, this noninvasive technology will be at the center of a newly announced pilot clinical trial designed to test the accuracy and acceptability of the tattoos. “Drawing blood is uncomfortable. No one...