Heather Mack

June 7, 2017
Berkeley, California-based Eko Devices has received FDA clearance for Duo, a smart heart monitor that is a combination of a digital stethoscope and portable electrocardiogram. Duo is intended as a prescription-only screening tool as part of an at-home monitoring plan, and it works with a companion app for remote monitoring or diagnosis. The idea is to keep continuous tabs on patients at risk for...
June 6, 2017
There’s a new chatbot in town, and it only wants to talk about mental health. Meet Woebot, now available to anyone via Facebook Messenger looking for some supportive talk to deal with anxiety or depression. Rather than augmenting a real therapist or even a non-clinical person, Woebot is wholly robotic; open to engage with an individual as often or as little as they want depending on their needs....
June 6, 2017
Hearing the word “precision” in healthcare typically conjures ideas of cutting edge technologies and treatments like targeted genetic therapy. But it has another meaning in primary care: leveraging data from a variety of sources to deliver personalized, preventive care. “It’s a way to bring the big data – whether that is on the population level, from digital health devices like wearables, or...
June 5, 2017
There are plenty of things that hold back innovation in healthcare – regulatory requirements, slow-to-materialize financial returns and the general complexity of the industry have all made healthcare lag behind other tech-enabled fields. Nevertheless, developers and entrepreneurs have persisted, and we now find ourselves surrounded by countless digital health devices. But with that innovation...
June 5, 2017
Houston-based BrainCheck, developer of a mobile neurocognitive assessment platform, has raised $1.5 million to expand sales, distribution channels, and research opportunities for its product. True Wealth Ventures led the latest round, which, together with the company’s previous raise of $3 million, brings BrainCheck’s total to $4.5 million. BrainCheck was established in 2014 in a mission to...
June 2, 2017
While strategies ranging from cold turkey to scare tactics and stop-gap solutions like gum abound, smoking remains among the most notoriously difficult habits to kick. That’s why MindCotine, a Redwood City, California-based startup wants to tackle the issue with a novel new technology: virtual reality. Smoking is more than a physiological need, the Argentina-born cofounders Cristian Waitman,...
June 2, 2017
It’s been six years since IBM first alluded to plans to build artificially intelligent physician’s assistant. Even as that mission became more concrete with a formal launch of the health-focused Watson and years of near-constant announcements and partnerships, it still hasn’t been clear just exactly what impact the cognitive computing program will have on healthcare. But newly shared data could...
June 1, 2017
Digital diabetes management company Glooko and device maker Dexcom have expanded their partnership, effectively creating on-demand access to continuous glucose monitor data for both physicians and patients who use the two companies’ products. Glooko and Dexcom began working together in June 2015, when Glooko first began integrating CGMs and insulin pumps into its platform. But for the past two...
June 1, 2017
Arizona-based telemedicine platform provider eVisit has raised $2 million from Kickstart Seed Fund, Arizona Founders Fund and angel investor Jeremy Andrus. Previously, the company raised $1 million in July 2016. The latest funding will be used to scale eVisit’s sales, marketing and support teams as they expand. As opposed to a standalone telemedicine platform, eVisit aims to extend the reach of...
May 31, 2017
UK-based Medvivo, which provides integrated services ranging from telemedicine to connecting people with primary care outside of normal office hours, has acquired clinical decision support company Expert 24. The purchase price of the deal was not disclosed, but investment firm Eight Roads provided the funds. Expert 24, which was founded in 2001, has operations both in the UK and the United States...