Jeff Lagasse

August 16, 2017
Apple and Aetna have been holding talks in secret. According to CNBC, the two giants have been in talks to bring the former’s health and fitness smartwatch to millions of Aetna’s members.   About 50,000 of Aetna’s employees already get an Apple Watch as part of its corporate wellness program, but the insurer covers about 23 million people, and the two companies are reportedly discussing ways in...
August 15, 2017
Parents of growing children have a checklist of things to monitor: ears, eyes, body temperature, the works. Yet aside from scheduling a visit with the doctor, there aren’t a whole lot of ways to check for signs of scoliosis. That’s where SpineScreen enters the picture.   Developed by Shriner’s Hospital for Children, SpineScreen is a free app available from the app store and Google Play. It...
August 15, 2017
Rumors have been kicking around regarding technology giant Samsung’s new Gear Fit2 Pro, but those rumors have taken on concrete form with a leak from Venture Beat revealing a design that builds on its predecessor, the Gear Fit2.   The wearable fitness tracker -- which could be unveiled as soon as next month -- takes much of its physical design from the Gear Fit2, including what will likely be a...
August 14, 2017
AI-driven women’s health platform Flo has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round, led by Flint Capital, which, along with Haxus Fund, tossed in $1 million in seed round funding in December 2016.   Other investors in the Series A round include Natalia Vodianova, a supermodel and social activist who also joined the company’s board of directors, as well as a handful of angel investors.  ...
August 14, 2017
Chicago-based HealthJoy, an artificial intelligence-driven platform for employee benefits engagement and cost containment, has netted $3 million in a Series A round of financing.   Chicago Ventures led the round, with participation from Social Capital, Sidekick Fund and HealthJoy’s seed-round lead, Go-Health. Also included in the round were Angel investments from leaders in technology and health...
August 10, 2017
MC10, which focuses on wearable sensor systems geared toward tracking personalized health, is teaming up with the rehabilitation research hospital Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The goal: to collaborate on the development of new approaches to neurodegenerative and motion-related disability therapy.   “MC10’s technology has the potential to reshape...
August 9, 2017
Welltory, a New York-based startup working on a stress and energy management app, has closed its second investment round, nabbing $1 million from business angels to launch the next version of its software -- a data-driven tool that aims to help people reduce their stress and boost productivity.   The concept is similar to Google Analytics, only applied to humans, with AB testing features and KPI...
August 9, 2017
Azumio, a health and fitness platform, is tag-teaming with personal genomics company Helix to bring DNA sequencing to consumers. The former is introducing full-exome DNA-based insights into its Calorie Mama AI app, with the goal of giving users a means of reaching their fitness goals through greater personalization. Calorie Mama AI is a smart camera app that simplifies calorie and nutrition...
August 8, 2017
Chicago-based digital health company Groove Health has raised $1.6 million for its predictive analytics platform, which focuses on personalized patient engagement to help health insurance companies, hospital systems and self-insured employers improve their medication adherence. The investors in the round were not disclosed.   The philosophy behind the Groove approach is that adherence is a...
August 8, 2017
Kavya Kopparapu might be considered something of a “whiz kid.” After all, she had yet to enter her senior year of high school when she started Eyeagnosis, a smartphone app and 3D-printed lens that allows patients to be screened for diabetic retinopathy with a quick photo, avoiding the time and expense of a typical diagnostic procedure.   In June 2016, Kopparapu’s grandfather had recently been...