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By Dave Muoio September 25, 2017
PatientSafe Solutions, the San Diego, California-based developer of the PatientTouch workflow-optimizing platform, announced that it has secured $25 million in its latest round of funding. Private investment firm HighBar Partners was the primary contributor, with additional capital coming from the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, Camden Partners, Psilos Group, and TPG. PatientTouch is a...
By Rich Scarfo September 25, 2017
What are some of the most pressing issues facing the personal connected health market? What challenges are healthcare providers facing in care delivery? As our population ages, how are individuals going to meet their health and wellness goals? Furthermore, how can we work together to advance the market, drive widespread adoption of personal connected health and make health an effortless part of...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2017
Continuous glucose monitoring company Dexcom, which already allows users to monitor their CGM data on their phones and Apple Watch, is now making some patient data available to third parties via an API. "If you look back at the past when our hardware was all proprietary, we’ve evolved from that to an app company where our CGM now works as an app on the phone," Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer told...
By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Early adopters left behind on Apple Watch. The upcoming Apple watchOS 4 may be overhauling the wearable’s heart rate detection capabilities, but those who picked up the smartwatch when it first launched in 2015 will have to make due without the added health and fitness features. The Verge attributes this divide to the faster hardware and larger batteries of the Series 1, 2, and 3 watches, which...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2017
When we broke the news in July of the shutdown of Pact, a startup that aimed to motivate users to go to the gym with monetary carrots and sticks, we noted that the reasons for the company's demise weren't readily apparent. Now a new missive from the FTC (first spotted by Gizmodo) is shedding some additional — and, truth be told, not very flattering — light on that story. While users were promised...
By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Swiss hospitals will soon have a self-coordinating drone courier network to deliver lab samples between facilities. Menlo Park, California-based Matternet’s newly announced autonomous drone logistics platform, Matternet Station, is smartphone-operated, delivers samples across urban settings within half an hour, and will be operational sometime next month, according to recent reporting from the...
By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Smartphone apps designed for those with depression can significantly reduce users’ symptoms, according to the results of a recently published meta-analysis. While the findings are limited to those with mild-to-moderate depression, the apps’ consistent effect across age and gender suggest that the benefits are wide reaching. "The majority of people in developed countries own smartphones, including...
By Dave Muoio September 21, 2017
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based HealthRhythms has received a $2.1 million grant from the NIH to continue investigating smartphone-based behavioral health interventions. By passively collecting various areas of users’ daily patterns, such as physical activity, sleep, and frequency of social interactions, the company aims to combat users’ depression or anxiety with behavioral suggestions customized...
By Jonah Comstock September 21, 2017
Health enterprise software company Welltok has hired a new chief financial officer. Chris Power previously served as CFO at a number of companies including Paycor and LifeLock, both of which are software as a service companies. “Chris is an exceptional leader who brings tremendous financial depth and operating know-how to our fast-growing organization,” Jeff Margolis, chairman and CEO of Welltok...
By Dave Muoio September 21, 2017
Singapore-based startup MyDoc has collected $5.2 million in Series A funding. The investment was primarily received from Aliso Viejo, California-based digital and IT services provider UST Global, with additional funds coming from venture capital firm Wavemaker Partners and others. The money will continue financing development of MyDoc@Work, the startup’s digital healthcare platform designed for...

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