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By Heather Mack January 18, 2017
Employee wellbeing and engagement programs are becoming more of a top priority for employers, although just how to integrate them into a work culture isn’t always clear, according to a recent survey from wellness and engagement company Virgin Pulse. Among a pool of 600 human resources and benefits leaders, the survey found 78 percent of respondents believe wellbeing is a key component of their...
By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2017
Samsung news site SamMobile is reporting that a new version of Samsung's S Health app is in the works, and that it will add doctor's visits, telemedicine, and symptom checker features through partnerships with American Well and WebMD. SamMobile expects the update to launch with the launch of the Galaxy S8 in late February. The site said it's a "deep integration" which will allow users to search...
By Heather Mack January 18, 2017
Minnesota-based Pops! Diabetes Care, which is working on a digital device and diabetes management platform, has raised a little over $1.2 million to bring its product to market. MedCity News confirmed the funding with Pops! CEO and cofounder Lonny Stormo, who previously served in executive roles at Medtronic. Last year, the company raised $500,000 from Minneapolis accelerator TreeHouse Health....
By Heather Mack January 18, 2017
Digital behavioral health company SilverCloud, which makes an online platform of mental health and wellbeing programs for health systems and healthcare organizations, has raised $8.1 million in a round led by B Capital Group, the venture capital firm founded by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. ACT Ventures, Investec Ventures and AIB Seed Capital fund also contributed. The SilverCloud platform...
By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2017
Every decision ‎Pam Landis makes is motivated by the same litmus test: will it help make the patient journey easier and more seamless? Landis is vice president of information services at Carolinas Healthcare System, a 39-hospital system in North and South Carolina that's been doing a lot of forward-looking work in digital health through programs like MyCarolinas Tracker, which uses consumer-grade...
By Heather Mack January 18, 2017
A new kind of doctor’s office opened in San Francisco this week: Forward, a membership-based healthcare startup founded by former Googler Adrian Aoun that infuses a brick-and-mortar office with data-driven technology and artificial intelligence.  For $149 per month, Forward members can come to the flagship office that features six examination rooms – equipped with interactive personalized...
By Heather Mack January 17, 2017
In a first for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Penn Medicine launched a new ResearchKit app today aimed at people with a rare condition called sarcoidosis, which is characterized by inflammation to one or multiple parts of the body including eyes, skin, lungs, heart, brain and other organs. Called simply Sarcoidosis, the app combines patient resources with research, providing people...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
The Stanford University School of Medicine has launched a Center for Digital Health which will help support greater efficacy data for digital health tools by providing Silicon Valley companies with opportunities to develop, test, and implement new tools in collaboration with the university.  “With our biomedical expertise and location in Silicon Valley, Stanford Medicine is uniquely positioned to...
By Heather Mack January 17, 2017
Bangalore, India-based startup Practo, which offers an app and web-based platform for people to access healthcare information and locate doctors, has raised $55 million in Series D funding in a round led by returning investor Tencent. Thrive Capital, Ru-Net, RSI Fund, Sequoia, Matrix, Capital G, Altimeter Capital and Sofina also contributed. This brings Practo’s total funding to date at about $...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
Joyable, a San Francisco-based behavioral health technology startup has layed off 20 people (half its staff) and pivoted its business, with plans to refocus on its enterprise emloyee wellness offering rather than the direct-to-consumer business that has been the company's main focus up until now. Fortune broke the news. "We let a number of talented people and friends go this week," CEO Peter...

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