So, you have another mobile health solution. Now what?

About the author: Dr. Ebele Mọgọ is a doctor of public health with over 10 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating transformative public health projects. She is the principal of ERIM Consulting, which uses research evidence and business insights to advance public health impact.

Digital network for behavioral health SonderMind raises $2.5M

It's no secret that there is a demand for behavioral health providers in the country right now, and Denver, Colorado-based SonderMind is ready to cash in. A digital network of behavioral health providers, the startup has just raked in $2.5 million in a seed funding round led by Kickstart Seed Fund, with investments from Purple Arch Ventures, SpringTime Ventures, Service Provider Capital, and Lanoha Ventures. 

Doctor's assistant Robin Healthcare emerges from stealth mode

Emerging out of stealth mode, health tech startup Robin Healthcare has just announced its voice-enabled AI device that is designed to help doctors and clinicians write clinical notes. The device, which looks similar to an Amazon Alexa or Google Home voice assistant, will sit in a doctor’s office and draft notes from doctors' spoken conversations. 

Ava's cycle-tracking wearable brings in $30M from backers

Ava, the San Francisco- and Zurich-based maker of a connected menstrual cycle tracking bracelet, today announced the closure of a $30 million series B funding round. The funding was led by the company’s existing investors — which include Polytech Ecosystem Ventures, Blue Ocean Ventures, Global Sources, ZKB, and Swisscom — with new investors btov and SVC also participating.

Smoking cessation Facebook groups help, but only in short term

Members of a smoking cessation Facebook group were 2.5 times more successful in quitting than controls over three-month, according to a recent study published in Addiction. However, after a year, those in the intervention group actually had lower rates of cessation than the control group. 

SnapMD powers AAP's virtual platform and other digital health deals

Telemedicine company SnapMD will provide its Virtual Care Management platform to the American Academy of Pediatrics' Member Advantage Program, according to SnapMD. With this, the organization’s 66,000 US pediatricians, surgeons, and specialists will be able to conduct virtual visits as a complement to normal in-person care.