chronic disease management

By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2018
Last week, Fitbit announced that it was acquiring Twine Health for an undisclosed sum. The news came as a surprise to many who still think of Fitbit as primarily a consumer-facing wearable device company. But an increasingly large slice of Fitbit is Fitbit Health Solutions, the company’s employee wellness business. And for Fitbit Health Solutions, Twine Health — which itself pivoted toward the...
By Laura Lovett February 13, 2018
This morning wearable giant Fitbit announced that it will be acquiring healthcare coaching platform Twine Health for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition takes Fitbit more solidly into the healthcare space than it has been up until now. The Twine platform aims to help users manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension by using artificial intelligence technology and creating a way for...
By Heather Mack September 28, 2016
Chronic disease management not only eats up upwards of 85 percent of US healthcare spending, it also accounts for seven out of 10 US deaths per year. So innovation in this sector is critical, but must take many forms, a panel of digital health companies said at Health 2.0. “We can quote, all day, stats for chronic disease spending, and if we don’t work to reverse this trend, that amount will...
By Jonah Comstock September 13, 2016
In rural Mississippi, where almost 65 percent of the state's counties are more than a 40 minute drive from specialty care and 68 percent of the providers are in urban areas even though 64 percent of the patients are in rural areas, telehealth takes on an added importance.  Michael Adcock, and administrator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Center for Telehealth spoke at the Pop...
By Jonah Comstock May 23, 2016
Los Angeles-based Canary Health, a startup that uses digital health tools to help populations prevent and manage chronic diseases, has acquired stress management app company bLife for an undisclosed amount.  Canary Health sells its disease-management programs to hospitals and health systems, whereas bLife was a direct-to-consumer app company that created direct-to-consumer stress management apps...
By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2016
There is little evidence that telemedicine interventions consistently improve the quality of life of COPD patients, according to a new systematic review published recently in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Researchers looked at 47 studies of telemedicine use in COPD since 2000 and analyzed 18 that met their inclusion criteria. Of those, just three showed a...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2016
The diabetes management space has long held a commanding lead as the most popular target for mobile health developers, according to a new blog post from Research2Guidance based on their mHealth App Developer Economics report, for which the research firm surveyed 5,000 developers. "In each survey we have conducted since 2010, diabetes has consistently been considered the therapy field offering the...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2015
The FDA approved its first fully remote clinical trial in 2012, but that attempt, by Pfizer and Exco InTouch, ended up folding and plans for a mulligan never came to fruition. Now Sanofi is backing another attempt at a fully remote trial, this time in Europe. Scotland-based eClinicalHealth will run the trial, called the VERKKO trial. "This whole mechanism of doing studies in this manner is being...
By Aditi Pai January 5, 2015
San Francisco-based health behavior monitoring and analytics startup Ginger.io raised $20 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $28.2 million. It's likely that Kaiser Permanente Ventures invested in the round because Ginger.io added Kaiser Permanente Ventures partner Dave Schulte to its board in the filing, as pointed out in a report over at ...
By Aditi Pai November 10, 2014
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based chronic care management app developer CareCam Health Systems raised $2.4 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $12.4 million. The company's chronic care management offering, called vHealth, helps patients record videos of care management activities, like giving themselves a diabetic foot exam or using their...

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