Mallory Hackett

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By  Mallory Hackett 02:29 pm April 16, 2021
Digital health startup K Health, in collaboration with and with backing from Blackstone Growth and Anthem, is launching a new joint venture aimed at increasing access to healthcare while making it more affordable. Called Hydrogen Health, the new company will use K Health’s artificial intelligence technology to create digital healthcare solutions to the employer and consumer markets. It hopes to...
Apple Fitness+ new workout sections

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By  Mallory Hackett 11:16 am April 16, 2021
Apple’s subscription-based platform for at-home workouts will now offer a trio of programs created specifically for groups oftentimes overlooked in fitness. Launching April 19 on the Fitness+ platform are new workout sections for pregnant people, older adults and beginners. "Apple Fitness+ is integrated with Apple Watch to build on the goal of helping people live a better day by being more active...
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By  Mallory Hackett 02:27 pm April 15, 2021
Clinical diagnostic company Renalytix AI has expanded its partnership with the Joslin Diabetes Center to integrate new biomarkers for kidney disease discovered by the center's researchers into the company’s KidneyIntelX platform. KidneyIntelX is an in vitro diagnostic platform that assesses the risk of adverse kidney outcomes in patients with Type 2 diabetes and early-stage kidney disease. By...
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By  Mallory Hackett 12:06 pm April 15, 2021
A new health equity initiative from Fitbit is aiming to put research tools into the hands of traditionally underrepresented early career researchers to empower investigations into health disparities. Announced this week, the Health Equity Research Initiative will award up to $500,000 in Fitbit products and services to researchers looking specifically at health inequalities in underserved...
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By  Mallory Hackett 02:28 pm April 14, 2021
Women’s healthcare company carafem is now facilitating at-home abortions through its virtual assistant, Cara.   Patients in Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia can now receive medication abortions via carafem with around-the-clock emotional and medical support from Cara.   Cara (1-855-SAY-CARA) is a text-based virtual assistant that is designed to work...
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By  Mallory Hackett 10:46 am April 14, 2021
As states begin to open up vaccine eligibility to all adults, Facebook will begin to notify its users and connect them with state-specific information about how to get an appointment, the company announced this week. Once a state declares the general public eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Facebook will show a notification in the News Feed section to the state’s users and direct them to their...
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By  Mallory Hackett 03:02 pm April 13, 2021
Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, have taken the digital health market by storm over the past year and a half. Already in 2021 there have been more completed or announced public exits by digital health companies than for the entirety of 2020. What’s more, over 80% of them have been through SPAC mergers, according to a new Rock Health report.     For those not already on the SPAC...
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By  Mallory Hackett 10:29 am April 13, 2021
The on-demand senior care and companionship startup Papa announced today $60 million of new funding through a Series C raise led by Tiger Global Management. Coming in just more than six months after its $18 million Series B round, Papa now boasts $91 million in lifetime funding. WHAT IT DOES Papa got its start in 2017 by matching young adults, called Papa Pals, with seniors to provide assistance...
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By  Mallory Hackett 02:32 pm April 12, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration has granted De Novo authorization to GI Genius, the first-of-its-kind device that uses artificial intelligence to help clinicians identify polyps in real time during colonoscopies. Manufactured by Cosmo Pharmaceuticals and distributed by Medtronic, the GI Genius software and hardware can be applied to most colonoscopy videos to assist in the detection of...
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By  Mallory Hackett 12:09 pm April 12, 2021
Donisi Health, a Tel Aviv-based maker of contactless health monitoring products, recently announced it has received FDA De Novo clearance for its Gili Pro BioSensor system. The Gili Pro uses a combination of optical sensors and proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms to remotely monitor surface-level micro-vibrations associated with the workings of internal organs. As indicated by the FDA...