Mallory Hackett

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By  Mallory Hackett 01:23 pm April 8, 2021
A new digital companion application helping families navigate the logistical and emotional journey of losing a loved one launched this week with $13 million in seed funding. Called Empathy, the company is backed by the round’s leading investors General Catalyst and Aleph. Empathy’s platform leads grieving families through end-of-life bureaucratic tasks such as arranging a funeral, validating a...
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By  Mallory Hackett 02:46 pm April 7, 2021
Watertown, Massachusetts-based Firefly Health has closed its $40 million Series B funding round, led by Andreessen Horowitz. The health navigation and concierge platform also got backing from previous investors F-Prime Capital and Oak HC/FT. Along with the funding, the company has added a16z General Partner Julie Yoo to its board of directors, which is led by Jonathan Bush, cofounder and former...
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By  Mallory Hackett 12:01 pm April 7, 2021
Better Therapeutics, a nutritional cognitive behavioral therapy digital therapeutics company, announced plans today to go public by merging with special purpose acquisition company Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp II. The deal is expected to close this summer, subject to stockholder approval, and will raise $113 million for the combined company. It includes a $50 million private investment in...
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By  Mallory Hackett 12:07 pm April 6, 2021
Telecommunications giant Verizon has etched its name into the ever-growing list of virtual care platform developers with this week’s announcement of BlueJeans Telehealth. The telehealth offering was built from the ground up with collaboration from an advisory board of health system clinicians, creating a platform designed with the needs of providers in mind, Verizon said in the announcement. The...
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By  Mallory Hackett 12:40 pm April 5, 2021
The digital health sector just wrapped up its largest funding quarter to date, bringing in $6.7 billion during the first three months of 2021, according to Rock Health’s quarterly report. While the past year’s unprecedented acceleration of digital health is expected to continue throughout the remainder of the year, analysts will be keeping an eye out for signs of an industry slow-down. “This...
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By  Mallory Hackett 12:48 pm April 2, 2021
When someone comes down with a new health symptom, they are typically advised not to self-diagnose using the internet. Resorting to Dr. Google could lead to inaccurate diagnosis, incorrect treatments or increased anxiety. But new research published in JAMA Network Open suggests that online investigations for health information actually lead to slightly more accurate diagnoses. TOPLINE DATA...
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By  Mallory Hackett 01:20 pm April 1, 2021
As mobile health technology continues to become ubiquitous, it can be a helpful management tool for older adults with existing heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.  The AHA conducted a systematic review of studies of older adults who used mobile health technologies to manage their cardiovascular disease. It included 26 studies that examined mobile health technologies for...

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By  Mallory Hackett 12:17 pm March 24, 2021
Everlywell, a leader in the at-home diagnostic testing space, has acquired PWNHealth and its subsidiary Home Access Health to form a new parent company called Everly Health. PWNHealth and Home Access Health both have self-collected lab test services, and by combining the companies, Everly Health will support more than 20 million people annually in all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico,...
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By  Mallory Hackett 11:37 am March 23, 2021
Louisville, Kentucky-based Appriss Health announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Boston-based care-coordination platform PatientPing. Appriss Health did not disclose the terms of the transaction, but the deal values PatientPing at approximately $500 million, people familiar with the transaction shared with PE Hub. The companies expect the deal to close in...
The keynote presenter at HIMSS’ Accelerate Health event shares his game plan for how stakeholders can use big data to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of drug therapies.

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By  Mallory Hackett 12:35 pm March 19, 2021
As the world begins to see a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, healthcare leaders have begun strategizing on how to take the lessons learned and apply them to a post-pandemic environment. “What we really want to be able to do is leverage many of those learnings that we garnered from this experience and really institutionalize those in the health system as we move forward, and how we...