Mallory Hackett

Delirium is common among older adults after undergoing an operation and has an incidence rate of up to 87%.
By Mallory Hackett 11:32 am November 11, 2020
Playing brain games during the lead up to surgery can prevent postoperative delirium in older adults, according to new research from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. These brain games are called "neurobics," and they're intended to create new neural pathways and increase cognition, which could lead to better postoperative outcomes. TOP-LINE DATA Patients who practiced neurobics...
Garmin adds pregnancy tracking capabilities to smartwatches.
By Mallory Hackett 11:20 am November 10, 2020
Fitness wearables-maker Garmin today announced new pregnancy-tracking features that can be added to its compatible smartwatches for expecting parents. With the newly released app in the Connect IQ store, expecting parents can track their pregnancy timeline, get updates on their baby’s size and movements, log their symptoms and mood, receive educational material on pregnancy health, and update...
Cleo preps for the future of employer family benefits with a new board member
By Mallory Hackett 08:43 am November 9, 2020
When Cleo, a family benefits company, conducts a virtual leadership team meeting, it’s not uncommon for someone to step out of frame to wrangle a toddler or breastfeed their newborn. In fact, this is exactly the type of behavior that puts Cleo in a position to create services for the everyday working parent, according to CEO Sarahjane Sacchetti. “I think what’s really unique about this time is...
With the creation of digital twins in studies, Unlearn generates an intelligent control arm that can reduce the sample size and decrease the number of participants given the placebo.
By Mallory Hackett 12:13 pm November 5, 2020
Unlearn, a startup creating digital twins used in the control arm of clinical trials, announced today an extension to its Series A funding round, bringing the total amount raised to $15 million. New investors Eisai, Epic Ventures and Alumni Ventures Group contributed to the oversubscribed round. They join 8VC, DCVC, DCVC Bio and Mubadala Capital Ventures, which contributed to Unlearn’s original...
The startup already provides fertility support for more than 700,000 UK employees and this funding will be used to increase that number even more.
By Mallory Hackett 12:09 pm November 4, 2020
The U.K.-based digital fertility employee benefits company Fertifa announced this week the closing of its $1.3 million (£1 million) financing round. Passion Capital, along with strategic angel investors, financed the round to help the startup reach its mission of providing “fertility for all.” WHAT IT DOES Fertifa acts as a digital fertility clinic for employees. On the individual side of the...
The company hopes to reach new and existing customers with the addition of LifeDojo’s digital tools that can lead to better health outcomes and lower associated costs.
By Mallory Hackett 11:28 am November 3, 2020
Behavioral health prediction and care pathway recommendation company Ontrak has acquired LifeDojo, a behavioral health-change platform for employers. LifeDojo’s platform takes a member-centric approach to behavior change to improve health outcomes. It combines personalized coaching with mobile applications to help employees form healthy habits like getting more sleep, being active, healthy eating...
When MA organizations are devising their digital strategies, Deloitte recommends making offerings that are consumer-centric, digital and interoperable.
By Mallory Hackett 11:37 am November 2, 2020
As more consumers become accustomed to using technology to manage their health, health plans – including Medicare Advantage organizations – will need to accelerate their adoption of digital solutions to keep up with member expectations, according to a new report from Deloitte. Deloitte’s report, which interviewed leaders from MA plans and digital innovators working with MA plans between April and...
KēlaHealth scores $12.9M in combined seed and Series A round
By Mallory Hackett 11:50 am October 30, 2020
KēlaHealth, an intelligent surgical-risk-prediction platform, recently closed a combined seed and Series A funding round worth $12.9 million. Santé Ventures and Intuitive Ventures led the financing, along with a grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program. WHAT IT DOES KēlaHealth was founded by a group of physicians from Duke University Health System as a...
Fitbit receives Army award to further develop its COVID-19 early detection algorithm
By Mallory Hackett 11:34 am October 29, 2020
Fitbit announced today it will receive nearly $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command to expand its work in developing an algorithm that can detect COVID-19 before symptoms show. In addition to the award, Fitbit will begin a study with Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research to further advance the early...
Distracted patient uses phone during a telehealth visit.
By Mallory Hackett 12:37 pm October 28, 2020
Virtual doctors' appointments give patients the freedom to consult a healthcare provider whenever and wherever they want, but new research from DrFirst shows that telehealth also gives patients an excuse to be distracted during their appointments. The healthcare technology and consulting services company conducted a national survey of consumers and found that, while nearly half of Americans have...