Consumer

By Dave Muoio 01:10 pm March 17, 2020
Oura, maker of a health-monitoring smart ring for consumers, has raised $28 million in a new Series B funding round, CEO Harpreet Singh Rai announced today in a medium.com post. Forerunner Ventures, Square and Google's Gradient Ventures participated in the raise. The first two groups will be rewarded with spots on Oura's board of directors, while Gradient Ventures Founder and Managing Partner...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm March 16, 2020
Alphabet's Verily has launched a website where California residents can complete a short survey regarding their current condition and, if they meet certain criteria, could be referred to a nearby mobile COVID-19 testing site. Conducted through Verily's Project Baseline population health effort and developed in collaboration with federal, state and local public health authorities, the triage...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 09:43 am March 13, 2020
A nation of over 200 million citizens, Pakistan is a major player in South Asia, with a large population to care for. Like many countries around the world, it is struggling to address the shortage of doctors and prevalence of chronic diseases while ensuring access to affordable medicine. But where there are challenges, there is also room for innovation. Today, we are seeing entrepreneurs and...
By Dave Muoio 04:06 pm March 12, 2020
Together in perfect harmony. Dexcom and Welldoc have kicked off a new collaboration that will provide Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor users with data-analysis insights from Welldoc's digital diabetes management product, BlueStar. These insights include information on how lifestyle factors such as activity, nutrition, sleep and medication adherence are affecting a user's glucose levels. “Now...
By Dave Muoio 01:57 pm March 10, 2020
The past few days have seen 9to5Mac publish a torrent of new features it has spotted within the leaked code of Apple’s next firmware update, iOS 14. While the majority of these details have to do with interface customization, parental controls and the like, two new functionalities will be of particular interest to competitors already offering digital wellness tools. The first is blood oxygen-...

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By Dave Muoio 11:47 am March 9, 2020
This morning the US Department of Health and Human Services dropped its long-awaited final rules on interoperability, information blocking and patient access. While the two final documents from the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) specify a number of new requirements laid out in the 21st...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:48 am March 9, 2020
The UK government has announced this morning that it is setting up a unit to counter the online spread of inaccurate and false information relating to the new coronavirus. The team will be tasked with identifying and, where necessary, responding to claims that aim to deceive or mislead people. The department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) said it was working with communications...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:22 am March 5, 2020
Sanofi has announced this week that it is supporting a three-month pilot to facilitate access to an online symptom checker from British company Babylon for people concerned about digestive health issues.  The service can be accessed through the Buscopan and Dulcolax websites, Sanofi’s over the counter digestive health products. The pharma giant is understood to have launched a similar initiative...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 05:00 pm March 4, 2020
Babylon's Rwanda-focused virtual care subsidiary, Babyl, inked a 10-year partnership with the country's government giving every person over the age of 12 access to digital health consultations. According to Babyl, every appointment will be paid for through the government’s Mutuelle de Santé community-based health insurance scheme, which is managed by the Rwandan Social Security Board (RSSB). ...