Consumer

By Dave Muoio 11:03 am July 23, 2020
Sidecar Health, an insurance startup focused on price transparency and direct payments for care, has raised $20 million in a new round of funding announced this morning. Cathay Innovation headed the raise, with new investors Comcast Ventures, Kauffman Fellows and 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki joining in. Prior backers GreatPoint Ventures and Morpheus Ventures participated as well. With this morning's...
By Dave Muoio 02:56 pm July 22, 2020
Cure.fit, an Indian fitness, health and lifestyle brand with $400 million in funding, announced this morning the official kickoff of its U.S. launch. Its app is now available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. Founded in 2016, the brand gained steam in its home market by taking a holistic, integrated approach to wellness. The strategy is demonstrated through its range of sub-...
By Dave Muoio 02:52 pm July 21, 2020
Despite very public messaging that the Bluetooth contact-tracing tools for COVID-19 developed by Google and Apple would not track users' locations, its implementation within Android operating systems still collects GPS data that Google could use to determine the user's location, The New York Times reports. The issue is driven by the operating system's device location setting, which must be...
By Dave Muoio 12:10 pm July 21, 2020
This morning Sprout, a tech-enabled autism care and treatment program, launched its service on the back of $10 million in seed funding from institutional investors General Catalyst, Bling Capital and Felicis Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Sprout's approach combines prompt in-home assessments and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy from a live therapist with a tech platform that delivers ongoing...

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By Rachel McArthur 08:28 am July 20, 2020
A South Korean artificial intelligence (AI) medical software solution is making its way to Saudi Arabia, it has been confirmed. Dr. Answer – a government-supported tool designed to “offer doctors accurate medical diagnosis by identifying abnormalities in body fluids and tissues” – will undergo clinical trials in the Kingdom. According to a Korean government spokesperson, it is the first time Dr....

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By Dave Muoio 03:05 pm July 16, 2020
Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens has cut a new deal with DoorDash that will bring on-demand delivery of over-the-counter medications and other health, wellness and convenience products to consumers, the companies announced today. Starting today, customers living in the Chicago, Atlanta and Denver areas can place orders for more than 2,300 items via the DoorDash app or website. The companies said...
By Laura Lovett 01:31 pm July 14, 2020
Amazon continues making moves in their employee health space, today announcing the launch of a pilot program with Crossover Health that will give its local employees access to local health centers.  The pilot will start in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and will be opened to Amazon employees and their families. Employees can visit the centers for primary care, chronic care, prescription medications...
By Sophie Porter 02:10 am July 14, 2020
Health tech innovations are not only pioneering the ways people access healthcare, they also provide a platform for people to understand more about their bodies. This is especially true for women, who are worse affected by the limitations of health and sex education, and so are key targets for these kinds of opportunities. The innumerable possibilities of health tech illustrate the potential for...

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By Rachel McArthur 02:13 am July 13, 2020
United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based ViroMasks has launched a reusable face mask that it claims is able to eliminate the COVID-19 virus within half an hour of contact.  ViroMasks’ fabric is embedded with HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an “intelligent textile technology” designed to eliminate a range of bacteria and viruses that come into contact with its surface. Owned by HeiQ Group, which is part of the...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm July 8, 2020
A new app announced this morning by PureTech Health spinout Sonde Health will listen to employees' voices to determine whether they have a potential respiratory condition and shouldn't return to work. The Sonde One app combines a COVID-19 questionnaire, user-reported temperature and a six-second voice sample to render its judgement and provide guidance to the employee. These guidances can be...