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By Jonah Comstock October 6, 2014
Digital health devices -- including consumer-facing activity trackers and wearables -- have a constant presence on Indiegogo and Kickstarter these days. But lately a few health-related devices have made a big splash, raising well over their funding goal. The Darma smart seat cushion, the SmartMat smart yoga mat, and Pavlok, a wrist bracelet that uses small shocks to discourage bad habits, have...
By Aditi Pai October 6, 2014
NantHealth raised $320 million in a round led by Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) with participation from Verizon, Celgene, BlackBerry, and Blackstone. KIA contributed $250 million to the round, according to Nant. This brings the company's total funding to north of $400 million. KIA also invested $100 million in NantHealth earlier this year -- in May. BlackBerry's investment in the company was...
By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2014
PatientKeeper's charge capture application. Last week, the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a company that manages 164 hospitals and 114 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England, announced it would be acquiring PatientKeeper, one of the oldest mobile health software companies still in operation, for an undisclosed sum. HCA will continue to operate PatientKeeper as an...
By Aditi Pai October 2, 2014
San Francisco-based Glow raised $17 million in a round led by Formation 8 with participation from existing investors Founder's Fund and Andreessen Horowitz. This brings Glow's total funding to $23 million. "If you look at the evolution of our products -- of what we’ve done -- we have gone from fertile health and started evolving and moving towards general women’s health," Glow CEO Mike Huang told...
By Brian Dolan October 1, 2014
As the third quarter of 2014 comes to an end, both Rock Health and StartUp Health have posted reports -- as they always do -- that tracked the amount of funding raked in by digital health companies over the course of the past few months and for the year so far. Rock Health has tracked $3 billion in funding for 2014, while Startup Health has tracked a whopping $5 billion. While both numbers are...
By Jonah Comstock October 1, 2014
Health insurers need to make a change fast, according to a new report from investment firm the Psilos Group. The group's 2014 Healthcare Outlook report contends that the shift in insurers' customer base from mostly employers to mostly individuals, spurred by the Affordable Care Act, will lead to a major shift in how the insurance market works. “The health insurance industry’s 50-year legacy as a...
By Brian Dolan September 30, 2014
San Francisco-based Netpulse, which offers software to fitness clubs that connects fitness devices and apps to gym equipment, has raised $18.6 million in a new round of funding led by Nokia Growth Partners and with participation from August Capital, Javelin Venture Partners, DFJ Frontier and Docomo Capital. Nokia Growth Partners' John Gardner will join the Netpulse board as part of the deal. In a...
By Aditi Pai September 29, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Pristine, maker of a video streaming Google Glass product for healthcare, raised $5.5 million in a round led by S3 Ventures with participation from Capital Factory, HealthFundr, and strategic clients. This brings the company's total funding to about $6 million. Pristine's flagship product, called EyeSight, streams near-real time audio and video from Glass to authorized iOS...
By Jonah Comstock September 25, 2014
There’s no question that funding for digital health companies is high -- a recent report from Accenture predicted funding for digital health startups will reach $6.5 billion by the end of 2017, up from $3.5 billion in 2014. But that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing for digital health investors or the companies seeking funding. At a Tuesday session at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California, a panel...
By Aditi Pai September 25, 2014
Healthcare treatment comparison tool WiserTogether raised $9 million in a round led by Martin Ventures and Merck Global Health Innovation Fund with participation from WiserTogether CEO Shub Debgupt and existing investors Grotech Ventures, Harbert Venture Partners, 7Wire Ventures, and Blue Heron Capital. This brings the company's total funding to at least $20 million. WiserTogether's offering aims...