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By Aditi Pai June 30, 2014
In the first half of 2014, digital health funding reached $2.3 billion, according to a report from accelerator Rock Health. The report included data from 143 digital health companies that have raised over $2 million during the past six months. Funding in the first two quarters of 2014 surpassed total funding for all of 2013, which was $1.97 billion. Deal growth was driven by early-stage companies...
By Aditi Pai June 25, 2014
Microsoft announced a new accelerator this week, in partnership with medical technology company Becton Dickinson (BD), that will be focused entirely on health startups. Microsoft expects this to be a one-off, health-focused class of startups and it doesn't plan to host another health-focused accelerator program again. The accelerator will be located in the Microsoft Ventures' office in Tel Aviv,...
By Brian Dolan June 25, 2014
Physicians Interactive (PI), the digital health marketing company that offers medical reference apps and resources like Skyscape and Omnio to physicians, has acquired one of the oldest, online consumer health brands, MedHelp, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition marks one of the first forays into consumer health for Physicians Interactive, which apart from some consumer-facing health...
By Aditi Pai June 25, 2014
Doctor appointment booking platform ZocDoc is working on raising an additional $152 million, which market research firm VC Experts valued at $1.6 billion, according to a report from Fortune. ZocDoc has raised at least $95 million to date. Former ZocDoc investors include DST Global and Goldman Sachs. Fortune reported that DST Global may also be contributing to this larger round. Citing details...
By Aditi Pai June 25, 2014
Whoop CEO Will Ahmed Boston-based startup Whoop raised $6 million to build out its continuous heartrate-sensing wristworn activity tracker, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total announced funding to $9.6 million to date. In the most recent filing, Atlas Venture Partner Jeff Fagnan was listed as an investor, he's also an investor in Streetwise Media, which first broke the...
By Aditi Pai June 19, 2014
Sunyvale, California-based Compliant Innovations raised an undisclosed sum from Lifeforce Ventures and Attractor Ventures for its online doctor communication platform, called DocSpera. The platform allows surgeons to collaborate with their care teams as well as other physicians before operations and treatments. Providers can use the platform to send messages that contain text, photos, or videos...
By Aditi Pai June 18, 2014
Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, launched a startup this week, called Aledade, that will partner with independent primary care physicians to help them join or form accountable care organizations. "For me, health IT was never the 'ends', but a 'means' to better health and better care, and I...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2014
LG's heart rate sensing earphones use technology licensed from Valencell. Valencell, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based company that powers health and medical sensors in some wearable devices, most notably in sensor-equipped headphones, has raised $7 million in its third round of funding. The new round brings the company's total funding to $13 million, excluding an additional $3 million in grants...
By Brian Dolan June 17, 2014
On Sunday giant medical device company Medtronic entered into a definitive agreement to acquire another big medical device company, Covidien, for $42.9 billion in cash and stock. While the deal still needs to clear the required regulatory hurdles, the combined company would mark considerable consolidation in medtech. One financial analyst who follows the companies closely said it would likely...
By Brian Dolan June 16, 2014
As MobiHealthNews noted last week in the introduction to our In-Depth report on Apple's Health app feature set, the FDA made a rare move on Wednesday by adding a new description for a type of mobile medical app that it would not regulate as a medical device. The FDA has actually added a total of four such new descriptions to its list in 2014. It just so happened that the latest app description to...