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Also: Kaiser Permanente doubles down on the cloud with Accenture and Microsoft; Boehringer Ingelheim arms its reps with BreezoMeter's air quality data.
By  Dave Muoio 02:59 pm February 3, 2021
Highmark, a Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated health insurer, will expand access to Freespira's digital therapeutic for PTSD, panic disorder, panic attacks and other panic symptoms. In addition to bringing the treatment to members living in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, the agreement will also provide remote coaching on how to use Freespira to those not already receiving support from...
Stacks of gold coins
By  Laura Lovett 02:48 pm February 3, 2021
Medical research and clinical collaboration platform Flywheel announced the close of its $15 million in Series B funding round. Venture firms Beringea and 8VC led the round with participation from Novartis dRx Capital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Great North Labs, iSelect and Argonautic Ventures. WHAT IT DOES The company is focused on the research industry, including the life sciences space,...
By  Dave Muoio 02:02 pm February 3, 2021
Cardiac health-monitoring smart toilet seat maker Casana (formerly Heart Health Intelligence) has raised $14 million in a Series A funding round led by General Catalyst and the Outsiders Fund. Also participating was Bemis Manufacturing Company, a toilet seat manufacturer that led the startup's $2.2 million round last April. In addition to the fundraise, Casana announced that Austin McChord, the...
A Bot MD app screen on a smartphone
By  Laura Lovett 11:38 am February 3, 2021
Singaporean startup Bot MD landed $5 million for its artificial intelligence-enabled clinical assistant. Monk’s Hill Ventures led the round with participation from SeaX, XA Network, SGInnovate and individual investors. This builds on the company’s $700,000 investment from Y Combinator and angel investors in 2018. WHAT IT DOES The technology was designed to work as a chatbot to help answer doctor’...
By  Laura Lovett 03:01 pm February 2, 2021
This morning LGBTQIA+ focused digital health provider Folx Health scored $25 million in new financing. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from Define Ventures and Polaris. Founded by former Optum VC, A.G. Breitenstein, this comes just months after the company announced its $4.4 million seed funding. Folx is kicking off its offerings with a Hormone Replacement Therapy plan...
A wellness app smartphone screen example
By  Laura Lovett 01:30 pm February 2, 2021
This morning hybrid healthcare provider Premise Health announced its purchase of digital corporate-wellness tool Sonic Boom Wellness for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Premise Health will have access to Sonic Booms’ virtual engagement platform, which can track users’ activity, health habits and challenge-setting features. Sonic Boom specializes in creating custom wellness programs and...
A product image of the Onduo app
By  Dave Muoio 09:00 am February 2, 2021
Onduo Health, the virtual diabetes coaching program backed by Verily (and to a lesser extent Sanofi), announced this morning that it is expanding its platform beyond Type 2 diabetes to include several other conditions frequent among its populations. Multi-condition services focused on hypertension, pre-diabetes, weight loss and mental wellbeing – as well as underlying coaching support for dieting...
Kip's starter page
By  Laura Lovett 02:54 pm February 1, 2021
This morning digital mental health and wellness company Modern Health announced that it scooped up fellow behavioral health startup Kip for an undisclosed sum. Kip’s tool was designed to digitally match up clients with qualified therapists. Once a patient is matched, it kicks off Kip’s hybrid model of care. The client can meet the therapist one-on-one in-person. After that, the client can get...

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By  Alexandra Mullin and Ian Chiang 01:16 pm January 29, 2021
The alarming scale of the opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic has resulted in unprecedented human and economic devastation, and there is significant opportunity for digital tools to alter the gold standard of care to one that is ongoing and on-demand. The epidemic has only worsened since the onset of COVID-19, given heightened economic instability, social isolation, disruption to transportation...
COVID-19 Severity Calculator logo
By  Dave Muoio 03:12 pm January 28, 2021
23andMe's new COVID-19 resource. Consumer genomics company 23andMe has released a new interactive tool that allows users to see how various health factors could impact the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization. The COVID-19 Severity Calculator pulls data from the company's COVID-19 study, which included 10,000 participants diagnosed with the disease and 750 who were hospitalized. 23andMe warned that...