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By  Dave Muoio 12:28 pm March 29, 2021
Crossover Health, a tech-boosted provider of in-person and virtual care services, has brought in $168 million in Series D funding. Announced today, the raise was led by Deerfield Management Company and brought on several new investors including Perceptive Advisors, OrbiMed Advisors, Foresite Capital, Avidity Partners, SharesPost100 Fund, Irving Investors and PFM Health Sciences. WHAT THEY DO...
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By  Dave Muoio 02:57 pm March 25, 2021
iPhones and Apple Watches could enable at-home assessment of cardiovascular disease patients' frailty via sensor data and an app-guided version of the six-minute walk test (6MWT), a traditionally clinic-based assessment of a person's functional capacity, according to data published yesterday in PLoS One. Conducted by Stanford University researchers and funded by Apple, the study provided 110...
Screenshots of the Woebot app adapted for substance use
By  Dave Muoio 01:50 pm March 24, 2021
A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) shows initial support for a new version of Woebot – a text-based chatbot app designed to address mental health issues – that is designed to reduce substance use and other measures tied to substance use disorder (SUD). Conducted by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine and Woebot Health, the investigation...
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By  Dave Muoio 03:26 pm March 23, 2021
Dr. Amy Abernethy, Principal Deputy Commissioner and Acting Chief Information Officer at the FDA, will be stepping down from her positions at the agency in mid-to-late April, according to a memo Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock sent out to agency staff this morning. Abernethy came to the agency in early 2019 following a long line of executive and board positions at healthcare and health...
Truepill
By  Laura Lovett 10:23 am March 11, 2021
Today there are still a lot of questions around getting the workforce back into the office, clinic or manufacturing site. Digital health company Truepill is looking to address this issue by teaming up with the Health Transformation Alliance to offer Truepill's new employer-focused suite of COVID-19-focused diagnostics and digital tools to the former's members. Truepill's new program will...
By  Dave Muoio 01:34 pm March 9, 2021
Digital musculoskeletal (MSK) care triple-unicorn Hinge Health today announced the upcoming acquisition of Enso, the maker of an eponymous non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation device for pain relief. Hinge Health did not disclose the terms of the deal or its impact on Enso employees, but a representative told MobiHealthNews that the purchase is set to close "within weeks." The Enso device is...
By  Dave Muoio 03:21 pm March 4, 2021
No-cost medications for patients in need. Online prescription discount platform GoodRx has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to kick off a philanthropic program that will support patients in need with free prescriptions and care. With a target goal of more than $5 million in free medications provided during 2021, the company said that it has kick-...
By  Dave Muoio 03:23 pm March 3, 2021
A January acquisition deal between medical technology provider Hillrom and cardiac monitoring device maker Bardy Diagnostics has landed in rocky waters, with Hillrom looking to back out of the purchase and Bardy filing a legal complaint to keep things moving forward. According to press releases from Hillrom, the company was caught off guard on January 29 when Novitas Solutions, a Medicare...
By  Dave Muoio 12:27 pm March 2, 2021
In December, Highmark Health announced a six-year collaboration with Google Cloud that the companies said would lay down the infrastructure of the integrated delivery network's data-driven Living Health Dynamic Platform. Today, the organizations unveiled plans to get Verily and its Onduo chronic care subsidiary in on the action as well. Through another six-year partnership, the partners will work...
By  Stuart Hanson 02:08 pm February 26, 2021
For decades, investors, startups and a broad host of established players have viewed healthcare as ripe for innovation. However, the industry has been challenged by the momentum of the status quo – the scale, complexity, volume and ingrained practices that all need to change to wring out some much-needed efficiency. As we were taught in physics class, the more momentum something has, the more...