May 29, 2020
The leading digital health narrative emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rise of telehealth and live video consultations as a reliable modality for delivering care. In many ways, it was a case of preparation meeting opportunity – years of pilot programs, platform refinements, public funding projects and a number of very well established players all ready to adapt and expand when...
May 27, 2020
As COVID-19's opening salvo on the healthcare system gradually gives way to long-term mitigation efforts, much of the public health focus is shifting away from the four walls of the hospital. Now, community-support services have found themselves shouldering a heavy burden of social isolation and nonessential business closures that, without proper support, could lead to new social determinant of...
May 26, 2020
Digital respiratory health company Propeller Health has received 510(k) clearance for a sensor and app intended for use with AstraZeneca's Symbicort inhaler for asthma and COPD, the company announced today.
The tool – which, according to the agency, was submitted to the agency in September and greenlit in late March – was developed in a previously unannounced partnership with the Cambridge,...
May 21, 2020
OptumHealth, the healthcare services and delivery business of UnitedHealth Group's Optum, has acquired naviHealth, a post-acute care management platform for health plans and providers, for an undisclosed sum. The deal was first reported by the Nashville Business Journal, and confirmed to MobiHealthNews by an Optum representative.
While the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, Optum said...
May 19, 2020
Digital chronic-disease-program company Omada Health is leaping into musculoskeletal care thanks to its acquisition of Physera, an app-based platform that includes remote consultations with physical therapists.
Although the deal was announced today, Omada said it will "immediately" begin offering the MSK program to its employer, health plan and individual customers.
“Integrating a digital...
May 15, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected us all. To honor those who have been lost and those who are working so hard to keep us well, HIMSS and its media brands will observe a digital day of silence and appreciation on May 18.
May 14, 2020
Telehealth of all stripes has exploded since COVID-19, but one particular subset deserves further examination: telebehavioral health, an area in which the crisis has upended the norms of supply as well as demand as the crisis take's a toll on the world's collective mental health.
In this episode, host Jonah Comstock, Managing Editors Laura Lovett and Susan Morse and Associate Editor Dave Muoio...
May 7, 2020
A number of digital health companies have seen their businesses grow amid the COVID-19 crisis, and so far Livongo Health appears to be no exception. The company announced strong quarterly results headlined by revenue growth and a record number of client launches.
Taking new agreements and the prospect of continued demand for virtual services into account, the company said that it has raised its...
April 30, 2020
Chronic disease patients relying on DarioHealth's mobile glucose management system will soon have in-app access to medical specialists, thanks to a new telemedicine integration with MediOrbis' MySpecialistMD network.
According to an announcement from the companies released yesterday, the virtual services now on offer through the app include primary and acute care; chronic disease management for...
April 28, 2020
UnitedHealth Group's Optum is reportedly in late-stage talks with AbleTo regarding a roughly $470 million acquisition of the virtual behavioral-care company, according to unnamed sources who spoke to CNBC.
Optum is already a stakeholder in the New York company, having provided a "significant investment" through its Optum Ventures arm back in January of 2019.
At the time, Optum Ventures Principal...