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By Dave Muoio April 2, 2019
The Loop System, a continuous remote monitor developed by Palo Alto-based startup Spry Health, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA last Friday, according to an update to the agency’s database that was confirmed by the company. Designed for management of COPD and other chronic conditions, the wristband wearable collects and monitors a user’s pulse-oximetry, respiration, heart rate and blood...
By Laura Lovett March 29, 2019
Solera Health, a digital platform that offers a marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management programs, announced that it is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute on a new program that will focus on social determinants of health.  The plan is for Solera Health to work with BCBS and tailor its platform to link people up with community-based providers and other resources that...
By Dave Muoio March 28, 2019
  Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated that a billing incident involving Clover Health occurred last year, rather than in 2015. This has been corrected below.  Clover Health, an Alphabet-backed insurtech startup focusing on the Medicare Advantage market, is restructuring its internal teams in an attempt to bring on healthcare insurance and health IT expertise, the result of...
By Dave Muoio March 28, 2019
Scanwell Health, the maker of a smartphone-based platform for home urinary tract infection screening, announced last week that it will be playing a role in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study, an ongoing, multicenter investigation of chronic kidney disease and other comorbid chronic conditions sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. As a result of the partnership, up 1,250...
By Laura Lovett March 28, 2019
The rise in machine learning and data analysis has led to a new wave of discussions over personalization in healthcare. However, despite the expected potential, many employers have yet to implement the systems, according to the Employer Perspective of Personalization in Digital Health survey conducted by Castlight and the National Business Group on Health.  In the report 84 percent of employers...
By Laura Lovett March 25, 2019
On Friday, Senseonics, maker of the implantable continuous glucose monitoring system Eversense, announced a new program geared towards patients with high-deductible insurance plans or plans that don’t cover the full cost of the CGM.  The new program, called Eversense Bridge, charges patients $99 for the Eversense CGM system, in addition to the cost of the sensor placement by their provider....
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March 20, 2019
HIMSS Media's information brands Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News, MobiHealthNews and HIMSS TV are diving into one of the most pressing issues facing healthcare today – baby boomers and their swelling demands on our system. We'll look at the challenges, opportunities, emerging technologies, and other tactics hospitals, health systems and payers are deploying to manage the needs of the...
By Dave Muoio March 18, 2019
Over the last week, San Francisco-based Vida Health’s consumer and member digital health coaching programs have seen the rollout of a personalized behavior recommendation and reminder tool powered by machine learning. In addition, the company is announcing later today a new coaching program focused on healthy sleeping, both as a standalone offering and as a module supporting its other services...

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By Jonah Comstock March 12, 2019
Blue Shield of California has tapped Teladoc to assist with a $2 million relief effort for Paradise, California, the small town that was ravaged last year by fires. The fire destroyed the largest clinic of Paradise Medical Group, one of the town’s major hospitals. Blue Shield has helped the hospital in a number of ways, including assisting with its relocation to a new space in Chico, California....
By Jonah Comstock March 12, 2019
San Francisco-based digital chronic disease managment company Omada Health announced today that it will add fully integrated, cellular-connected glucometers and blood pressure cuffs to its offerings for Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, respectively. The devices are FDA-cleared and can be mailed to program members. The glucometer will come with as many free test strips as users need, the company...