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A Jawbone activity tracker device.

By Dave Muoio 11:52 am May 14, 2019
Wearable activity tracker maker Jawbone may have met its demise in 2017, but even then CEO Hossain Rahman was laying the groundwork for a pivot into the health services business. It now appears that investors are once again willing to back Rahman digital health ambitions, as a new SEC filing reveals that Jawbone Health — the new company founded from the ashes of Jawbone — has raised $65.4 million...
By Jonah Comstock 02:50 pm May 9, 2019
Physician Compare, a CMS-operated website mandated by the Affordable Care Act, isn't providing a whole lot of information on most doctors, according to a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from the University of Michigan used statistical software to estimate the quality and quantity of data available on the platform based on a sample of more than a million physician profiles...
By Jonah Comstock 09:04 am May 9, 2019
Working with pharma giant Eli Lilly and Company, chronic disease management company Livongo has completed a retrospective analysis of more than 10,000 paitents, which suggests that Livongo's diabetes program can prevent $88 worth of medical spending per person per month.  Citing an average cost to employers of $68 per person per month, including about $30 worth of diabetes management products,...
By Jonah Comstock 02:13 pm May 2, 2019
Yesterday, Optima Health, the health plan division of Virginia integrated delivery system Sentara Healthcare, launched the first rollout of CareLink, a collaboration with MDLive to use telehealth to improve population health and quality measure scores. "The way the workflow goes is that we identify members who have gaps on certain quality metrics," Dr. Sam Basta, Optima Health's senior director...
By Dave Muoio 03:09 pm April 30, 2019
The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services has recognized chronic disease management company Livongo as an enrolled provider for Medicare Advantage members, the startup announced this morning in a release. And, to kick off its new designation, Livongo’s diabetes management offering will be available this June to Medicare Advantage members receiving care through a Cambia Health Solution...
By Laura Lovett 03:17 pm April 25, 2019
Looking towards the primary care space, yesterday Doctor on Demand and insurer Humana, launched a new virtual care model called, On Hand. Members and employers are able to opt into this new plan, which will let patients access an in-network primary care doctor with no copay. Users will also have access to urgent care providers and behavioral health clinicians.  “By partnering with Doctor On...

Photo credit: Cardiogram 

By Laura Lovett 10:00 am April 24, 2019
Today Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses a deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, announced that it has cut a deal with Oscar Health — the first such healthcare insurer agreement for the startup.  As part of the new agreement, Oscar Health members will be able to enter their insurance information and then download the Cardiogram app. While the Cardiogram...
By Dave Muoio 02:09 pm April 4, 2019
Earlier this morning, Amazon announced in a blog post that its voice-based Alexa platform now supports the development of software that communicates HIPAA-protected health information through an invite-only Alexa Skills Kit program. To kick off the new capability, the company also highlighted the launch of six new Alexa skills built by healthcare providers and other stakeholders. Each is designed...
By Dave Muoio 02:31 pm 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...