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By  Dr. Liz Kwo 10:24 am February 5, 2021
Maternal and child health are critical for digital solutions that positively impact pregnancy outcomes. As early as 2016, this category of app saw approximately 200 million downloads as the broader consumer marketplace looked to smartphone trackers for fertility and maternity education. While the COVID-19 pandemic has added an additional reason to have care online that avoids an in-person...
Lobby with seated person and the sign "Clover Health welcomes you" on the wall
By  Dave Muoio 03:00 pm February 4, 2021
Short seller calls out Clover Health. Hindenburg Research, a short seller that describes itself as a specialist in forensic financial research, published a report criticizing Clover Health's business and alleging that the Medicare Advantage insurtech company has not disclosed active investigations by the Department of Justice. Hindenburg – which said that it does not have positions for or against...
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...
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...

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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...
A product shot of Upright's digital MSK offering.
By  Dave Muoio 02:01 pm January 27, 2021
DarioHealth announced today that it is expanding its digital chronic-disease-management business beyond diabetes and hypertension with the purchase of Upright Technologies, a musculoskeletal (MSK) health company that specializes in connected posture correction devices and digital coaching. The deal is expected to close on or around February 7, and will run DarioHealth $31 million to complete the...
Sidecar app on smart phone
By  Dave Muoio 09:08 am January 26, 2021
Price transparency and direct-payment insurance startup Sidecar Health has announced a $125 million Series C round led by Drive Capital. New investors BOND, Tiger Global and Menlo Ventures, as well as prior backers Cathay Innovations and GreatPoint Ventures, also participated. This raise is a substantial jump in size from its $20 million round back in July or its $18 million raise from 2019. With...
By  MobiHealthNews 03:16 pm January 21, 2021
The start of the Biden administration has signaled a changing of the guard throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For the FDA, Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn has stepped down and has been replaced by acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock. She joined the agency's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in 1984 and held the position of Center for Drug Evaluation and...
Ancestry Health
By  Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett 02:24 pm January 20, 2021
Digital incubator open for business. Anthem has kicked off a new incubator for digital health companies that it says will provide opportunities for funding, mentorship, path-to-market guidance and access to the payer's substantial body of certified de-identified data. Called the Anthem Digital Incubator, this program will be offering invitations to digital health entrepreneurs and recently formed...