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By Andrey Ostrovsky, MD 11:04 am July 20, 2020
About the author: Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky is the former chief medical officer of the U.S. Medicaid program. He is now the managing partner at Social Innovation Ventures where he invests in and advises companies and nonprofits dedicated to eliminating disparities. (See his relevant portfolio investments here.) He is also a practicing pediatrician. The COVID-19-induced state of Public Health Emergency...
By Dave Muoio 03:19 pm July 15, 2020
Three health tech startups and spinouts announced today a merger to become a single entity focused on delivering virtual-care products and population health insights for seniors. Curavi Health, CarePointe and U.S. Health Systems (USHS) are set to become wholly owned subsidiaries of the new company, Arkos Health, and the executive teams of each will be merged. UPMC's existing stake in Curavi (...
By Laura Lovett 01:31 pm July 14, 2020
Amazon continues making moves in their employee health space, today announcing the launch of a pilot program with Crossover Health that will give its local employees access to local health centers.  The pilot will start in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and will be opened to Amazon employees and their families. Employees can visit the centers for primary care, chronic care, prescription medications...
By Dave Muoio 02:48 pm July 13, 2020
UnitedHealth Group announced plans this morning to distribute a device-driven diabetes management model to 230,000 employer-sponsored members with Type 2 diabetes at no additional cost. The pilot program, called Level2 by UnitedHealthcare, provides members with a Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that connects to their smartphone, a Fitbit activity tracker, personalized coaching and...
By Stephanie Nieman 10:56 am July 10, 2020
About the author: Stephanie Nieman is a principal at SJF Ventures based in Durham, N.C. SJF Ventures is a venture capital fund investing in high-growth, positive-impact companies across the U.S. and an active healthcare investor. The current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting need for schools and universities to close, and for families to socially distance and practice remote learning, have only...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm July 8, 2020
A new app announced this morning by PureTech Health spinout Sonde Health will listen to employees' voices to determine whether they have a potential respiratory condition and shouldn't return to work. The Sonde One app combines a COVID-19 questionnaire, user-reported temperature and a six-second voice sample to render its judgement and provide guidance to the employee. These guidances can be...
By Laura Lovett 04:20 pm June 26, 2020
Health insurtech company Oscar Health scored a whopping $225 million in Series C funding from Google’s parent company Alphabet, General Catalyst, Khosla Ventures, Lakestar, Thrive Capital and Baillie Gifford.  This comes roughly two years after the company announced a $165 million funding round led by Brian Singerman and Founders Fund.  WHAT THEY DO  The company offers direct-to-consumer health...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm June 25, 2020
Cancelled conference data trickles out. Digital respiratory-health company Propeller Health recently shared new study data that were accepted for presentation at the now cancelled Society of Behavioral Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting. The first of the three abstracts described a sample of 617 adults with asthma or COPD, in which older patients engaged with Propeller's app for longer periods of time...
By Laura Lovett 03:23 pm June 24, 2020
Digital therapeutics company Pear Therapeutics has inked a deal with pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) RemedyOne, allowing the latter to offer and administer benefit coverage for the formers’ prescription-addiction-focused therapies reSET and reSET-O to its customers.  Both reSET and reSET-O have FDA clearances. In fact, reSET was the first software-only therapeutic to get the designation. reSET ...
By Dave Muoio 01:46 pm June 24, 2020
Verily and CVS Health are among the latest big names lending their health and technology expertise to reopening businesses. Both companies have announced new enterprise offerings incorporating COVID-19 testing, symptom checking, clinical support, data analysis and app-based tools for employees. Verily's approach, called Healthy at Work, incorporates local, onsite and mail testing services into a...