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By Dave Muoio 02:15 pm February 6, 2020
A new survey polling thousands of international office workers suggests that two in five will opt to search their symptoms online and self-medicate rather than visit a doctor, and the same amount admit that doing so makes them more nervous about seeking care from a professional. On the flip side, a similar portion of respondents (43%) said they would investigate their condition online and then...
By Dave Muoio 03:36 pm February 5, 2020
Nearly half of US workers say they would have greater confidence in a new digital health solution if it was provided by their employer, and more than a quarter said that the provision of digital health tools would have a positive impact on their decision to stay with their employer, according to data featured in a recent Mercer Marsh Benefits, Mercer and Oliver Wyman report. To determine the...
By Dave Muoio 02:49 pm January 29, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. While many would agree that healthcare is turning a corner with increasing focus on patient-friendly experiences and the consumerization of healthcare services, not every attempt in this area has been a home run. These shortcomings have been particularly disappointing in the realm of digital, where a successful, well-...
By MobiHealthNews 02:27 pm January 28, 2020
Unfortunately for us, MobiHealthNews doesn’t have a crystal ball (it would be darn useful for getting scoops). But we do have more than a decade’s worth of experience tracking the emergence of this space and we spend a lot of our time talking to smart people with industry experience and opinions of their own.  As we enter into a new decade in 2020, your MobiHealthNews staff has put our heads...
By Dave Muoio 01:57 pm January 9, 2020
Digital chronic care management company Livongo and health kiosk startup Higi have teamed up for a new program that will bring a Livongo-branded on-stage program to nearly 500 retail pharmacies in Michigan, the companies announced today. Through these and other channels, consumers will be able to measure indicators of chronic disease, enroll in Livongo programs, participate in health surveys and...
By Dave Muoio 08:53 am December 27, 2019
Much like its predecessors, 2019 was yet another year in which Apple furthered its push into the healthcare market. Although headlined as always by the health tracking features of its consumer wearables, the company has also embraced a number of other projects that align its interests with long-time industry players and — in the words of its healthcare leaders — empower and democratize health for...
By Dave Muoio 02:55 pm December 19, 2019
Gympass, a platform for employer’s benefits programs that offers fitness class bookings to members, announced this week the acquisition of Lisbon, Portugal-based artificial intelligence company Flaner. With this, the Brazil-grown fitness platform will be opening up a new “Tech Hub” in Lisbon that will begin with Flaner’s current employees and expand to a full staff of 50, according to Gympass....
By Dave Muoio 01:53 pm December 18, 2019
Babylon Health is lining up strategic partners as it targets January 2020 for the US launch of its triage chatbot service, according to comments from the company’s US lead that were later confirmed to MobiHealthNews by a spokesperson. Kurt Blasena, Babylon’s senior managing director of commercial strategy and revenue growth, said that the London-based company has already secured two “very large”...

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By Dave Muoio 12:09 pm December 17, 2019
Bright Health’s funding rounds keep getting bigger and bigger, with the health insurance startup announcing today the close a $635 million Series D. Led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with additional support from Bessemer Venture Partners, Cross Creek Advisors, Declaration Partners, Flare Capital Partners, Greenspring Associates, Meritech Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Town Hall Ventures,...
By Dave Muoio 02:13 pm December 16, 2019
The FDA announced Friday a De Novo clearance for an interoperable automated glycemic controller device for use in a hybrid closed-loop diabetes management system. Tandem Diabetes Care’s Control-IQ Technology acts as a new feature for the company’s t:slim X2 insulin pump (which was also cleared by the FDA back in February). The controller algorithm allows the pump and its connected system to...