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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...
By Dave Muoio 04:31 pm December 12, 2019
About eight month after its unveiling, Express Scripts has now revealed the companies and programs it is including in the inaugural cohort of its digital health formulary — the first such resource from a pharmacy benefits manager designed to help clients review vetted digital health programs. The formulary is comprised of 15 clinically validated digital health programs addressing the management...
By Laura Lovett 01:51 pm December 12, 2019
Amazon’s PillPack has struck a deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that integrates the former’s digital pharmacy platform into the payer’s MyBlue member app.  As part of the agreement Blue Cross members will have the option to switch their prescriptions over to PillPack directly from the MyBlue app without having to reenter their insurance details or medication list.  Members will...
By Dave Muoio 04:03 pm December 9, 2019
Gainesville, Florida-based etectRx has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its ID-Cap System, a prescription ingestible system that sends adherence event logs to an external medical device. Similar to the system pioneered by etectRx’s high-profile competitor, Proteus Digital Health, the ID-Cap’s core is a standard capsule containing a sensor that transmits a message once it comes into contact with...
By Dave Muoio 11:47 am December 5, 2019
As of October, 42 US states and the District of Columbia have statutes in place regarding commercial insurance coverage for telehealth, according to a survey report published this week by law firm Foley & Lardner. While this tally signal an improvement in the telehealth reimbursement landscape over the last few years, the authors of the report warned of state-to-state variance in the language...
By Dave Muoio 02:42 pm December 4, 2019
Editor's note: This article has been edited after publication. Last December, Teladoc Health made an unannounced deal with TelaDietitian (formerly Nutrify), a consumer and enterprise platform for video consultations with registered dietitians, according to documents provided to MobiHealthNews. This strategic acquisition provided Teladoc access to the smaller company’s multi-state network of...
By Dave Muoio 03:19 pm December 3, 2019
AdhereTech’s smart pill bottle platform improved adherence and patient satisfaction among a small sample of multiple myeloma patients, according to a paper in the November issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. This data has been roughly four years in the making, and stands the company’s first-ever peer-reviewed publication of adherence efficacy, AdhereTech CEO and...
By Dave Muoio 10:52 am December 3, 2019
Dexcom continuous glucose monitor users and their caregivers found themselves in the dark this weekend when a key monitoring feature ceased to function with little to no warning. The feature, called Dexcom Follow, transmits an alert when a CGM user’s blood sugar reaches a dangerous level and is often used by parents monitoring their children’s condition. When unexpected issues brought down the...