Distracted patient uses phone during a telehealth visit.
By Mallory Hackett 12:37 pm October 28, 2020
Virtual doctors' appointments give patients the freedom to consult a healthcare provider whenever and wherever they want, but new research from DrFirst shows that telehealth also gives patients an excuse to be distracted during their appointments. The healthcare technology and consulting services company conducted a national survey of consumers and found that, while nearly half of Americans have...
Boots, COVID-19 testing,
By Sara Mageit 05:52 am October 28, 2020
UK high street pharmacy, Boots is launching a new in-store COVID-19 nasal swab testing service to people who are not showing symptoms. The technology has been developed by LumiraDx, who is also providing supplies to the NHS in Scotland. The Lumira private COVID-19 test will cost £120 and will be available in 10 stores from this week, before rolling out to 50 Boots stores throughout November. WHY...
Digital Therapeutics, Juniper Research,
By Sara Mageit 05:18 am October 28, 2020
A study from UK-based analyst house, Juniper Research has found that the number of people using digital therapeutics and wellness apps will grow from 627 million in 2020 to more than 1.4 billion in 2025. This follows regulators responding to COVID-19 by loosening rules that had previously delayed the work of digital therapeutics developers. WHY IT MATTERS The study, called Digital Therapeutics...
genomics, AI

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By Sophie Porter 02:47 am October 28, 2020
Eagle Genomics, a medtech company pioneering the application of network science to microbiome biology, has closed a round of $9 million (€7.6m) scale-up funding. The funding was led by the Environmental Technologies Fund (ETF) and a consortium of investors headed by Granpool Innovative Investments and including Albert-László Barabási, bpd partners and Anatom Holding. The funding will allow the...
Sidekick, digital therapeutics

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By Tammy Lovell 02:23 am October 28, 2020
Sidekick Health has completed a $20 million (£15.3m) oversubscribed Series A financing round led by Wellington Partners and Asabys Partners, through its fund SAHII, with participation by existing investors Novator and Frumtak Ventures. The Nordic firm’s fundraising efforts were supported by the EIT Digital Accelerator, a European digital innovation initiative which supports startup and scale-up...
Wellfleet and binx partner to offer COVID-19 testing on college campuses.
By Mallory Hackett 02:37 pm October 27, 2020
College student health-insurer Wellfleet and binx health, an in-home infectious disease test-kit service, have teamed up to offer COVID-19 testing for college students. Using binx’s testing platform, which was originally created for discrete at-home sexually transmitted infections testing, and by working with Wellfleet’s client campuses, the two companies are giving universities a streamlined...
A photo of Verily's headquarters in South San Francisco.
By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm October 27, 2020
Yesterday, Kaiser Health News reported that California's San Francisco and Alameda counties had "severed ties" with a highly publicized "Project Baseline" COVID-19 testing program supported by Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences. In particular, the reporting focused on Verily-backed community testing sites located in Oakland that have been closed for months, one of which is now working to reopen with...
Women's health, hypnotherapy app, femtech, Clementine, Parla, fertility app
By Sara Mageit 08:39 am October 27, 2020
London-based femtech company, Clementine has nabbed £1 million of funding from investors Fortunis Capital, to expand on its goal of improving the emotional wellbeing of women. The femtech company provides virtual hypnotherapy sessions and wellness products to empower women to feel more confident. WHY IT MATTERS COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on the mental wellness of women. Evidence...
Funding, Psyomics, mental health

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By Sophie Porter 02:51 am October 27, 2020
Psyomics, a mental healthtech spin-out from Cambridge University, has closed a funding round of £1.5million to bring their mental health assessment and diagnosis platform, Censeo, to market in the UK. Built on 20 years of clinical research and psychological experience, Censeo has been developed to mirror the face-to-face psychiatric assessment process, utilising smart algorithms to guide users...
A patient uses a smartphone screening test to analyze stroke-like symptoms she's experiencing.

A patient at Houston Methodist Hospital, participates in a smartphone screening test to analyze stroke-like symptoms she's experiencing. Photo credit: Houston Methodist Hospital.

By Dave Muoio 03:14 pm October 26, 2020
Researchers from Penn State University and Houston Methodist Hospital recently outlined their work on a machine learning tool that uses a smartphone camera to quickly gauge facial movements for sign of a stroke. The tool – which was presented as a virtual poster at this month's International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – relies on computational facial...