Aditi Pai

By Aditi Pai 10:57 amMarch 2, 2016
Boston Scientific has launched a new app, called the Ureteral Stent Tracker, that helps urologists and their staff keep tabs on ureteral stents implanted in patients with kidney stones. The app was developed in partnership with health app developer Visible Health. Ureteral stents is a thin tube inserted into a patient’s ureter to hold the ureter open and maintain proper drainage of urine. Often,...
By Aditi Pai 02:14 pmMarch 1, 2016
UnitedHealthcare has partnered with Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Life to launch a new mobile-enabled wellness program, called UnitedHealthcare Motion. The program is designed for UnitedHealthcare members and their covered spouses who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans. “UnitedHealthcare Motion brings together wearable technology, telemedicine and wellness incentives to empower employees...
By Aditi Pai 12:35 pmMarch 1, 2016
About five months after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) first charged the marketers of a vision improvement app, called UltimEyes, with deceptively claiming their program was scientifically proven to improve the user's eye sight, the FTC has approved a final consent order that requires the company to stop making these claims. Carrot Neurotechnology, the company behind the UltimEyes, charges $9...
By Aditi Pai 09:51 amMarch 1, 2016
Baltimore, Maryland-based WellDoc has announced a collaboration with LifeScan, a Johnson and Johnson company that makes blood glucose meters. WellDoc also raised an additional $7.5 million from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and other investors, bringing the company’s total funding in its most recent round to $29.5 million.  Existing investors include Samsung Ventures, Merck Global Health...
By Aditi Pai 02:25 pmFebruary 29, 2016
Crisis Text Line, a 24-7 mental health texting hotline for teenagers, announced that the non-profit organization plans to share the data it has collected since launching with researchers who want to analyze it. The Crisis Text Line program offers young people free access to a texting service if they need emotional support and information from a trained specialist. Teens can text the line for a...
By Aditi Pai 01:03 pmFebruary 29, 2016
Fitbit revealed in its annual report that it ended up buying fitness coaching app FitStar last year for about $24.8 million because it didn't end up having to pay the earnout of $7.7 million. Fitbit confirmed that it had acquired FitStar in March 2015. Shortly after the news broke, an SEC filing suggested that Fitbit spent at least $17.8 million the acquisition.  When the company went public a...
By Aditi Pai 01:48 pmFebruary 26, 2016
Zipnosis, a telemedicine company, has hired John Jordan as the company’s SVP of sales and marketing. John Jordan previously served as VP of North American sales at dbMotion, a software company acquired by Allscripts in 2013, as well as senior VP of sales at GE Healthcare. At Zipnosis Jordan will develop new partnerships and revenue streams for the company.  “John’s decades of experience in...
By Aditi Pai 10:22 amFebruary 26, 2016
The Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) has announced that it plans to launch an multi-country clinical study, called Novel START, using New Zealand-based Adherium’s connected inhalers. In addition to New Zealand, other study sites will be in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Adherium's Smartinhaler sends data on when medication was taken to mobile devices and desktop...
By Aditi Pai 12:05 pmFebruary 25, 2016
This summer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will launch a Participant Technologies Center to test and maintain connected sensor technologies as part of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), NIH Director Francis Collins announced today at the Precision Medicine Summit. Vanderbilt University, with help from Verily (formerly known as Google Live Sciences) as advisors, will...
By Aditi Pai 12:07 amFebruary 25, 2016
Plano, Texas-based remote patient monitoring company Vivify Health has raised $17 million in a round led by strategic investor UPMC with participation from Strategic investors Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) and Envision Healthcare Holdings.  This round was a completion of a round Vivify Health started in November 2014. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $23....