Blood testing startup gets $27.8M, Lyft's IPO docs talk health, and more digital health briefs

Also: Telehealth parity bill passes in Georgia; DrChrono and Orbita add new features.
By Jonah Comstock
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Blood-testing startup gets $27.8 million. Sight Diagnostics — an Israeli digital health company that offers small, fast, point-of-care complete blood count tests requiring only a fingerprick — has raised $27.8 million in Series C funding, including a $10 million strategic investment from consumer digital health fund Longliv Ventures. Other investors included Jack Nicklaus II, Steven Esrick and existing investors OurCrowd, Go Capital and New Alliance Capital.

"Sight's mission is to improve health by providing fast, accurate and pain-free testing when and where it is needed," Yossi Pollak, CEO of Sight Diagnostics, said in a statement. "The company will use the funding first and foremost to ramp up the global expansion of OLO, Sight's lab-grade point-of-care blood diagnostics system, and with Longliv Ventures as a strategic investor we look forward to an effective and rapid expansion of our sales."

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Orbita adds Q&A, user-friendly interface, analytics tool. Boston-based healthcare voice chatbot company Orbita introduced a slew of new offerings last week. Orbita Answers is a knowledge management framework that will help companies turn educational content into a voice application that can respond to questions. Orbita Flow is a new tool and visual interface to make creating voice and chatbot features easier for healthcare stakeholders. And Orbita Insights is a new analytics platform for measuring the use of voice tools.

"We've worked closely with our most innovative clients to develop capabilities that improve every step in the development and optimization of voice and conversational chat applications," Bill Rogers, Orbita CEO, said in a statement. "With the addition of Flow, Insights and Answers to Orbita Voice, we further cement our position as the gold standard conversational platform for healthcare."

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Lyft's IPO docs show healthcare aspirations. Rideshare company Lyft is going public, and the company's S-1 filings have some interesting information about the company's plans and interests in the healthcare space, HealthLeaders reports. The document highlights plans to continue to target the healthcare market through partnerships with its Lyft Concierge offering. But it also cites the need for HIPAA compliance — and the possibility of fines resulting from a breach of HIPAA-protected data — as a potential risk to the company.

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Two new bills expand telehealth in Georgia. Georgia is the latest state to get on the telehealth parity bandwagon, passing two bills last week that, among other things, require payers to reimburse for telehealth at the same rates as in-person visits. SB 115 and SB 118 also let out-of-state providers treat Georgia residents via telehealth and expands certain definitions around telehealth (such as "originating site") to allow for home visits to be treated the same as clinic-to-clinic telehealth visits.

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DrChrono, CoverMyMeds expand partnership. Mobile EHR-maker DrChrono is expanding its partnership with CoverMyMeds to include electronic prior authorizations through DrChrono's EHR, which should save about 15 minutes per authorization. The expansion also includes RxBenefit Clarity, a medication decision support platform to help prescribing physicians access accurate prescription price information in the moment.

“This partnership gives providers access to the most accurate real-time benefit check platform and leading electronic prior authorization technology at the point of prescribing, which helps enhance productivity within the EHR platform and enables patients to be more involved in their treatment plans,” Ryan Tarzy, VP of strategy and business development at CoverMyMeds, said in a statement. “Patients are at the center of everything we do, and our solutions always contribute to our mission of helping patients get the medications they need to be healthy.” More at Healthcare IT News.

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