Dave Muoio

A mother and child during a telehealth video visit
By Dave Muoio 01:37 pm November 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many consumers to telehealth for the first time, but their reactions to these virtual care technologies – namely, how willing they are to continue using them and how much they're willing to pay – greatly vary based on how much each generation values convenience over a trusted provider. These are the major takeaways of the Accelerate Health 2020 Consumer...
irhythm patch
By Dave Muoio 03:17 pm November 18, 2020
Long-term data on ambulatory monitoring patches. Scientists from the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Johnson & Johnson have unveiled three-year study data for iRhythm Technologies' Zio wearable ambulatory monitoring patches at this year's American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. The mSToPS study examined 1,738 participants who were a mean age 73.7 years at the time of...
The Lucira COVID-19 All-in-One Test Kit and its packaging
By Dave Muoio 12:29 pm November 18, 2020
Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test that provides individuals with a result within 30 minutes, in the comfort of their home. As opposed to currently available at-home testing products, which have patients self-collect a nasal swab sample and ship it for processing in a lab, the Lucira COVID-19 All-in-One Test Kit...
By Dave Muoio 10:30 am November 17, 2020
It's little exaggeration to say that the college experience of 2020 is unrecognizable from that of years past. With the COVID-19 pandemic refusing to dissipate, many students are earning their credits through their computers. Those who are attending classes on campus are navigating social distancing requirements and frequent testing protocols. All of this comes with the normal stressors young...
An image of the pre-acquisition InPen device and connected app.

The InPen alongside Companion Medical's connected app

By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm November 12, 2020
Shortly after acquiring smart insulin-pen-maker Companion Medical, Medtronic has officially launched the InPen device alongside integration with its Guardian Connect connected glucose monitoring (CGM) system. Of note, Medtronic's InPen is the only smart insulin pen cleared by the FDA for use by people requiring multiple daily injections. It received that 510(k) back in 2016. WHY IT MATTERS With...
By Dave Muoio 10:37 am November 12, 2020
Amazon has rolled out a slew of new features for its Alexa personal assistant that will help U.S. users check in on an aging family member from afar. Called the Care Hub, the features allow users to program a set of activity alerts that are delivered from an in-home Alexa-enabled device to the caregiver's Alexa app. These can include a heads up when a senior first uses their Alexa device each day...
An image of the AutoML Entity Extraction for Healthcare tool
By Dave Muoio 01:55 pm November 11, 2020
Google Cloud pulled back the curtain yesterday on two artificial intelligence tools designed to help healthcare and life science organizations scan and analyze large volumes of unstructured text, the Healthcare Natural Language API and AutoML Entity Extraction for Healthcare. The first of these two offerings looks to automatically extract common trends or other insights from medical records notes...
By Dave Muoio 02:40 pm November 10, 2020
Following up on its $28 million add-on investment from May, Carbon Health today announced the close of a $100 million Series C funding round led by Dragoneer Investment Group. The tech-enabled primary care provider's raise also included support from Brookfield Technology Partners, DCVC and Builders VC. Carbon Health's approach of blending in-person visits at a clinic or pop-up site with virtual...
A deal being signed
By Dave Muoio 12:16 pm November 10, 2020
Yesterday Centene Corporation, a managed care enterprise, announced its plans to acquire unstructured patient data analytics company Apixio. The artificial intelligence company will operate independently underneath Centene's Health Care Enterprises group, according to the announcement. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year. The companies did not disclose any other terms of the...
Images of the NightWare app on Apple Watches
By Dave Muoio 02:47 pm November 9, 2020
The FDA granted Minneapolis-based NightWare a De Novo clearance on Friday for its Apple Watch and iPhone app designed to improve the sleep quality of those experiencing nightmare disorder and nightmares related to PTSD. The digital therapeutic – which received breakthrough designation from the agency last year – uses the Watch's sensors to track the heart rate and movement of users as they sleep...