Dave Muoio

A Jawbone activity tracker device.

By Dave Muoio 11:52 amMay 14, 2019
Wearable activity tracker maker Jawbone may have met its demise in 2017, but even then CEO Hossain Rahman was laying the groundwork for a pivot into the health services business. It now appears that investors are once again willing to back Rahman digital health ambitions, as a new SEC filing reveals that Jawbone Health — the new company founded from the ashes of Jawbone — has raised $65.4 million...
By Dave Muoio 05:47 pmMay 13, 2019
Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel-based deep learning startup Zebra Medical Vision announced yesterday that it has received an 510(k) clearance for an artificial intelligence tool that can read medical imaging to identify potential cases of pneumothorax — a build-up of gas between a lung and the chest wall. The HealthPNX product scans a chest X-ray or digital radiography scan for signs of the condition,...
By Dave Muoio 04:27 pmMay 13, 2019
Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to a patent describing a means of monitoring a user’s health while they sleep, without the use of a smart device like the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. The patent, registered with the European Patent Office and spotted yesterday by Patently Apple, incorporates sensors placed near or remote to the patient to monitor individual, environmental, physiological...
By Dave Muoio 11:38 amMay 13, 2019
Somerville, Massachusetts-based Podimetrics, maker of a connected device for diabetic foot ulcer detection, has raised $13.4 million in Series B funding. Rock Health, Norwich Ventures and Scientific Health Development each participated in the round. WHAT THEY DO Podimetrics’ platform consists of a cellular-connected SmartMat for use in the home, and a corresponding clinician-facing dashboard....
By Dave Muoio 08:42 amMay 13, 2019
Mobile consumer ECG maker AliveCor announced today that its long-teased six-lead ECG device has been cleared by the FDA and will be available to customers in June of this year. “[The KardiaMobile 6L clearance] is a big deal for us, and it’s important for patients and physicians because they will be able to get a materially improved view into patients’ hearts,” Dr. Jacqueline Shreibati, chief...
By Dave Muoio 03:16 pmMay 9, 2019
At-home lab test startup LetsGetChecked has brought in a $30 million Series B raise headed by health IT investment firm LTP. Optum Ventures and Qiming Venture Partners USA also returned to participate in the round. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2014, the New York City-based company offers consumers a range of lab tests that can be ordered through an online site or partner retailers. Customers receive a...
By Dave Muoio 03:12 pmMay 9, 2019
Aging adults living in care homes who are given and engage with robotic pets often experience health and quality of life benefits, according to a recent meta-analysis of 19 studies examining the devices. These findings are primarily based on qualitative responses collected during the included studies. While most quantitative data obtained in the review generally supported this trend, all but an...
By Dave Muoio 03:39 pmMay 8, 2019
Google goes big on AI for accessibility. A substantial portion of yesterday’s Google I/O developer conference keynote was devoted to the tech giant’s efforts on increasing device accessibility for those with speech, vision and hearing impairments. During its onstage presentation, the company demonstrated how artificial intelligence could record, interpret and ultimately transcribe the speech of...
By Dave Muoio 02:26 pmMay 8, 2019
San Diego-based MedCrypt, a maker of cybersecurity software for medical devices, has raised $5.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Section 32. Other participants include Eniac Ventures and Y Combinator, the latter of which included MedCrypt as part of its Winter 2019 batch. WHAT THEY DO While many medical device security companies are focusing their efforts on provider customers looking...
By Dave Muoio 11:32 amMay 8, 2019
A randomized controlled trial recently published in npj Digital Medicine found Kaia Health’s app-based exercise therapy for lower back pain (LBP) to be an effective treatment for multidisciplinary patients, and could be more effective than a standard strategy of individual physiotherapy sessions paired with online education. TOPLINE DATA In the investigation — which was sponsored by Kaia Health...