Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 12:10 pmOctober 22, 2019
Octave, a startup behavioral health practice that blends in-person therapy with virtual coaching services, has collected $11 million in Series A funding. The raise was led by Greycroft and supported by Obvious Ventures. The announcement also coincides with news of a partnership that establishes Octave as an in-network provider for Anthem Blue Cross of California. In addition, it is opening two...

From left to right: HIMSS' Steve Wretling, Cornell's Dr. Joann Difede, Cedar-Sinai's Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Harvard and MGH's Dr. Anthony Sossong, and Rendever's Kyle Rand.

By Dave Muoio 03:55 pmOctober 21, 2019
Virtual reality has been on the healthcare scene for quite a few years now, but it’s only within the last half decade or so that the technology has started to resemble an effective medical technology. While its potential use cases are varied to say the least, a couple of standout approaches such as pain distraction therapy now boast a healthy body of data suggesting its prowess under experimental...
By Dave Muoio 12:05 pmOctober 21, 2019
Fitt, a digital platform that highlights local fitness and wellness options for consumers, has closed a round of funding led by Mountain State Capital. Riverfront Ventures and prior backer TNC Ventures also participated, as did wellness business management software company MINDBODY, which is coming on board as a strategic partner. The startup did not specify the value of the raise. WHAT THEY DO...
By Dave Muoio 02:58 pmOctober 17, 2019
Neil Jordan has had a front row seat to the changing role of tech and consumer-focused initiatives in healthcare. For nine years he served as Microsoft’s efforts in this space as the general manager of health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector, and much more recently stepped into the role of its general manager for retail health innovation. Here, he’s looking to grapple with the growing trend...
By Dave Muoio 09:03 amOctober 17, 2019
Fitbit will be working with the cardiovascular-focused Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance to develop “educational content and guidance” that will help device owners recognize if they are at risk of atrial fibrillation, as well as to seek appropriate support and diagnosis of the condition. A spokesperson for the companies noted that although the specifics of these programs are still in...
By Dave Muoio 12:20 pmOctober 16, 2019
Electronics juggernaut Sony is planning to launch a B2B device platform early next year that will help digital health companies incorporate a straightforward wearable sensor into their existing remote monitoring services. The mSafety platform — which Sony is previewing today at the Connected Health Conference in Boston — doesn’t look to focus on the apps, color displays or other features that...
By Dave Muoio 10:28 amOctober 16, 2019
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additional quotes from Pear Therapeutics. The poster child of digital therapeutics-pharma collaborations is soon to be no more, as Novartis division Sandoz announced that it is handing sole responsibility for the commercialization of the reSET and reSET-O prescription digital therapeutics back to Pear Therapeutics. “Pear and Sandoz previously signed...
By Dave Muoio 03:49 pmOctober 14, 2019
A new Stanford University-led study has found behavioral interventions such as activity reminders and education prompts delivered through a mobile app led to a significant increase in daily steps taken. “The results of this study show that minimal interventions delivered in a digital format can have a significant effect on physical activity,” the researchers wrote in The Lancet Digital Health. “...
By Dave Muoio 01:04 pmOctober 14, 2019
Australian digital medication management platform MedAdvisor has raised $11.5 million (17 million Australian dollars) through placement investment headed by Texas-based HMS Holdings, which now claims an approximately 13% ownership stake in the platform as a result of its $7.5 million strategic investment. MedAdvisor initially sought to raise just over $10 million (15 million Australian dollars)...
By Dave Muoio 02:57 pmOctober 11, 2019
It’s little secret that chronic conditions are a heavy burden on the healthcare system. Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and others can stick with a patient for decades, often leading to increased spending on disease management programs and costly visits when those efforts aren’t making an impact. What’s worse, many of the clinical advances of the past decade or so haven’t substantially moved the...