Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 03:50 pmOctober 10, 2019
Digital chronic disease management company Omada Health has added onto June’s $73 million funding round with a new strategic investment from Intermountain Ventures. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. WHAT THEY DO Omada pitches its digital coaching programs as a scalable and convenient approach to chronic disease management. The company’s products address hypertension, Type 2 diabetes,...
By Dave Muoio 02:36 pmOctober 10, 2019
Facebook is looking serve as the facilitator of constructive, supportive mental health discussions between friends with today’s release of new features for the social media network and its private messaging service, Messenger. Timed for release on the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day, the company has unveiled a “Let’s Talk” photo filter for Stories that invites peers struggling...
By Dave Muoio 11:53 amOctober 10, 2019
Sentio, a behavioral health startup offering an emotion-sensing wearable and a connected support app, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by Felicis Ventures, with additional support from Anthemis Exponential Ventures and SOSV, and brings the company’s total raise to $6.3 million. WHAT THEY DO Sentio’s Feel platform is headlined by the Feel Emotion Sensor, a wristband that...
By Dave Muoio 03:43 pmOctober 9, 2019
Patient engagement has long been a tough nut for healthcare to crack, and it’s not for a lack of trying. New technologies that meet the patient in their home offer a clear opportunity to meet patients throughout the course of their daily lives, but the tools themselves are only half of the solution — making a real connection is just as much about addressing and responding to each individual’s...
By Dave Muoio 01:28 pmOctober 9, 2019
Medicare Advantage plan reimbursing for Apple Watches. Startup Medicare payer Devoted Health will be offering Apple Watches to its members as a fitness benefit, according to a report from CNBC that MobiHealthNews confirmed with the company. Devoted Health wrote in its marketing materials that it will be covering $150 of the cost of “wearable devices like an Apple Watch” per year alongside other...
By Dave Muoio 03:50 pmOctober 7, 2019
Walmart’s 2020 healthcare plan for its retail associates will have some new features courtesy of partnerships with digital and remote health companies. For starters, those in the Northwest Arkansas, Orlando/Tampa and Dallas/Fort Worth areas will be provided with a “Featured Providers” tool driven by healthcare data firm Embold Health. With this, associates will receive suggestions for local,...
By Dave Muoio 03:18 pmOctober 7, 2019
Proteus Digital Health’s ingestible pill and sensor system could improve medication adherence, and subsequently treatment, for patients with tuberculosis (TB), according to new data from an independent study conducted in California. Published Friday in PLoS Medicine, the trial found Proteus’ system to accurately determine whether or not a medication was taken. Patients using the system at home...
By Dave Muoio 03:20 pmOctober 3, 2019
Diligent Robotics, maker of an autonomous robot assistant for hospitals, has raised $3 million in seed funding. The raise was headed by True Ventures and Ubiquity Ventures, as well as Next Coast Ventures, Capital Factory, Pathbreaker Ventures, Boom Capital, Grit Ventures and other unnamed angel investors. This adds to another $2.1 million round announced back in the beginning of 2018, as well as...
By Dave Muoio 01:47 pmOctober 3, 2019
Many healthcare and digital health stakeholders don’t believe that health tech companies fully understand the complexities of their market, according to a new survey published this week from law firm Ropes & Gray and media company Crain’s New York Business. These data from nearly 300 respondents also suggest apprehensions surrounding healthcare partnerships with digital health companies, with...

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By Dave Muoio 03:21 pmOctober 2, 2019
Machine intelligence and big data analyst firm CB Insights has put together a list of what it considers to be today’s 150 “most promising” private digital health startups. The full cohort spans a wide range of healthcare focus areas, business models, home countries and funding stages, and is accompanied by a report highlighting some of the key trends and characteristics shared by the digital...