Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 03:34 pmMarch 17, 2020
Blue Shield of California announced yesterday that it is now waiving out-of-pocket costs for all commercial plan members using Teladoc Health's services until May 31. This includes individual and family plans, as well as those sponsored by an employee. "As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, we believe making telemedicine more readily available is the right thing to do," Dr....
By Dave Muoio 01:10 pmMarch 17, 2020
Oura, maker of a health-monitoring smart ring for consumers, has raised $28 million in a new Series B funding round, CEO Harpreet Singh Rai announced today in a medium.com post. Forerunner Ventures, Square and Google's Gradient Ventures participated in the raise. The first two groups will be rewarded with spots on Oura's board of directors, while Gradient Ventures Founder and Managing Partner...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pmMarch 16, 2020
Alphabet's Verily has launched a website where California residents can complete a short survey regarding their current condition and, if they meet certain criteria, could be referred to a nearby mobile COVID-19 testing site. Conducted through Verily's Project Baseline population health effort and developed in collaboration with federal, state and local public health authorities, the triage...
By Dave Muoio 01:21 pmMarch 16, 2020
Element Science, a San Francisco startup developing a wearable personal defibrillator, brought in $145.6 million in Series C funding earlier this month. Led by Deerfield Healthcare and Qiming Venture Partners USA, the raise also included new backers Cormorant Asset Management and Invus Opportunities, as well as prior supporters Third Rock Ventures and Google Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Headed by CEO,...
By Dave Muoio 04:06 pmMarch 12, 2020
Together in perfect harmony. Dexcom and Welldoc have kicked off a new collaboration that will provide Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor users with data-analysis insights from Welldoc's digital diabetes management product, BlueStar. These insights include information on how lifestyle factors such as activity, nutrition, sleep and medication adherence are affecting a user's glucose levels. “Now...
By Dave Muoio 02:09 pmMarch 12, 2020
New York City-based RubiconMD, maker of a digital-expert consultation platform, has snagged $18 million in Series C funding. Deerfield Management Company led the new investments, which included the support of prior backers Optum Ventures, HLM Venture Partners, Waterline Ventures and Heritage Provider Network. With this, RubiconMD said that its total fundraise now exceeds $40 million. WHAT THEY DO...
By Dave Muoio 02:58 pmMarch 11, 2020
A CVS Health service designed to help CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management clients more easily roll out and manage third-party health products has added five new digital health offerings to its lineup. The program – which has also seen a branding change from "Vendor Benefit Management" to "Point Solutions Management" – was first announced last June with only single participating vendor: Big...
By Dave Muoio 01:44 pmMarch 11, 2020
Lyra Health, maker of a digital benefits platform focused on behavioral health, announced today that it is adding $75 million in Series C funding to the roughly $100 million it had raised previously. The new investments were headed by IVP, with additional support coming from new backer Meritech Capital Partners and prior investors Casdin Capital, Crown Venture Fund, Glynn Capital, Greylock...
By Dave Muoio 01:57 pmMarch 10, 2020
The past few days have seen 9to5Mac publish a torrent of new features it has spotted within the leaked code of Apple’s next firmware update, iOS 14. While the majority of these details have to do with interface customization, parental controls and the like, two new functionalities will be of particular interest to competitors already offering digital wellness tools. The first is blood oxygen-...
By Dave Muoio 03:53 pmMarch 9, 2020
On Friday, Microsoft announced a handful of new capabilities coming to its Microsoft 365 platform that are designed to improve communications among care teams and facilitate low-friction telehealth visits with patients. Chief among the new tools already rolled out to providers is targeted communication within both the mobile and desktop versions of Microsoft Teams, Kristina Behr, general manager...