Dave Muoio

August 8, 2018
Voice assistants are finding their way into a growing number of consumer homes, leading an ever-increasing number of healthcare companies to investigate how these connected technologies can be used to improve patients' health and deliver pertinent information directly to the individual. Unsurprisingly, building a successful consumer voice app comes with a number of challenges and considerations...
MinuteClinic Video Visits
August 8, 2018
Through a partnership with Teladoc, CVS’ MinuteClinic announced today that it has launched a 24-7 telehealth offering available through an app for consumers’ smartphones. The service is intended for patients aged two years or older seeking care for a minor illness, minor injury, skin condition, or “other wellness needs.” MinuteClinic Video Visits are currently available in Arizona, California,...
August 7, 2018
Telemedicine may help practitioners better reach their patients, but the convenience could come at a cost for the provider. In a qualitative study recently accepted in Nature’s Pediatric Research journal, pediatric doctors conducting telemedicine consultations report a number of medical and non-medical challenges that are not present during face-to-face encounters. "It is clear that doctors...
August 7, 2018
As more healthcare systems look to embrace big data and the benefits analytics-driven care strategies could bring, the need to build EHRs that can communicate patients’ health data without hassle is growing with each day. But despite growing awareness and billions in expenses, the issue of inadequate interoperability remains the albatross around healthcare IT’s neck, and one that is having a...
August 6, 2018
The early days of dermatology apps were fraught with controversy, but the more recent attempts at digital skin examinations have seen some success thanks to advances in machine learning (ML) technologies. But while the benefits of clinically-validated automated screenings are easy to imagine, a recent article published in JAMA Dermatology suggests that the training methods for these algorithms...
August 6, 2018
New York City-based Peloton has raised another $550 million in financing to support its connected home exercise equipment and virtual workout class business. With this Series F round, Peloton’s total funding is just shy of $1 billion raised. The round was led by TCV, with support from returning investors Tiger Global, True Ventures, Wellington Management, Fidelity, NBCUniversal, Kleiner Perkins,...
August 2, 2018
Natural Cycles, an app that bills itself as a contraceptive and fertility tracker, has again found itself the target of regulatory investigation due to claims made in its advertisements. According to the Guardian, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has kicked off a formal investigation into the Swedish company after receiving three complaints regarding the app and its paid advertising on...
August 2, 2018
It was a bit of a bumpy start, but it’s beginning to look like Fitbit’s push into the smartwatch market is bearing fruit. While the company is still operating at a loss, yesterday’s Q2 earnings report revealed that the Fitbit’s downward revenue and device sales trend was lessened by the success of its Versa smartwatch, which the company said has outsold all Samsung, Garmin, and Fossil’s...
August 2, 2018
Drug information startup InpharmD has signed a three-year contract with Georgia’s WellStar Health System that will provide InpharmD’s mobile app to the system’s practitioners. Physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants will be able to submit their drug queries through the AI-powered app and receive a customized and evidence-based response within a specified timeframe,...
August 1, 2018
A group of consumer genetic and personal genomic testing companies have released a set of best practices for handling consumers’ personal genetic data. Designed to ensure privacy and promote transparency, the guidelines include a requirement for separate express consent before a company can transfer genetic data to a third party, such as an insurer or employer. “Supporting strong and transparent...