Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 02:36 pmOctober 25, 2019
Augmedix, a startup that uses natural language processing (NLP) and devices to populate medical documentation from clinician-patient conversations, has raised $19 million in Series B funding. Redmile Group, McKesson Ventures, DCM Ventures, Wanxiang Healthcare Investments and other unnamed investors all contributed. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2012, the startup made a name for itself by outfitting...
By Dave Muoio 03:20 pmOctober 24, 2019
Butterfly Network, the very well-funded maker of a smartphone-connected, point-of-care ultrasound device, announced that it is releasing a suite of mobile-friendly tools for provider workflows. WHAT’S THE IMPACT Called Butterfly Enterprise, the platform connects with third-party ultrasound devices as well as the Butterfly iQ handheld device and the provider’s EHR or PACS systems. The system is...
By Dave Muoio 01:48 pmOctober 24, 2019
It’s an age-old question: do joint and bone pains really get worse with the weather, or is it all just grumblings and happenstance? For an answer, a new study published in NPJ Digital Health looked to smartphones, tasking thousands participants with long-term pain to report their daily pain levels through an app and referencing these against their GPS-based local weather. By doing so, researchers...
By Dave Muoio 03:45 pmOctober 23, 2019
Consumer-facing health apps are increasingly prevalent, but they’re anything but infallible. According to a recent literature review of published app safety investigations, these offerings have been shown to include issues ranging from poor content or information to faulty functionality. “Health apps may have significant potential to improve population health,” the study’s authors wrote. “However...
By Dave Muoio 02:14 pmOctober 23, 2019
Epstein Becker Green has released the annual update to its Telemental Health Laws Survey, a state-by-state breakdown of behavioral telehealth services coverage compiled (as of last year) into a free app. Broadly, the 2019 update suggests increasing interest and acceptance of telehealth services for addressing behavioral health issues, according to an overview of the updates published by the...
By Dave Muoio 03:33 pmOctober 22, 2019
Mountain View, California-based Beddr is taking aim at the employer market. The sleep health company announced this morning the launch of a new program that provides employees with a sleep tracking device, weekly coaching and referrals to experts. “Beddr’s program helps people who have a combination of physiological, psychological and lifestyle causes of their chronic sleep issues,” Michael Kisch...
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...