Dave Muoio

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...
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...