Dave Muoio

July 12, 2018
An investigation published yesterday in The Lancet Psychiatry found that automated cognitive intervention delivered via sessions with a consumer-grade virtual reality headset effectively reduced individuals’ fear of heights, and was generally well received by those participating in the study. The results, researchers wrote, suggest that similar automated VR treatments could potentially be viable...
Spring Health digital wellness platform connects employees to mental healthcare resources

A screensnap of the digital wellness platform from Spring Health.

July 12, 2018
Spring Health, a digital wellness platform that connects employees to mental healthcare resources, has scooped up $6 million in seed funding, bringing the company’s total amount raised to $8 million. The round was led by Rethink Impact with additional participation from Work-Bench, BBG Ventures, and The Partnership Fund for New York City, as well as returning investors RRE Ventures and William K...
July 11, 2018
Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel-based deep learning startup Zebra Medical Vision announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for an algorithm that helps physicians quantify a patient’s coronary artery calcification. From a ECG-gated computed tomography (CT) scan, the Coronary Calcium Scoring algorithm automatically calculates a calcification rating equivalent to those derived using the Agatston...
Predictive health analytics company Lumiata announces new CEO Dilawar Syed

Dilawar Syed is Lumiata's new CEO.

July 11, 2018
Silicon Valley-based predictive health analytics company Lumiata has raised $11 million in a funding round led by Khosla Ventures and BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners. The round also included participation from Sandbox Industries, Intel Capital, and other unnamed investors. The new backing will primarily be used to accelerate deployment of the company’s health analytics offering, according...
July 11, 2018
In 2016, UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic cut a deal that established the latter’s devices as the preferred insulin pumps for United members with diabetes. Now, the companies have announced year one data suggesting that members who took advantage of the companies’ arrangement experienced fewer preventable hospital admissions when compared to members relying on multiple daily injections of insulin...
July 10, 2018
A team of researchers from Tufts University, Harvard Medical School, and Purdue University, have presented academia’s latest take on the smart bandage. Recently described in the journal Small and so far tested only in vitro, the novel wound dressing is flexible, monitors the wearer’s wound in real time, and can administer a drug either on demand or in accordance to individual treatment protocols...
July 10, 2018
San Francisco-based predictive health company Potrero Medical has closed $26.6 million in an oversubscribed Series C round, according to a statement from the company. The investment was led by GT Healthcare Capital Partners and Sonder Capital. Potrero’s business is focused on employing smart sensors and data analytics to identify conditions in their early stages. Its primary product is the...
July 9, 2018
Prying eyes. Polar now joins Strava in the list of fitness app makers accidentally betraying military information. According to a report from the Dutch publication De Correspondent, an opt-in feature within the app posts users’ routes to an online map can become a gateway to their private information with diligent searching and a simple modification of the browser’s web address. Working with the...
Fitbit, Immersion settle lawsuit
July 9, 2018
After filing a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California roughly a year ago, San Jose-based Immersion has settled its beef with Fitbit, the former announced in a statement. The terms of the settlement and license agreement reached by the two companies were not disclosed in the announcement.   Immersion took issue with the haptic feedback technology featured in...
July 9, 2018
Researchers from the University of Waterloo have described a proof-of-concept system that uses Google’s Soli — an experimental, radar-based gesture tracker co-developed with Infineon — to track concentrations of glucoses within a solution. With further investigation and adjustment, this prototype technology could potentially be implemented for diabetes patients as a novel noninvasive approach to...