Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 01:28 pmOctober 9, 2019
Medicare Advantage plan reimbursing for Apple Watches. Startup Medicare payer Devoted Health will be offering Apple Watches to its members as a fitness benefit, according to a report from CNBC that MobiHealthNews confirmed with the company. Devoted Health wrote in its marketing materials that it will be covering $150 of the cost of “wearable devices like an Apple Watch” per year alongside other...
By Dave Muoio 03:50 pmOctober 7, 2019
Walmart’s 2020 healthcare plan for its retail associates will have some new features courtesy of partnerships with digital and remote health companies. For starters, those in the Northwest Arkansas, Orlando/Tampa and Dallas/Fort Worth areas will be provided with a “Featured Providers” tool driven by healthcare data firm Embold Health. With this, associates will receive suggestions for local,...
By Dave Muoio 03:18 pmOctober 7, 2019
Proteus Digital Health’s ingestible pill and sensor system could improve medication adherence, and subsequently treatment, for patients with tuberculosis (TB), according to new data from an independent study conducted in California. Published Friday in PLoS Medicine, the trial found Proteus’ system to accurately determine whether or not a medication was taken. Patients using the system at home...
By Dave Muoio 03:20 pmOctober 3, 2019
Diligent Robotics, maker of an autonomous robot assistant for hospitals, has raised $3 million in seed funding. The raise was headed by True Ventures and Ubiquity Ventures, as well as Next Coast Ventures, Capital Factory, Pathbreaker Ventures, Boom Capital, Grit Ventures and other unnamed angel investors. This adds to another $2.1 million round announced back in the beginning of 2018, as well as...
By Dave Muoio 01:47 pmOctober 3, 2019
Many healthcare and digital health stakeholders don’t believe that health tech companies fully understand the complexities of their market, according to a new survey published this week from law firm Ropes & Gray and media company Crain’s New York Business. These data from nearly 300 respondents also suggest apprehensions surrounding healthcare partnerships with digital health companies, with...

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By Dave Muoio 03:21 pmOctober 2, 2019
Machine intelligence and big data analyst firm CB Insights has put together a list of what it considers to be today’s 150 “most promising” private digital health startups. The full cohort spans a wide range of healthcare focus areas, business models, home countries and funding stages, and is accompanied by a report highlighting some of the key trends and characteristics shared by the digital...
By Dave Muoio 11:49 amOctober 2, 2019
Digital obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) identification and management platform NOCD has received $4 million in Series A funding. The round was headed by Chicago Ventures, with Glen Tullman’s 7Wire Ventures, Meridian Street Capital and Hyde Park Angels also participating. WHAT THEY DO NOCD’s app acts as a resource for individuals who have, or suspect they have, the condition. It features a...
By Dave Muoio 04:23 pmOctober 1, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland-based patient monitoring wearable and platform company Current Health (formerly snap40) has cut deals with fellow connected monitor maker VivaLNK and spirometry device company MIR (Medical International Research) to add axillary temperature and spirometry measurement capabilities to its offering. Enabled by a 510(k) clearance posted by the FDA back in July, these types of...
By Dave Muoio 03:10 pmOctober 1, 2019
Sixth time's the charm? Roche’s Accu-Chek Connect Diabetes Management App has notched its sixth device recall from the FDA, this time due to meter-to-app data transfer issues for users with Android OS 8.0 and above. According to the agency’s posting, Roche notified partners, users and call centers of the issue and released and update addressing the problem before the end of that month. Prior to...
By Dave Muoio 03:41 pmSeptember 30, 2019
Cutting-edge technologies often serve as the drivers of innovation, and within healthcare can inspire pioneers to devise new means of spotting illnesses or streamlining patient care. But it’s vital for digital health entrepreneurs and innovation-minded providers to look beyond the patients who would hardly blink an eye at yearly device upgrades or $1,000+ smartphones, and remember that there are...