Dave Muoio

Gene Gilmer, 90, participates in an online video chat clinical trial to see if regular conversation can stave off dementia, Feb. 6, 2019. Credit: OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff.

March 21, 2019
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are conducting a clinical trial that explores whether regular tech-enabled conversations might fend off dementia or other cognitive conditions related to cognitive decline among socially isolated seniors. According to a release from the school, the Internet-based Conversational Clinical Trial (I-CONECT) has been running at full steam...
March 21, 2019
Unite Us, a care coordination software maker that looks to connect social services with healthcare, has raised $35 million in a Series B round led by Oak HC/FT, according to a press release. With this, the company has raised a total of $45.3 million in funding. Newcomers Town Hall Ventures and Define Ventures also joined the round, as did returning backers Scout Ventures, Luminate and New York...
March 20, 2019
Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s Jefferson Health will soon explore whether a digital patient monitoring platform could help its patients during postoperative recovery, according to an announcement released this morning. The upcoming pilot will use MegesHealth’s iPostOp, which consists of a mobile app and web application that aims to engage patients in their recovery through the month after surgery...
March 20, 2019
Mail-order menopause treatment. Online men’s and women’s health platform Ro is expanding its services with the launch of a new platform for women experiencing menopause. Called Rory, the platform treats for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep deprivation and other symptoms of menopause, while also seeking to educate users on their personal health. Much like Ro’s other offerings, the service kicks...
March 20, 2019
Peerfit, a Tampa Bay area company that makes a digital platform for fitness benefits, has kicked off its Series C funding round with an $18 million raise from Virgo Investment Group, according to a release. The new investment brings the company’s total backing to more than $40 million. With this, Virgo’s managing director, Pooja Goel, will also be joining Peerfit as its first female board member...
March 19, 2019
Denver-based startup Sopris Health launched today the latest version of its mobile, artificial intelligence-powered clinical documentation system. Called Sopris Assistant, the tool guides practitioners through the composition of a clinical note and imports it into the EHR system in less than a minute. Sopris released a similar app-based service last May that would use a wearable and AI to listen...
March 19, 2019
Early data from the Apple Heart Study is now in the wild, but others are still investigating how the Apple Watch could play a role in personal health and clinical research. Just last week, the University of Michigan announced that it has launched a new three-year study that pairs Apple Watch user data with information from EHRs, survey data, genetic information and other health-related data....
March 18, 2019
Cala Health, a wearable neuromodulation therapy startup with Stanford University roots, has signed a licensing deal with Partners Healthcare affiliate Massachusetts General Hospital that will provide the former with a new nerve stimulation platform for chronic disease treatments. According to the announcement, the technologies Cala is interested in were the product of MGH research on...
March 18, 2019
Over the last week, San Francisco-based Vida Health’s consumer and member digital health coaching programs have seen the rollout of a personalized behavior recommendation and reminder tool powered by machine learning. In addition, the company is announcing later today a new coaching program focused on healthy sleeping, both as a standalone offering and as a module supporting its other services...
Among more than 400,000 participants who enrolled in the study, only 0.5 percent ever received an atrial fibrillation alert from the app.
March 18, 2019
This weekend, Stanford Medicine researchers presented the long-awaited results of the Apple Heart Study, which explored the performance of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and an accompanying algorithm in detecting potential arrhythmias. Funded by Apple and launched back in 2017, the research project enrolled 419,297 Apple Watch and iPhone owners. Among these users, 2,161 (roughly 0.5 percent...