Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 05:11 pmOctober 30, 2017
Mountain View, California-based Second Opinion Health is seeing strong feedback since recently exiting stealth mode for release of its first product Migraine Alert, an app that provides personalized predictions of migraine episodes for people with intermittent migraines. The company's app, currently being offered direct to consumers, is being studied at the Mayo Clinic in trials backed by...
By Dave Muoio 02:44 pmOctober 30, 2017
While new healthcare technologies should be key resources for overwhelmed providers, American Medical Association President Dr. David Barbe said during a keynote address at the Connected Health Conference in Boston last week that his organization is concerned that past and upcoming solutions could be adding more fuel to the growing issue of physician burnout. “We listen to what physicians around...
By Dave Muoio 03:56 pmOctober 27, 2017
5G mobile networks may be years away, but that hasn’t stopped mobile health players from salivating over its potential — and perhaps for good reason. A newly released report from Qualcomm and the University of California, Berkeley suggests that the technology will become a “substantial enabler” of the future’s personalized health care ecosystem, and within healthcare alone will have a sales...
By Dave Muoio 12:14 pmOctober 27, 2017
MintHealth has announced the launch of its self-sovereign health record platform here at the Connected Health Conference in Boston. Powered by blockchain technology, the service allows patients to access their health records in real-time through a mobile or web app, and features a specialized digital currency as an incentive for preferred patient behaviors. “Blockchain is a buzzword that’s...
By Dave Muoio 04:25 pmOctober 26, 2017
As an opioid epidemic continues to threaten the US, the government is looking to its tech-savvy citizens for support. Here at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, Department of Health and Human Services’ Chief Technology Officer Bruce Greenstein called for developers to participate in a government-sanctioned codeathon to devise a technological solution to the epidemic. “When the government...
By Dave Muoio 12:12 pmOctober 26, 2017
It’s hard to argue that steadily increasing lifespans are anything but a positive, but medical breakthroughs over the past few decades have brought with them another pressing challenge for digital health to overcome: aging. “We’re not getting any younger, either individually or as a society. In fact, for the first time in history, by 2020 there’ll be more people over 65 than under five,” Dr....
By Dave Muoio 04:53 pmOctober 25, 2017
While the startup ecosystem of 25 major US markets grew 35 percent from 2016 to 2017, investment into companies specifically looking to disrupt healthcare with digital care or other solutions remained relatively stagnant during the same period, according to data from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and 1776’s annual “Innovation that Matters” report. However, these data likely aren’t signs...
By Dave Muoio 02:35 pmOctober 25, 2017
A newly announced study backed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Lundbeck US, and Advocate Health Care will explore the effectiveness of a mobile app designed to improve engagement between patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and their providers. The investigation will use the Advocate Pathway App to capture the start of or any adjustments to a patient’s antidepressant therapy. Through a...
By Dave Muoio 02:11 pmOctober 25, 2017
UK-based startup Echo has raised $9.3 million (7 million British pounds) in Series A funding for their medication management and resupply app, according to a report from TechCrunch. The funding round was led by White Star Capital with additional participation from MMC Ventures, Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital, Public.io, and prior investor LocalGlobe. Cofounded by Dr. Sai Lakshmi, a...
By Dave Muoio 04:25 pmOctober 24, 2017
Brooklyn-based Wellth, makers of a mobile platform designed to improve treatment adherence through behavioral economics, will be launching a National Institutes of Health-backed study on hypertension. Using their app, the company will investigate how best to incentivize hypertension patients take their medication and engage in healthier behaviors. “Nonadherence is multifactorial — there’s a lot...