Dave Muoio

By  Dave Muoio 01:53 pm February 18, 2021
There is a dearth of published literature regarding the design, implementation and evaluation of mobile apps for sleep disturbance, as well as little indication of any standardized best practices adopted by sleep app developers or evaluators, according to a systematic review published yesterday in JMIR. The shortage of available data within this space is concerning in light of the 500-plus sleep...
By  Dave Muoio 01:32 pm February 17, 2021
App-based primary care provider 98point6 today announced a new integrated behavioral health offering for its employer, health plan and health system clientele. Founded in 2015, the company's app-based platform uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to conduct a text-based conversation with users, allowing it to build up a patient profile before matching them to a clinician for virtual...
A product shot of the Owlet Smart Sock V3 on an infant
By  Dave Muoio 03:30 pm February 16, 2021
Editor's note: This article has been updated with original quotes from the heads of Owlet Baby Care and Sandbridge Acquisition. Owlet Baby Care, the maker of connected infant-monitoring products targeted at consumers, today announced its plans to merge with Sandbridge Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) backed by Sandbridge Capital and PIMCO private funds, and to...
By  Dave Muoio 01:56 pm February 16, 2021
SNP chips, a type of DNA microarray frequently employed by consumer genomics companies, are "extremely unreliable" when identifying clinically-relevant variants that are rare among the general population, according to a retrospective study recently published in The BMJ. The investigation, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter, reviewed sequencing data from nearly 50,000...

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By  Dave Muoio 01:05 pm February 15, 2021
Facebook could soon be throwing its hat into the health and wellness wearables space. According to a Feb. 12 report from The Information citing four anonymous sources, the tech company has been working on a smartwatch that would include health and wellness and other features for consumers. The Android-based device is said to include a cellular connection so that it can be used independent of a...
By  Dave Muoio 03:50 pm February 12, 2021
Digital therapeutics have been plodding on a steady path toward acceptance within healthcare, but the modality reached new heights during a year of unprecedented adoption for digital health technologies. More and more software-based treatments are picking up regulatory approvals – including three De Novo clearances in 2020 alone – while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed more consumers,...
By  Dave Muoio 02:33 pm February 11, 2021
Data-driven emergency response platform RapidSOS announced this week the close of an $85 million Series C funding round led by Insight Partners. With this, the company has raised about $200 million from investors to date. WHAT IT DOES RapidSOS aims to provide emergency responders with accurate, real-time health and location data before they arrive on the scene. The company's platform collects a...
By  Dave Muoio 12:29 pm February 11, 2021
San Francisco-based mental health and wellness platform Modern Health has kept its foot on the gas throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Today it announced a $74 million Series D funding round just a few months after a $51 million Series C closed in October and formally announced in December. The new investments peg Modern Health's lifetime funding to more than $170 million, the company said, and its...
By  Dave Muoio 02:03 pm February 10, 2021
Mount Sinai researchers are the latest to share data indicating that consumer wearable devices can help flag new cases of COVID-19 prior to molecular diagnosis. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the institution's Warrior Watch Study provided Mount Sinai Health System workers with an Apple Watch and a custom study app. The results highlight a significant...
By  Dave Muoio 03:22 pm February 9, 2021
Theator, a Palo Alto company building an AI and computer vision platform for surgeons, has brought in a $15.5 million Series A round. Insight Partners led the raise, which also included new backer Blumberg Capital, prior investors NFX, StageOne Ventures, KdT Ventures, iAngels and a slew of individual investors. Theator's platform focuses on streamlining pre-operative preparations and post-...