Dave Muoio

A product shot of the Eko Duo device and connected tablet app
By Dave Muoio 12:16 pm November 9, 2020
This morning, digital cardiopulmonary health startup Eko pulled back the curtain on $65 million in new funding. The Series C raise was headed by Capital Partners and Questa Capital, and also saw participation from Artis Ventures, DigiTx Partners, NTTVC, 3M Ventures and other investors. WHAT IT DOES Based in Oakland, California, Eko is known for combining ECG-enabled digital stethoscope devices...
An image of the Foundations app
By Dave Muoio 03:20 pm November 5, 2020
Koa Health, a digital mental health company spun out of global telecoms company Telefonica, and previously known as Alpha Health, has raised $16.5 million (€14.1) in Series A funding, led by Ancora Finance Group and Wellington Partners. The raise coincides with Koa's launch as an independent company, with Telefonica remaining as a shareholder, customer and partner. WHAT IT DOES Koa Health offers...
By Dave Muoio 01:55 pm November 5, 2020
A recently published review of real-world claims data suggests that opioid use disorder patients prescribed Pear Therapeutics' reSET-O digital therapeutic, alongside pharmacotherapy, had fewer clinical encounters and subsequently decreased medical costs over a six-month period. The study was funded by Pear, coauthored by a Pear employee and published in the journal Expert Review of...
By Dave Muoio 02:06 pm November 4, 2020
MIT researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that listens to a person's coughing to determine whether or not they may have COVID-19, regardless if they are or are not symptomatic, according to research published last week in IEEE Open Journal of Engineering. To build it, the researchers solicited audio recordings of individuals coughing and accompanying information about their...
Screens and a plate of food
By Dave Muoio 03:26 pm November 3, 2020
New top-line data presented by Omada Health and researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Wake Forest University suggest that the chronic condition-management company's digital diabetes-prevention program can deliver clinically meaningful blood sugar reduction and weight loss over 12 months. The PREDICTS randomized controlled trial was first announced in 2018, and enrolled...
Also: Digital therapeutics company Palo Alto Health Sciences reports $9.1 million; Adherium gains new support from investment firm Viburnum.
By Dave Muoio 12:29 pm November 3, 2020
Human API, maker of a consumer-facing health data sharing platform, announced last week the close of "over $20 million" in Series C funding. The raise saw backers Samsung Ventures, CNO Financial Group, Allianz Life Ventures and Moneta VC joining returning investors BlueRun Ventures, SCOR Life and Health Ventures, and Guardian Life Insurance Company. The company's tools connect to a range of data...
MyFitnessPal apps
By Dave Muoio 03:16 pm November 2, 2020
Under Armour announced late last week that it is selling off MyFitnessPal to investment firm Francisco Partners for $345 million –  a fair bit lower than the $475 million it paid for the connected fitness app and platform back in 2015. The deal is set to officially close in the fourth quarter, and its value is inclusive of potential earn-out payments. The selloff comes roughly three years after...
A man wearing a Fitbit Charge 2 device
By Dave Muoio 11:18 am November 2, 2020
Symptom-based COVID-19 screening can be improved by incorporating data collected from wearable sensors into prediction algorithms, an approach that could complement ongoing testing efforts by spotting symptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals early, according to a research letter recently published in nature medicine. The findings are part of the DETECT (Digital Engagement and Tracking for...
Paperwork is handed off between two people
By Dave Muoio 03:17 pm October 29, 2020
This morning Israeli "Digital X-ray" company Nanox announced a new deal with medical data and image management firm Ambra Health. The agreement will see Ambra's cloud software integrated with the digital component of Nanox's in-development imaging systems, and according to the companies will streamline image management while making it easier to access for providers and patients. "It is our intent...
A video call through a tablet
By Dave Muoio 02:00 pm October 29, 2020
Teladoc Health has been on the up-and-up throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and yesterday's earnings report suggests that the company is having little trouble booking new business. In Q3 2020, the virtual care company outperformed its revenue and total visit projections, and fell about in line with its prediction of total U.S. paid membership and visit-fee-only access. However, the...