Dave Muoio

By  Dave Muoio 10:37 am November 12, 2020
Amazon has rolled out a slew of new features for its Alexa personal assistant that will help U.S. users check in on an aging family member from afar. Called the Care Hub, the features allow users to program a set of activity alerts that are delivered from an in-home Alexa-enabled device to the caregiver's Alexa app. These can include a heads up when a senior first uses their Alexa device each day...
An image of the AutoML Entity Extraction for Healthcare tool
By  Dave Muoio 01:55 pm November 11, 2020
Google Cloud pulled back the curtain yesterday on two artificial intelligence tools designed to help healthcare and life science organizations scan and analyze large volumes of unstructured text, the Healthcare Natural Language API and AutoML Entity Extraction for Healthcare. The first of these two offerings looks to automatically extract common trends or other insights from medical records notes...
By  Dave Muoio 02:40 pm November 10, 2020
Following up on its $28 million add-on investment from May, Carbon Health today announced the close of a $100 million Series C funding round led by Dragoneer Investment Group. The tech-enabled primary care provider's raise also included support from Brookfield Technology Partners, DCVC and Builders VC. Carbon Health's approach blends in-person visits at a clinic or pop-up site with virtual care...
A deal being signed
By  Dave Muoio 12:16 pm November 10, 2020
Yesterday Centene Corporation, a managed care enterprise, announced its plans to acquire unstructured patient data analytics company Apixio. The artificial intelligence company will operate independently underneath Centene's Health Care Enterprises group, according to the announcement. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year. The companies did not disclose any other terms of the...
Images of the NightWare app on Apple Watches
By  Dave Muoio 02:47 pm November 9, 2020
The FDA granted Minneapolis-based NightWare a De Novo clearance on Friday for its Apple Watch and iPhone app designed to improve the sleep quality of those experiencing nightmare disorder and nightmares related to PTSD. The digital therapeutic – which received breakthrough designation from the agency last year – uses the Watch's sensors to track the heart rate and movement of users as they sleep...
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...