Dave Muoio

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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...
A provider conducts a telemedicine visit through a laptop
By  Dave Muoio 03:14 pm October 28, 2020
This month saw the annual release of Epstein Becker Green's Telemental Health Laws Survey, a state-by-state review of behavioral telehealth legislation, regulation and policies. Available in full as a free Android and iOS app, this year's breakdown includes regulation information for Puerto Rico, alongside the 50 states and Washington, D.C. WHY IT MATTERS Outside of compiling state-specific...
An aide helps a senior operate a tablet device
By  Dave Muoio 12:44 pm October 28, 2020
San Francisco-based home-care technology company Honor has wrapped up a $140 million Series D funding round. Announced yesterday, the raise was headed by Baillie Gifford, as well as funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates. Also joining was new backer Rock Springs, and prior investors Prosus Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and 8VC. This now brings the company's...
Executives sign a contract.
By  Dave Muoio 03:15 pm October 27, 2020
Life science technology and clinical trial data company Medidata announced today that it has acquired sensor maker MC10's digital biomarker business. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. WHAT'S THE IMPACT Medidata (a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes) said the purchase will allow it to add biometric data and new analytics capabilities to its Patient Cloud platform, particularly to the benefit...
A photo of Verily's headquarters in South San Francisco.
By  Dave Muoio 02:08 pm October 27, 2020
Yesterday, Kaiser Health News reported that California's San Francisco and Alameda counties had "severed ties" with a highly publicized "Project Baseline" COVID-19 testing program supported by Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences. In particular, the reporting focused on Verily-backed community testing sites located in Oakland that have been closed for months, one of which is now working to reopen with...
A patient uses a smartphone screening test to analyze stroke-like symptoms she's experiencing.
By  Dave Muoio 03:14 pm October 26, 2020
Researchers from Penn State University and Houston Methodist Hospital recently outlined their work on a machine learning tool that uses a smartphone camera to quickly gauge facial movements for sign of a stroke. The tool – which was presented as a virtual poster at this month's International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – relies on computational facial...