Dave Muoio

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By  Dave Muoio 11:38 am October 26, 2020
Nice Healthcare, a Minneapolis-based video and in-home primary care provider, has raised $5 million in seed funding, MedCity News reports. The funding was headed by Waterline Ventures, and also saw participation from Conductive Ventures and Indie.vc. WHAT IT DOES Offered through employers, Nice Healthcare's business uses a patient mobile app to schedule primary care virtual visits. These can be...
money rolled up
By  Dave Muoio 02:49 pm October 23, 2020
Health collaboration platform Cohere Health announced this week that it's doubled up a $10 million funding from the summer by raising an additional $10 million from its existing investors, a list that includes Flare Capital Partners and Define Ventures. WHAT IT DOES Cohere Health's platform brings providers and health plans onto the same page in an effort to build low-cost, evidence-based care...
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By  Dave Muoio 12:17 pm October 23, 2020
Employer mental health benefits provider Lyra Health has inked a strategic partnership with stress and wellness app Calm, the companies announced Tuesday. With the deal, Lyra's customers may choose to offer Calm's app and digital programs to their employees. Existing Lyra members with mild mental health issues such as stress will have the Calm app recommended. It will be available for direct...
By  Dave Muoio 02:29 pm October 22, 2020
Searching for outbreaks. The long and sometimes muddled tradition of predicting outbreak hot spots by analyzing search engine activity has continued into the COVID-19 era, with Mayo Clinic researchers publishing new findings that suggest strong correlations between certain keywords and case reports. In reviewing data from Jan. 22 to April 6, "face mask," "Lysol" and "COVID stimulus check" had the...
A number of one-dollar bills on a surface
By  Dave Muoio 02:18 pm October 22, 2020
Verifiable, a healthcare identity startup that recently launched out of Y Combinator, has raised $3 million in seed funding, TechCrunch reports. The money came from institutional investors Tiger Global, Liquid2 Ventures, Struck Capital and Soma Capital, as well as individual backers Jack Altman, Max Mullen and Sahil Lavingia. WHAT IT DOES Verifiable has built an API to help organizations confirm...
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By  Dave Muoio 02:51 pm October 21, 2020
Yesterday, Level Ex, a recently acquired company best known for its selection of specialist education video games, unveiled a new multi-user surgical training product that runs inside of a mobile or desktop web browser. Called Virtual Technique Guides, the simulation software allows users on separate devices or different locations to collaboratively run through surgical scenarios via cloud-based...
By  Dave Muoio 12:28 pm October 21, 2020
The past couple of days have seen a handful of artificial intelligence algorithms for radiology imaging analysis receive 510(k) clearances from the FDA. Two of these, from Quantib and Ezra, are focused on the relatively untouched area of prostate cancer screening, while a third, from Aidoc, targets incidental pulmonary embolism. Quantib's software delivers an in-workflow assessment of prostate...
By  Dave Muoio 02:59 pm October 19, 2020
Last month, the CDC launched a prostate cancer information program with a uniquely digital face: a "virtual human" named Nathan who speaks with men about screening and treatment. "Talk to Someone About Prostate Cancer" takes the form of an in-browser interactive video developed by health simulation company Kognito, where Nathan introduces himself and prompts the viewer by asking how confident...
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By  Dave Muoio 02:29 pm October 16, 2020
Back in April, Borderlands 3 – a big budget, role-playing first-person shooter videogame that sold over 8 million copies within six months of its release – received a free update that introduced a new mini-game to its players. Taking the form of a retro-style arcade cabinet in the home base's medical bay, "Borderlands Science" has players shifting colored blocks between rows and columns to solve...
By  Dave Muoio 03:31 pm October 15, 2020
About a month after ousted Zocdoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi filed a lawsuit accusing the company's executives of conspiracy, the online appointment booking service has fired back with a legal motion to dismiss Massoumi's suit and a blog post that refutes his critiques of their financial performance and strategy. Massoumi's original complaint painted the picture of a collaborative effort to mislead the...