Dave Muoio

By  Dave Muoio 10:35 am October 7, 2020
U.S. iPhone owners are no longer the only ones with access to Apple's Health Records. This morning the tech giant announced its personal health record (PHR) feature is now available in the U.K. and Canada. There are five healthcare provider groups that have made the tool available to their patients right off the bat: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Milton Keynes University...
By  Dave Muoio 03:05 pm October 6, 2020
The FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to a clinical decision support (CDS) tool that predicts when an adult patient admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 is at risk of further complications. Developed by Oakland, California-based diagnostic algorithm developer Dascena, the COViage Hemodynamic Instability and Respiratory Decompensation Prediction System reviews demographic and...
By  Dave Muoio 12:09 pm October 6, 2020
ICON Health & Fitness, the parent company of consumer connected fitness equipment brands like NordicTrack, Freemotion and iFit, has raised a $200 million growth investment. The company said that the funding was led by L Catterton, with participation from prior backer Pamplona Capital Management. WHAT IT DOES Founded in 1977 as an import business, Utah-based ICON first stepped into the home...
By  Dave Muoio 01:49 pm October 5, 2020
Just nine months into the year, 2020 has already hit a digital health fundraising high note as investors up their ante in coronavirus-affected health tech markets such as on-demand healthcare services or fitness and wellness platforms, per Rock Health's latest quarterly report. The digital health-focused venture capital firm reported $4 billion in U.S.-based digital health startup investments...
By  Dave Muoio 02:39 pm October 1, 2020
Consumer-friendly telehealth and mail-order wellness product service Hims is officially entering the public markets. Today it announced a merger agreement with Oaktree Capital Management-sponsored special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Oaktree Acquisition Corp. The reverse merger is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, and places the combined entity at a roughly $1.6 billion...
By  Dave Muoio 02:41 pm September 30, 2020
The Consumer Technology Association and the Connected Health Initiative announced this morning a new multi-sector initiative of private tech companies, healthcare providers and representatives of public agencies that aims to outline technology's role in addressing health disparities exacerbated by COVID-19. To this end, the effort's first major project will consist of a white paper containing...
By  Dave Muoio 11:10 am September 30, 2020
Siren, a smart textile company known for its temperature-monitoring socks, has added another $9 million to an $11.8 million Series B raise from early summer. The latest raise adds new backers Manta Ray, Mighty Capital and David Helgason to the company's Series B round, which included names like Anathem Ventures, Khosla Ventures, DCM, Founders Fund and other prior investors. WHAT IT DOES Founded...
By  Dave Muoio 02:38 pm September 29, 2020
New data suggest that an Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) intervention not only remained effective after 12 months among adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but seemed to have an even greater impact on their symptoms with time. Published last week in npj digital medicine, the analysis updated a previously reported three-month study with one-year data from the...
By  Dave Muoio 03:07 pm September 28, 2020
Rx.Health, a Mount Sinai spinoff working on an app prescription platform for enterprises, has named Richard Strobridge as its new CEO. He's perhaps best known within digital health as the cofounder and CEO of connected blood glucose monitoring-device company Entra Health, which was sold to CRF Health in 2016. After a few years there as VP of healthcare, Strobridge founded and helmed Nextbridge...
By  Dave Muoio 02:34 pm September 28, 2020
A new review of Apple Watch-related presentations suggests that the device's abnormal pulse detection feature may be fueling unnecessary healthcare utilization. "The observation that new clinically actionable cardiovascular diagnoses of interest were diagnosed in only 11.4% of patients following medical evaluation as directed by the treating provider suggests a high false positive rate as a...