Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 09:33 amJune 16, 2020
With much of the world gradually returning to work after COVID-19 lockdowns, Fitbit sees a new opportunity to engage its employer customers with device- and app-driven health monitoring. The company today announced what it's calling its Ready for Work solution, a service comprising a daily health check-in for employees and an analytics dashboard for their employers, both of which are being...
By Dave Muoio 05:39 pmJune 15, 2020
After years of waiting, Akili Interactive has finally received FDA De Novo marketing authorization for EndeavorRx, its video-game digital therapeutic for children aged 8 to 12 years with ADHD. This is the first game-based therapeutic that the FDA has greenlit for any condition, the regulatory agency noted in its announcement. It is also the first authorization for Akili, which has a handful of...
By Dave Muoio 02:37 pmJune 15, 2020
The American Diabetes Association's 80th Scientific Sessions kicked off this weekend, and a handful of diabetes management device-makers and service providers highlighted new data as part of the virtual clinical conference. Read on for summaries of the studies and findings, as well as links to the online abstracts. Onduo Verily-backed diabetes management service Onduo, which combines a mobile app...
By Dave Muoio 02:41 pmJune 12, 2020
As per a new SEC filing, mindfulness and meditation app Headspace has built on February's Series C raise with an additional $47.7 million in funding, bringing the round's equity total to $100.7 million. The company told CrunchBase News, which first spotted the filing, that all of the company's lead investors from its prior rounds took part. WHAT THEY DO Santa Monica-based Headspace’s best known...
By Dave Muoio 03:13 pmJune 11, 2020
As telehealth consultations and other remote-care capabilities continue to spread throughout healthcare, these technologies are more and more likely to play a significant role in regular care delivery for tomorrow's doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare staff. Medical students aren't the only ones who could benefit from guided exposure to telehealth tools and best practices. In a...
By Dave Muoio 11:35 amJune 11, 2020
Telehealth vendor MDLive has tapped Dr. Cynthia Zelis as its new chief medical officer. She comes from University Hospitals in Cleveland, where she actually handled the system's rollout of the MDLive's services while serving as VP of ambulatory operations and telehealth. That role tasked her with oversight of more than 50 ambulatory health centers and all of the system's telehealth efforts. “...
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By Dave Muoio 04:51 pmJune 10, 2020
To say that COVID-19 and recent social unrest have placed the economy in an unusual situation would be nothing short of an understatement. The past few months have seen tens of millions of Americans file for unemployment, businesses across the country shut down and tentatively resume services, major heated gatherings in the streets of major cities, and many policymakers still holding their breath...
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By Dave Muoio 12:30 pmJune 10, 2020
The healthcare startup market has always had the unique challenge of selling its innovations almost exclusively to major businesses. Although recent years have seen a rise in digital health offerings focused on patient satisfaction, if not on selling their product directly to the consumer, the reality of the industry is that insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, large employers, health systems,...
By Dave Muoio 11:51 amJune 10, 2020
Cue Health, a rapid diagnostics startup now working on a connected testing device, has closed $100 million in a Series C round announced this morning. Decheng Capital, Foresite Capital, Madrone Capital Partners, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, ACME Capital and other unnamed investment firms all participated in the raise. WHAT THEY DO The San Diego-based company's leading product is the Cue...
By Dave Muoio 03:30 pmJune 9, 2020
Apple COVID screener now updates the CDC. A COVID-19 screening tool first released by Apple in late March can now report users' symptoms, location, health background and other health characteristics to the CDC. The goal is to help the public health agency aggregate more incidence and case data, which can be used to better inform the public about the disease and its risk factors. These data are...