Dave Muoio

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.

A patient at Houston Methodist Hospital, participates in a smartphone screening test to analyze stroke-like symptoms she's experiencing. Photo credit: Houston Methodist Hospital.

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...
A stethoscope rests on dollar bills
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...
Hands transfer a piece of paper
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...