Dave Muoio

Screen with graphic labeled Total Knee Replacement
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...
Example of the puzzle game display
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...
Three previews of 98point6 app screens
By Dave Muoio 01:29 pm October 15, 2020
Text- and app-based primary care startup 98point6 has hauled in a $118 million Series E round led by the Growth Fund of L Catterton and Activant Capital. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and other unnamed investors also took part. The company's on-demand primary care services for consumers and payers use artificial intelligence and a text-based interface to collect information about the...
By Dave Muoio 03:03 pm October 14, 2020
Press Ganey, a care-quality services firm best known for distributing patient satisfaction surveys, announced two purchases yesterday that it says will help form "the largest healthcare consumerism platform in the industry." The first of these is the outright acquisition of Doctor.com, a digital platform neck-deep in provider directories, online bookings, provider reputation analyses and other...
By Dave Muoio 11:11 am October 14, 2020
Cue Health, a rapid diagnostics startup with a connected testing device platform, has been awarded $481 million from HHS and the Department of Defense (DoD) to expand production of a COVID-19 molecular test that received an Emergency Use Authorization back in June. According to announcements from the government and the startup, the money will be used to deliver six million COVID-19 molecular...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm October 13, 2020
Digital check-in, insurance eligibility and automated patient collections technology company Clearwave today announced that it has purchased Odoro, the maker of a patient-scheduling and check-in tool. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said that they plan to integrate Odoro's scheduling technology into Clearwave's platform so that both the patient and practice can...
By Dave Muoio 01:30 pm October 13, 2020
Healthcare identity authentication company Imprivata and biometrics firm Keyo have introduced a no-touch device that scans a patient's palm to quickly confirm their identity upon check-in. Once their hand is placed over the device, the tool maps the veins in their palm within seconds and delivers its verdict to Imprivata's broader PatientSecure platform via a USB connection. Of note, the surfaces...