Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 03:15 pmMay 28, 2020
Clinical lab and drug development giant LabCorp announced this morning a new deal that will streamline its adoption of virtual clinical trials. The company's drug-development-focused contract research organization (CRO), Covance, will use digital clinical trial software-maker Medable's platform to fuel its patient and site interface. This will allow participants easy access to clinical trial apps...
By Dave Muoio 11:30 amMay 28, 2020
Bright.md, a Portland, Oregon startup offering an automated patient intake and virtual care connection platform, has closed $16.7 million in Series C funding. The oversubscribed round was headed by B Capital, Seven Peaks Ventures and Concord Health Partners, and also included support from new backers Philips Health Technology Ventures and UnityPoint Health Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Bright.md's...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pmMay 27, 2020
Higi, the maker of health kiosks found in retail pharmacies and groceries, has raised $30 million in a new funding round led by symptom-check chatbot service Babylon Health. The raise also included participation from Higi's prior backers, including 7Wire Ventures, Flare Capital Partners, Jumpstart Capital, Rush University Medical Center for Health and William Wrigley Jr. WHAT THEY DO Higi's...
By Dave Muoio 12:12 pmMay 27, 2020
As COVID-19's opening salvo on the healthcare system gradually gives way to long-term mitigation efforts, much of the public health focus is shifting away from the four walls of the hospital. Now, community-support services have found themselves shouldering a heavy burden of social isolation and nonessential business closures that, without proper support, could lead to new social determinant of...
By Dave Muoio 03:19 pmMay 26, 2020
Digital respiratory health company Propeller Health has received 510(k) clearance for a sensor and app intended for use with AstraZeneca's Symbicort inhaler for asthma and COPD, the company announced today. The tool – which, according to the agency, was submitted to the agency in September and greenlit in late March – was developed in a previously unannounced partnership with the Cambridge,...
By Dave Muoio 12:21 pmMay 26, 2020
insitro and Exscientia, two platforms using artificial intelligence to drive the discovery of new drugs, announced this morning the raise of $143 million and $60 million, respectively, from investors. insitro's oversubscribed Series B round was headed by Andreessen Horowitz, and joined by new backers Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, T. Rowe Price Associates, BlackRock, Casdin Capital, HOF...
By Dave Muoio 02:21 pmMay 22, 2020
Fitbit has launched an in-app study the company says could help develop an algorithm for detecting potential COVID-19 cases prior to symptom onset. Device owners over the age of 21 who live in the U.S. or Canada who either had a confirmed case of COVID-19 or recently experienced symptoms consistent with the disease are invited to take part in what the company has dubbed the Fitbit COVID-19 study...
By Dave Muoio 09:57 amMay 22, 2020
Delivering care to underdeveloped regions is vital work, but by no means is it easy. While it's easy to point to new care-delivery technologies like telemedicine as types of magic bullets, deployments both small and large require extensive groundwork and preparation to tackle unexpected difficulties. "Telemedicine is known for bringing care to the underserved, but many underserved patients live...
By Dave Muoio 11:51 amMay 21, 2020
OptumHealth, the healthcare services and delivery business of UnitedHealth Group's Optum, has acquired naviHealth, a post-acute care management platform for health plans and providers, for an undisclosed sum. The deal was first reported by the Nashville Business Journal, and confirmed to MobiHealthNews by an Optum representative. While the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, Optum said...
By Dave Muoio 03:48 pmMay 20, 2020
Roughly a month after first announcing their unprecedented collaboration, Apple and Google have updated their devices' operating systems today with the first component of their contact tracing API. Referred to by the companies as "Exposure Notifications," the technology aims to help public health agencies deploy apps that tell individuals when they may have been exposed to another person with...