Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 11:31 amMay 20, 2020
Tava Health, a Salt Lake City-based mental-telehealth provider, has closed $3 million in seed funding. Peterson Ventures led the round. WHAT THEY DO Founded and launched just last year, Tava works with employer customers to connect their employees with remote therapy and a personalized treatment plan. Video sessions conducted through the platform are self-scheduled by the patient, and...
By Dave Muoio 03:57 pmMay 19, 2020
Digital chronic-disease-program company Omada Health is leaping into musculoskeletal care thanks to its acquisition of Physera, an app-based platform that includes remote consultations with physical therapists. Although the deal was announced today, Omada said it will "immediately" begin offering the MSK program to its employer, health plan and individual customers. “Integrating a digital...
By Dave Muoio 11:40 amMay 19, 2020
Austin, Texas-based EverlyWell, a digital platform that lets consumers order lab tests online and view their results, has received an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 at-home diagnostic sample collection kit that can be used with multiple diagnostic lab tests. Announced Friday by the FDA and Monday by the startup, the EverlyWell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit includes nasal...
By Dave Muoio 04:16 pmMay 14, 2020
Consumer health company Welltok announced today that it will be including remote condition management programs from four new digital health services as part of its Connect Partner program. These four offerings include a Type 2 diabetes reversal program from Virta Health, a gut health program from Vivante Health, a telemedicine treatment program for addiction from Workit Health and a dietitian-...
By Dave Muoio 02:56 pmMay 14, 2020
Artificial intelligence is knocking on the healthcare industry's doors. From computation-driven R&D for new drugs, to objective image analysis, to mass-scale disease screening and diagnosis, more and more instances of the technology are pitching solutions to some of the industry's most pressing challenges. Regulators once stood as the primary hurdle for AI and associated technologies like...
By Dave Muoio 03:50 pmMay 13, 2020
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators recently wrote to the leaders of both lawmaking chambers advocating that greater broadband funding for healthcare providers be included in upcoming coronavirus relief packages. The letter, dated May 8, specifically calls for $2 billion to be added to the existing Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to offset telehealth demand driven by the health emergency. It is...
By Dave Muoio 02:50 pmMay 13, 2020
Less than a week after the first home-collected saliva test for COVID-19 was authorized by the FDA, at least two consumer-facing telehealth brands say they have cut deals to sell these test kits to the public. The first is consumer telehealth company Hims & Hers, best known for its mail-order wellness and sexual health products for men and women. While the well-funded startup has...
By Dave Muoio 03:59 pmMay 12, 2020
U.K. and U.S. residents who reported a loss of smell and taste into a COVID-19 symptom-tracker app more often tested positive for the infection, according to a study published yesterday in Nature. The COVID Symptom Study app was developed by health technology company Zoe Global with help from King's College London and Massachusetts General Hospital. It launched in the U.K. and the U.S. in late...
By Dave Muoio 01:34 pmMay 12, 2020
Lucid Lane, a Los Altos, California-based telehealth provider specializing in medication dependence and substance use disorders, has raised $4 million in seed funding. Battery Ventures led the investment. WHAT THEY DO Lucid Lane's patient-facing approach combines regular virtual coaching from licensed therapists and data-driven treatment planning. These sessions are conducted as either one-on-one...
By Dave Muoio 03:57 pmMay 11, 2020
Senate Republicans introduced a new bill during the tail end of last week that seeks to increase transparency and ownership of personal health, geolocation, proximity and other related data collected by digital devices or systems during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The so-called COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act was introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker R-Miss.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.;...