Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 11:03 am July 23, 2020
Sidecar Health, an insurance startup focused on price transparency and direct payments for care, has raised $20 million in a new round of funding announced this morning. Cathay Innovation headed the raise, with new investors Comcast Ventures, Kauffman Fellows and 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki joining in. Prior backers GreatPoint Ventures and Morpheus Ventures participated as well. With this morning's...
By Dave Muoio 03:02 pm July 22, 2020
Editor's note: This story has been updated with the timing and size of the pilot. Scottsdale, Arizona-based Magellan Health announced today that it has launched a pilot of Boston Children's Hospital spin-out Neuromotion Labs' Mightier, a biofeedback video game platform designed to help children regulate their emotions. Since June 22, the managed care company has begun supplying members with...
By Dave Muoio 02:56 pm July 22, 2020
Cure.fit, an Indian fitness, health and lifestyle brand with $400 million in funding, announced this morning the official kickoff of its U.S. launch. Its app is now available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. Founded in 2016, the brand gained steam in its home market by taking a holistic, integrated approach to wellness. The strategy is demonstrated through its range of sub-...
By Dave Muoio 02:52 pm July 21, 2020
Despite very public messaging that the Bluetooth contact-tracing tools for COVID-19 developed by Google and Apple would not track users' locations, its implementation within Android operating systems still collects GPS data that Google could use to determine the user's location, The New York Times reports. The issue is driven by the operating system's device location setting, which must be...
By Dave Muoio 12:10 pm July 21, 2020
This morning Sprout, a tech-enabled autism care and treatment program, launched its service on the back of $10 million in seed funding from institutional investors General Catalyst, Bling Capital and Felicis Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Sprout's approach combines prompt in-home assessments and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy from a live therapist with a tech platform that delivers ongoing...
By Dave Muoio 03:15 pm July 20, 2020
NowRx, an online pharmacy that specializes in same-day, same-hour prescription deliveries – wrapped up a $20 million Series B funding round, again through crowdfunding platform SeedInvest. The company said this brings its total raise to $30 million. NowRx combines proprietary pharmacy management software with last-mile logistics to provide a consumer app that simplifies orders and ensures prompt...
By Dave Muoio 12:05 pm July 20, 2020
Sustained engagement is a key metric when determining whether a digital health-based intervention is finding its mark, but the industry has been anything but uniform in determining objective measures of user behavior and their relationship to clinical outcomes. A study published Friday in JAMA Network Open takes another approach and employs machine learning techniques to better describe...

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By Dave Muoio 03:05 pm July 16, 2020
Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens has cut a new deal with DoorDash that will bring on-demand delivery of over-the-counter medications and other health, wellness and convenience products to consumers, the companies announced today. Starting today, customers living in the Chicago, Atlanta and Denver areas can place orders for more than 2,300 items via the DoorDash app or website. The companies said...
By Dave Muoio 02:14 pm July 16, 2020
Jerusalem-based Teva Pharmaceuticals announced this week the U.S. launch of its ProAir Digihaler. The sensor-laden albuterol dispenser requires a prescription, and is indicated for those aged four years or older with reversible obstructive airway diseases such as asthma and COPD, as well as for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) among this same group. The device connects to a...
By Dave Muoio 03:19 pm July 15, 2020
Three health tech startups and spinouts announced today a merger to become a single entity focused on delivering virtual-care products and population health insights for seniors. Curavi Health, CarePointe and U.S. Health Systems (USHS) are set to become wholly owned subsidiaries of the new company, Arkos Health, and the executive teams of each will be merged. UPMC's existing stake in Curavi (...