Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 12:10 pm July 15, 2020
Brisbane, California-based Caption Health, maker of artificial intelligence-assisted ultrasound guidance software, has tied up a $53 million Series B funding round. Prior backer DCVC headed the raise. Atlantic Bridge and Edwards Lifesciences joined the round as new investors, while Khosla Ventures added onto its previous stake. WHAT It DOES The company's Caption AI software platform consists of...
By Dave Muoio 09:00 am July 15, 2020
GYANT, maker of an artificial intelligence-based virtual-healthcare assistant, has hauled in a $13.6 million Series A financing round. Wing Venture Capital headlined the raise, which also included support from Intermountain Ventures, Grazia Equity, Alpana Ventures, Techstars Ventures and Plug and Play Ventures. WHAT IT DOES A veteran of the Cedars-Sinai Tech Stars accelerator, GYANT's care-...
By Dave Muoio 02:24 pm July 14, 2020
Decentralized digital therapeutic trial. Pear Therapeutics has enrolled the first participant in the DREAM study, an open-label trial of its Somryst prescription digital therapeutic for chronic insomnia. Conducted as a decentralized trial, the effort will recruit U.S. adults aged 22 to 75 years who have an Insomnia Severity Index score of 8 or higher, as well as at least three months of insomnia...
By Dave Muoio 09:06 am July 14, 2020
This morning continuous glucose monitor (CGM) startup Movano Inc. exited stealth with the news of $10 million bridge funding round headed by Tri-Valley Ventures. Taken alongside its prior investments, the company said it has now raised $27 million since its founding in 2018. WHAT THEY DO Movano is developing a connected CGM wearable that doesn't require the user to break the skin with a needle or...
By Dave Muoio 02:48 pm July 13, 2020
UnitedHealth Group announced plans this morning to distribute a device-driven diabetes management model to 230,000 employer-sponsored members with Type 2 diabetes at no additional cost. The pilot program, called Level2 by UnitedHealthcare, provides members with a Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that connects to their smartphone, a Fitbit activity tracker, personalized coaching and...
By Dave Muoio 04:14 pm July 10, 2020
The World Health Organization has announced a new smoking cessation initiative that will combine free nicotine replacement therapies with an artificial intelligence-based "virtual health worker." The digital tool comes from virtual-avatar-maker Soul Machines, and aims to dispel misinformation about COVID-19 and tobacco use while helping develop personalized plans to quit smoking. Florence, as she...
By Dave Muoio 03:16 pm July 9, 2020
Satisfaction with COVID-19 screening chatbots and adherence to the information they provide is primarily driven by the user's perception of the tool's ability, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Conducted by researchers from Indiana University and Temple University's respective business schools, the investigation asked...
By Dave Muoio 12:01 pm July 9, 2020
Kindbody, a women's health startup combining virtual care with face-to-face visits, raised $32 million in Series B funding. Perceptive Advisors led the round, which also saw support from prior backers RRE, GV and Freemark Capital, as well as new investors Rock Springs Capital, Goodgrower, Claritas Capital and NFP. The startup said it would be using its new funding to expand its owned physical...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm July 8, 2020
A new app announced this morning by PureTech Health spinout Sonde Health will listen to employees' voices to determine whether they have a potential respiratory condition and shouldn't return to work. The Sonde One app combines a COVID-19 questionnaire, user-reported temperature and a six-second voice sample to render its judgement and provide guidance to the employee. These guidances can be...
By Dave Muoio 01:04 pm July 8, 2020
Telehealth provider Doctor On Demand today announced $75 million in Series D funding. The raise was led by General Atlantic, and also included the company's prior investors. The round puts Doctor On Demand's lifetime raise in the neighborhood of $239 million. WHAT IT DOES The San Francisco-based company provides virtual care services directly to consumers as well as through arrangements with...