Dave Muoio

By  Dave Muoio 01:49 pm October 5, 2020
Just nine months into the year, 2020 has already hit a digital health fundraising high note as investors up their ante in coronavirus-affected health tech markets such as on-demand healthcare services or fitness and wellness platforms, per Rock Health's latest quarterly report. The digital health-focused venture capital firm reported $4 billion in U.S.-based digital health startup investments...
By  Dave Muoio 02:39 pm October 1, 2020
Consumer-friendly telehealth and mail-order wellness product service Hims is officially entering the public markets. Today it announced a merger agreement with Oaktree Capital Management-sponsored special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Oaktree Acquisition Corp. The reverse merger is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, and places the combined entity at a roughly $1.6 billion...
By  Dave Muoio 02:41 pm September 30, 2020
The Consumer Technology Association and the Connected Health Initiative announced this morning a new multi-sector initiative of private tech companies, healthcare providers and representatives of public agencies that aims to outline technology's role in addressing health disparities exacerbated by COVID-19. To this end, the effort's first major project will consist of a white paper containing...
By  Dave Muoio 11:10 am September 30, 2020
Siren, a smart textile company known for its temperature-monitoring socks, has added another $9 million to an $11.8 million Series B raise from early summer. The latest raise adds new backers Manta Ray, Mighty Capital and David Helgason to the company's Series B round, which included names like Anathem Ventures, Khosla Ventures, DCM, Founders Fund and other prior investors. WHAT IT DOES Founded...
By  Dave Muoio 02:38 pm September 29, 2020
New data suggest that an Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) intervention not only remained effective after 12 months among adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but seemed to have an even greater impact on their symptoms with time. Published last week in npj digital medicine, the analysis updated a previously reported three-month study with one-year data from the...
By  Dave Muoio 03:07 pm September 28, 2020
Rx.Health, a Mount Sinai spinoff working on an app prescription platform for enterprises, has named Richard Strobridge as its new CEO. He's perhaps best known within digital health as the cofounder and CEO of connected blood glucose monitoring-device company Entra Health, which was sold to CRF Health in 2016. After a few years there as VP of healthcare, Strobridge founded and helmed Nextbridge...
By  Dave Muoio 02:34 pm September 28, 2020
A new review of Apple Watch-related presentations suggests that the device's abnormal pulse detection feature may be fueling unnecessary healthcare utilization. "The observation that new clinically actionable cardiovascular diagnoses of interest were diagnosed in only 11.4% of patients following medical evaluation as directed by the treating provider suggests a high false positive rate as a...
By  Dave Muoio 02:07 pm September 25, 2020
The smart home of the future is one dominated by sensors, transmitters and intelligent data analyses that work to improve the lives of those dwelling within. Increase the scale by a degree of magnitude and you have smart communities or cities: an aggregated body of information and infrastructure systems that aims to deliver services efficiently and – if implemented carefully – address issues of...
By  Dave Muoio 02:59 pm September 24, 2020
Google Maps will be receiving an update this week that shows users the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in an area, the tech company announced yesterday in a blog post. Through an option selected within the application, Maps will display a color-coded overlay communicating seven-day averages of new cases per 100,000 in that area, as well as a general indication of whether or not local incidence is...
By  Dave Muoio 11:47 am September 24, 2020
Papa, a Miami-grown startup using technology to coordinate in-home senior companionship, has notched $18 million in new funding. The Series B round was led by Comcast Ventures, but also included names like Canaan, Initialized Capital, Sound Ventures, Pivotal Ventures with Magnify Ventures, Operator Partners and others. WHAT IT DOES Papa's platform connects college and nursing students with...