Jeff Lagasse

August 9, 2017
Welltory, a New York-based startup working on a stress and energy management app, has closed its second investment round, nabbing $1 million from business angels to launch the next version of its software -- a data-driven tool that aims to help people reduce their stress and boost productivity.   The concept is similar to Google Analytics, only applied to humans, with AB testing features and KPI...
August 9, 2017
Azumio, a health and fitness platform, is tag-teaming with personal genomics company Helix to bring DNA sequencing to consumers. The former is introducing full-exome DNA-based insights into its Calorie Mama AI app, with the goal of giving users a means of reaching their fitness goals through greater personalization. Calorie Mama AI is a smart camera app that simplifies calorie and nutrition...
August 8, 2017
Chicago-based digital health company Groove Health has raised $1.6 million for its predictive analytics platform, which focuses on personalized patient engagement to help health insurance companies, hospital systems and self-insured employers improve their medication adherence. The investors in the round were not disclosed.   The philosophy behind the Groove approach is that adherence is a...
August 8, 2017
Kavya Kopparapu might be considered something of a “whiz kid.” After all, she had yet to enter her senior year of high school when she started Eyeagnosis, a smartphone app and 3D-printed lens that allows patients to be screened for diabetic retinopathy with a quick photo, avoiding the time and expense of a typical diagnostic procedure.   In June 2016, Kopparapu’s grandfather had recently been...
August 7, 2017
Backed by $28 million in investment, Israeli biotech company Art Medical, which detects and prevents life-threatening complications in intensive care units, is introducing a new platform that collects comprehensive patient data using sensor-based smart tubes, which will be utilized to reduce the risk of medical complications.   The smart tube technology uses sensors to collect data, and adjusts...
August 7, 2017
One problem with sensors that derive information from sweat is that the patient being tested has to actually sweat. Oftentimes this entails exertion or room temperatures that run the gamut from impractical to unsafe. But thanks to Eccrine Systems Inc., testing sweat may soon become both easier and safer.   Founded by University of Cincinnati professor Jason Heikenfeld, Eccrine Systems has...
August 3, 2017
Chicago-based eazyScripts, a provider of e-prescribing software for telemedicine, has completed $2 million in Series A financing through private equity firm Bluff Point Associates.   The company’s e-prescribing solution was built to address the specific needs of telemedicine providers, aiming for a user experience that’s fast and efficient. EazyScripts said its clients are saving time, increasing...
August 3, 2017
Fitbit plans on making waves this holiday season. That’s when the company's long-awaited smartwatch, which has faced production issues and delays, will finally be released, CEO James Park said in a second-quarter earnings call.   The smartwatch will offer features such as health and fitness tracking, GPS capability, water resistance up to 50 meters and compatibility across platforms, as well as a...
August 2, 2017
Personal genetics company 23andMe will be teaming up with the Milken Institute, a think tank, and pharmaceutical company Lundbeck to drive enrollment for a genetic study designed to grasp the underlying biology of major depressive and bipolar disorders.   The study will combine cognitive assessments with genetic data and survey responses to assess how genes influence brain processes -- such as...
August 2, 2017
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, a subsidiary of Quality Systems, has agreed to plunk down $26 million to acquire EagleDream Health, a cloud-based analytics outfit that optimizes practice performance using clinical, financial and administrative data. The deal is expected to close this quarter, pending all the customary closing conditions.   NextGen is a healthcare information technology...