Jeff Lagasse

By Jeff Lagasse 10:05 am September 6, 2017
Update: A previous version of this post included out-of-date information from an older draft of Talkspace's press release.  Online therapy company Talkspace is now flush with $31 million in new financing. Qumra Capital, an Israel-based growth stage fund, led the Series C round and was joined by existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Spark Capital, SoftBank, Compound Ventures, and FirstTime...
By Jeff Lagasse 03:11 pm September 5, 2017
Healthcare analytics and decision support company Health Catalyst has just introduced a new engineering approach called the Health Catalyst Data Operating System, or DOS (not to be confused with the ancient PC operating system). DOS combines the features of data warehousing, clinical data repositories and health information exchanges into a single technology platform. Healthcare trails all...
By Jeff Lagasse 02:03 pm September 5, 2017
Behavioral health technology company AbleTo secured $36.6 million in financing last week, led by Bain Capital Ventures, and all of its existing investors -- 406 Ventures, Sandbox Industries, HLM Venture Partners, and Horizon Healthcare Services -- participated in the Series B round as well. Strategic investor Aetna also chipped in.   With the fresh investment, AbleTo plans on turbocharging the...
By Jeff Lagasse 11:36 am September 5, 2017
Swedish outfit Aifloo, which produces a smart wristband powered by artificial intelligence, has raised $6 million (€5.1 million) in new funding, according to TechCrunch. EQT Ventures led the Series A funding round.   Seniors are the target demographic for the wristband, as it’s designed to improve the quality of their lives and make things easier for caregivers. The product is equipped with...
By Jeff Lagasse 02:13 pm September 1, 2017
One of the biggest hurdles to addressing the opioid crisis in the US is knowing what alternative, non-opioid medications to prescribe for the treatment of chronic pain. Physicians struggle with a complex, patchwork system of state guidelines and regulations that vary with each particular state.   Enter Avella, a Phoenix-based specialty pharmacy that has just launched a new mobile app aimed at...
By Jeff Lagasse 12:57 pm September 1, 2017
Melbourne, Australia-based Adherium, a digital health company that focuses in improving medication adherence and patient outcomes, has just received FDA clearance for a new inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler, dubbed the SmartTouch for Symbicort.   The SmartTouch is a device that grafts onto a patient’s inhaler to monitor and encourage medication adherence as...
By Jeff Lagasse 03:54 pm August 30, 2017
Updated to include American Well's Harvey offerings The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its subsequent tropical storm has caused hardships for many living in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana. One of the many things extreme weather makes difficult is accessing healthcare services, a near impossibility when a deluge of rain has trapped people in homes and shelters.  ...
By Jeff Lagasse 12:29 pm August 30, 2017
PriorAuthNow, a platform for connecting the healthcare landscape using prior authorization automation, has closed a $3.6 million investment funding round led by NCT Ventures, with participation from Detroit Venture Partners.   The company will use the extra money to advance its mission, which is essentially to disrupt the prior authorization industry, valued at about $31 billion. PriorAuthNow...
By Jeff Lagasse 03:09 pm August 29, 2017
PeakMed, a company that seeks to provide affordable family practice medicine through a monthly membership model, has raised new funds to the tune of $5.5 million, led by ASI Capital. The financial backing will support PeakMed’s expansion, which includes new LifeCenters, telemedicine technology, vehicles for house calls, and additional staff.   ASI Capital, a private debt and equity firm based in...
By Jeff Lagasse 01:57 pm August 29, 2017
With the upcoming iOS 11 launch, a new VisualDx app, enabled with Apple Core ML, will help doctors provide quick and accurate diagnoses of lesions, rashes, and other skin conditions.   Billed as a clinical decision support system for physicians and frontline healthcare professionals, Rochester, New York-based VisualDx developed the technology to help non-dermatology health practitioners identify...