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March 5, 2019
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has handed in his resignation as head of the agency, according to a report in the Washington Post, which has been confirmed by HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a statement posted to his Twitter page as well as by Gottlieb himself later in the day. He will resign in one month. "I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to help lead this wonderful agency, for the...
March 5, 2019
Tasso, a Seattle-based startup working on bringing blood testing to the home via a wearable patch-like device, has raised $6.1 million in Series A funding. Vertical Venture Partners led the round, with additional participation from TechStars and Cedars Sinai. This is the first major VC round for the company, but it has previously been supported by $13.1 million in grant funding from DARPA, NIH,...
March 5, 2019
Digital health medication management company Mango Health has announced a partnership with EnvoyHealth, the pharma services division of Diplomat, the US’ largest independent specialty pharmacy. Mango Health will create a custom white-label version of its app, which Envoy will deliver to patients to complement its traditional hub services. Why it matters This is one of the first partnerships of...
March 4, 2019
Blood-testing startup gets $27.8 million. Sight Diagnostics — an Israeli digital health company that offers small, fast, point-of-care complete blood count tests requiring only a fingerprick — has raised $27.8 million in Series C funding, including a $10 million strategic investment from consumer digital health fund Longliv Ventures. Other investors included Jack Nicklaus II, Steven Esrick and...
February 28, 2019
Dexcom held its Q4 2018 earnings call last week, reporting an overall very strong year, but also announcing outsourcing plans that will likely lead to layoffs in the US. The company broke $1 billion in annual revenue in 2018, CEO Kevin Sayer said on the call, while increasing adoption, especially in Medicare and international markets, both of which are new to the company. And the company has set...
February 28, 2019
Toronto-based CardioComm, a longtime player in the handheld personal ECG space will finally make data available on consumers' smartphones with a new 510(k) clearance for its GEMS Mobile smartphone app, which works on both iOS and Android devices. The company also received clearance for a new ECG device called HeartCheck CardiBeat.  Notably, these are over the counter clearances, allowing the app...
February 27, 2019
Guidewell Connect, a consumer engagement company that shares a parent company (Guidewell) with health insurer Florida Blue, has acquired Onlife Health, a health and wellness technology platform, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Cambia Health Solutions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Onlife offers member engagement services that include wellness and chronic condition...

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February 27, 2019
Researchers who use Fitabase to capture data from Fitbit and Garmin devices will soon be able to capture a new kind of data: continuous glucose monitoring data from Dexcom products. The ability to capture glucose values, as well as calibrations, syncs, and alerts, from Dexcom CGMs will allow researchers to study the interplay between blood glucose and the activity, heart rate, and sleep — the...
February 26, 2019
CareLinx, a digital health company focused on in-home care, has acquired Optimal Aging, a fledgling startup still being incubated at Providence St. Joseph Health. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. What’s the impact Optimal Aging is a program that coordinates non-clinical services like home care, transportation and meal support for accountable care organizations and Medicare Advantage...
February 26, 2019
Apple is testing sleep tracking functionality for the Apple Watch and, if all goes well, intends to add it to the wearable by 2020, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that Apple has been testing the feature at secret sites near Cupertino for several months.  Apple hasn't responded to requests for comment on this matter, but when MobiHealthNews spoke...