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By Laura Lovett September 12, 2019
There are some striking similarities between mail-order sexual health companies Ro and Hims: Both started out focused on men’s sexual health, both employ telemedicine and if you ride the subway in a major city you’ve probably seen their advertisements.  But things are getting heated this week after Hims launched an updated version of its platform. On Tuesday, Ro cofounder Zachariah Reitano...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2019
ConsejoSano COO Dr. Vik Bakhru has had a taste of several different healthcare perspectives throughout his career. Since his early days of a general surgery residency, Bakhru has gone on to found an international medical non-profit, lead healthcare administration as a director at New York Presbyterian, serve as the health lead of an equity investment group’s travel medicine portfolio company and...
By Laura Lovett September 12, 2019
Period tracking apps have sprouted up all over the app stores. But those apps might not be as private as users think. An investigation from a UK-based research group Privacy International found that some apps are sharing users’ personal information including details about a user’s cycle and even the last time they had sex — with social media giant Facebook. The report found that most popular apps...
By Leontina Postelnicu September 12, 2019
Fifteen startups providing solutions to help people with dementia or frailty and to improve the delivery of primary care and outpatient services, as well as prevention and public health, have been selected to take part in a new accelerator supported by the NHS and tech and pharma companies. Launched by Up Ventures, MediaCityUK, Health Innovation Manchester, the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2019
Israeli smartphone urinalysis startup Healthy.io has closed a $60 million Series C funding round led by Corner Ventures, the company announced this morning. Joy Capital Ventures and prior backers Ansonia Holdings, Aleph and Samsung NEXT each participated as well. Furthermore, the company also announced that it has received a second FDA 510(k) clearance intended to support diagnosis of chronic...
By Laura Lovett September 11, 2019
It doesn’t take long to scroll through any social media platform before seeing photos of new babies. But for a lot of women, getting pregnant can be an isolating experience and take longer than expected. Increasingly, the healthcare innovation industry is seeing fertility-focused startups sprouting up to support women in their journey. Now big names in the field are getting involved.   Earlier...
By Dave Muoio September 11, 2019
Myia Labs has raised $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Mercy Virtual, which pledged $5 million after deploying the startup’s AI and consumer wearable monitoring platform among its patients over the last few years. Other investors in the round include Zetta Venture Partners, BootstrapLabs, Boston Consulting Group and B Capital Group, all of which participated in last year’s $6.75...

Glen Tullman (second from right) at work with the Livongo team. Photo courtesy Livongo.

By Jonah Comstock September 11, 2019
Livongo isn’t the first company in the digital health space to IPO — at least, depending on how you define “digital health” it isn’t. But even if your definition is broad, Livongo stands out as one of the first companies to go public that’s really focusing on delivering healthcare, not just wellness, using consumer digital technologies. “People expect us to represent this whole new industry that...
By Laura Lovett September 11, 2019
When it comes to clinical trials, oftentimes the majority of a patient’s experience happens “off stage” in their home or community. For example, medication adherence, or nonadherence, has been a major pitfall in medicine. Studies have found that roughly one in five new prescriptions are never filled, and of those filled up to 50% are taken incorrectly.  Startups have taken notice and the digital...

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