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By Dave Muoio July 11, 2019
The FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program — a three-year, $100 million telehealth initiative that was first proposed last summer — took another step toward fruition yesterday with the commission’s unanimous vote to advance and seek public comment on the project. Alongside general questions on the program’s budgeting, duration and structure, the new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is searching for...

Marko Topalovic and Professor Dr Wim Janssens, two of the four cofounders of ArtiQ; credit: ArtiQ

By Leontina Postelnicu July 11, 2019
KU Leuven health tech spinoff ArtiQ, founded at the beginning of 2019, has raised €1m in seed financing from the KBC Focus Fund, KU Leuven Gemma Frisius Fund, University Hospitals Leuven and private investor – and one of its four cofounders — Bart Swaelens.  WHY IT MATTERS The company has developed ArtiQ|PFT, an AI-based decision support tool offering pulmonologists a “standardised evaluation” of...

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By Dean Koh July 10, 2019
ANDHealth, an Australian organisation dedicated to supporting digital health companies in their commercialisation journey, has partnered with a consortium of leading medical research institutes and universities in Western Australia (WA), led by the Telethon Kids Institute, as part of the State’s first Digital Health Accelerator Program. Under the new partnership, ANDHealth will deliver its BRIGHT...
By Dave Muoio July 10, 2019
Clover Health, an Alphabet-backed insurtech startup serving the Medicare Advantage market, announced this morning the launch of a new subsidiary unit that will be focused on using data from its members to drive drug development. Much like its parent company uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to generate predictive health insights for its member population, Clover Therapeutics will...
By Laura Lovett July 10, 2019
Nurx, the San Francisco-based startup best known for providing contraceptives via telemedicine, has just added a new home STI testing option to its slew of services.  The new offerings, which were first spotted by TechCrunch, will allow potential clients to fill out an online questionnaire to receive an STI test kit in the mail. The kit comes with instructions and tools.  There are three STI...
By Dave Muoio July 10, 2019
Virtual until proven fraudulent. A New York anesthesiologist has been indicted for her role in a scheme to submit fraudulent telemedicine claims to Medicare, Medicare Part D plans as we. According to the indictment, Dr. Anna Steiner and other providers purported to practice telemedicine in exchange for kickbacks starting in 2015. This resulted in more than $7 million in Medicare claims on behalf...
By Laura Lovett July 10, 2019
XRHealth, a digital health startup best known for its virtual reality technology, is now opening up its platform to third-party developers, the Boston-based company exclusively announced to MobiHealthNews.  The end goal will be a tool kit for providers, payers and pharmas that will serve as a “one-stop shop” for VR products.  The company, formerly known as VRHealth, is no stranger to developing...
By Leontina Postelnicu July 10, 2019
After the formal launch of NHSX, a new unit for digital, data and technology, the department of health and social care in England has announced that the NHS is working with Amazon to make verified health information available through the AI-powered voice assistant Alexa. Amazon’s algorithms will use information from the NHS.UK resource to give people answers to questions about common illnesses,...

Above: Screengrab of HealthAssure's website.

By Dean Koh July 10, 2019
Founded in 2011, primary healthcare aggregator HealthAssure recently announced a $2.5M Series A round led by Blume Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund. The company will use the funds to augment its healthtech platform, create sharper products that serve various primary care needs of the Indian market more effectively including hospital outpatient care (OPD) insurance products, build...
By Laura Lovett July 9, 2019
This morning precision medicine company GNS Healthcare announced a $23 million Series D raise. This latest investment round was led by Cigna Ventures with participation from Amgen Ventures, Celegene, Echo Health Ventures, Alexandria Venture Investments and Gary Loveman, the former CEO of Caesar and division president of Aetna.  WHAT THEY DO The company’s platform, dubbed REFS (Reverse Engineering...

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