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By Dave Muoio 03:05 pm September 5, 2019
OptimizeRx, a software company that enables digital health messaging between pharmas and providers, has announced plans to acquire RMDY Health, a SaaS platform designed for digital therapeutics, within the next 30 days. According to the notice, RMDY shareholders will be receiving $8 million in cash and another $8 million in equity upon the deal’s closure. OptimizeRx said that additional details...
By Dave Muoio 01:08 pm September 5, 2019
RocketBody, an app for the Apple Watch that uses ECG data and machine learning to guide workouts, has raised $1 million in new funding from Gagarin Capital and AltaIR Capital. WHAT THEY DO RocketBody is the product of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns that raised roughly $70,000 for its pitch of a $109 ECG wearable back in 2018. The readings from this device would inform an artificial...
By Laura Lovett 12:08 pm September 5, 2019
Alphabet’s life science branch Verily is teaming up with digital health startup iRhythm on a new initiative focused on creating screening, diagnosis and management tools for patients with atrial fibrillation.  The collaboration is specifically targeted at alerting patients with asymptomatic or silent atrial fibrillation about their condition. The goal is to develop products that not only identify...
By Dave Muoio 08:51 am September 5, 2019
BrightInsight, maker of a platform that securely manages and analyzes data from various medical devices and software, has raised $25 million in Series A funding. The round was co-led by New Leaf Venture Partners and Eclipse Ventures. WHAT THEY DO BrightInsight — part of electronics manufacturing services firm Flex —sees itself acting as the infrastructure of a digital health ecosystem. Its...

Above photo: David Grauer, SVP of Health Catalyst.

By Dean Koh 10:02 pm September 4, 2019
As the former CEO of Intermountain Medical Centre, a 502-bed hospital in suburban Salt Lake City, Utah in the US, as well almost two decades of experience in executive leadership positions at Intermountain Healthcare, David Grauer is well-versed in improving the quality of healthcare while reducing its costs. Now in his role as the SVP of Health Catalyst, a mission-driven data warehousing,...

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By Laura Lovett 03:42 pm September 4, 2019
Planned Parenthood is diving deeper into virtual care with the launch of Planned Parenthood Direct in 27 states. The new platform will let users request birth control, get a prescription for urinary tract infection treatments and request an in-person appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center.  The new technology will be available in all 50 states by the end of 2020, according to officials...
By Dave Muoio 02:31 pm September 4, 2019
Even more ECG. Electronics hardware company Asus pulled back the curtain on its latest health and fitness smartwatch today at IFA 2019 in Berlin. Engadget, TechRadar and others report that the VivoWatch SP includes a built-in ECG sensor alongside a PPG sensor, GPS tracking, an altimeter and roughly 14 days of battery life. The company is aiming for worldwide availability before the end of the...
By Laura Lovett 10:40 am September 4, 2019
Behavioral health startup Ginger (formerly Ginger.io) scored $35 million in Series C funding, bringing the San Francisco-based startup's total funding to $63 million. The new infusion of cash was led by WP Global Partners with participation from City Light Capital, Nimble Ventures, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Khosla Ventures, Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Kapor Capital.  WHAT THEY DO  Ginger...
By Tammy Lovell 09:34 am September 4, 2019
Liva Healthcare has secured €603,405 in funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programmes to be part of the "Impact Diabetes Bump 2 Baby" (IDB2B) research project.  The digital health coaching app, headquartered in London and Copenhagen, will work toward finding the best way to treat mothers at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Health coaching will be provided via the Liva Healthcare app to women...
By Tammy Lovell 04:07 am September 4, 2019
French startup Wefight has announced it raised €1.8m ($1.98m) to accelerate the development of its virtual companion, which aims to combat loneliness in people with chronic diseases. The app named ‘Vik’ can answer patients’ questions about their condition, treatment and care pathway. It features services such as smart pill reminders, a notebook to monitor side effects and personalised therapeutic...

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