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By Dave Muoio August 2, 2018
Drug information startup InpharmD has signed a three-year contract with Georgia’s WellStar Health System that will provide InpharmD’s mobile app to the system’s practitioners. Physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants will be able to submit their drug queries through the AI-powered app and receive a customized and evidence-based response within a specified timeframe,...

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By Laura Lovett August 1, 2018
Less than two months since its last acquisition, WebMD, an Internet Brands company, announced that it was picking up the Vitals Consumer Services Division from Mdx Medical. The division, which is focused on giving consumers online tools to connect to clinicians, is made up of vitals.com and UCompareHealthCare.com. The acquisition will also include the MedHelp tool, which provides a platform for...
By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
A group of consumer genetic and personal genomic testing companies have released a set of best practices for handling consumers’ personal genetic data. Designed to ensure privacy and promote transparency, the guidelines include a requirement for separate express consent before a company can transfer genetic data to a third party, such as an insurer or employer. “Supporting strong and transparent...
By Laura Lovett August 1, 2018
Looking towards growth, MDLive announced this morning that it has closed a $50 million investing round led by Health Velocity Capital with existing investors Cigna Corporation and Health Care Service Corporation. Novo Holdings A/S and Industry Ventures also participated in the round. “As telehealth continues its rapid integration into the healthcare space, this financing has provided us with a...
By Jonah Comstock August 1, 2018
Naked Labs, the San Francisco fitness company working on a turntable scale and smart body-scanning mirror, has raised $14 million in a round led by Founders Fund and has begun shipping its product to pre-order customers, with plans for full availability in Q4. NEA, Lumia Capital, Venture 51, and Seabed VC also contributed to the series A round. “Founders Fund is known for investing in big ideas,...
By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
Dr. Ashish Atreja is an unabashed proponent of digital health. As chief innovation and officer and associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he has contributed to a number of the organization’s digitally-focused initiatives and often speaks of the benefits these technologies can bring to care. However, for digital health and medicines to avoid major pitfalls during its...
teen using digital health app while exercising
By Jonah Comstock August 1, 2018
Just under two-thirds of U.S. teens and young adults have used a health-related mobile health app, according to a new survey of more than 1,300 US teens and young adults aged 14 to 22 years. The survey, sponsored by Hope Lab and Well Being Trust, was designed and analyzed in part by Susannah Fox, a former HHS chief technology officer who also conducted similar surveys in the past as a part of the...
By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
Wearables do well for Apple. Apple posted strong numbers in its most recent quarterly financial report. Of the $53.3 billion it generated in quarterly revenue (a 17 percent increase over last year), more than half came from international sales. Of note, the company’s wearable revenue — which includes the Apple Watch as well as AirPods and Beats headphones — has brought in more than $10 billion in...
By Dave Muoio July 31, 2018
San Mateo, California-based health data analytics company Evidation Health announced today that it has raised $30 million in Series C funding. In addition, the company has launched a new platform that marries smartphone, sensor, and medical data together for cohesive insights into patient behaviors and outcomes. Evidation’s latest round was led by new backer SV Health Investors and returning...

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By Laura Lovett July 31, 2018
With hundreds of digital vendors to chose from, figuring out the best way to provide quality care and wellness platforms to employees can be a difficult task for employers. Some companies are looking towards the most cutting edge apps, while others are seeking more traditional routes like implementing a telemedicine program. But as more companies dip their toes into the digital waters employers...

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