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By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2019
Connected fitness company Peloton released its IPO prospectus Tuesday, revealing grim financials, even by today's startup IPO standards: the company lost nearly $200 million in FY 2019, four times what it lost the previous year. The document also contains plenty of reminders of the company's ongoing legal struggles relating to its music licensing and alleged patent infringement. Yet, according to...

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By Laura Lovett August 29, 2019
Boston-based American Well is launching a new patient facing app set to integrate with Epic’s EHR system. The new technology, dubbed the American Well Telehealth Patient app, will be offered within Epic’s App Orchard, an API marketplace.  Patients using the American Well Telehealth Patient app will be able to schedule or request telemedicine appointments through the MyChart platform. Users can...
By Dave Muoio August 29, 2019
An in-home cardiac rehabilitation program combining Samsung consumer devices, a custom patient-facing app and clinician dashboard integration achieved substantial lower rehospitalization rates among a cohort of 1,880 Kaiser Permanente patients than the national average, according to a writeup describing the program in NEJM Catalyst. “This program took a fresh, digital-first approach to cardiac...
By Laura Lovett August 29, 2019
When it comes to vaccines the internet is full of sources. But not all of those are reliable, and it can be difficult for the layperson to know which sources are backed by science. In an effort to curtail the spread of misinformation, Pinterest users looking for sources on vaccines will now be presented with articles from “authoritative” public health organizations.   Available in a number of...
By Dave Muoio August 29, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel-based Biobeat has been granted 510(k) clearance for a remote monitoring device capable of measuring the wearer’s blood pressure, oxygenation and heart rate. Designed for use in the hospital or at home, the device is available as either a wristwatch or adhesive patch. Of particular note, the products differentiate themselves from other remote monitoring devices through a...
By Dave Muoio August 28, 2019
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Catalyst @ Health 2.0 have named the finalists for two ongoing pitch competitions, one focused on the social determinants of health (SDOH) and the other on home and community-based care. Each competition’s three finalists will be demoing their digital approaches for judges and audience members at next month’s Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, with...
By Dave Muoio August 28, 2019
While roughly two in three American adult consumers say they would be willing to receive care via telehealth services, just 8% report having ever having a video visit with a doctor, according to survey data from telehealth American Well published yesterday in a white paper. The company commissioned Harris Poll to conduct an online survey more than 2,000 adults, the responses of which were...
By Laura Lovett August 28, 2019
Yesterday private equity firms Water Street Health Partners and JLL Partners announced that they had acquired virtual clinical research company Thread for an undisclosed amount. The new owners say they plan on investing in Thread in order to further expand its customer base and offer the platform on a global scale.  Thread’s platform is aimed at improving clinical trial research data and making...
By Dave Muoio August 28, 2019
Fitbit pulled back the curtain on its fall launch lineup this morning, revealing a major new subscription health service called Fitbit Premium right alongside the latest versions of its tried and true consumer hardware products: the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch and Fitbit Aria Air Bluetooth scale. In-app wellness support for consumers Launching in September, Fitbit Premium is a data-driven health...
By Dean Koh August 28, 2019
Singapore-based digital health startup WhiteCoat announced a partnership with Grab, a transportation network company which provides ride-hailing and food delivery services, to enhance its medication delivery services via GrabExpress, the on-demand, door-to-door courier and parcel delivery service. Through the collaboration, patients can conveniently and quickly receive their prescribed medication...

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