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By Laura Lovett August 27, 2019
PeerWell, maker of an app that helps patients prepare for and recover from surgery, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. OMERS Ventures led the round, which also included previous backer Xseed Capital. WHAT THEY DO The company works with various payers and stakeholders to help members with musculoskeletal conditions through their surgery process. Before the surgery patients can log in to...
By Leontina Postelnicu August 27, 2019
Cambridge, UK-based company Ieso Digital Health, provider of an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service, has carried out a study that sought to determine psychotherapy features associated with improvements in patient symptoms after applying deep learning to large-scale clinical data from its platform, published in JAMA Psychiatry. TOPLINE DATA According to the researchers, findings...
By Dave Muoio August 27, 2019
Luma Health, maker of a platform that looks to reduce care inefficiencies through streamlined patient-provider communication, has announced a $16 million Series B raise, bringing the company’s equity funding total to $25.7 million. The round was headed by PeakSpan Capital, with additional strategic investments from Cisco Investments and the Texas Medical Center. US Venture Partners, which led the...
By Laura Lovett August 27, 2019
This morning FIGUR8, a new digital platform designed to measure and track body movements as a biomarker, launched with a boost of $7.5 million seed funding. The funding was led by P5 Health Ventures with participation from E14 Fund.  Co-created by researchers at MIT Media Lab and Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Science Lab, the technology was developed with the goal of creating a baseline...
By Leontina Postelnicu August 27, 2019
There is no shortage of fertility apps out there for women looking to get - or not get - pregnant. However, when it comes to figuring out the best options for fertility, one-size-fits-all might not be the best method. New research out of Nature Digital Medicine found that only 13% of women had menstrual cycles that are 28 days in length. Authors of the large-scale study, published this week,...
By Laura Lovett August 27, 2019
This morning Slovenia-based startup AmblyoPlay released its new digital vision therapy platform aimed at helping individuals with amblyopia, commonly called “lazy eye.”  The subscription-based technology, which can be used by adults or kids, gamifies vision therapy for the patient. Users can earn rewards, which can be sent to their home. The platform also gives parents a chance to monitor their...
By Laura Lovett August 26, 2019
In early August, the FDA issued a Class 2 Device Recall for Visibly’s Online Refraction Vision Test, stating that the company did not receive authorization from the FDA to market the product. According to the recall, Visibly has already initiated the recall.  This back and forth between the Chicago-based startup (formerly known as Opternative) and the FDA has been going on for a couple of years....
By Dave Muoio August 26, 2019
Eggs, milk, remote care. Thanks to a partnership between Texas grocery chain H-E-B and Reliant Immune Diagnostics, consumers seeking a mobile telemedicine consultation can purchase an appointment while stocking up the fridge. The free-to-download MDBox platform offers symptom-driven video consultations and prescriptions from licensed providers for a flat, upfront fee. Now, patients can visit the...

Dr. Michael J. Stamos shows off the Butterfly IQ ultrasound device at UC Irvine's White Coat Ceremony on August 9th.

By Jonah Comstock August 26, 2019
Nine years ago, the University of California at Irvine Medical School became the first medical school in the country to equip each of its 104 incoming students with their own iPads. This month, at the same White Coat Ceremony where that announcement was made back in 2010, Dr. Michael J. Stamos, the school’s dean, surprised the class of 2023 with another gift: Butterfly handheld ultrasound devices...
By Laura Lovett August 26, 2019
Late last week New York City-based startup Enable My Child, a virtual pediatric therapy platform, announced a $1.2 million seed funding raise. This new round was led by CMI Ventures.   WHAT THEY DO The company is focused on connecting children with behavioral, learning or developmental conditions to a variety of board-certified therapists for tele-therapy. The services include virtual...

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