GoGuardian launches suicide prevention tool, Fitbit reveals trends for heart rate data collection, and more digital health news briefs

Technology looks after students. Yesterday education-focused software company GoGuardian launched a suicide prevention tool for students in grades K-12. The system, called Beacon, include an early-warning system that helps schools identify pupils at risk of self harm or suicide. The system employs machine learning to access web searchers, social media behaivor, chats, forums, and emails. 

Zipnosis quietly raises $3M for provider telemedicine tools

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Zipnosis, which offers whitelabeled telemedicine tools to providers, quietly raised a $3 million funding round last week. The raise came from existing investors. The company's last round, in January 2016, was supported by Safeguard Scientifics, Ascension Ventures, Fairview Health Services, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Arthur Ventures, Waterline Ventures and Omphalos Ventures.

Starkey's new Livio AI is part hearing aid, part fitness tracker, part wellness coach

As a health wearable that far predates the invention of the term, hearing aids have always been an interesting spot. Now Minnesota hearing aid company Starkey Hearing Technologies, which launched one of the first hearing aids to connect directly to an iPhone back in 2014, has launched Livio AI.

HHS chief data officer Mona Siddiqui to discuss data initiative findings at Health 2.0

The rise in big data has rocked nearly every sector from education to consumer tech, and in particular healthcare. But connecting the dots between the data sources has been a major hurtle in innovation. This is especially true when it comes to the government. The US government’s extensive stores of data are often siloed in different agencies and even departments.

Renovia raises $32.3M for app-connected pelvic floor therapy system

Last week Renovia, maker of an FDA-cleared, app-based system for pelvic floor disorder management and therapy, announced the closure of a $32.3 million Series B equity round and an additional $10 million of debt financing. The round was led by Perceptive Advisors and Ascension Ventures, with additional participation from Longwood Fund, Inova Strategic Investments, Cormorant Asset Management, OSF Ventures, and Western Technology Investment.

Reflexion Health's new deal with BevCap kicks off expansion into employer markets

Clarification: This article has been updated to reflect that Reflexion Health has entered into the employer market. 

This morning, virtual physical therapy platform Reflexion Health announced that it has inked a deal with BevCap Management, a program manager for captive insurance companies. This marks Reflexion’s first deal in the employer market.

Rock Health: Digital health adoption on the rise, but wearables, telemedicine lag behind

Eighty-seven percent of Americans used at least one digital health tool in 2017, up from 80 percent in 2015, according to a new survey out from Rock Health. For the past three years, Rock Health has surveyed 4,000 U.S. adults about digital health use and perceptions.

Studies of autism screening app highlight machine learning's capacity to iterate, improve

In May, a pair of studies were published in the journals Autism Research and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) that evaluated Cognoa’s artificial intelligence-based tool for early identification of autism in children. While both investigations suggest that the tool’s performance significantly exceeded those of other standardized screeners, comparing the two studies shows a sizable difference in the reported accuracy of the company’s offering.