WebMD picks up Vitals Consumer Services Division, its second acquisition in two months

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 patients to connect to their peers.

23andMe, Ancestry, other consumer genetic testing companies publish data privacy guidelines

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.

Naked Labs gets $14M as it begins shipping its body-scanning smart mirror

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.

To prevent the next Theranos, industry-wide collaboration on evidence-based therapeutics is mandatory

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.

Apple's wearables drive strong Q3, researchers contest 'brain training' games' benefits, and more digital health news briefs

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 the last four quarters.

Evidation Health brings in $30M, launches new data analytics platform

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.

How some employers are using virtual health to fit the needs of their employees

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 are starting to share what works for them and what doesn’t.

Castlight to restructure business after Walmart walks, laying off 50 to 75

This story has been updated with some additional information about the layoffs.

Wal-Mart has decided to part ways with Castlight Health at the conclusion of its current contract rather than migrate over to Castlight Complete, the company's new platform designed to bring the consumer-facing care navigation tools it rolled out with Anthem Engage out to non-Anthem customers.