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By Dave Muoio October 17, 2019
Fitbit will be working with the cardiovascular-focused Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance to develop “educational content and guidance” that will help device owners recognize if they are at risk of atrial fibrillation, as well as to seek appropriate support and diagnosis of the condition. A spokesperson for the companies noted that although the specifics of these programs are still in...
By Dave Muoio October 14, 2019
Australian digital medication management platform MedAdvisor has raised $11.5 million (17 million Australian dollars) through placement investment headed by Texas-based HMS Holdings, which now claims an approximately 13% ownership stake in the platform as a result of its $7.5 million strategic investment. MedAdvisor initially sought to raise just over $10 million (15 million Australian dollars)...
By MobiHealthNews October 4, 2019
Over a billion and a half venture dollars poured into the digital health space in Q3 2019. MobiHealthNews recorded 66 deals adding up to roughly $1.55 billion globally — less than half of the $3.3 billion recorded during the same period last year. Babylon Health, a UK-based digital chatbot that also links up to provider practices, topped the charts this quarter with a $550 million funding round...

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By Dave Muoio October 2, 2019
Machine intelligence and big data analyst firm CB Insights has put together a list of what it considers to be today’s 150 “most promising” private digital health startups. The full cohort spans a wide range of healthcare focus areas, business models, home countries and funding stages, and is accompanied by a report highlighting some of the key trends and characteristics shared by the digital...
By Dave Muoio September 26, 2019
Medisafe, maker of a patient-facing app that promotes medication adherence, has completed a large international pilot in which its software improved adherence to a partnered global pharma’s cardiometabolic therapy, MobiHealthNews has learned. Medisafe said that it was unable to disclose the identify of the international pharma partner, with whom the pilot’s success has resulted in additional...
By Laura Lovett September 23, 2019
A Brazilian startup named TNH Health, which makes an artificial intelligence-enabled chatbot, announced a $2 million Series A funding round from Valor Capital Group and individual health entrepreneurs.  Founded in 2013, the company is headquartered in Rio Negrinho, Santa Catrina, Brazil, and has offices in Joinville and São Paulo. WHAT THEY DO The chatbot, dubbed Vitalk, will communicate with...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio September 19, 2019
Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has joined the board of Aetion, a New York City-based real-world evidence analytics platform. Gottlieb, who resigned from his two-year FDA stint in April, had spearheaded the regulatory agency’s recent push to incorporate real-world data into its decision-making processes. "Dr. Gottlieb has played a pivotal role in advancing the use of real-world...
By Dave Muoio September 18, 2019
Virtual reality pain management company Karuna Labs has raised $3 million in seed funding, the San Francisco startup announced last week. The funding was led by Baseline Ventures, with additional participation from Anorak Ventures, the AET Fund, the Hustle Fund, Correlation Ventures and Dreamit Ventures. WHAT THEY DO The company develops personalized VR programs for chronic pain management. The...
By Laura Lovett September 17, 2019
Royal Philips’ new sleep apnea product is ditching the traditional CPAP mask. Dubbed NightBalance, the system instead relies on a soft wearable device that is worn across the user’s chest when they go to sleep.  The device gives off a vibration alerting the user when they should change sleep positions. The tool is wireless and connected to a companion app, which monitors use. It also give both...
By Laura Lovett September 17, 2019
Digital mental health company Meru Health is launching a new wearable aimed at helping its users understand the mind-body connection through biofeedback. Meru’s platform uses a multi-pronged approach to helping customers improve mental health including connections to licensed therapists, digital tools and peer support.  The new tool is meant to be clipped on a user’s ear when they are doing a...

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