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By Laura Lovett January 22, 2020
The skinny on acquisition news. This morning Providence St. Joseph Health announced that it was acquiring weight management program HMR (Health Management Resources) from Merck. The tech-enabled program offers an app with weight loss resources, group phone coaching and in-person classes. Prior to this acquisition three of HMR’s clinics were inside of Providence facilities, and the organization...
By Dave Muoio January 22, 2020
DoctorLogic, a digital marketing software platform designed for healthcare providers, has closed a $7 million round of Series A funding. The raise was headlined by Unbundled Capital. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2015, the Texan startup’s platform includes a range of tools designed to increase website traffic, business awareness and patient acquisition for healthcare customers. Its repertoire includes...
By Dave Muoio January 22, 2020
Verily, the life sciences research subsidiary of Alphabet, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for an augmented version of its prescription Study Watch wearable that includes some form of arrhythmia monitoring. While specific details on the so-called “Study Watch With Irregular Pulse Monitor” are yet to be published alongside the agency’s premarket notification, the product has been classified as a...
By Laura Lovett January 22, 2020
With an eye on prevention, chronic care management startup Lark Health revealed exclusively to MobiHealthNews that it is launching a new AI-enabled program targeted at keeping at-risk patients healthy.  Dubbed Lark Prevention, the tool was created to help guide Lark Health's members through behavioral coaching to address weight management, smoking cessation, stress and overall general health....
By Dave Muoio January 21, 2020
Gentem, a San Francisco tech startup looking to streamline reimbursement for smaller practices, has raised $3.7 million in seed funding. Susa Ventures headed the raise, which also saw support from Village Global, Vulcan Capital, Hustle Fund, 500 Fintech, Social Starts, Great Oaks VC and other unnamed backers. WHAT THEY DO In an effort to reduce the stress of payments for those working in small-...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2020
One of the biggest digital health success stories of the two decades is in the diabetes space, especially the continuous glucose monitor (or CGM). The first CGM was approved by the FDA in 1999, but in the last decade we've seen CGMs become smaller, longer lasting and more comfortable, and we've seen huge strides in datasharing as CGM-phone connectivity went from novelty to commodity.  Dexcom has...
By Dave Muoio January 20, 2020
Resting heart rate and sleep duration data collected from Fitbit devices could help inform timely and accurate models of population-level influenza trends, according to a new Scripps Research Translational Institute study published online in The Lancet Digital Health last Friday. “Currently, CDC [influenza-like illness (ILI)] data are typically reported [one to three] weeks late and reported...
By Laura Lovett January 20, 2020
When it comes to accessing healthcare, patients are faced with a lot of decisions: Do I take the dreaded trip to the emergency room or wait to see a PCP? How long can I wait to be seen? Increasingly, medical centers are looking to ease this stress with chatbots. However, this tech comes with its own set of obstacles and opportunities.  Lisa Mason, senior director of product design, user research...
By Dave Muoio January 20, 2020
Digital gastrointestinal health company Vivante Health has pulled in another $5.1 million, largely from Lifeforce Capital and Big Pi Ventures. NFP Ventures, FCA Venture Partners and Longmont Capital also took part in the Series A1 round. WHAT THEY DO Vivante’s GIThrive is a digital digestive health program that includes an at-home microbiome testing kit, a breath-based food sensitivity monitor, a...
By MobiHealthNews January 16, 2020
The Digital Therapeutics Alliance, an industry group advocating for the adoption and understanding of evidence-based digital health treatments, has named its new Board of Directors. Representing handful of different digital therapeutics stakeholders, those named are set to hold their positions for a two-year period. Along with Megan Coder, the group’s executive director, the board consists of:...

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