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By Laura Lovett May 21, 2020
On Wednesday Big Sky Health, best known for its fasting app Zero, scored $8 million in Series A funding. The latest round was led by Greycroft., and brings the company’s total funding pot to $4.2 million.  Coinciding with the funding news is the announcement that Big Sky Health will also be offering Zero Plus, a premium service of its fasting app.  WHAT THEY DO The company’s main product is...
By Laura Lovett May 21, 2020
One Medical, the tech enabled health startup that made headlines when it went public in January, is reporting a 25% year-over-year revenue growth. However, it still came up short of meeting earnings per share expectations. The company, officially named 1Life Healthcare, uses a hybrid model, its members have access to 24-7 virtual health-services as well as the ability to visit brick-and-mortar...
By Dave Muoio May 21, 2020
OptumHealth, the healthcare services and delivery business of UnitedHealth Group's Optum, has acquired naviHealth, a post-acute care management platform for health plans and providers, for an undisclosed sum. The deal was first reported by the Nashville Business Journal, and confirmed to MobiHealthNews by an Optum representative. While the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, Optum said...
By Laura Lovett May 20, 2020
This morning telehealth giant Amwell raised a whopping $194 million in a Series C funding. Allianz X and Takeda were among the participants this round.  Amwell has a history of large funding rounds. In 2018 it raked it a cool $365.4 million in Series B funding, and in 2014 it raised $81 million.   This latest funding news comes as telehealth gets its era in the spotlight, as providers and...
By Dave Muoio May 20, 2020
Roughly a month after first announcing their unprecedented collaboration, Apple and Google have updated their devices' operating systems today with the first component of their contact tracing API. Referred to by the companies as "Exposure Notifications," the technology aims to help public health agencies deploy apps that tell individuals when they may have been exposed to another person with...

Lauri Sippola, CEO of Kaiku, gives a demonstration in his Helsinki office. 

By Laura Lovett May 20, 2020
Swedish oncology-focused Elekta has announced its purchase of Kaiku Health, a Helsinki-based startup focused on patient monitoring and patient-reported outcome services. As part of this deal Kaiku Health’s app, which allows patients to track symptoms over time and can alert doctors or researchers with updates, will be integrated into Elekta’s Mosaiq Oncology Information System. “Including...
By Dave Muoio May 20, 2020
Tava Health, a Salt Lake City-based mental-telehealth provider, has closed $3 million in seed funding. Peterson Ventures led the round. WHAT THEY DO Founded and launched just last year, Tava works with employer customers to connect their employees with remote therapy and a personalized treatment plan. Video sessions conducted through the platform are self-scheduled by the patient, and...

Above photo: A screengrab of the Wysa app,

By Dean Koh May 20, 2020
Health insurer Aetna International announced that it is partnering with Wysa, an AI-powered chatbot and mental well-being app as part of the former’s ongoing efforts to address the 'second curve' of the COVID-19 pandemic – a less visible but increasing mental well-being crisis. The health insurance company recently enhanced member access to a range of resources, including its virtual health...
By Dave Muoio May 19, 2020
Digital chronic-disease-program company Omada Health is leaping into musculoskeletal care thanks to its acquisition of Physera, an app-based platform that includes remote consultations with physical therapists. Although the deal was announced today, Omada said it will "immediately" begin offering the MSK program to its employer, health plan and individual customers. “Integrating a digital...
By Laura Lovett May 19, 2020
For patients, a trip to the emergency department can be marred with anxiety and confusion. While tech can’t solve all of patients’ worries, Banner Health is looking to curb the confusion aspect with a chatbot system.  “We know that most interactions with healthcare systems providers, doctors, you name it aren’t – with few exceptions – joyous and happy occasions. There is pain, there is suffering...

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