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By Dave Muoio 12:00 pm April 9, 2019
Concerto HealthAI, the maker of a clinical insight generation platform that employs real-world data in its analyses, is racking up the pharma partnerships as of late. Just weeks after the artificial intelligence company agreed to a multi-year deal with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Concerto announced this morning a similar project with Pfizer that will support the latter’s research on precision oncology...
By Laura Lovett 09:26 am April 9, 2019
The stakes are high when it comes to implementing artificial intelligence in healthcare, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker reminded the audience at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston yesterday.  While the technology has the ability to shape the future of health, Baker — who previously served as the CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care — urged the industry to be mindful about data...
By Dave Muoio 03:21 pm April 8, 2019
Last year when Microsoft announced the end of HealthVault Insights, an app-based project applying machine learning to personal health records, it came with the assurance that users’ data would remain housed on the HealthVault website. However, it seems the time has come to officially bid farewell to Microsoft’s decade-spanning health management service. In an email letter sent to users late last...
By Jonah Comstock 02:50 pm April 8, 2019
Connected fitness company Tonal has raised $45 million in Series C funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $90 million. The Growth Fund of L Catterton led the round. Additional investors included Evolution Media, Shasta Ventures, Mayfield, and Sapphire Ventures, as well as tennis star Serena Williams’ new venture fund Serena Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Tonal offers a special connected...
By Dave Muoio 02:09 pm April 8, 2019
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced more than 30 organizations collaborating in a newly launched initiative focused on AI in healthcare. Comprised of Google, Fitbit, IBM, Livongo, Samsung, Verizon and others, the effort seeks to develop common terminology and a set of best practices regarding data use with the new technology. “AI will boost our wellness and health care by...
By Laura Lovett 01:37 pm April 8, 2019
Come 2020, Medicare Advantage (MA) members will have more access to virtual care visits, according to a new ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that was finalized on Friday. The new ruling will expand geographical areas covered and the way the services are paid for.  “Under this final rule, MA enrollees may have great opportunities to receive healthcare services from places...
By Jonah Comstock 01:21 pm April 8, 2019
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published two new related patents from Apple that suggest the company might be working on chemical smell sensors, which could have a variety of uses within healthcare. One patent even suggests that by analyzing sweat particles in the air the sensor could deduce blood sugar levels. The patent applications were submitted in late 2018 but were just published on...
By Dave Muoio 01:04 pm April 8, 2019
Deep Lens, a digital pathology startup particularly focused on cancer trials, has brought in a $13.65 million Series A round, according to an SEC filing. The fundraise was headed by Northpond Ventures with additional support from prior investors Rev1 Ventures, Sierra Ventures and Tamarind-Hill Partners, according to a release. The Series A comes quickly after a seed funding round that raised just...
By Jonah Comstock 03:31 pm April 5, 2019
The first quarter of 2019 started off strong with 17 digital health mergers and acquisitions, including five over the course of two days at the end of February. The quarter's acquisitions included moves by ClassPass and Teladoc to bolster emerging international businesses with the acquisitions of GuavaPass and Médecin Direct, respectively, as well as a number of consolidation deals in niche...
By MobiHealthNews 02:59 pm April 5, 2019
Kicking off the year MobiHealthNews recorded $1.4 billion in Q1 funding spread out over 49 companies. This number exceeded the amount of last year’s Q1 funding, which came in at $1.2 billion.   Earlier this week Rock Health released its funding report for the quarter racking $986 million of investments across 61 deals in the US. Meanwhile Startup Health reported $2.8 billion in funding last...

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