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By Laura Lovett November 6, 2018
UnitedHealth Group finished the third quarter strong, reporting a 12 percent year-over-year revenue growth totalling $56.6 billion. This finish prompted the company to raise its 2018 net earnings outlook to approximately $12.10 per share, up from the $11.80 to $12.05 range.  CEO David Wichmann highlighted the company’s use of information, technology and clinical insights as reasons for the...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2018
Apple’s healthcare patent update. A new Hong Kong and European trademark updates the classification of Apple’s AirPods to include health, fitness, exercise and wellness sensors (kudos to Patently Apple, which spotted the update). The updated classification also includes language concerning the transmission of biometric data, heart rate, body movement and burned calories. Despite this and other...
By Laura Lovett November 6, 2018
When it comes to treating the opioid crisis, digital tools may be able to tackle some of the trickiest issues that the current care model cannot, according to a recently released Rock Health report. The report zeros in on some of the major road blocks in treating addiction and how digital could be the key to addressing these needs.  Those challenges include the variability between treatment...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2018
PatientPop, a Santa Monica, California-based company that offers doctors a marketing service to grow their practice, has raised an additional $25 million in funding. The round was led by Leerink Transformation Partners and brings PatientPop’s total backing to $75 million, according to an announcement released last week. PatientPop's platform helps practices acquire more patients, get better...
By Dave Muoio November 5, 2018
Digital health-focused news involving payers during the third quarter of 2018 comprised a number of different focus areas, ranging from chronic condition management strategies to member engagement to high-profile deals. Read below for MobiHealthNews’ coverage of this sector through July, August and September. Diabetes management and prevention A handful of payer news during this period...
By Dave Muoio November 5, 2018
Fitbit’s push into the smartwatch and health space appears to have been a wise one, as the company announced during its earnings call that revenue has matched and in some cases surpassed expectations in the third quarter of 2018. The wearable maker reported 3.5 million devices sold and $394 million in revenue during the quarter, sales that the company noted came not only from fitness trackers but...
By Laura Lovett November 5, 2018
This morning ResMed, maker of connected respiratory devices, announced that it is set to acquire MatrixCare, a Minnesota-based EHR company, for $750 million.  MatrixCare’s EHR is targeted towards long-term post acute care services, such as skilled nursing facilities, life plan communities and senior living homes.  The deal is expected to help ResMed expand its software-as-a-service offerings,...
By Dave Muoio November 5, 2018
Hims, an online mail-order men’s health company that incorporates remote consultations for prescription products, is looking to double its potential customer base with the launch of a similar product line and service targeting women. “Hers” will offer a range of hair, skin and sexual health products for online order and delivery. Much like its male counterpart, ordering a product that requires a...
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By HIMSS TV November 5, 2018
*/ Focus on Artificial Intelligence In November, we take a deep dive into AI and machine learning.

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By Jonah Comstock November 5, 2018
Sierra Madre, California-based Wound Care Advantage, a manager of outpatient wound treatment centers, has partnered with Baltimore-based Tissue Analytics to use the digital health startup's technology to measure wounds and develop improved treatment protocols. "Joining forces with technology companies at the forefront of innovation in healthcare is incredibly important as we tackle problems...

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