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By Dave Muoio October 31, 2018
Yesterday afternoon the FDA announced that it would permit 23andMe to market its Personal Genome Service Pharmacogenetic Reports test. The test offers consumers information on whether they posses one of 33 variants across multiple genes that could impact their body’s ability to metabolize certain medications. The purpose of this test is to inform patients and encourage them to more thoroughly...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2018
Smartphone blood lab startup 1Drop Diagnostics (not to be confused with other very similarly-named startup 1Drop or One Drop) has raised $4.25 million in a Series A financing round, the company announced today. The funding was led by investor Christian Wildmoser, with additional backing and support by Swiss Startup Group investor Dr. Hans-Peter Strebel, Beat Schillig of IFJ Institute for Young...

The digital health landscape, from the Digital Therapeutics Alliance's new report.

By Jonah Comstock October 31, 2018
The precise definition of digital therapeutics has been a hot topic as the new technology category has been discussed and debated in event sessions and articles over the last few years. Now the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, a consortium of industry stakeholders, is hoping to put that to rest with an official definition, released this week in a whitepaper. The definition reads as follows:   "...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2018
Accessing lab results on iPhones. LabCorp announced this week that it will be integrating with Apple's Health Record app, allowing patients to more easily access and manage lab test results produced by the company. These results will be viewable alongside health data provided by other healthcare services who have integrated with the app, so long as the user has a LabCorp Patient account. “Our...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2018
Carrot, the Redwood City, California-based maker of a smoking cessation app and its paired, FDA-cleared breathalyzer device, announced this week that it has raised $25 million in new funding. The investment was led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJDC), with participation from New York Life Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Marc Benioff, R7 Partners and Dr. David Utley, Carrot’s founder, president...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2018
98point6 — a Seattle-based startup that offers an on-demand, texting-based primary care service for consumers and plans — announced this morning that it has closed $50 million in Series C funding, bringing the company’s total backing to $86.1 million. The round was led by the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, with additional support from the company’s prior backers. Robbie Cape,...
By Dave Muoio October 30, 2018
Carbon Health, a startup developing a mobile platform for connecting patients to urgent and primary care, has merged with the Northern California-based Direct Urgent Care network. The result is network of seven brick-and-mortar clinics caring for 40,000 active patients, all of which is supported by a connected telehealth app that also support appointment management, payments, EHR access,...
By Laura Lovett October 30, 2018
Interaxon, the company best known for its “brain sensing” headband Muse that helps wearers meditate, released the second generation of the device this morning.  The latest product, called Muse 2, is worn across the user's forehead and connects to a smartphone app that providing meditation data. Like the previous version of the tool, it is able to measure brain signals through an EEG sensor,...
By Laura Lovett October 30, 2018
This morning H1, an artificial intelligence healthcare data insights company, announced that it raised $6 million in funding from its incubator Shore Group. The new money is expected to help the New York-based company speed up its growth and development. H1’s platform combines public clinical and scholarly databases with AI with the goal of helping healthcare professionals with targeted databases...

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