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By Dave Muoio July 5, 2019
The first quarter of 2019 may have been a tad slow, but the past three months have shown that investors are still ready to pony up for digital health companies of every shape and size. The $2.45 billion in fundraising that MobiHealthNews covered in April, May and June isn’t quite the highest quarterly total (that distinction goes to Q3 of 2018), but it came from an impressive 81 separate funding...
By Laura Lovett July 3, 2019
Diving deeper into digital, this quarter the pharma giants have continued to implement new tools to enhance clinical trials, support medication management with technology and partner in developing digital therapeutics.  Onc, a foreign entity to this established industry, pharma executives are now becoming better versed in working with digital health companies and sharing the lessons they've...
By Laura Lovett July 1, 2019
It would be hard to discuss healthcare trends without talking about what this means for the behemoth pharma industry. Recently, new kid on the block digital health has started to turn heads in across this well-established sector with its potential for improving R&D, tracking real-world evidence and even creating a new type of medicine with digital therapeutics.  While digital promises the...
By Laura Lovett July 1, 2019
In spite of predictions that digital health funding would slow in 2019, the industry is on track for yet another record-shattering year of funding, according to the latest Rock Health report. Now at the midway point, 2019 has seen a total of $4.2 billion dollars of digital health investment dollars by the agency's count.  “If this pace holds steady, the sector is on track for an $8.4 billion year...
By Nazila Hafezi June 27, 2019
A new meta data study published last week in npj Digital Medicine found an overall lack of standardized measures for the quality and effectiveness of mental and behavioral health apps. In the study, researchers suggested the need for up-to-date app guidance for consumers and clinicians alike. “Our results suggest that there is a growing need for: standardized behavioral health app quality and...
By Laura Lovett June 27, 2019
Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, has inked a deal with Fitbit allowing its application to be integrated with the tech giant’s wearables.  As part of the integration Fitbit users can now download the Cardiogram app and use it to monitor heart rate and sleep tracking. Users will also have access to Cardiogram’s...
By Dave Muoio June 25, 2019
Smart diaper detects UTIs. Purdue University researchers have developed a disposable, urinary tract infection-detecting sensor that is self-powered and can be embedded into diaper. The autonomous sensor activates upon exposure to urine, checks for compounds often associated with the infection and then wirelessly transmits the results to a smartphone if positive. “We have at least two big...
By Laura Lovett June 25, 2019
There is no denying that high tech has made its way into hospitals across the nation. Amazon Alexa apps are cropping up in patient rooms and virtual reality headsets are making their way to clinic shelves. While these tools may look shiny on the outside, providers are now starting to have serious discussions about what tech makes business sense, and they're doing it from the get-go of the...

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