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By Laura Lovett May 6, 2020
Digital mental health company Limbix scored $9 million in Series A funding. The new round was led by GSR Ventures with participation from sequoia Capital, Storm Ventures, NexGen Venture Partners and BIXINK Therapeutics.  This comes roughly four months after the Palo Alto-based startup was selected as one of 27 digital health companies in MassChallenge HealthTech’s 2020 accelerator class. WHAT IT...
By Laura Lovett May 6, 2020
This morning the FDA granted Australian company Headsafe a 510(k) clearance for its connected headgear that is able to perform an assessment of the brain.  Named Nurochek, the system uses Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) in order to gauge brain health. When a user puts on the headgear, which includes a set of goggles, the system presents visual stimulus to the brain. As this process is taking place...
By Dave Muoio May 6, 2020
Fitbit announced this morning the launch of a new atrial fibrillation research study aiming to enroll hundreds of thousands of fitness-tracker and smartwatch owners. Called the Fitbit Heart Study, it will passively and continuously monitor wearers' heart rates using the devices' photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors. A proprietary algorithm will interpret these readings and flag potential...
By MobiHealthNews May 5, 2020
Pharma giant Johnson & Johnson is teaming up with Alevo Technologies on a new at-home diagnostic testing platform. The new tool, called the Alveo b.well, will be built to detect viral disease — which may one day include coronavirus detection. According to a release from the company, the product will include an analyzer, nasal swabs and cartridges for the detection of a virus. Consumers can...
By Dave Muoio May 5, 2020
The FDA has granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to VitalConnect that allows its VitalPatch wearable sensor to further monitor patients undergoing COVID-19 treatment. As per the agency's letter of authorization, providers may use the remote-monitoring device in a hospital setting to spot changes in patients' QT interval, which may be dangerously prolonged by experimental drug treatments...
By Laura Lovett May 5, 2020
The traditional brick-and-mortar clinical research studies are getting a shakeup as digital comes onto the scene. The rapidly rising cost of clinical trials and the more recent coronavirus pandemic have put pressure on the industry to evolve.  “If you look at drug company trials, you see how much it is costing per participant. It is now at an exponential phase. It was unsustainable before and it...
By Dave Muoio May 5, 2020
Heal, the maker of an app for booking and processing device-driven physician house calls and other virtual care services, announced today that is has launched a new telepsychology service for California residents. Heal Teletherapy will connect Heal's users to a licensed clinical psychologist via telehealth video chat. The virtual visits will cost $69 per 20 minutes, according to the company. ...
By Dave Muoio May 4, 2020
Following numerous reports of underperforming COVID-19 antibody tests, the FDA has raised the bar for these products in a revision to its emergency testing policy. As of today, commercial manufacturers that notify the agency of their intent to submit a test for Emergency Use Authorization are required to do so within 10 business days from the date of notification. Further, the FDA has recommended...
By Laura Lovett May 4, 2020
This morning Palo Alto, California-based startup Medable announced a $25 million funding round for its platform that uses digital to help facilitate the clinical trial process. GSR Ventures led the round with participation from PPD Inc. As part of this deal Dr. Sunny Kumar, a partner at GSR Ventures, joined the Medable board.  This brings the company’s total funding pot to $45 million, according...
By Dave Muoio May 4, 2020
DrChrono launched today new telehealth capabilities that are fully integrated with its mobile EHR, billing and practice-management platform, and has additional plans to release a patient-facing telehealth offering next month, the company told MobiHealthNews. "We are aiming to help providers from around the world through technology to care for patients from anyplace. Using telemedicine...

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