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By Dave Muoio January 21, 2019
Fitbit has discreetly launched a new pair of wearable activity trackers well away from the public eye. Called the Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR, the devices are designed specifically for health plans, wellness plans, health systems and other enterprise partners — so much so that  the two are completely unavailable for consumer purchase. "Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR are the first...
By Laura Lovett January 21, 2019
This morning app-enabled behavior change platform Aduro landed $22 million from Boston-based private equity firm Abry Partners. The startup plans to collaborate with the firm to accelerate growth.  What they do Aduro is a wellness platform that teams up with employers and other organizations to motivate members to stay active and healthy. The platform was designed to let users zero in on their...
By Dave Muoio January 21, 2019
Newly published data from a team of Rochester, New York researchers give credence to a cardiovascular health monitoring system built into a home toilet seat. Examined over an eight-week period, the system demonstrated clinical grade accuracy for measurements of blood pressure, stroke volume and blood oxygenation when compared with their respective gold standards. Topline data For measurements of...
By Laura Lovett January 21, 2019
Digital physical therapy company Kaia Health, which has offices in Munich and London, has landed $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Balderton Capital.  What they do Kaia employs AI and machine learning to create home-based, clinically-validated exercise plans for users. While the Kaia has developed products to address everything from exercise and wellness to treating COPD symptoms,...
By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2019
Last week, MobiHealthNews attended JP Morgan Week for the first time. While we took a pass on the eponymous conference, we talked digital health at the bevy of conferences, meetings, and cocktail parties that have sprung up around the investment bank’s annual life sciences event. The distributed nature of JP Morgan makes it hard to pull out one overarching themes, but a few trends and topics of...
By Dave Muoio January 18, 2019
San Francisco-based Limelight Health, a developer of digital tools for enterprises managing employee benefits plans, has raised $33.5 million in an oversubscribed Series C round. Principal Life led the fundraising, which also included participation from AXA Venture Partners, MassMutual Ventures, Aflac Ventures, Transamerica Ventures, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, LaunchPad Digital Health and...
By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2019
The government shutdown was well underway for the entirety of JP Morgan week in San Francisco last week, but that didn’t stop HHS leaders from dropping by auxiliary events in the Bay Area. National Coordinator Don Rucker delivered the opening address to HIMSS’s own Health 2.0 VentureConnect event, while HHS Chief Data Officer Dr. Mona Siddiqui swung by the StartUp Health Festival for a fireside...
By Laura Lovett January 18, 2019
This morning Alphabet’s life science subsidiary Verily announced that its Verily Study Watch and its on-demand ECG feature landed a 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The watch is a prescription-only device, and was designed to record, store, transfer and display single-channel ECG rhythms. The company said the device’s ability to take on-demand, single-lead ECG can be used for individual patient...

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