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By Dave Muoio December 11, 2019
Not so fast? Google’s plans to purchase Fitbit will soon be under the US Department of Justice’s lens. According to a New York Post report, the merger raised antitrust flags at both the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission, with the former federal agency ultimately winning out. The Post’s sources said that both of these agencies are hesitant to allow Google an even greater view into individuals’...
By Dave Muoio December 11, 2019
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey-based InSight Telepsychiatry and Chicago-based Regroup Telehealth announced a merger of their businesses yesterday. The resulting entity is now the largest and most comprehensive telepsychiatry service provider in the US, they said, specifically in regard to the joined company’s combined revenue, national footprint, diversity of client types, and diversity and quantity of...
By Dave Muoio December 11, 2019
The ink has settled on a $200 million growth equity investment for in-home fitness streaming platform iFit, the company’s parent ICON Health & Fitness announced today. Pamplona Capital Management led the raise. WHAT THEY DO iFit — which shares its parent company with workout machine makers NordicTrack, ProForm and Freemotion — has built a streaming platform for use on these companies’...
By Dave Muoio December 9, 2019
G Medical Innovations, a public Cayman Islands-based maker of real-time vital signs monitoring tools, announced last week that it raised $20.5 million (A$30 million) in investments over the course of three years from Luxembourg-based investment group GEM Global. WHAT THEY DO G Medical’s products allow providers to continuously monitor patients’ ECG, heart rate, SPO2, body temperature, blood...
By Laura Lovett December 6, 2019
Digital health has gone global. On both sides of the Atlantic, healthcare stakeholders are evaluating these new tools, while innovators are navigating the pathways to implementation. It’s clear that while the North American markets and the European markets each have their own challenges, the industries also share plenty of universal opportunities and obstacles.  This week at the European...
By Laura Lovett December 5, 2019
When it comes to mental health apps, validation is a hot topic. But studying those apps can pose some hefty challenges. A recent meta analysis published online in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that studies of apps for depressive symptoms had around a 50% dropout rate when accounting for bias.  However, researchers discovered that the rate was lower when the apps included a human...
By Laura Lovett December 4, 2019
Setting its sights on the European market, yesterday California startup VivaLNK announced that it landed a Class IIa medical device CE Mark for its multi-vital medical wearable sensor and software development kit.  Researchers and clinicians can use the technology to continuously stream a patient’s ECG rhythm, respiratory rate, heart rate, RR interval and three axis acceleration.  The product...
By Dave Muoio December 2, 2019
Garmin is fleshing out the sleep health potential of its wearables thanks to a newly-announced collaboration with Sleeprate. Now, the Israeli app maker will be able to access the Garmin Health Companion SDK for a more fleshed out look at device wearers’ sleep and activity data, and will use these to offer improved tracking and personalized insights for those interested in how workouts and nightly...

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