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By  Dave Muoio 03:34 pm April 29, 2020
Fitness and sleep-tracking smart-ring-maker Motiv has been acquired by Proxy, a company specializing in digital-identity security. The companies announced the purchase in accompanying blog posts, and did not share the terms of the deal. Proxy CEO Denis Mars wrote that his company has hired "a majority" of Motiv's employees, and will be shifting the focus of Motiv's consumer platform away from...
By  Laura Lovett 02:40 pm April 29, 2020
When it comes to the healthcare industry, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions. Although 65% of healthcare workers are female and 80% of healthcare decisions are made by women, they make up only about 30% of healthcare leadership, according to an Oliver Wyman report.  However, during the HIMSS20 Digital webinar "Women in Healthcare and Tech: Closing the Gap to Strategic" Amy...
By  Dave Muoio 01:28 pm April 29, 2020
The shift toward "aging in place" has been fueled by a range of health monitoring technologies – fall-detection pendants, emergency alert systems, fingertip blood pressure monitors, ECG patches and so on. But the senior population has needs and preferences unique from the general population, creating a home health monitoring challenge that can't simply be solved by sending them home with clinical...
By  Dave Muoio 03:55 pm April 28, 2020
UnitedHealth Group's Optum is reportedly in late-stage talks with AbleTo regarding a roughly $470 million acquisition of the virtual behavioral-care company, according to unnamed sources who spoke to CNBC. Optum is already a stakeholder in the New York company, having provided a "significant investment" through its Optum Ventures arm back in January of 2019. At the time, Optum Ventures Principal...
By  Laura Lovett 03:10 pm April 28, 2020
This morning behemoth lab test company Quest Diagnostics announced that it will be offering a “consumer initiated” COVID-19 antibody test for $119.  Dubbed Quest Direct, the service will let consumers request the antibody test through an online platform. Once the request is initiated it is sent to a licensed physician, who greenlights the testing order. Patients can then go to a Quest service...
By  Dave Muoio 12:48 pm April 28, 2020
Telehealth and medical messaging startup Medici has tied off a $24 million Series B financing round. Announced yesterday, the raise was driven by the company's existing investors: Barry Sternlicht, from Starwood Capital Group; Kenneth Griffin, from Citadel; Nathan Kirsh, from the Kirsh Group; Howard Jenkins, from Publix; and Tom Meredith, formerly of Dell. WHAT THEY DO While Medici's mobile...
By  Laura Lovett 11:31 am April 28, 2020
This morning a new startup dubbed Tomorrow Health launched its tech-enabled home-health-product service.  Patients first enter their insurance information, medical needs and state. The platform is then able to give them a personalized view of home health products that meet their health requirements and are covered under their insurance plan. The company also helps to fill out the insurance claim...
By  MobiHealthNews 04:23 pm April 27, 2020
Thanks, but we've got this. The U.K. has decided not to use Apple and Google’s much-anticipated Bluetooth contact tracing tool as originally planned, according to the BBC. Apple and Google’s model pitches a decentralized system for tracing, while the NHSX – which works on the UK’s digital health efforts – is proposing a centralized system. NHS officials told the BBC that the centralized system...
By  Laura Lovett 04:13 pm April 27, 2020
While governments and tech titans are rushing to create contact-tracing apps to curb the spread of COVID-19, a new review published by the Ada Lovelace Institute in the United Kingdom says not so fast.   “Based on the current evidence in this review, the significant technical limitations, and deep social risks, of digital contact tracing outweigh the value offered to the crisis response,” authors...
By  Dave Muoio 02:55 pm April 27, 2020
Implementation of either an automated or semi-automated deep learning system for diabetic retinopathy screening could lead to cost savings at the health-system level, according to an economic analysis modeling study recently published in The Lancet Digital Health. Backed by Singapore's Ministry of Health, the investigation looked at data from a national diabetic retinopathy screening program...