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By  Laura Lovett 02:46 pm April 8, 2020
The first three months of 2020 shattered all previous Q1 digital-health-funding records – amounting to a $3.1 billion in new investments – according to a new Rock Health report. Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, this early funding success may not be indicative of a trend for the entire year.  “Of course, this is not a post about historic funding levels – it is a story of healthy...
By  Laura Lovett 04:39 pm April 7, 2020
On Monday morning, behavior health company SonderMind scored $27 million in its Series B funding round. General Catalyst led the round with participation from F-Prime Capital, Kickstart Seed Fund, Diōko Ventures and Jonathan Bush.  WHAT THEY DO  The Denver, Colorado-based company helps link up patients and therapists based on specific needs and geographic location. The tool checks to make sure...
By  Dave Muoio 04:15 pm April 7, 2020
Text-based primary care startup 98point6 has announced the close of a $43 million Series D funding round alongside new service expansions intended to address coronavirus-driven demand. The company did not name any of its investors in its release. WHAT THEY DO 98point6 provides on-demand primary care services for consumers and health plans that can be accessed through the company's mobile app. The...
By  Laura Lovett 03:53 pm April 7, 2020
Four years ago, Seattle Children’s Hospital began its journey revamping its analytics system. The system originally went from a relatively siloed analytics platform to a dashboard that catered to the clinical, research and business side of operating.  “The key thing to highlight is not only do we cover a broader set of the organization, a broader set of tools that are more predictive, we’ve also...
By  Dave Muoio 03:11 pm April 7, 2020
Connected digital products have steadily become more prominent among clinical research efforts since the start of the millennium, according to new data published Friday in NPJ Digital Medicine. In reviewing every trial registered with ClinicalTrials.gov between the years 2000 and 2017, a group of Harvard researchers found the use of these tools increasing with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR...
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By  03:02 pm April 7, 2020
A group of organizations—Amazon, Apple, and Google among others—are blurring the line between the tech field and the healthcare field. One of the key elements in this blurring of the line is the automation of health and human service functions that previously required human work. This tech-enabled automation is frequently accomplished through bots, which are computer applications that perform...
By  Dave Muoio 10:29 am April 7, 2020
CyberMDX, a connected medical device and clinical network security firm, announced this morning that it has collected $20 million in new funding. The latest investment brings the startup's total raise to $30 million in total funds. It was headed by Sham (Relyens Group) with participation from prior backers Pitango Venture Capital and Qure Ventures. WHAT THEY DO The company's healthcare...

A team works on ideas at the MIT COVID-19 Challenge hackathon this weekend. Photo credit/MIT COVID-19 Challenge

By  Laura Lovett 04:23 pm April 6, 2020
With stay at home orders dominating the news cycle, many are looking for ways to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic from home. A group out of MIT is looking to remedy this with a way for various stakeholders to get involved. Over the weekend, MIT COVID-19 Challenge: Beat the Pandemic hosted the first in a series of virtual hackathons and events aimed at designing new tools to address the virus...
By  Dave Muoio 04:09 pm April 6, 2020
From me to you. Employee-wellness company Wellable has acquired assets from fellow digital-wellness product-maker MeYou Health, the companies announced. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, it does transfer ownership of MeYou's Daily Challenge product to Wellable. This program encourages healthy eating, physical activity, stress management and other behaviors through daily email and...
By  Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 6, 2020
Google is taking its coronavirus support efforts one step further with the launch of its COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports web tool late last week. Similar to the way Google Maps displays whether certain businesses or public places are busy at certain times of day, the resource aggregates anonymized location tracking data from mobile devices to identify large-scale behavior trends. The end...