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By Dave Muoio March 4, 2019
San Jose-based mobile healthcare device maker Vocera Communications has shipped the first order of its updated wearable for clinicians, the Vocera Smartbadge, to a nearly 700-bed Georgia hospital. The company’s prior device, the Vocera Badge, has long offered secure, hands-free, wireless communications support to practitioners. The newer Smartbadge will offer Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital many...
By Laura Lovett March 1, 2019
Adorned with balloons and celebratory flowers, the maternity ward is often seen as the beacon of hope at a hospital. But for many families, childbirth is a challenging, dangerous and sometimes even fatal process for both moms and babies.  This is particularly true in the US where women are more likely to die of a childbirth or pregnancy-related cause than any other affluent country in the world, ...
By Dave Muoio and Jonah Comstock February 28, 2019
Livongo previews hypertension chatbot. Chronic condition management company Livongo unveiled a new feature it plans to add to its hypertension offering: a voice-enabled chatbot, powered by Amazon Lex. Livongo announced new feature at the company’s SIGNUM conference for clients and members, which begins today. With the new system, the voice assistant will deliver “Health Nudges”— such as nutrition...
By Laura Lovett February 28, 2019
For folks managing their diabetes with Dexcom, Siri can now answer one more question: What is my glucose level? This morning Dexcom announced a slew of new companion app features for the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitoring system, including the ability for Siri to read a user’s glucose level out loud and display graphs directly on the lock screen.  The app, which was released in 2018, will...
By Jonah Comstock February 28, 2019
Dexcom held its Q4 2018 earnings call last week, reporting an overall very strong year, but also announcing outsourcing plans that will likely lead to layoffs in the US. The company broke $1 billion in annual revenue in 2018, CEO Kevin Sayer said on the call, while increasing adoption, especially in Medicare and international markets, both of which are new to the company. And the company has set...

Nutrimedy's Director of Nutrition Services and Engagement Mallory Franklin. Photo courtesy of Boston Scientific.

By Dave Muoio February 28, 2019
Patient engagement and purposeful data implementation were common discussion points during the finals of a digital health pitch competition held last night inside Google’s Cambridge, Massachusetts offices. First kicked off in October, the fourth annual Connected Patient Challenge — cosponsored by Boston Scientific and the tech giant — featured six startup finalists whose offerings were...
By Jonah Comstock February 28, 2019
Toronto-based CardioComm, a longtime player in the handheld personal ECG space will finally make data available on consumers' smartphones with a new 510(k) clearance for its GEMS Mobile smartphone app, which works on both iOS and Android devices. The company also received clearance for a new ECG device called HeartCheck CardiBeat.  Notably, these are over the counter clearances, allowing the app...
By Dave Muoio February 28, 2019
Rightway Healthcare, a provider of patient-facing care navigation tools for employee populations, has raised $8 million in Series A financing. Support came from unnamed backers new and old, with individual investor Jonathan Locker joining the company’s board. What they do Founded in 2017, Rightway Health develops a smartphone and web service that helps employees understand and utilize the health...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2019
Yesterday the University of Virginia announced a new effort to expand its telehealth program, with a special focus on chronic disease care.  The initiative, funded by a $750,000 grand from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, is set to expand or pilot six new telemedicine initiatives.  Two will focus on diabetes, including a remote blood sugar monitoring program for people with Type 2...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2019
Guidewell Connect, a consumer engagement company that shares a parent company (Guidewell) with health insurer Florida Blue, has acquired Onlife Health, a health and wellness technology platform, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Cambia Health Solutions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Onlife offers member engagement services that include wellness and chronic condition...