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By Laura Lovett May 5, 2020
The traditional brick-and-mortar clinical research studies are getting a shakeup as digital comes onto the scene. The rapidly rising cost of clinical trials and the more recent coronavirus pandemic have put pressure on the industry to evolve.  “If you look at drug company trials, you see how much it is costing per participant. It is now at an exponential phase. It was unsustainable before and it...
By Dave Muoio May 5, 2020
Heal, the maker of an app for booking and processing device-driven physician house calls and other virtual care services, announced today that is has launched a new telepsychology service for California residents. Heal Teletherapy will connect Heal's users to a licensed clinical psychologist via telehealth video chat. The virtual visits will cost $69 per 20 minutes, according to the company. ...
By Dave Muoio May 4, 2020
Following numerous reports of underperforming COVID-19 antibody tests, the FDA has raised the bar for these products in a revision to its emergency testing policy. As of today, commercial manufacturers that notify the agency of their intent to submit a test for Emergency Use Authorization are required to do so within 10 business days from the date of notification. Further, the FDA has recommended...
By Laura Lovett May 4, 2020
This morning Palo Alto, California-based startup Medable announced a $25 million funding round for its platform that uses digital to help facilitate the clinical trial process. GSR Ventures led the round with participation from PPD Inc. As part of this deal Dr. Sunny Kumar, a partner at GSR Ventures, joined the Medable board.  This brings the company’s total funding pot to $45 million, according...
By Dave Muoio May 4, 2020
DrChrono launched today new telehealth capabilities that are fully integrated with its mobile EHR, billing and practice-management platform, and has additional plans to release a patient-facing telehealth offering next month, the company told MobiHealthNews. "We are aiming to help providers from around the world through technology to care for patients from anyplace. Using telemedicine...
By Laura Lovett May 4, 2020
This month has kicked off with a slew of announcements about tracing efforts. From India’s new policy requiring all workers to download its government app to China’s new fever-senseing glasses, governments are looking for ways to keep tabs on the virus.  As of today, all Indian employers are responsible for making sure their domestic employees – in both the public and private sector, download a...

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By HIMSS Media May 1, 2020
With the incidence of new COVID-19 cases growing by the day, healthcare stakeholders are continuing to search for tools and medications to help stem the tide.  We have seen the digital health community release a slew of new tools aiming to monitor the spread of the disease and facilitate better treatment. And it sounds as if there's still more to come, as just this morning CNBC reported that tech...
By Laura Lovett May 1, 2020
It's no secret the novel coronavirus has particularly impacted communities of color as it sweeps across the United States. But as digital health tools emerge to respond, leaders in the African American medical community caution that those who are creating such tools need to involve diverse voices and work to understand the causes of the disparities if they are to be effective.    Data about the...
By Dave Muoio May 1, 2020
Vida Health, a startup providing virtual chronic-conditions-management programs, has raised $25 million in new funding. Ally Bridge Group (ABG) led the raise, which also saw returning investors like AME Cloud Ventures, Aspect Ventures, Canvas Ventures, NGP Capital, Webb Investment Network and Workday Ventures. Vida's approach combines live health coaches and therapists with a data-driven mobile...
By Laura Lovett April 30, 2020
Welcome to the USA. Swedish telehealth platform Kry is moving across the Atlantic and launching its services in the U.S., according to CNBC. It will be offering LIVI, its digital doctor consultation service that lets patients request a visit via the app. Patients can access a doctor for physical conditions and behavioral health.  In January the startup scored €140 million ($155 million) Series C...

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