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By Laura Lovett January 29, 2019
Hims — an online mail-order men’s health company that uses remote consultation to prescribe cosmetic and sexual health products — has landed $100 million in new funding, according to the publication Recode, which first published the scoop this morning. Following the investment, the company will be valued at $1 billion.  This news comes shortly after the San Francisco-based company launched Hers,...
By Dave Muoio January 29, 2019
Aging in place tech company GreatCall (now owned by Best Buy) and long-term care insurer CNA have struck a partnership that will deploy in-home remote monitoring to the latter’s policyholders. GreatCall’s Lively Home and Lively Mobile, versions of its personal emergency response system, will both be available alongside support from GreatCall’s Care Team, which observes trends in remotely recorded...
Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

Dignity Health's Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

By Jonah Comstock January 29, 2019
Using SMART on FHIR integration, Dignity Health was able to quickly roll out a patient-facing app that delivers education and medication reminders in 20 different languages. “Our leadership was looking for an opportunity to improve the patient experience, by engaging patients more in preventive care to help reduce readmission rates, and by being able to communicate more broadly with our patient...
By Dave Muoio January 29, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel-based medical device security platform Medigate has closed a $15 million Series A fundraising round. The investment was led by US Venture Partners, with additional participation from return backers YL Ventures and Blumberg Capital. “With regulators appropriately taking a hard look at medical device security and the sheer growth in the number of devices being added to already...
By Dave Muoio January 29, 2019
This morning Aetna (which was recently acquired by CVS) and Apple announced a new wellness program that will leverage health data, a custom app and the Apple Watch. Called Attain by Aetna, the voluntary program will deliver personalized health goals, recommendations and rewards based on members’ daily activity. “From fitness enthusiasts, to casual gym-goers, to parents who get all their exercise...
By Healthcare IT News Staff January 28, 2019
The theme of the 10th Annual event is Looking Back, Leaping Forward.
By Laura Lovett January 28, 2019
This morning medical device company Masimo announced FDA clearance for the measurement of respiration rate from a photoplethysmogram (RRp), so that it may now be used on the MightSat Rx finger pulse oximeter. The latest clearance also means the technology can be used at home by patients.   The new technology will be able to calculate a user’s respiration rate, which is the count of breaths per...
By Dave Muoio January 28, 2019
A recent paper published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics describes the design, safety and basic efficacy of a device-agnostic smartphone app that can interface with continuous glucose monitors, insulin pump devices and dosing algorithms from various manufacturers. Run on an unlocked smartphone, the interoperable Artificial Pancreas System (iAPS) smartphone app was reliable and generally...
By Jonah Comstock January 28, 2019
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have launched its first-ever patient-facing app. Called “What’s Covered”, the app will allow people covered by Original Medicare (that is, not Medicare Advantage) to search for particular medical products or procedures and see if they are covered. The app is easy to use, with no sign-in required. It's part of a broader initiative called eMedicare...
By Laura Lovett January 28, 2019
This morning BioTelemetry, a remote and wireless company with a specialization in health information, announced that it is acquiring startup Geneva Healthcare, maker of remote monitoring for implantable cardiac devices, for $45 million in upfront cash with additional performance-based earn-out considerations of no less than $20 million.  The plan is for the two companies to merge together under...

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