connection to care

By Dave Muoio 02:49 pm March 24, 2020
Apple's Siri has been updated to provide symptom-based guidance and, in some cases, telehealth-app download links to users seeking COVID-19 information from the virtual assistant. Now, when users ask Siri a question along the lines of "How do I know whether I have coronavirus?" or "I think I have coronavirus," the tool initiates a new conversation tree to determine the user's current symptoms....
By Laura Lovett 02:07 pm February 25, 2020
British AI chatbot and virtual care company Babylon is used to getting shade from the public and the medical community alike. But recently it went a step further to strike back at one of its most prominent critics.  For years, a Twitter user under the handle of @DrMurphy11 has posted his encounters with Babylon's tool based on hypothetical situations. On the whole his tweets have been critical of...
By Dave Muoio 02:15 pm February 6, 2020
A new survey polling thousands of international office workers suggests that two in five will opt to search their symptoms online and self-medicate rather than visit a doctor, and the same amount admit that doing so makes them more nervous about seeking care from a professional. On the flip side, a similar portion of respondents (43%) said they would investigate their condition online and then...
By Laura Lovett 02:47 pm January 21, 2020
This morning HelpAround, a digital platform that helps patients navigate health service options, announced that it scored $6 million in funding. IQVIA led the round with participation from Windham Ventures and other existing investors.  The company has noted that the announcement marks the initial closing of this founding round, and that the final close is expected to take place later in Q1 of...
By Dave Muoio 01:53 pm December 18, 2019
Babylon Health is lining up strategic partners as it targets January 2020 for the US launch of its triage chatbot service, according to comments from the company’s US lead that were later confirmed to MobiHealthNews by a spokesperson. Kurt Blasena, Babylon’s senior managing director of commercial strategy and revenue growth, said that the London-based company has already secured two “very large”...
By Dave Muoio 11:44 am December 2, 2019
Quartet Health, a startup focused on behavioral health and primary care, has tacked an extra $7.5 million onto its $60 million Series D round courtesy of a new investment from Echo Ventures — the joint venture arm of Cambia Health Solutions and Blue Cross of North Carolina — as well as Deerfield Capital, a representative of the company told MobiHealthNews. The announcement comes as the startup...
By Laura Lovett 11:07 am November 25, 2019
On Friday, health navigation platform Rightway Healthcare announced a $20 million Series B funding round led by Thrive Capital.  This news comes less than a year after the New York-based startup scored $8 million in its Series A round to expand its sales team and grow its products in new markets. Since the winter raise, the company has hired 50 new staffers and opened a new office.  As part of...
By Dave Muoio 01:00 pm October 28, 2019
Facebook is again expanding its public health messaging efforts with the launch of a new tool that shows users in the U.S. a list of recommended preventive tests or checkups, sets scheduling reminders and connects users to local providers of those services. Born of partnerships with the American Cancer Society, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the CDC, the...
By Dave Muoio 02:53 pm July 24, 2019
This morning CVS Health and its recently acquired Aetna business announced new initiatives that will work with community organizers, social services and software makers to tackle social and environmental factors affecting individuals’ health. To do so, the company has partnered with Unite Us, maker of care coordination products specifically designed to drive connections between social services...
By Dave Muoio 01:38 pm July 23, 2019
Roughly a year after its launch, Walgreens Boots Alliance announced that its Find Care platform — a mobile and web tool guiding consumers toward curated health services — has added eight new partners including Propeller Health, Dexcom and a handful of regional health systems. The two digital companies’ connected inhaler sensors and CGM devices add new chronic care management options to the retail...