Digital health news briefs

By Dave Muoio 04:28 pm April 8, 2020
Easy access to (temporarily) free counseling. Consumer telehealth and mail-order prescription services Hims and Hers are dipping into the mental health wellness space. The brands kicked off new anonymized group therapy and guided meditations offerings yesterday, with the former sessions being led by a licensed mental health practitioner. The group sessions are currently being offered free of...
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 04:06 pm March 12, 2020
Together in perfect harmony. Dexcom and Welldoc have kicked off a new collaboration that will provide Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor users with data-analysis insights from Welldoc's digital diabetes management product, BlueStar. These insights include information on how lifestyle factors such as activity, nutrition, sleep and medication adherence are affecting a user's glucose levels. “Now...
By MobiHealthNews 03:18 pm March 6, 2020
A new digital/pharma partnership. Amid a breakdown of its new strategic direction, Paris-based Voluntis announced a new partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb that aims to support cancer patients with a new digital-therapeutic platform. Patients would use this app-based tool to track their symptoms and treatment, while also being provided with relevant self-management recommendations via an...
By Dave Muoio 03:26 pm February 27, 2020
And the band played on. Peloton has come to terms with members of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), which had brought a lawsuit against the exercise machine maker over alleged copyright infringement. The association said at the time that Peloton had been illegally featuring music from Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and others. The parties also said they have now entered a joint...
By MobiHealthNews 03:53 pm February 6, 2020
Direct-to-consumer, direct-to-phone. New York City-based home testing startup LetsGetChecked has launched its first mobile app for iOS. Through it, consumers will be able to order more testing kits from the company, integrate with services from wearables partners like Fitbit and Apple, and address the results of their tests one-on-one with a LetsGetChecked professional. "We want healthcare to be...
By Dave Muoio 01:16 pm January 30, 2020
This week in M&A. Imprivata, a tech company providing identity and authentication tools designed specifically for healthcare, has acquired GroundControl Solutions, inc., which is known for its automated enterprise mobile device management software. Imprivata anticipates that the purchase of this new tech will augment its platform with new capabilities for large and small healthcare...
By Dave Muoio 02:57 pm January 2, 2020
On Apple and patents. A New York University School of Medicine cardiologist is unhappy with Apple Watch’s heart rate irregularity detection feature, which he claims in a new lawsuit infringes his own patent for atrial fibrillation detection technology. Filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on December 27, 2019, the suit describes Dr. Joseph Wiesel’s invention and his...
By Dave Muoio 01:40 pm December 19, 2019
ECG algorithm picks up Breakthrough Device status. Eko, the maker of tools for monitoring heart function, announced yesterday that a novel ECG-based algorithm for detecting lowered left ventricular ejection fraction has received Breakthrough Device designation from the FDA. By analyzing a 15-second clip of ECG data collected via the company’s other products, the algorithm aims to assist with...
By Dave Muoio 04:11 pm December 11, 2019
Not so fast? Google’s plans to purchase Fitbit will soon be under the US Department of Justice’s lens. According to a New York Post report, the merger raised antitrust flags at both the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission, with the former federal agency ultimately winning out. The Post’s sources said that both of these agencies are hesitant to allow Google an even greater view into individuals’...