March 23, 2020
Last week saw a number of diagnostic testing startups, telehealth providers and others announce new services that would deliver at-home COVID-19 testing-kits to consumers. But the majority of these of offerings have since been rescinded or hang in doubt thanks to new warnings and regulatory clarifications issued this weekend by the FDA.
On Friday evening, the agency released an alert to consumers...
March 19, 2020
Editor's note: Since the publication of this story, the FDA has issued an alert warning that it "has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19." Nurx and others have halted their at-home testing COVID-19 services in response: read the updated story here.
The shortage of coronavirus testing kits in the United States has quickly come to the...
September 6, 2019
Consumer healthcare businesses can describe their work a lot of ways: as wellness, as disease prevention or as healthcare outside the traditional health system. Or there's biohacking, a term that has emerged to describe all kinds of ways individuals can optimize their own health in the same way that tech-saavy folks optimize their computers.
At the annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference this month in...
May 29, 2019
Even as Amazon ramps up its marketing efforts for PillPack, potential competitor Blink Health is hoping to get ahead with the announcement of three new hires — from Amazon.
Bharath Chinamanthur, Blink’s new EVP of engineering and operations, spent 11 years in leadership roles at Amazon. Christopher Plambeck, who joins as SVP of data sciences and monetization, spent five years at Amazon and...
April 16, 2019
Austin, Texas-based EverlyWell — maker of a digital platform that lets consumers to order lab tests online, provide samples and receive results — has raised $50 million in a funding round announced this morning. Goodwater Capital led the round, with additional participation from Highland Capital Partners, Next Coast Ventures, NextGen Venture Partners and other unnamed investors.
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February 4, 2019
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, formerly an acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services and the chief of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has joined digital venture platform LRVHealth as an executive advisor.
“My entire career has been focused on improving the health of people and communities by catalyzing solutions to address...
November 27, 2017
Online mail-order lab testing startup EverlyWell showed off its wares on ABC’s Shark Tank last night, securing a $1 million line of credit from host Lori Greiner. CEO and founder Julia Cheek appeared on the long-running reality TV show, in which entrepreneurs pitch a panel of high-profile investors.
“I think it’s an incredible milestone to have a company like EverlyWell — it’s incredible for the...
July 25, 2017
Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will work with digital health startup The Right Place to help connect its post-discharge patients to the best skilled nursing facilities for them.
"Our goal is to help hospitals like BIDMC reduce the administrative burden of matching patients to the right place of care," Katherine Chambers, cofounder and CEO of The Right Place, said in a statement. "...
May 3, 2017
Austin, Texas-based EverlyWell, maker of a digital platform that lets consumers to order lab tests online, provide samples and receive results, has raised another $2 million in a round led by Next Gen Venture Partners. Jack Novak, SoGal Ventures, Full Tilt Capital and other unnamed venture capital firms contributed. Last year, EverlyWell raised $2.5 million, and also had $500,000 in seed funding...
February 21, 2017
Austin-based EverlyWell has added a new kit to its at-home testing service: now, women who are nursing have the ability to test the DHA levels in their breast milk.
“There is tons of research supporting the benefits of DHA levels in breast milk and how that correlates to the baby’s development and inflammatory responses like respiratory allergies, asthma and exzema, so the more DHA you can...