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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:17 am December 11, 2019
Funding. London-based My Online Therapy, which provides a digital mental health service, has announced this morning that it landed £4.2m in funding from the Lighthouse Investment Group. The startup, founded in 2018, now plans to use the funds to expand its product and engineering teams and enhance customer operations, according to a statement. “Raising £4.2 million and reaching a post-money...
By Dave Muoio 04:37 pm December 4, 2019
Dr. John Halamka, a longtime CIO, executive director and professor tied to Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, will be joining the Mayo Clinic on January 1 as the new president of its Mayo Clinic Platform — a digital health project that will deploy “artificial intelligence, the internet of things and an ecosystem of partners,” he wrote in a blog post announcing the move....

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By Laura Lovett 04:35 pm November 21, 2019
Google Health has offered a peek at what it's planning for its next set of clinical digital tools. It includes a more integrated charting system that aims to make it easier for doctors to search for a variety of metrics and notes.  “With a single login, doctors can access a unified view of data normally spread across multiple systems. All the types of information clinicians need are assembled...
By Laura Lovett 02:44 pm November 21, 2019
Earlier this month Google announced its plans acquire Fitbit for roughly $2.1 billion, shaking up the wearable industry, opening up a number of questions about exactly what lies ahead, and what an integration of the two companies looks like.  But the wearables company has long planted its roots in a handful of different markets and business strategies — consumer trackers, health plan partnerships...
By Dave Muoio 02:24 pm November 15, 2019
The increased spotlight on Google’s healthcare privacy practices doesn’t seem to be letting up, with the Washington Post publishing a story this morning detailing a botched arrangement between the tech giant and the National Institutes of Health back in 2017. The two groups had a research arrangement centered on more than 100,000 chest X-ray images provided to Google by the NIH. However,...
By Dave Muoio 02:33 pm November 7, 2019
Fitbit’s year-over-year device sales flatlined in Q3 2019, which combined with lower sales tag prices drove a decline in revenue, according to the wearables maker’s latest quarterly earnings. The reporting — which was bereft of an investor’s call, Q&A and any forward-looking statements due to the company’s pending acquisition — is the latest look at a wearables business Google apparently...
By Dave Muoio 03:03 pm November 5, 2019
Friday marked the end of Dr. Ned Sharpless’ time as acting commissioner of the FDA, with President Donald Trump pointing to Dr. Stephen Hahn, currently the chief medical officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center, as his official appointment for the role on Friday. Assistant Secretary for health at HHS Dr. Brett Giroir will act as the agency’s new acting head. “With Dr. Sharpless at the helm, the FDA...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 09:53 am November 1, 2019
After a month of rumors, this morning Google and Fitbit announced that the former has officially purchased the wearable giant for roughly $2.1 billion, or $7.35 per share, in cash. Fitbit stressed that its devices will remain platform-agnostic across the Android and iOS ecosystems. Still, a blog post from Google discussing the acquisition made it clear that we can also expect to see some Google...
By Dave Muoio 04:43 pm October 29, 2019
Alphabet serious about health wearables? Alphabet has reportedly put in an unspecified offer to buy out Fitbit, according to anonymous sources talking to Reuters. The news comes roughly a month after another report from the outlet suggesting that the wearables maker had brought on investment firm Qatalyst Partners to explore a potential sale, in which Alphabet was name dropped as a potential...
By Jonah Comstock 12:27 pm October 15, 2019
At its Made By Google unveiling event in New York City today, Google announced that its Pixel 4 phone will be the first mobile phone with a radar sensor. It's the first public rollout of the company’s Project Soli, an experimental, radar-based gesture tracker co-developed with Infineon. When VP of Product Management Sabrina Ellis announced the Pixel 4’s motion-sensing feature, she showed off...