India

By Dean Koh 10:54 pm May 13, 2020
Mumbai-based primary healthcare aggregator HealthAssure has acquired FitMeIn, an on-demand fitness subscription service delivered through a technology-enabled network of 2500+ fitness centers and coaches. With this transaction, HealthAssure aims to serve the healthcare needs of more than 5 million individuals in India from fitness solutions to primary care by the year-end of 2020. Founded in 2011...
By Laura Lovett 02:16 pm May 4, 2020
This month has kicked off with a slew of announcements about tracing efforts. From India’s new policy requiring all workers to download its government app to China’s new fever-senseing glasses, governments are looking for ways to keep tabs on the virus.  As of today, all Indian employers are responsible for making sure their domestic employees – in both the public and private sector, download a...

Above photo: Louis Lye, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Fitbit. Credit: Fitbit

By Dean Koh 12:00 am September 6, 2019
At the sidelines of the launch of the Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Aria Air in Singapore yesterday, Louis Lye, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Fitbit, shared its sleep insights on Singaporeans, who have an average nightly sleep of 7 hours 5 minutes are the third most sleep deprived after Japanese and Indians (who get an average sleep of 6 hours 47 minutes and 7 hours 1 minute respectively). Based...

Above: Screengrab of HealthAssure's website.

By Dean Koh 04:11 am July 10, 2019
Founded in 2011, primary healthcare aggregator HealthAssure recently announced a $2.5M Series A round led by Blume Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund. The company will use the funds to augment its healthtech platform, create sharper products that serve various primary care needs of the Indian market more effectively including hospital outpatient care (OPD) insurance products, build...

Screengrab of the Wellthy Therapeutics website.

By Dean Koh 11:28 pm June 12, 2019
At the 79th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in San Francisco, pharma giant Roche and India-based digital therapeutics company Wellthy Therapeutics presented real world data of improved diabetes care outcomes in a South Asian population when patients followed prescribed plan of medication and lifestyle modification in conjunction with a combination therapy of self-...

mfine's founders Ashutosh Lawania (left) and Prasad Kompalli (right). Credit: mfine

By Dean Koh 03:10 am April 25, 2019
mfine, a health-tech AI startup from India has raised $17.2M in Series B funding. The investment was led by SBI Investment, a Japan-based venture capital firm and a subsidiary of the SBI Group. Singapore-based SBI Ven Capital which is SBI Group’s Southeast-Asian investment arm and tech-focused global venture capital firm BEENEXT also participated in the round alongside existing investors,...
By Jonah Comstock 11:38 am September 28, 2017
Facebook is introducing a new feature in India to help promote blood donation and connect donors with people in need of blood, the company announced in a blog post yesterday. The feature will roll out in two phases. Starting on October 1 (India's National Blood Donor Day), Facebook will begin prompting users to sign up to be blood donors, and to optionally share that they've signed up. Users can...
By Dave Muoio 11:33 am September 26, 2017
While telemedicine has been touted as a potential care delivery strategy in remote and low-resource settings, successfully sustaining these services has proved difficult. The key to long-term deployment, recent research suggests, could lie in key partnerships between public health systems and entrepreneurial providers of telemedicine. “Telemedicine is very helpful in extending the reach of...
By Jonah Comstock 08:13 am October 1, 2015
WebMD's Medscape team is working on a new clinical reference app called Medscape Consult that will include an option for doctors to "crowdsource" clinical advice from their colleagues. WebMD CEO David Schlanger announced the app at the company's annual stockholder meeting, where he also spoke about plans for international expansion and a renewed focus on the company's private portal division,...
By Chris Gullo 06:47 am October 25, 2011
Real-time patient monitoring startup Isansys Lifecare, a UK-based company founded by a former CEO of Toumaz, announced this week the opening of Isansys Lifecare Systems, an India-based venture that aims to capitalize on that country's emerging healthcare industry. The Bangalore-based company officially formed this past July. Isansys offers the Lifecare Platform, a web-based vital sign monitoring...