August 25, 2017
About the Authors: @DanGebremedhin is a Principal at Flare Capital Partners, an early stage Health Technology and Services focused VC Firm. He is a practicing physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, previously served as a Medical Director at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and spent five years as an entrepreneur in the Health IT Industry.
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August 8, 2017
Chicago-based digital health company Groove Health has raised $1.6 million for its predictive analytics platform, which focuses on personalized patient engagement to help health insurance companies, hospital systems and self-insured employers improve their medication adherence. The investors in the round were not disclosed.
The philosophy behind the Groove approach is that adherence is a...
July 27, 2017
Sempre Health, a San Francisco-based company that uses monetary incentives to encourage timely prescription refills, officially launched last week with $2.5 million in funding from Social Capital Partnership, quietly raised last year.
Using SMS, Sempre works with pharmacy benefit managers to inform patients about discounts on their prescriptions — and then those discounts change to incentivize...
June 28, 2017
Baltimore-based emocha Mobile Health has been awarded a $1.7 million Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research award by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The company will use the grant for a feasibility study of its digital direct observation therapy tech.
Emocha is an acronym for “electronic mobile comprehensive health application”. The company has been developing an app for...
June 27, 2017
A new study of 1,500 patients casts doubt on the effectiveness of several promising medication adherence technologies and strategies, including connected pill bottles and lottery-based incentives.
The study, called the HeartStrong Study, was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. It was a year-long single-blind study of heart failure patients taking some combination of statins, aspirin,...
June 13, 2017
Mountain View, California-based NowRx, an app-based pharmacy delivery company, has raised $2 million in seed funding. The startup, which has been in operation a little over a year, plans to use the capital to expand their customer base.
NowRx’s app, which works with all major insurance plans, basically functions as on-demand drug delivery service. The app allows people to upload a photo of their...
May 16, 2017
Correction: The original version of this story misstated the study population.
Improving medication adherence is on the wish list of many healthcare stakeholders. Given the multitude of reasons why people don’t stick with their prescriptions, there isn’t just one successful modality to improve their adherence.
But a small study suggests using text messages to engage in two-way communication with...
May 5, 2017
Crystal Lake, Illinois-based Aptar Pharma is teaming up with digital health startup Kali Care to develop a new way of measuring adherence to eye drops in clinical trials.
Because they are somewhat onerous to use, eye drops have even lower rates of adherence than other medications. Kali Care, based in Silicon Valley, makes a small sensor that can be installed in a container for eye drop...
May 2, 2017
Seattle, Washington-based Pillsy has officially launched its digital medication adherence and tracking tool, which consists of a smart pill bottle and companion app.
PillsyCap, as the product is known, uses Bluetooth to sense when the bottle is opened and closed, and syncs with the app to automatically tracks when a user takes their pills, reminds them when they forget a dose or warns if multiple...
May 1, 2017
Catalia Health, which makes an AI-powered patient engagement robot called Mabu, has raised $2.5 million in a new round led by Khosla Ventures. Additional investments came from new investors NewGen Capital and Macnica Ventures and existing investors Q Venture Partners Limited, InnoLinks Ventures, Abstract by Flight.VC, DeNA and Lucky Capital. This brings the company's total funding to $3.75...