telehealth

By Dave Muoio 03:42 pm January 13, 2020
This weekend, Teladoc Health announced its $600 million purchase of InTouch Health, a fellow telehealth provider focused on enterprise offerings. The big ticket move is an effort to build a single point of entry for integrated virtual care across conditions, and across provider and consumer markets, the companies wrote in their announcement. ''Today marks a bold leap forward in Teladoc Health's...
By Dave Muoio 11:45 am January 7, 2020
Stockholm, Sweden-based telemedicine platform KRY (known as LIVI outside of the Nordics) has announced a €140 million ($155 million) Series C funding round led by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s Teachers’ Innovation Platform. Existing investors Index Ventures, Creandum and Accel also participated. WHAT THEY DO KRY is Sweden’s first digital medicine platform, being founded in 2014 and launched in...
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 01:53 pm December 18, 2019
Babylon Health is lining up strategic partners as it targets January 2020 for the US launch of its triage chatbot service, according to comments from the company’s US lead that were later confirmed to MobiHealthNews by a spokesperson. Kurt Blasena, Babylon’s senior managing director of commercial strategy and revenue growth, said that the London-based company has already secured two “very large”...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 12:11 pm December 17, 2019
It’s no secret that the healthcare industry’s delay in getting up to speed with the digital revolution is posing additional challenges for clinicians already working under immense pressure.  And they’re not alone, as patients themselves are growing increasingly frustrated. In the past few years, we have seen an upward trend in them voicing their struggles, with some even taking a hands-on...
By Laura Lovett 07:09 am December 17, 2019
Ro, a direct-to-consumer virtual health company, is diving into the weight management space with the launch of a new product offering aimed at helping patients shed the pounds.  Ro, best-known for its online platform that specializes in men’s health, is now going to be offering Plenity, a new weight management product. Plenity landed FDA clearance last April and is classified as a Class II...
By Dave Muoio 02:57 pm December 11, 2019
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey-based InSight Telepsychiatry and Chicago-based Regroup Telehealth announced a merger of their businesses yesterday. The resulting entity is now the largest and most comprehensive telepsychiatry service provider in the US, they said, specifically in regard to the joined company’s combined revenue, national footprint, diversity of client types, and diversity and quantity of...
By Dave Muoio 11:47 am December 5, 2019
As of October, 42 US states and the District of Columbia have statutes in place regarding commercial insurance coverage for telehealth, according to a survey report published this week by law firm Foley & Lardner. While this tally signal an improvement in the telehealth reimbursement landscape over the last few years, the authors of the report warned of state-to-state variance in the language...
By Dave Muoio 02:42 pm December 4, 2019
Editor's note: This article has been edited after publication. Last December, Teladoc Health made an unannounced deal with TelaDietitian (formerly Nutrify), a consumer and enterprise platform for video consultations with registered dietitians, according to documents provided to MobiHealthNews. This strategic acquisition provided Teladoc access to the smaller company’s multi-state network of...