December 30, 2020
Through all of this year’s tumultuous ups and downs, one trend that has remained unstoppable – and has even accelerated – is the healthcare sector’s adoption of technology.
For years, MobiHealthNews has covered the payer space as it continually pushes further into the world of digital health, and 2020 proved no different. From traditional insurers embracing technology to massive expansions of...
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December 22, 2020
Considering the size and scope of Alphabet, it should be little surprise that the company and its subsidiaries (Google, Google Cloud and Verily, to name a few) have become deeply ingrained in the healthcare ecosystem over the last several years.
The tech giant maintained the momentum in 2020 with efforts focused on artificial intelligence, data flow and digital clinical research – and also sought...
December 18, 2020
Alphabet’s life sciences and healthcare subsidiary Verily has raised $700 million in an investment round funded by its existing investors, including Alphabet, Silver Lake, Temasek, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and others.
WHAT IT DOES
Verily serves as Alphabet’s research arm that develops tools and devices to collect, organize and activate health data. It also creates interventions to prevent...
October 27, 2020
Yesterday, Kaiser Health News reported that California's San Francisco and Alameda counties had "severed ties" with a highly publicized "Project Baseline" COVID-19 testing program supported by Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences.
In particular, the reporting focused on Verily-backed community testing sites located in Oakland that have been closed for months, one of which is now working to reopen with...
August 25, 2020
Alphabet’s life science subsidiary Verily is jumping into the health insurance game with the launch of its new venture Coefficient Insurance Company.
The tech-enabled payer will be backed by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, which specializes in data-driven risk assessments.
Coefficient, which is categorized as a Verily subsidiary, is targeted at self-funded employers and is pitched as stop-loss...
August 13, 2020
Driving digital diagnosis. Roche and Israeli life sciences investment firm aMoon announced plans this week to launch an early-stage investment program called StarFinder Lab. Focused on novel diagnostic technologies, in particular, with the help of AI data analysis and digital health tools, the program will provide funding, mentoring and other strategic support such as a physical office space...
June 24, 2020
Verily and CVS Health are among the latest big names lending their health and technology expertise to reopening businesses. Both companies have announced new enterprise offerings incorporating COVID-19 testing, symptom checking, clinical support, data analysis and app-based tools for employees.
Verily's approach, called Healthy at Work, incorporates local, onsite and mail testing services into a...
June 9, 2020
Apple COVID screener now updates the CDC. A COVID-19 screening tool first released by Apple in late March can now report users' symptoms, location, health background and other health characteristics to the CDC. The goal is to help the public health agency aggregate more incidence and case data, which can be used to better inform the public about the disease and its risk factors.
These data are...
March 16, 2020
Alphabet's Verily has launched a website where California residents can complete a short survey regarding their current condition and, if they meet certain criteria, could be referred to a nearby mobile COVID-19 testing site.
Conducted through Verily's Project Baseline population health effort and developed in collaboration with federal, state and local public health authorities, the triage...
March 3, 2020
Fitbit and Belgium-based FibriCheck have extended their partnership to bring the latter’s atrial fibrillation detection app to four new countries in the EU: France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It was previously made available to Fitbit smartwatch users in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium back in September 2019.
“For more than a decade, Fitbit has helped millions of people around the...