June 10, 2019
On Friday, the American Diabetes Association kicked off its annual conference in San Francisco, where academics, vendors and other stakeholders congregated to unveil new study results and major announcements related to diabetes management. And while MobiHealthNews already put together a roundup featuring an opening salvo of the show’s announcements, the past few days have seen a tidal wave of new...
March 14, 2019
Virta Health, the company that controversially claims to reverse Type 2 diabetes using a combination of diet and digitally-powered management efforts, has hired a big name in the digital health space as its new head of commercial: Derek Newell, who served as CEO of Jiff prior to its acquisition by Castlight. Newell stayed on with Castlight as president for a little over a year, according to his...
November 14, 2018
Diabetes management company Virta Health announced today that the company will offer its service to employers and health plans at 100 percent risk — that is, customers will only pay if the company succeeds in its goal of reversing Type 2 diabetes and getting patients off of expensive diabetes medications.
“Whoever pays the healthcare bill today, we say to them, 'Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could...
September 18, 2018
Much of the discussion at Health 2.0’s Provider Symposium on Sunday was focused on innovation within the healthcare system. But the lessons Virta CEO Sami Inkinen shared from his company’s journey amounted to a different message: Sometimes it’s easier, or even essential, to innovate outside the traditional healthcare system.
Inkinen’s startup makes the controversial claim that it reverses Type 2...
May 3, 2018
Garmin and the University of Kansas Medical Center are taking a closer look at the role wearables can play in detecting and managing medical conditions, the groups announced earlier this week. Initially focused on sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation, the collaboration is a clear step beyond the fitness and wellness realm to which Garmin’s wearables have so far been limited.
“Garmin Health is...
April 4, 2018
San Francisco-based Virta Health has announced the closing of a $45 million Series B funding round for its digitally-delivered, drug- and surgery-free Type 2 diabetes treatment. Previous investors Venrock, Obvious Ventures, Creandum, Caffeinated Capital, and SciFi VC participated in the round, with new investors including Founders Fund and Playground Global joining as well.
Virta’s approach to...
August 3, 2017
GlaxoSmithKline has made a hire signaling its commitment to digital health. Karenann Terrell, former Chief Information Officer at Walmart, will start at GSK in the newly created role of Chief Digital and Technology Officer.
“The impact of technology on the healthcare industry is accelerating and requires us to rethink our approach,” CEO Emma Walmsley said in a statement. “As a member of the...
March 8, 2017
San Francisco-based startup Virta Health officially launched today with a mission to reverse type 2 diabetes. Formed by a team of doctors, scientists and technologists hailing from Stanford, MIT and Harvard – and backed by $37 million from some big name investors – Virta is approaching type 2 diabetes with a goal to use personalized nutrition, one-on-one coaching and remote monitoring to reverse...