July 24, 2017
WebMD Health Corp., operators of the popular WebMD website, is being acquired by Internet Brands, a portfolio company of KKR, for about $2.8 billion.
A subsidiary of Internet Brands will float a tender offer in the next 10 business days to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of WebMD common stock for $66.50 per share, to be paid in cash when the transaction’s a done deal.
June 22, 2017
As virtual private assistants like Amazon’s Alexa become smarter, more popular and more useful, why not give it them tools to recognize emotions? That seems to be the thinking behind Israel-based Beyond Verbal, which makes voice recognition software to analyze human emotion and health indicators, releasing a cloud-based API engine to integrate with virtual private assistants (VPAs).
March 21, 2017
Teladoc has teamed up with Accolade, an on-demand healthcare concierge provider for employers, health plans and health systems, to help members navigate their telehealth benefits. The integrated service is now available to several of the two companies’ shared clients, and is showing increased utilization of Teladoc’s offerings: When a member is using the Accolade platform, the company’s Health...
March 20, 2017
Scripps Translational Science Institute and WebMD are launching a new smartphone-based Apple ResearchKit study on pregnant women to improve research as well as resources for expectant mothers.
The Healthy Pregnancy Study is built on a newly updated version of WebMD’s popular Pregnancy app, and participants will be asked to anonymously answer questions and share connected device data with...
March 9, 2017
Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has selected healthcare communication company MD Interconnect to provide its cloud-based, mobile messaging platform called RapidConnect to the hospital. Developed by doctors, the RapidConnect messaing system works for both smartphones and desktop computers to replace paging systems and their companion devices in hospitals to provide faster, more secure and...
March 7, 2017
People who turn to WebMD in their quest for health information can now do so without lifting a finger – they can use their voice, through a new integration with Amazon Alexa.
As of today, people who use the voice-assistant service can launch the WebMD skill on any Alexa-enabled device (such as the Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV) and ask a question about a range of health-related topics...
March 3, 2017
Garmin had a pretty solid 2016, finishing off the fourth quarter with a 10 percent year over year increase in revenue and a total of $861 million. For all of 2016, revenue was up 7 percent from the prior year, with each of the company’s categories – fitness, marine, outdoor and aviation – collectively growing over 20 percent. Fitness wearables grew 20 percent in the quarter driven by devices with...
January 18, 2017
Samsung news site SamMobile is reporting that a new version of Samsung's S Health app is in the works, and that it will add doctor's visits, telemedicine, and symptom checker features through partnerships with American Well and WebMD.
SamMobile expects the update to launch with the launch of the Galaxy S8 in late February. The site said it's a "deep integration" which will allow users to search...
January 10, 2017
Omada Health has announced five new senior hires, most notably a new chief medical officer, Dr. Paul Chew, who previously served as senior VP and global chief medical officer at Sanofi. The company also announced the hire of Tom Schoenherr as chief commercial officer, a position he previously held at Counsyl.
“For the last five years, we’ve worked to establish Omada Health as a leader in digital...
December 19, 2016
New York City-based digital health company Progyny, which offers a number of fertility services including concierge services for in-vitro fertilization, egg freezing, adoption and fertility benefits, has hired David Schlanger, former head of WebMD, as its new CEO. Schlanger left WebMD by mutual agreement in September.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Progyny team and look forward to leading the...