February 13, 2017
Big Health has hired Kelvin Kwong, former director of product management at Jawbone, to be its vice president of product management. Big Health is currently focused on the sleep space with its app Sleepio, so it makes sense to hire a Jawbone vet -- the tracker company invested quite a bit in sleep tracking before its recent pivot toward medical devices.
Big Heath also announced the hire on Dr....
January 24, 2017
Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim is partnering with Inovalon, a data analytics company that provides cloud-based platforms to the healthcare industry to facilitate the shift from volume to value-based care, on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim’s diabetes alliance with Eli Lilly. Leveraging Inovalon’s platform, the partnership will work to support outcomes-based contracting, taking...
January 16, 2017
Health enterprise SaaS company Welltok announced an expanded partnership with IBM Watson Health. Health managers using Welltok’s CafeWell Health Optimization Platform to organize individual’s health resources and benefits will have the data analytics and cognitive computing technology of IBM Watson to improve their approach to consumer health, including episodic clinical care and everyday...
January 4, 2017
According to Rock Health's new end-of-the-year funding report, total digital health funding was down to $4.2 billion, an 8 percent drop from 2015's total of $4.6 billion. But even though less money was infused into the industry, 8 percent more companies received funding: 296 versus 273 last year, a record number of companies funded.
Interestingly, nearly 20 percent of the funding was wrapped up...
October 19, 2016
IBM has partnered with Quest Diagnostics to launch a new precision medicine service that blends cognitive computing with genomic tumor sequencing. The service, IBM Watson Genomics from Quest Diagnostics, allows a physician to send a tissue sample to Quest, which will sequence the tumor DNA and send the genetic data through Watson for analysis. Watson runs through its reposititory of literature,...
October 13, 2016
Highmark, which is the fourth largest Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer in the US and covers patients in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, has tapped Denver-based Welltok to offer a rewards program to members in its Medicare Advantage Passport program.
Up until now, the Passport program has provider Highmark Medicare Advantage members with benefit information, savings opportunities and a...
October 5, 2016
Denver-based Welltok, the health management company that makes the CafeWell Health Optimization Platform, has raised $33.7 million in Series E funding. Additionally, the company secured a new debt facility that equips Welltok with $13 million of expanded borrowing capacity. The combined financing will be used for continued development of CafeWell, other complementary digital healthcare service...
August 23, 2016
Every year, Inc. Magazine talks thousands of private companies into divulging their otherwise closely held financial data to the publication in exchange for a chance at placing on the annual Inc 5,000 and Inc 500 fastest growing private companies in America lists.
While MobiHealthNews doesn’t generally report on awards, we started covering Inc's last year because it’s based on hard data, albeit...
August 9, 2016
Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center is now partnering with the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences. By combining Nestle’s nutrition and biomedical science expertise with Samsung ARTIK IoT platform vision and deep semiconductor expertise, the collaboration aims to better understand the “voice” of the body, according to a statement from Samsung. Additionally, the collaboration aims to provide...
February 9, 2016
It’s been almost a year since IBM launched its newest health-focused business unit, called Watson Health and a new cloud offering called the Watson Health Cloud.
Before IBM formalized Watson Health, the company's well-known super computer brand had already been involved in healthcare for some time, partnering with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Welltok. And at the...