Health and Wellness

By  Dave Muoio 09:00 am March 16, 2021
Google headlined today's announcement of its second-generation Nest Hub smart display with a breakdown of its newest features: contactless sleep monitoring and data-driven personalized recommendations for those struggling to get a good night's rest. When placed on the bedside and calibrated, the Nest Hub's Sleep Sensing feature uses Google's Soli – a low-energy radar sensor previously tapped to...
mental health, HelloSelf

Credit: HelloSelf

By  Sara Mageit 05:46 am March 16, 2021
London-based brain tech startup for digital therapy services, HelloSelf has raised a £5.5 million Series A funding round from VC firm OMERS Ventures. Harry Briggs, OMERS Ventures Managing Partner will join the board. WHY IT MATTERS In the UK, around 15 million people experience mental health issues each year. The Centre for Mental Health estimates up to 10 million people will need either new or...
By  Dave Muoio 01:28 pm March 11, 2021
This morning, Forward Health, a tech-heavy doctor's office founded and backed by ex-Googlers, announced a $225 million Series D funding round. Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Marc Benioff and The Weeknd each participated in the raise, along with other unnamed backers. WHAT IT DOES San Francisco-based Forward was formed about five years ago by Adrian Aoun (who also founded...
A nerve cell affected by Alzheimer's disease
By  Dave Muoio 02:25 pm March 10, 2021
Yesterday Cognito Therapeutics, a startup using visual and auditory stimulation to treat neurodegenerative disorders, announced Phase 2 trial results suggesting its gamma frequency neuromodulation therapy slowed declines in memory and cognition among mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease patients. The OVERTURE study, a multi-center, randomized controlled trial, enrolled 76 such patients aged 50...
By  Dave Muoio 01:38 pm March 8, 2021
Abbott announced today that it has updated NeuroSphere, its app-driven neuromodulation therapy platform, with remote programming capabilities that will allow patients to speak with and receive adjustments from their provider via a cellular or WiFi connection. The NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic was recently approved by the FDA and is now available within the Abbott patient controller app for use with...
Contributed content, femtech
By  Lina Chan 04:22 am March 8, 2021
Women are taught from a young age to be ashamed of our bodies. We’re conditioned to stay small, look pretty, and have no flaws - and if we do, we must certainly never admit them. This is maybe why so many areas of women’s health - from periods to fertility to menopause - are shrouded in taboo. We’ve been taught that anything less than physical perfection is something to be ashamed of.  Taboo and...
DiGA, health apps, mental health
By  Anna Engberg 08:10 am March 5, 2021
Germany is the first country in the world to prescribe digital apps – DiGAs, as the Germans call them, and reimburse them through the statutory health system as reported in Healthcare IT News. To drive innovation and speed up the regulatory process around those digital health applications, Germany has introduced a 'Fast Track' for approval, testing, piloting and evaluation of these apps – which...
A new app allows seniors enrolled in the Lively Health & Safety offering to access in-home support services through Apple's wearable.
By  Dave Muoio 01:49 pm March 4, 2021
Yesterday Best Buy announced that it has brought a collection of senior-focused emergency-response services to the Apple Watch via its Lively brand, and plans to add fall detection down the line. Apple Watch Series 4 device owners who are signed up with a Lively Health & Safety plan (which starts at $19.99 per month) can download the Lively app for on-the-wrist access to three of the service'...
By  Dave Muoio 01:24 pm March 3, 2021
Reperio Health, the maker of an app-connected home wellness assessment kit marketed to employers, has raised $6 million is seed funding. The round was co-led by Caduceus Capital Partners and Rogue Venture Partners, and saw participation from Liquid 2 Ventures and G Ventures. WHAT IT DOES To enable at-home screenings, the Portland, Oregon-based company ships a kit directly to employees or...

Photo courtesy of Highmark

By  Dave Muoio 12:27 pm March 2, 2021
In December, Highmark Health announced a six-year collaboration with Google Cloud that the companies said would lay down the infrastructure of the integrated delivery network's data-driven Living Health Dynamic Platform. Today, the organizations unveiled plans to get Verily and its Onduo chronic care subsidiary in on the action as well. Through another six-year partnership, the partners will work...