Health Tech

Brain data startup Rune Labs reveals $23M, plans to rev up neuro drug R&D

Rune Labs developed software that aggregates brain data, providing insights for clinical care and clinical research. Health systems are starting to adopt the technology, and the startup has now raised $22.8 million to grow that part of the business while also expanding use of the technology in drug development.

Racism, sexism and now fraud: Lawsuits pile up at New Jersey ‘AI’ firm

A previous investigation by MedCity News found that ElectrifAi was touting an improperly-developed algorithm during the earliest phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, with both the company and CEO defendants in an employment discrimination lawsuit. A year later, lawsuits are piling up as more former employees complain that the company and CEO lied about its AI …

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INVEST Digital Health Preview: How Has RPM Reimbursement Evolved and Where Does it Need to Go?

INVEST Digital Health is set for September 20-23. Held in a virtual format due to Covid-19, the healthcare conference brings together innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups.

With $100M in new funding, Tia CEO says the ‘tide has turned’ for investing in women’s health

Tia, a concierge clinic combining primary care and OBGYN services, recently raised $100 million in funding. Amid a surge of financing into women’s health startups, CEO Carolyn Witte said investors’ perspectives are changing. 

IncludeHealth strikes partnership with Google, Ohio-based health system for virtual PT

Cincinnati-based IncludeHealth launched a virtual physical therapy program using pose-estimation models developed by Google. It plans to offer this software to healthcare providers, starting with its largest partner to date, ProMedica Health System.

Policies, Techies, VCS: Musings From a Futurist

By IAN MORRISON I should’ve been in Paris last week on vacation with my wife, instead I listened in to the Policies Techies VCS:  What’s Next For Healthcare conference (I’ll explain why later).  Matthew Holt and Jessica DaMassa did a magnificent job of assembling the Who’s Who of digital health tech to wax lyrical about …

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Startup testing video-based treatment for ‘lazy eye’ touts Phase 3 results

Luminopia, a startup with a digital therapeutic for amblyopia, or lazy eye, recently published the results of a phase 3 study showing its TV-based treatment can improve vision in kids’ non-dominant eye. Patients don a headset where images are altered to make them use both eyes. 

Babyscripts raises $12M, plans to expand to all 50 states

The maternal care startup is backed by major health systems including MemorialCare Health System, whose innovation arm led the most recent funding round. Babyscripts offers a mobile app providing education and resources for the pregnancy and postpartum journey.

Evidence lacking for AI-based breast cancer screening  

A review of 12 studies about AI systems used to screen patients for breast cancer found that they lacked evidence to prove that they would work well in a clinical setting. Researchers highlighted concerns about study quality, including the fact that all of the studies were retrospective and many of them had a high risk …

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Metaverse and Health Care – A View From 50,000 Feet

by MIKE MAGEE dystopian [disˈtōpēən] ADJECTIVE 1. relating to or denoting an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice. NOUN 1. a person who imagines or foresees a state or society where there is great suffering or injustice. There are certain words that keep popping up in 2021 whose meanings are …

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We’re not out of the COVID woods yet. But what we’ve already learned is going to save millions of lives.

Covid-19 exposed serious weaknesses in the American healthcare system, and has taken an unfortunate personal and economic toll on the entire world. But in the end, I do believe that our healthcare system will emerge more accessible, affordable, and effective

Digital health companies debate: how much can we scale the human element in mental health?

Four digital health leaders debated the role of self care apps, coaches and therapists in mental health during a panel at “What’s Next in Health Care?” While some touted the broader reach of self-guided treatments, others noted it was critical to have a therapist available for patients who need it.  

16th Park Annual by Sahlgrenska Science Park

Nordic Health Innovation: From realisation to business A virtual life science event with thought-provoking presentations, unexpected angles, future trends and pioneering ideas. The Nordic region is scoring high on international innovation rankings year after year. But is there a Nordic way of creating innovation? And what is required to take ideas from the Eureka moment …

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INVEST Digital Health Preview: Mapping the Digital Future of Pharma

INVEST Digital Health is set for September 20-23, and held in collaboration with Medical Alley. The healthcare conference, held in a virtual format due to Covid-19, brings together innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups.

DayTwo Scores $37M to Expand Microbiome-Based Personalized Nutrition Treatment for Diabetes

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH People with Diabetes can get ready to celebrate: “The ‘Era of Lancets’ is over.” Precision nutrition startup, DayTwo, is scaling up its microbiome-based program, which takes the guesswork (and finger pricks) out of Diabetes management by offering its members food predictions that identify how their bodies will respond to any …

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INVEST Digital Health Pitch Perfect Preview: Home Health

Read more to find out which finalists will present in the Home Health track of the startup pitch contest during the virtual conference, scheduled for September 20-23.

Policies|Techies|VCs: What’s Next For Health Care–Virtual Conference is Sept 7-10

Policies|Techies|VCs: What’s Next For Health Care? is the conference bringing together the CEOs of the next generation of virtual & real-life care delivery, and all the permutations thereof. You can register here or learn how to sponsor. This is a big week. We are one week out and we’ve started pre-recording a few sessions and they’ve been fascinating. Keynotes …

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Inside 1-Year-Old Calibrate’s $100M Raise for ‘Rx + Behavior Change’ Weight Loss

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Just ONE-year in market, and Calibrate has already closed a $100M Series B co-led by Founders Fund and Tiger Global, with participation from Optum Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Threshold Ventures, and Redesign Health. Why is this virtual care startup getting so much attention (and funding) from so many notable health tech …

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Mental health unicorns Headspace, Ginger merge into $3B company 

The two companies will merge to form Headspace Health, which will combine Headspace’s many meditation and wellness exercises with Ginger’s coaching and therapy services. The combined company will have more than 800 employees and a $3 billion valuation. 

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic to deploy NeuroFlow’s mental health tools across 3 hospitals

Through a program funded by Independence Blue Cross Foundation, 1,800 frontline healthcare workers across the three Pennsylvania-based hospitals will gain access to NeuroFlow’s technology, which will measure and track their mental health symptoms and provide support via educational resources and a clinical care team.

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 229 | Headspace & Ginger merge, Connect America buys 100Plus

It’s M&A day here on Health in 2 Point 00! On Episode 229, Jess and I chat about the big news that Headspace and Ginger are merging to create Headspace Health (for more deets tune into Jess’s interview on WTF Health here). Next up, Connect America buys remote patient monitoring platform 100Plus. Finally, AllStripes raises …

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Ginger and Headspace Merge: CEOs Let Us In On What’s Next for Digital Mental Health Super Company

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH The thinking behind the merger-of-equals between on-demand mental health company, Ginger, and mindfulness and meditation company, Headspace, is revealed in this in-depth chat with Headspace CEO CeCe Morken and Ginger CEO Russell Glass. The combined entity will be known as Headspace Health, with CeCe as its President and Russell as …

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George Halvorson HIMSS Changemaker Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech, Part 2

Former Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson has written on THCB on and off over the years, most notably last year with his proposal for Medicare Advantage for All post-COVID. This month he was given a lifetime achievement award by HIMSS and we are running his acceptance speech in two parts. We ran part one last week, and here’s part …

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Cityblock Health & The ‘At-Risk’ Disruption of Medicaid Care

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Innovation in Medicaid is HAPPENING – and not only is it capable of creating better, less expensive healthcare for Medicaid members, but Cityblock Health is proving that it can also be the underpinning of a business worth over $1B dollars. Dr. Toyin Ajayi, Cityblock’s co-founder & President, walks through the …

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George Halvorson HIMSS Changemaker Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech, Part 1

Former Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson has written on THCB on and off over the years, most notably last year with his proposal for Medicare Advantage for All post-COVID. This month he was given a lifetime achievement award by HIMSS and we are running his acceptance speech in two parts. Here’s part one — Matthew Holt Thank you for giving …

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Trendspotting with Optum’s Direct-to-Consumer VP: Behavior Change Science in Healthcare

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH It’s interesting enough that Optum’s Vice President for Direct-to-Consumer is not only a serial digital health entrepreneur, but she’s also a behavior change scientist. Dr. Kate Wolin stops by to share some background on behavior change science, and how healthcare companies large and small are looking to drive health and …

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Yes, Shit

By KIM BELLARD The Conversation had a provocative article by Stanford professor Richard White about how America has a bad pattern of wasting infrastructure spending.  In light of the surprisingly bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill recently passed by the Senate, this seems like something we should be giving some serious thought to.  I’ll posit that …

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INVEST Digital Health preview: The Next Phase of Digital Health Investment

INVEST Digital Health is set for September 20-23, and held in collaboration with Medical Alley. It brings together innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups.

Leading hardtech innovation center mHUB opens MedTech accelerator for medical device startups [Sponsored]

The mHUB MedTech Accelerator is a six-month program, based in Chicago, run in partnership with Baxter and Edward-Elmhurst Health Venture Capital. The application deadline is Monday, August 23.

Digital Health: A Promise of Health for All

SPONSORED POST In this interview Sophie Park, Chief Strategist at Bayer G4A, talks about the pandemic’s effect on the digital health landscape, digital health’s promise of Health Equity and Bayer G4A’s upcoming Digital Health Forum. G4A is Bayer’s digital health partnerships and investments team dedicated to scaling digital health companies to change the experience of …

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INVEST Digital Health preview: Big Tech Unplugged

INVEST Digital Health is scheduled for September 20-23, and held in collaboration with Medical Alley. It brings together innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups. It will be virtual due to Covid-19.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at New Multidisciplinary Healthcare Conference LIFEITSELF

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH From Bill Gates to Goldie Hawn, Dr. Fauci and Rochelle Walensky to Astronaut Scott Kelly, and magician Penn Jillette to digital health’s own Dr. Daniel Kraft, new conference LIFE ITSELF (Sept 28-Oct 1) promises an eclectic mix of big thinkers from across tech, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare and a …

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Insurers back kidney care startup Cricket in $83.5M round

Cigna Ventures and Blue Shield of California contributed to a funding round for Cricket Health, a startup that provides services to help patients identify chronic kidney disease and get support in treatment. The investment was led by Valtruis, a firm that invests in value-based care companies.

One Drop’s Minimally-Invasive Biosensor Is Coming (!) & It Nestles Into an Expansive Data Platform

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH There’s been a steady drip of announcements coming out of One Drop in recent months about their data capabilities (28 billion biometric data points to be exact), the predictive power of their platform (remember blood glucose predictions and blood pressure insights) and NOW a partnership deal with top-of-the-line smart device …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 226 | DomaniRx, Connections Health Solutions, Veda, and Connie Health

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have more deals for you! First up, DomaniRx: Anthem, Humana, and a software company SS&C are teaming up to launch a PBM. Connections Health Solutions raises $30 million working on comprehensive behavioral health care, and Veda Data Solutions raises $45 million, bringing their total to $52.2 million, …

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THCB Spotlights: Shahram Seyedin-Noor, GP of Civilization Ventures

Today, Matthew is back with another THCB Spotlight, this time with Shahram Seyedin-Noor, GP of Civilization Ventures. In this interview, Shahram tells us about how he got into venture and what he was doing before that, as well as his thinking around the focus of Civilization Ventures in catering to a new type of life …

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INVEST Digital Health preview: What’s the recipe for a successful social determinants program?

SDoH is just one of the topics at the MedCity INVEST Digital Health conference, a virtual event scheduled for September 20-23, in collaboration with Medical Alley.

The Rise of the Health Coach: YourCoach.Health on Market Opportunity Between Healthcare & Wellness

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH According to the team at YourCoach.Health, health coaching is “the ‘glue’ that’s connecting the $4-trillion wellness economy with the $8-trillion healthcare economy.” And by learning about the growing number of nearly 2,000 health coaches who are engaged in their practice management solution – and the small and mid-sized employers who …

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Let’s Meet in the Metaverse

By KIM BELLARD I really wasn’t expecting to write about the Metaverse again so soon, after discussing it in the context of Roblox last March, which itself followed a look at Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney’s vision for the Metaverse last August.  But darn that Mark Zuckerberg! Not many noticed when Mr. Zuckerberg told Facebook …

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Digital Health Investor Larry Leisure’s Picks for the Next Hot Areas for Healthcare VC Investment

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital health continues to gain a lot of attention from investors, so we’ve checked in with one to get some perspective on what’s hot (and what’s not) midway through the sector’s largest funding year yet. Larry Leisure, of Chicago Pacific Founders (whose enterprise health benefits company, Jiff, was acquired by …

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THCB Spotlights: Marta Zanchi, Founder & Managing Partner at Nina Capital

Today on THCB Spotlight, Matthew sits down with Marta Zanchi, who is the founder and Managing Partner at Nina Capital. Nina Capital is a micro venture capital firm in Barcelona, and in this interview, Matthew asks Marta about her decision to move from Silicon Valley to Barcelona and start this fund. Marta talks us through …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 225 | Amwell acquires SilverCloud & Conversa – plus more deals

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have a deal so big it’s brought me out of vacation just for this episode! Amwell acquires not one, but TWO companies – DTx mental health company SilverCloud Health and chatbot company Conversa Health for a combined $320 million. In other news, mental health company Sondermind raises …

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THCB Spotlights: CJ Wilson, CEO of MyHealth.US

Today on THCB Spotlights, Matthew Holt interviews CJ Wilson, the CEO of MyHealth.US. MyHealth.US provides wearable QR codes for instant access to emergency health information, as well as a digital platform to track your health data and house medical records. CJ shows us some of their offerings and explains how they’re working with unions and …

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Mental Health Startup SonderMind Lands $150M to Tackle ‘THE’ Health Issue of Our Generation

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH SonderMind closes a $150M Series C funding round co-led by Drive Capital and Premji Invest, and we get CEO Mark Frank’s take on what sets THIS digital mental health startup apart from a pack of very well-funded competitors. SonderMind has its own behavioral health therapists, built its own tech stack, …

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The Most Important Thing

By KIM BELLARD Jack Dorsey has some big hopes for bitcoin.  In a webinar last week, he said: “My hope is that it creates world peace or helps create world peace.”  The previous week Mr. Dorsey announced Square was starting a decentralized financial services (DeFi) business based on bitcoin, joining the previously announced Square bitcoin …

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Happify rolls out digital therapeutic for anxiety, depression under temporary FDA guidance

Happify is making its app-based treatment available to patients thanks to a loosened FDA guidance last year that lets digital health companies targeting some behavioral health conditions release their product without clearance. The company is launching an investigational study to get data for a future FDA submission.

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 224 | b.well, Quit Genius, Doktor.se, Sweetch, Kno2, and HealthifyMe

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I chat about the staggering medical debt in this country before diving into some more health tech deals. First up on Episode 224, personal health record company b.well Connected Health raises $32 million, bringing their total to $57 million. Next, Quit Genius raises $64 million in …

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Nasdaq’s Dario Health ($DRIO) Does Double Acquisition to Build-out Chronic Condition Care Platform

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH The “platform-ization” of chronic condition care continues among digital health companies and Nasdaq-traded Dario Health ($DRIO) has acquired TWO different startups in 2021 alone to augment their core diabetes management offering and keep up. Both wayForward and Upright are now under the Dario Health banner and CEO Erez Raphael reveals …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 223 | Carbon Health, Woebot, Eight Sleep, Aidoc, and OM1

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess has finally reclaimed her Twitter account! On Episode 223, Jess asks me about Carbon Health raising $350 million, this is a big competitor for One Medical with retail clinics plus telehealth. Next, for digital mental health care, Woebot gets $90 million for its mental health chatbot. Eight …

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Health Care Should Go (Micro) Nuclear

By KIM BELLARD I think of hospitals as the healthcare system’s nuclear power plants.  They’re both big, complex, expensive to build, beset with heavy regulatory burdens, consistently major components of their respective systems (healthcare and electric generation) yet declining in number.  Each is seen to offer benefits to many but also to pose unexpected risk …

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Ginger for Teens Puts “Full-family Approach” to Mental Health Care in Hands of Employers

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital mental health unicorn Ginger has just launched ‘Ginger for Teens’ in an effort to help the 1-in-5 teens currently suffering from mental health disorders, amid what’s being called a “teen mental health crisis.” No doubt parents are at their wit’s end searching for care, and Ginger is hoping that …

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Regulated digital health explained: What you need to know to stay compliant [Sponsored]

Digital health thought leader Mark Tarby, BrightInsight vice president of regulatory and quality management systems, shared his take on what the EU MDR means for connected devices, Software as a Medical Device (SaMD), and the go-to market strategies for the companies behind them.

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 222 | Funding for Availity, VisiQuate, Truveta, and Bayesian

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I cover Availity raising $50 million bringing their total to $200 million and a valuation at over a billion. Revenue cycle management company Visiquate raises $50 million, bringing their total to $70 million. Truveta raises $95 million for its data analysis platform, and finally Bayesian gets …

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Meet Wheel: The Mysterious, White-Label Telehealth Startup Bolstering ‘Next-Gen’ Virtual Care

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Stealthy telehealth startup Wheel just closed a $50M series B and CEO Michelle Davey is here to reveal the mystery behind the company’s very behind-the-scenes approach to selling white-label virtual care. The business model is built on a network of clinicians that Wheel has curated and credentialed specifically for virtual …

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Carrot gets FDA nod for over-the-counter use of smoking cessation device

The digital health startup received FDA clearance for its carbon monoxide sensor to be used for smoking cessation without oversight from a healthcare provider.  The expanded indication came after Carrot submitted the results of a single-arm study claiming its device increased people’s motivation to quit smoking. 

Johns Hopkins spinoff building risk prediction tools emerges with $15M

Bayesian Health, a startup created by a machine learning researcher at Johns Hopkins, is building models for sepsis detection, patient deterioration and bedsores. The company recently emerged from stealth mode with backing from Andreessen Horowitz. 

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 221 | Funding for Novacardia, Wellthy, Osso VR, and Form Health

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, the funding reports are out: Rock Health is saying $14.7 billion for the first half of the year, and Startup Health is saying $20.1 billion. Those numbers are pretty much what the numbers were for ALL of 2020. Now onto some deals: on Episode 221, Jess asks me …

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Does Newly IPO’d Privia Health’s Climbing Stock Price Prove Value-Based Care Can Scale?

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Privia Health ($PRVA) went public a few weeks ago and the stock not only popped when it hit the market, but has continued to rise. When you look at the numbers – and hear about the business model from CEO Shawn Morris – it’s easy to get excited and see …

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Cancer Centers Rebounding From COVID-19 Can Grow By Making the Most of New Technologies for Clinical Trials

For community cancer centers that rely on patient reimbursement to stay afloat, a smart data-driven approach to clinical trials provides a foundation for future growth. Brenda Noggy Dr. Tandy Tipps By TANDY TIPPS and BRENDA NOGGY Covid-19’s tragic, devastating impact on cancer treatment is now well documented. Cancer screenings dropped by almost 90 percent at …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 220 | Olive’s massive raise, Ro buys Kit, plus funding for Tendo & SWORD

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I’m cheering England’s win against Germany this week – but Jess keeps us on track with health tech deals. Olive gets another $400 million, bringing their total up to $902 million – with $802 million of that since March 2020. Tendo Systems gets $50 million in a Series …

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Go Ahead, AI—Surprise Us

By KIM BELLARD Last week I was on a fun podcast with a bunch of people who were, as usual, smarter than me, and, in particular, more knowledgeable about one of my favorite topics – artificial intelligence (A.I.), particularly for healthcare.  With the WHO releasing its “first global report” on A.I. — Ethics & Governance …

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Sharecare ($SHCR) Hits NASDAQ Tomorrow, CEO Jeff Arnold on Closing the SPAC IPO

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Sharecare ($SHCR) starts trading on the NASDAQ tomorrow and CEO Jeff Arnold has come back to catch us up on what’s happened since April when we first spoke and took a deep-dive into Sharecare’s population-health-slash-care-navigator-slash-health-security business model. That interview (watch here: https://youtu.be/P6DzFbtiLWg) digs into the $400 million/year revenue model Jeff’s …

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CareAlign, fixing that physician workflow–demo & interview

By MATTHEW HOLT I recently interviewed Subha Airan-Javia, the CEO of CareAlign. CareAlign is a small company that is working to fix the clinician workflow by creating a tool for all those interstitial gaps that the big EMRs leave, and now get moved to and from paper by the care team. In this interview she …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 219 | Health Catalyst acquires Twistle, Hims acquires Apostrophe, & more

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess claims that I am to blame! But for what?? On Episode 219, Jess and I talk about home care software company AlayaCare raising $225 million CAD. Next, Health Catalyst acquires Twistle for $104 million and Hims acquires teledermatology company Apostrophe. Finally, Spiras Health raises $14 million for …

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Did Glen Tullman Just Launch Another New Category? Transcarent the ‘Health Experience Company’

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH For those keeping score at home, Glen Tullman is scaling up Transcarent faster than he did Livongo. The startup just closed a $58M Series B, bringing its total funding just shy of $100M. In less than 8 months. What’s the hurry? Have we ordered the balloons for the IPO yet? …

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Why Google is focusing its consumer health efforts on Fitbit

Google recently reshuffled its health division, moving a significant number of employees over to its Fitbit and Search businesses. Analysts said it’s no surprise Google would focus its consumer health efforts on Fitbit, given Fitbit’s broad reach and the competition to add more meaningful health features to these devices. 

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 218 | Bicycle, NexHealth, Stork Club, DrChrono & Pear Therapeutics

On Episode 218 of Health in 2 Point 00, it’s a big week in digital health for IPOs. Today Jess asks me about Bicycle Health’s $27 million Series A, bringing the substance use disorder startup’s total to $32.3 million. NexHealth, which is like Shopify for doctors, gets $31 million in a Series B, Stork Club …

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Health Tech, Part I: Where We Are Going, Not Just How Fast We Can Get There

By MIKE MAGEE What will be the lasting impact of the Covid 19 pandemic? We still don’t know the answer to that question in full. But one thing that can be said with some certainty is that it has strengthened the hand of Big Tech and all things virtual. Consider the fact that within the …

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Healthcare’s New “Operating System”: Amwell’s CEO Says Incumbents are Re-Thinking Telehealth

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH “We have to look at telehealth as an operating system.” Amwell ($AMWL) President & CEO Roy Schoenberg has a way with analogies, and some of his best land in this interview as we get a highly detailed, insider’s perspective about how payers and health systems are rethinking telehealth as a …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 217 | 23andMe goes public, & funding for Zus, Pill Club, and Brightline

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I haven ‘t been fired yet – so I’m taking over this episode. On Episode 217, there’s been a lot going on in the digital health world, including the biggest IPO in health tech ever with Bright Health’s $14 billion valuation. Speaking of IPOs, 23andMe went public yesterday …

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Jonathan Bush Launches Zus with $35M & “Build-Your-Own EMR” Proposition for Health Tech Startups

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Jonathan Bush has “More Disruption Please-d” himself and is back at it with a new company, Zus (get it…like the father of Athena) backed by a $35M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, F-Prime Capital, Maverick Ventures, & Rock Health. “It’s ‘Build-A-Bear’ for EMR, patient relationship management, CRMs…” says Jonathan, …

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Discharged into debt: A chronic ciagnosis  

Given the complex and systemic nature of the country’s crisis, no single solution or course of action can be expected to serve as a panacea. A multi-pronged approach — including digital health tools — that enlists both public and private health stakeholders and addresses each stage of the medical debt life cycle will be required.

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 216 | Datavant acquires Ciox, plus deals for AllyAlign, Cerebral & more

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess is trying to replace me with the other Matthew Holt. But on Episode 216, I am still around to talk about some deals. First, Datavant acquires Ciox Health in a $7 billion deal, aiming to create the nation’s largest health data ecosystem. Next, Avenue Health is a …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 215 | Monogram, LetsGetChecked, Transcarent, Lenus, and Ada

Amazon Cares already has customers, Clover has become a meme stock, Transcarent has got a Series B that they closed already, and OneDrop has hit 25 billion biometric data points – what the hell is going on in digital health? Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we still have lots of deals to cover. …

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UpHealth Hits the NYSE: CEO & President on SPAC Merger Completion, Virtual Care Competition & More

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Another virtual care company hits the New York Stock Exchange as UpHealth ($UPH) emerges from the combined merger of UpHealth Holdings and Cloudbreak Health with the GigCapital2 SPAC. We’ve got UpHealth’s CEO Ramesh Balakrishnan and President Jamey Edwards here on “Listing Day” to catch us up on the strategic developments …

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Study: Bots amplified pandemic misinformation on social media 

Bots may have played a significant role in circulating misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study found that Facebook posts in groups most affected by bots were more than twice as likely to misstate the results of a study about masks or share conspiracies. 

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 214 | One Medical acquires Iora, plus funding for HumanFirst & many more

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess pokes fun at me because my primary care provider has acquired a Medicare provider – One Medical buys Iora Health for $2.1 billion in stock. This deal is curious because these are two very different organizations. Next, HumanFirst (formerly Elektra Labs) raises $12 million in a Series …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 213 | Babylon’s SPAC IPO, plus big raises for Thirty Madison & Intrinsic

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re talking about our new conference in September: Policies, Techies, & VCs: What’s Next for Health Care. On Episode 213, Jess ask me about some massive deals. Thirty Madison gets $140 million – they are now a unicorn. Babylon Health is going public via a SPAC – $575 …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 212 | DayTwo, Hello Heart, Pack4U, and Curebase

Today at Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I are presenting at the Going Digital: Behavioral Health conference today — tune in later for that. On Episode 212, our buddies at DayTwo get $37 million for the gut microbiome. Hello Heart raises $45 million, bringing their total to $68.2 million – this is for …

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If Big Pharma is from Mars and digital health startups from Venus, PharmStars wants to play Cupid

Digital health startups and pharma industry players sometimes don’t speak the same language, and the culture gap has led to failures in the past. A new accelerator focused on helping digital health companies engage better with pharma hopes to flip the script.

FDA faces big questions as it takes a closer look at AI regulations

An action plan shared by the FDA earlier this year showed how the regulator is thinking about future regulations for AI and machine learning in healthcare. But the agency still has several big questions to address as it prepares to roll out new guidance.

After getting FDA clearance for video game therapeutic, Akili faces next level: insurance coverage

Akili Interactive, a digital health company that got FDA clearance last year for its video game as treatment for ADHD, recently brought in $160 million in funding. It plans to use the funds to ramp up coverage of its flagship treatment and to develop digital treatments for other cognitive conditions. 

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 211 | Noom, Akili, Unmind, Eleanor Health & Clearing

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess gives us a little tour of Chicago before we dive into some deals. Noom raises $540 million, bringing their total to $657 million with a $4 billion valuation. What are they going to do now with all this money? Digital therapeutics company Akili raises $160 million – …

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HCA, Google partnership to focus on data analytics

The health system and technology giant are teaming up to create a data analytics platform and tools that support workflow management. Google Cloud will gain access to the massive trove of patient information gathered at HCA’s 184 hospitals, though data access and use will be governed by privacy rules.

Will Google Health Platformize the Electronic Health Record Market?

Geoffrey Parker Edward G. Anderson Vince Kuraitis By VINCE KURAITIS, EDWARD G. ANDERSON, and GEOFFREY PARKER The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated calls for the development of EHR 2.0 (electronic health record 2.0) – the next generation of EHRs with extended platform features and capabilities. Who will answer this call? While existing EHR vendors have made …

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Teladoc Health’s Mental Health Move: Unite Best of Livongo, Virtual Care in myStrength Complete

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH The Teladoc Health-Livongo merger continues to expand Teladoc Health’s virtual care capabilities — this time in mental health. Dr. Julia Hoffman, Head of Mental Health Strategy for Teladoc Health, gives us the inside story on the launch of myStrength Complete, the souped-up, next-gen version of the digital mental health app …

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Truepill becomes a ‘triple threat’ with diagnostics

Truepill, the company operating behind-the-scenes to help digital health companies with pharmacy fulfillment and telehealth visits, has added a third feature: at home testing. CEO Umar Afridi hopes the trio of services will create a seamless experience for most people’s basic health needs.

Holograms to the Rescue

By KIM BELLARD Google is getting much (deserved) publicity for its Project Starline, announced at last week’s I/O conference.  Project Starline is a new 3D video chat capability that promises to make your Zoom experience seem even more tedious.  That’s great, but I’m expecting much more from holograms – or even better technologies.  Fortunately, there …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 210 | Babylon acquires Meritage IPA, Ro acquires Modern Fertility & more

This week on Health in 2 Point 00, we’ve got big money, acquisitions, CVS Health starting its own decentralized clinical trials business, AND we’ve got Morgan Health. On Episode 210, Jess asks me about Babylon buying Meritage IPA, looking to add their digital front end to this doctors’ network, and Ro acquiring Modern Fertility for …

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Why DarioHealth plans to acquire a behavioral health company 

DarioHealth, a digital health company that started with diabetes care, struck a deal to acquire mental health startup WayForward for $25 million. Like competitors Livongo and Omada, which also added mental health solutions, DarioHealth said it would give people a much more seamless approach for addressing mental and physical health needs.

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 209 | Funding for Lyra, DrFirst, Jasper Health & Cue Health

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we catch Jess on the road again! On Episode 209, Jess is shocked at Lyra’s $200 million raise, bringing their total to a whopping $675 million – and their valuation is somewhere in the $4 billion range. What does this mean for the mental health space? Next, DrFirst …

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What’s the Latest with Evidation Health?

An email interview with the Co-CEO’s of Evidation Health Over the last few weeks I’ve been conducting a back & forth email interview with Christine Lemke (L) & Deb Kilpatrick (R), the co-CEOs of Evidation Health. They raised $153 million in a Series E back in March (almost a small round these days!) but I …

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Bright Health follows rival Oscar Health down IPO path

Bright Health has filed preliminary paperwork for an IPO, joining its rivals in the insurance technology space in going public. Though there are few confirmed details at the moment, Bright Health is reportedly looking to raise $1 billion through the offering.

Komodo Health’s CEO on $220M Series E & What’s REALLY Happening with Big Data in Healthcare

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH You know all that “magic” that machine learning is meant to bring to seemingly lackluster healthcare data and our limited understanding of it? Komodo Health’s co-founder & CEO Arif Nathoo demystifies the wizardry of one of our favorite buzz phrases, “The Algorithm,” and gives us a colorful overview of how …

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GoodRx leadership downplays Amazon Pharmacy worries despite lackluster stock price

In a month where GoodRx’s stock has been trading below IPO levels, the startup’s leadership says Amazon Pharmacy still isn’t a threat. Citing third-party data, the company said uptake of Amazon’s pharmacy services have been low, though the retailer still could pose a threat with its growing healthcare business.

Will Virtual Care Platforms (VCPs) Become Healthcare’s Mega-Platforms?

Seth Joseph Vince Kuraitis By VINCE KURAITIS and SETH JOSEPH Let’s start with a pop quiz. Take 15 seconds to look at the list below, asking yourself the question “What do all these have in common?” address books video cameras pagers wristwatches maps books travel games flashlights home telephones cash registers MP3 players Day timers …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 207 | Aetion, Halodoc, Vori, Heartbeat Health & Memora Health

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, the survey says digital health is optimistic! Find out more on the other side. On Episode 207, Jess asks me about Aetion getting $110 million bringing its total to $212 million working on real world evidence for pharma companies, and Indonesian telehealth company Halodoc gets $80 million. MSK …

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Digital health startups saw better-than-expected revenue during the pandemic

According to a survey conducted by Catalyst @ Health 2.0, a whopping 41% of digital health companies said their revenue was above expectations last year. Despite reporting longer sales cycles, most companies still were optimistic about their business prospects going into 2021. 

Why health tech is a win for mental health

For Mental Health Awareness Week (10 May 2021 – 16 May 2021) myGP discusses the benefits of the healthcare system becoming digitised and the impact this will have on mental health care.  The UK government has pledged an ambitious programme of revolutionising mental health over the next three years, seeing all mental health service providers …

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The Catalyst @ Health 2.0/Wipfli State of Digital Health Survey

By MATTHEW HOLT & ELIZABETH BROWN Last year was a remarkable time for digital health. Obviously it was pretty unusual and tragic for the world in general as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc. We mourn those lost, and we praise our front line health workers and scientists. But for digital health companies, in …

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Mayo Clinic finds algorithm helped clinicians detect heart disease, as part of broader AI diagnostics push

Mayo Clinic shared results of a study showing that an AI tool developed by the system could be used to improve diagnosis of low ejection fraction, a type of heart disease. It’s part of a broader push by Mayo Clinic to commercialize AI-based diagnostic tools, starting with spinout company Anumana.