Health Tech

Healthcare investing sets a new record in Q3

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Global healthcare funding set a new record in the third quarter, according to data from CBInsights. Healthcare companies raised a total of $21.8 billion across 1,539 deals.

Lessons learned from Verily’s Covid-19 testing efforts

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Google’s sister company launched a program in California and other states to help route patients to nearby coronavirus testing. Dr. Vivian Lee, president of health platforms for Verily, shared lessons learned from that effort and Verily’s work with schools and businesses.

THCB Gang Episode 28 10/15

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Episode 28 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, October 15th! Watch it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by some of our regulars: communications leader Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), MD-turned entrepreneur Jean-Luc Neptune (@jeanlucneptune), CEO of Day Health… Read More »THCB Gang Episode 28 10/15

THCB Gang Episode 28 10/15

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Episode 28 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, October 15th! Watch it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by some of our regulars: communications leader Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), MD-turned entrepreneur Jean-Luc Neptune (@jeanlucneptune), CEO of Day Health… Read More »THCB Gang Episode 28 10/15

Teladoc, Livongo land first joint contract

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The companies made their first cross-sale to Guidewell Health, the parent company of Florida Blue. Livongo’s diabetes platform will become available to 50,000 of the insurer’s members.

How the value of innovation will be redefined in 2021

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While payers and policymakers took a more narrow-minded perspective on innovation value in 2020, the year 2021 will bring an increased focus on a treatment’s societal value, how innovation interacts with digital technologies, and whether new innovations are able to reduce existing health outcome inequalities.

Attention, Walmart Patients

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By KIM BELLARD When Walmart announced earlier this summer that it was opening an insurance agency to sell Medicare-related products and services plans, I thought, “that’s it?”  When Walmart announced later in the summer that it was partnering (first with Microsoft, then with Oracle) in… Read More »Attention, Walmart Patients

Telehealth Reality Check: Who’s Really Going to “Win” the Race to Virtual Care Market Leadership?

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH It’s the telehealth market reality check you’ve been waiting for! “Rogue” digital health consultant Dr. Lyle Berkowitz unpacks the numbers and the market potential for virtual care from the unique vantage point of a primary-care-physician-turned-health-tech-entrepreneur with nothing to lose. Having… Read More »Telehealth Reality Check: Who’s Really Going to “Win” the Race to Virtual Care Market Leadership?

Trying to Make AI Less Squirrelly

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By KIM BELLARD You may have missed it, but the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) just announced its first annual Squirrel AI award winner: Regina Barzilay, a professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).   In fact, if you’re like… Read More »Trying to Make AI Less Squirrelly

COVID-19 is Bringing Data Privacy into the Spotlight – This is How Healthcare Companies Should Respond

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By DAN LINTON Privacy concerns across the country continue to increase, and consumers expect their healthcare information to be private. Headline-making data sales, skepticism of Silicon Valley privacy practices, and COVID-19 contact tracing concerns compounded with a general lack of consumer awareness have continued to generate an… Read More »COVID-19 is Bringing Data Privacy into the Spotlight – This is How Healthcare Companies Should Respond

Amazon tries its hand at wearables  

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The e-commerce giant made its debut in the wearables market with Halo, a fitness tracker with some unique features. Amazon said the device and its corresponding app can scan a user’s voice for emotions and measures a user’s body composition.

Verily launches stop-loss health insurance subsidiary

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Alphabet’s healthcare subsidiary, Verily, will partner with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions to create a new stop-loss insurance company. The new entity, called Coefficient, will use data analytics to help self-funded companies manage unexpected areas of cost.

Portable dialysis company Outset Medical files for IPO

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Outset Medical, a San Jose-based company making portable dialysis machines, filed the initial paperwork for an IPO. The company has not yet set a price range for its stock, but said it plans to raise roughly $100 million.

Court approves Otsuka’s bid to buy Proteus for $15M

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A bankruptcy court in Delaware approved a stalking-horse bid from Otsuka to acquire Proteus Digital Health for $15 million. The company, which makes sensor that can be embedded in pills to track medication adherence, filed for bankruptcy in June.

Catalyst @ Health 2.0 Launches Rapid Response Open Call with Grapevine Health

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SPONSORED POST By CATALYST @ HEALTH 2.0 Attention digital health innovators! Do you have innovative text message-based health tech solutions that can disseminate health-focused video content? Apply to the Grapevine Health Rapid Response Open Call!  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the importance of health literacy… Read More »Catalyst @ Health 2.0 Launches Rapid Response Open Call with Grapevine Health

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 144 | Magical Forests, PsychCentral’s History, & More Funding Rounds

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On Episode 144 of Health in 2 Point 00, Matthew has gingerly emerged from his office and gone into a Magical Forest! Jess asks me about Healthline media acquiring PsychCentral, the first-ever online psychiatry support group and I explain the history of how it has… Read More »Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 144 | Magical Forests, PsychCentral’s History, & More Funding Rounds

Crossover Health: The Amazon Deal, Primary Care & The Rise of the ‘Health Activist’ Employer

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH “Next-gen” healthcare might just be getting its start in primary care. So says Crossover Health’s CEO, Scott Shreeve, who laughingly channels Justin Timberlake and says he’s “bringing sexy back” to it too. With Walmart launching its own Healthcare Super Centers,… Read More »Crossover Health: The Amazon Deal, Primary Care & The Rise of the ‘Health Activist’ Employer

Don’t Underestimate Doctor On Demand – CEO Hill Ferguson on the Era of ‘Tele-Everything’ Healthcare

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH JUST before the Teladoc-Livongo merger was announced, I had a chance to catch up with Doctor on Demand’s CEO, Hill Ferguson. The future for telehealth, he said, is “bright green” — and I’m pretty sure it’s looking even greener now!… Read More »Don’t Underestimate Doctor On Demand – CEO Hill Ferguson on the Era of ‘Tele-Everything’ Healthcare

How wearables can help the healthcare industry address Covid-19

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The potential that wearables have for helping detect early signs of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases, as well as monitoring patients, will make this technology a popular choice for healthcare organizations and consumers for the foreseeable future.

Vida Health’s CEO on Scaling Up in the Highly Competitive Chronic Condition Virtual Care Space

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Even before Covid19, virtual care for chronic conditions was a hot and competitive area, with the heat turned up by Livongo Health’s IPO last year and big funding rounds for companies like Omada Health, Virta Health, and One Drop. Another… Read More »Vida Health’s CEO on Scaling Up in the Highly Competitive Chronic Condition Virtual Care Space

CVS builds out digital health program with five more companies

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CVS Caremark added five new companies to its Point Solution Management Service, which it launched last year to make it easier for businesses to implement digital health tools. CVS Caremark CMO Sree Chaguturu shared more about the PBM’s plans for digital health.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovation Challenges Blog Post Announcing Semi-Finalists

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SPONSORED POST By CATALYST @ HEALTH 2.0 The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has underscored the need for efficient and innovative emergency response. Major health organizations, such as the American Hospital Association, have provided resources that can be utilized for organizational preparedness, caring for patients, and enabling… Read More »Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovation Challenges Blog Post Announcing Semi-Finalists

Can Community Be a Medicine?

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By ARAS TOKER Analysis on peer accountability focused community building efforts in making lifestyle changes through digital therapeutic programs Before we jump ahead to the medicine piece, what the heck does a community even mean? In the past, communities were more likely associated with a group of… Read More »Can Community Be a Medicine?

Amwell’s Roy Schoenberg: Telehealth Post-Pandemic is “Entrenched Inside” Traditional Health Care

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By JESSICA DaMASSA There are few better positioned to speculate on what’s next for telehealth than Roy Schoenberg, co-CEO & President, of Amwell. After 15 years, more than $710M in total funding, and probably the best analogies out there for describing telehealth’s potential as a… Read More »Amwell’s Roy Schoenberg: Telehealth Post-Pandemic is “Entrenched Inside” Traditional Health Care

Are we experiencing a natural selection moment in health tech?

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Health tech companies in the wellness industry might face a more difficult market than those in the clinical-grade domain. Benefits offered by wellness companies are those most likely to be viewed as nice-to-have perks that may not bring enough value. 

“Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Conference” Matthew Holt & Jessica DaMassa’s Keynote 6/17/20

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Matthew Holt and Jessica DaMassa gave a talk at the “Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Conference” on June 17, 2020. They spoke about how technology is evolving the mental health space, along with their thoughts on where the future of the industry is headed. Jess… Read More »“Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Conference” Matthew Holt & Jessica DaMassa’s Keynote 6/17/20

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 135 | Amazon’s primary care entry, UnitedHealth’s digital DPP & more

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Today on Health in 2 Point 00, it’s the 4th shoe! On Episode 135, we’ve got Amazon’s entry into primary care through its pilot program with Crossover Health, UnitedHealth Group launching Level2, their own digital health diabetes prevention program, Health Catalyst acquiring healthfinch, Truepill raising… Read More »Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 135 | Amazon’s primary care entry, UnitedHealth’s digital DPP & more

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 134 | Health Tech’s “PPP Blacklist”, Walgreens and VillageMD, & more

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Today on Episode 134 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I cover Livongo’s stock price swinging, Brian Dolan’s PPP “Black List” for Health Tech Startups, and Oak Street Health & GoHealth filing their S-1’s. We also get Matthew’s take on Walgreen’s deal with… Read More »Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 134 | Health Tech’s “PPP Blacklist”, Walgreens and VillageMD, & more

Virtually Better

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By KIM BELLARD The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t have come at a better time for virtual reality.  It has caused many workers to work remotely, introducing many workers to collaborative tools like Slack or Microsoft Teams and even more to video platforms like Zoom or Skype. … Read More »Virtually Better

MedCity Pivot Podcast: An interview with Bari Kowal, vice president of global clinical operations, Regeneron

Bari Kowal, vice president of global clinical operations at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, gives an update on the clinical trials ongoing to develop drugs to fight Covid-19 and provides insights on how the clinical trials landscape and pharma overall must change in the next episode of MedCity… Read More »MedCity Pivot Podcast: An interview with Bari Kowal, vice president of global clinical operations, Regeneron

THCB Gang Episode 16

Episode 16 of “The THCB Gang” was on Thursday, July 2nd! You can see the video below! Joining Matthew Holt were some of our regulars: patient safety expert Michael Millenson (MLMillenson), MD & hospital system exec Rajesh Aggarwal (@docaggarwal), health care consultant Daniel O’Neill (@dp_oneill),… Read More »THCB Gang Episode 16