Dave Muoio

March 7, 2019
Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs, maker of video game-like treatments for children with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, has found a partner to help promote its digital therapeutic products in eastern Asia. Thanks to a new strategic partnership announced this morning, Osaka, Japan-based pharmaceutical company Shionogi will take over the commercialization, marketing, clinical development and...
March 7, 2019
Babylon’s triage chatbot and virtual confirmation platform has come to Canada’s British Columbia in the form of a newly launch telehealth app, Babylon by Telus Health. The tool allows users to describe their symptoms to the text-based bot, video consult with a licensed practitioner, and store and easily access consultation notes or other information. The app is the result of a partnership...
March 6, 2019
Fitbit’s busy morning may have been headlined by news of its latest consumer devices, but lately the wearables company has also had plenty to say on its inroads with health plans, clinical researchers and large employers. In fact, the company devoted a substantial portion of its press event yesterday to its ever-growing health services operations and a new deal involving Solera Health’s...
March 6, 2019
Fitbit has pulled back the curtain on its latest collection of health and fitness wearables. Chief among these is a scaled back take on the company’s popular Versa smartwatch called the Fitbit Versa Lite. Other new device announcements include a second version of the kid-focused Fitbit Ace, as well as wider consumer availability of the previously revealed Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR. In...
March 5, 2019
Digital health engagement platform dacadoo and the United Arab Emirates’ Daman Health Insurance announced a new mobile game that encourages players to log steps and stay active. The new Daman Tamshi game is built on dacadoo Go, the company’s customizable, white-label geolocation app that uses rewards and friendly competition to engage its users. The platform calculates a user’s “Step Score” to...
March 5, 2019
San Francisco-based Calm’s meditation service is now directly accessible through the Samsung Health app, the companies announced in a press release yesterday. Smartphone users who have downloaded and updated Samsung’s health and wellness platform can set up or sync a Calm account by clicking on the “Mindfulness” icon within the app, and then following the instructions. Along with personalizing...
March 4, 2019
The fourth quarter of 2018 was a good one for Fitbit, with CEO James Park sharing news last week of the the device maker’s first year-over-year increase in sold devices since 2016. The company’s latest investor call touched upon many familiar themes, such as the shift from fitness trackers to smartwatches, but also suggests that Fitbit is viewing its health-focused services as an increasingly...
March 4, 2019
Sword Health has highlighted data from two recently published studies indicating that its artificial intelligence-powered digital physical therapy tool more effectively improved recovery among patients recuperating from total knee arthroplasty. Both investigations were conducted by researchers with affiliations with the Portuguese company, and suggest that the intervention could improve patient...
March 4, 2019
San Jose-based mobile healthcare device maker Vocera Communications has shipped the first order of its updated wearable for clinicians, the Vocera Smartbadge, to a nearly 700-bed Georgia hospital. The company’s prior device, the Vocera Badge, has long offered secure, hands-free, wireless communications support to practitioners. The newer Smartbadge will offer Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital many...

Nutrimedy's Director of Nutrition Services and Engagement Mallory Franklin. Photo courtesy of Boston Scientific.

February 28, 2019
Patient engagement and purposeful data implementation were common discussion points during the finals of a digital health pitch competition held last night inside Google’s Cambridge, Massachusetts offices. First kicked off in October, the fourth annual Connected Patient Challenge — cosponsored by Boston Scientific and the tech giant — featured six startup finalists whose offerings were...