Dave Muoio

December 18, 2018
The FDA has approved an app-based smart programming device used to discreetly and easily control implants treating for overactive bladder (OAB), chronic fecal incontinence (FI) and non-obstructive urinary retention, medical device maker Medtronic announced yesterday. Called the InterStim smart programmer and designed for use with Medtronic’s InterStim system, the product consists of a Samsung...
December 17, 2018
CVS Caremark and health data management company Sharecare last week announced the launch of a digital pharmacy savings card for under-covered individuals. Accessed through an app, the Sharecare Rx program will provide discounts on CVS Caremark network drugs as well as search for lower drug prices. The digital card will be accepted at more than 68,000 in-network pharmacies. “Whether treating strep...

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December 17, 2018
With roughly a week to go before thousands of devices are unwrapped under the tree, Fitbit has pushed out a bevy of updates to its smartwatches that make it easier for wearers to quickly grasp their individual health performance. Specifically, Fitbit OS 3.0 expands the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Ionic: adidas edition and Fitbit Versa’s dashboards to include new data on a wearer’s sleep, exercise and...
December 17, 2018
K Health, maker of an artificial intelligence-powered app for consumer health education and linkage to primary care, announced this morning that it has closed $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by 14W, with additional participation from Comcast Ventures, Mangrove and other unnamed angel investors. This latest gain brings the company’s total funding to $37.5 million. In addition, K...
December 13, 2018
Onduo, a Verily-Sanofi joint venture focused on digitally-driven diabetes management, is looking to further protect its members from foot ulcers and limb loss. Orpyx Medical Technologies’ diabetic foot ulcer sensors for its members. Thanks to a newly announced deal struck between the companies, Orpyx Medical Technologies’ FDA-cleared SurroSense Rx system will be available to “select members” of...
December 13, 2018
Digital gastrointestinal health company Vivante Health has raised $6 million in Series A funding, according to an announcement. New York-based NFP Ventures and Nashville-based FCA Venture Partners participated in the round. What they do Headed by Livongo founder Dr. Kimon Angelides, Vivante makes a digital program for digestive health and disease called GIThrive that includes, among other tools,...
December 12, 2018
A Stanford study recently published in npc Digital Medicine suggests that the iPhone’s step measurement capabilities are sufficient enough to monitor and measure patients’ activity remotely. However, the device’s built-in walking distance measurement algorithm is inconsistent, and should not be used when gauging a patients’ activity or building a patient monitoring app for conditions such as...
December 12, 2018
This morning, Garmin and medical-grade monitor maker ActiGraph announced a new partnership that will focus on wearables for medical research and patient care. Specifically, the pair will be applying ActiGraph’s CentrePoint data analytics platform to Garmin’s consumer-grade wearables. CentrePoint is a web-based, cloud-enabled service offering automated activity monitor assignments, data...
December 11, 2018
Mobile app analytics firm App Annie has released a list of the telemedicine apps most frequently downloaded through the Apple and Google marketplaces. The five services, in descending order, are: American Well (which currently holds a 4.7/5 star user rating on the App Store), Doctor on Demand (4.9 stars), Teladoc (4.8 starts), MDLive (4.6 stars) and HealthTap (4.3 stars). To reach its conclusion...
December 11, 2018
Myia Labs, maker of a platform that applies AI health monitoring to consumer wearables, has raised $6.75 million in seed funding. BootstrapLabs and Zetta Venture Partners led the round, with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and The Boston Consulting Group also participating. Myia’s tech outfits Apple Watches, Fitbits and other devices with monitoring capabilities designed for patients...