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teen using digital health app while exercising
August 1, 2018
Just under two-thirds of U.S. teens and young adults have used a health-related mobile health app, according to a new survey of more than 1,300 US teens and young adults aged 14 to 22 years. The survey, sponsored by Hope Lab and Well Being Trust, was designed and analyzed in part by Susannah Fox, a former HHS chief technology officer who also conducted similar surveys in the past as a part of the...
July 31, 2018
This story has been updated with some additional information about the layoffs. Wal-Mart has decided to part ways with Castlight Health at the conclusion of its current contract rather than migrate over to Castlight Complete, the company's new platform designed to bring the consumer-facing care navigation tools it rolled out with Anthem Engage out to non-Anthem customers. On the company's second...
DigiSight rebrands as Verana Health, pivots into data science

Verana Health CEO and President Miki Kapoor

July 31, 2018
Tele-ophthalmology company DigiSight — now called Verana Health — has a new name, a new mission, a new CEO, and $30 million dollars in new funding led by Alphabet subsidiary GV (formerly Google Ventures). Additional contributors to the round include Biomatics Capital, Brook Byers (founder of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers), GE Ventures, and Lagunita Biosciences, all existing investors. "...
July 30, 2018
Amsterdam-based skin cancer screening app SkinVision has raised $7.6 million in new funding from existing investors Leo Pharma and PHS Fund, with additional contributions from undisclosed new backers described by the company as "high net worth impact investors." This is the second major funding raise for the company, which launched in 2012 under the name Skin Scan, after a $3.4 million round in...
Connected Health Conference to focus on human element of digital tech

Scott Kirsner and Carla Kriwet speaking at the Connected Health Conference last year.

July 27, 2018
As more and more hospitals are deploying a range of smart and connected technologies to improve care and efficiency, it's increasingly important to preserve and highlight the human side of care. That's the overarching theme of the upcoming HIMSS Connected Health Conference in Boston: "Balancing Technology and the Human Element". Kicking off on Oct. 17, CHC18 will be the second year of the event's...
Ciitizen raises $3M for personal health records

Anil Sethi speaking at PMWC18 in June. Credit:  Ciitizen on

July 26, 2018
Ciitizen, the health records tech company founded by ex-Appler Anil Sethi, has raised $3 million from Andreessen Horowitz's a16z Bio Fund. While Andreessen Horowitz General Partner Vijay Pande confirmed the investment in a blog post, the amount was reported by CNBC and hasn't been confirmed by Babyforyou.net.ua. A relatively young startup, Ciitizen is currently known mostly for the pedigree of its...
Walgreens launches new a digital platform for connecting customers to healthcare providers
July 26, 2018
Walgreens Boots Alliance has launched a new digital platform, available through its mobile app and website, called Find Care Now. The service is designed to be a curated way to connect customers to a range of healthcare providers that Walgreens has partnered with, including telemedicine companies, digital-enabled house call companies, and more traditional providers. “Find Care Now is ultimately a...
July 25, 2018
Correction: Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, this story has been updated to remove the claim that Dip.io is the first FDA-cleared smartphone urine test. We've reached out to Healthy.io for comment on this development and we'll update when we hear more. Tel-Aviv, Israel-based Healthy.io has secured FDA 510(k) clearance for Dip.io, a home-based urinalysis kit that turns a smartphone into a clinical-...
July 25, 2018
Aaptiv, a fast-growing New York-based digital fitness content-maker, has added a follow-on investment from Bose Ventures, the investment arm of technology company Bose Corporation, to its recent $22 million Series C round, bringing the total up to $23 million. “Closing our Series C was a significant milestone for Aaptiv. We are honored to now be supported by Bose, a global leader and innovator in...
July 23, 2018
The United States Patent Office has published a patent from Apple, filed December 18 of last year and not yet granted, for a "sunscreen detector" that could be incroporated into the Apple Watch or the iPhone and could even include augmented reality functionality. "Disclosed herein is a [ultraviolet-ifrared (UV-IR)] spectrometer for mobile and/or wearable devices," Patent Application 0202927,...