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By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2018
The CareVoice, a Shanghai, China-based digital health startup targeting the insurance market, has raised $2 million in early-stage funding. Haitao Capital and SOSV, two China- and US-based venture capital firms, led the round. Other Chinese and Southeast Asian investors also contributed. The CareVoice offers a cost- and quality-transparency tool that is available to the public, but which includes...
By Laura Lovett January 18, 2018
San Diego-based Sharp Health is one of the latest providers to use Apple’s CareKit, an open source toolkit for hospitals and health systems, to develop its mobile offering, the Sharp Health Companion app. The software is designed to help people navigate their surgery experience, including pre-surgery care, interventions, and post-surgery care.  In the pilot, which focused on cataract surgery...
By Dave Muoio January 18, 2018
Fitbit Coach, the company’s connected personal training app, has come to Microsoft’s Xbox One videogame console and other Windows 10 PCs, Fitbit announced in a recent blog post. The service — which costs $39.99 annually — allows customers to follow guided audio and video workouts in their home with additional features provided by their Fitbit wearables. Fitbit Coach is a rebranded version of the...
By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2018
San Francisco-based MyHealthTeams has added its 28th disease-specific social network, and is working with Belgian pharmaceutical company UCB on an educational inititative related to the platform. MySpondylitisTeam, the newest network, is aimed at patients with spondyloarthritis, a kind of arthritis which, unlike rheumatoid arthritis, tends to first present itself when patients are in their 20s...
By Dave Muoio January 18, 2018
Artificial intelligence-driven health tools, including those built for mobile apps or other technologies, have the potential to conveniently delivery high-quality data and services to a growing share of the population, according to a recent JASON advisory report requested by and developed for HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). To do so, however, major players will need...
By Laura Lovett January 18, 2018
Earning a little extra toward workout products and fitness classes could be as easy as tracking the steps you take outside. London-based Sweatcoin, a company which “pays” users a digital currency based on their daily steps, has just landed $5.7 million in a funding round led by Goodwater Capital with participation from  Seedcamp, Greylock Partners, Rubylight, SmartHub, and several angel investors...
By Mike Miliard January 17, 2018
Total corporate funding for healthcare technology companies climbed to $8.2 billion (including debt and public market financing) in 2017 – a whopping 47 percent increase from the $5.6 billion raised in 2016, according to the latest report from Mercom Capital Group. It was a record-breaking year, with worldwide venture funding for digital health startups posting similarly impressive numbers: $7.2...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2018
Kinsa is one of the leading digital health companies in the smart thermometer space, but the company’s mission has never been to sell thermometers. Instead, Kinsa has always seen itself as a big data company. With the recent public launch of Kinsa Insights, that aspect of the company is taking center stage. “The core hypothesis of the company is ‘Could we find a way to communicate with someone...
By Dave Muoio January 17, 2018
Editor's note: The headline of a previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Omron's devices as heart rate monitors instead of blood pressure monitors. Last week at CES, Omron Healthcare announced two new heart monitoring devices as well as an updated version of its app to better connect the company’s products. The first device, the Omron HeartGuide, is a watch being billed as the...
By Laura Lovett January 17, 2018
Pediatric healthcare platform CareDox recently landed $16 million in Series B funding. The round was co-led by AI Life Sciences Investments LLC and 7wire Ventures with additional investments from Digitalis, Prolog Ventures, StartUp Health, and Wanxiang Healthcare Investments.  “CareDox’s mission is to enable the right care at the right time, for every child, and it is a pretty ambition mission,”...

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