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By Laura Lovett February 1, 2019
  Yesterday morning addiction-focused telemedicine company Workit Health announced a new Series A funding round led by Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Partners for an undisclosed amount. Other funders include Endeavor Catalyst, Montage Ventures, Lux Capital, Wakestream Ventures, Invest Detroit and RRE Ventures.  This marks the second funding round for the Californian startup. Originally founded in...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
This morning diabetes self-management company One Drop announced its platform’s integration with Apple’s Health Records. As part of the integration patients who use the One Drop | Experts are able to share their EHRs with their personal diabetes coach. This gives patients the ability to share their vitals, lab results and medication history with One Drop coaches.  This news coincides with the...
By Dave Muoio January 31, 2019
A literature analysis of research published by healthcare unicorns has found that many high-profile startups, digital health included, have few or no peer-reviewed papers. The review, which sought published research data from 18 current and 29 exited healthcare unicorns, specifically highlighted the risk of “stealth research” among these startups in light of the recent and highly publicized fraud...

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By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2019
Duke University has received about $500,000 in grant money from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to build an app designed to help doctors and patients work together to prevent opioid abuse. The investment is part of $2 million in grants distributed earlier this week by Blue Cross NC across five organizations tackling the opioid crisis in different ways, which in turn is part of a $10...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
This morning San Francisco-based telemedicine platform HeyDoctor announced that its customers will now be able to receive naloxone, including Narcan, through its website and mobile app.  Users will first go through a text chat-based consultation with a physician on HeyDoctor about how and when to use the medication, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The prescription can then be...
By Dave Muoio January 31, 2019
New York City-based Annum Health, a digital health startup focused on using digital health tools to curb alcohol abuse, is shutting down its operations today, according to a notice published on the company’s website. “Over the last two years, Annum created and brought to market a more effective solution to engage and treat the many millions of people who struggle with heavy drinking,” reads the...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
Fifty-four percent of consumers are willing to try an FDA-approved app or digital tool for the treatment of a medical condition, according to a new report out of PricewaterhouseCoopers compiling survey data and other health trend information from the past year.  “The arrival of digital therapeutics — an emerging health discipline that uses technology to augment or even replace active drugs in...
By Dave Muoio January 31, 2019
This morning Sentinel Healthcare, a Seattle-based remote monitoring platform for patients with hypertension or other chronic diseases in need of management, announced that it has raised $2 million in new funding. The round was led by PSL Ventures. What they do Sentinel provides a wearable blood pressure cuffs and patient smartphone app that transmit data to the company’s wider service. This data...

Dr. Alan Lotvin, EVP and chief technology officer of CVS, presenting at the Attain launch in Boston on January 29.

By Laura Lovett January 30, 2019
It’s easy to ignore a flu shot reminder email or grab a donut on your way into work, but Attain — a new voluntary wellness rewards program developed in partnership by Apple and Aetna (recently acquired by CVS) — is aiming to curb these behaviors through personalization.  At yesterday’s Attain launch event in Boston, Apple and Aetna executives stressed the importance of both personalization and...
By Dave Muoio January 30, 2019
Giblib — the maker of a variety of streaming medical education videos that can be viewed the web, on mobile and in virtual reality — has launched a new app on the Oculus Store that features 360-degree VR videos of pre-recorded and live operating room procedures, the company announced yesterday. The app and its videos are available to any consumers with a subscription to Giblib’s service and an...

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