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By Laura Lovett July 11, 2018
Alphabet subsidiary Verily is teaming up with well-known sleep company ResMed to form a new venture that will focus on developing sleep apnea treatments and connected health products.  The latest venture will look at the health and financial impacts of sleep apnea. The companies plan on developing new software that will have advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities, Dr. Carlos Nunez,...
Nurx gets funding for telemedicine birth control plan
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2018
Online and mobile platform Nurx, which uses telemedicine to connect rural patients to contraceptives, has raised $36 million in a Series B funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with participation from Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, and Lowercase Capital. Babyforyou.net.ua alum Heather Mack broke the news for the Wall Street Journal. In addition to the funding, the San...
Predictive health analytics company Lumiata announces new CEO Dilawar Syed

Dilawar Syed is Lumiata's new CEO.

By Dave Muoio July 11, 2018
Silicon Valley-based predictive health analytics company Lumiata has raised $11 million in a funding round led by Khosla Ventures and BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners. The round also included participation from Sandbox Industries, Intel Capital, and other unnamed investors. The new backing will primarily be used to accelerate deployment of the company’s health analytics offering, according...
Carepoynt incentive-based health rewards platform model
By Laura Lovett July 11, 2018
Newport Beach, California-based startup Carepoynt, an incentive based health and wellness platform, has just closed a $2 million seed funding round. “Our success in building upon the base of local and national Carepoynt Community of members, partners, providers, payers, and employers so far this year, coupled with the completion of our seed round of funding, sets the stage for us to accelerate...
By Dave Muoio July 11, 2018
In 2016, UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic cut a deal that established the latter’s devices as the preferred insulin pumps for United members with diabetes. Now, the companies have announced year one data suggesting that members who took advantage of the companies’ arrangement experienced fewer preventable hospital admissions when compared to members relying on multiple daily injections of insulin...
pulse-sensing iBeat Heart Watch helps patients
By Laura Lovett July 11, 2018
Clarification: This article has been updated to include additional information about how the iBeat watch connects to EMS services.  Today San Francisco-based startup iBeat launched its pulse-sensing iBeat Heart Watch, which aims to alert medical professionals if someone is going into cardiac arrest.  Inspired by the death of a friend who could have been saved by CPR, Ryan Howard, founder and CEO...
By Dave Muoio July 10, 2018
A team of researchers from Tufts University, Harvard Medical School, and Purdue University, have presented academia’s latest take on the smart bandage. Recently described in the journal Small and so far tested only in vitro, the novel wound dressing is flexible, monitors the wearer’s wound in real time, and can administer a drug either on demand or in accordance to individual treatment protocols...
By Laura Lovett July 10, 2018
Chicago-based health kiosk company higi has just landed $21.3 million in a Series C funding round led by Flare Capital Partners and 7wireVentures.  “Simply stated, higi is making healthcare easier for people. higi is creating unprecedented access in people’s neighborhoods, giving consumers a trusted health narrative and connecting people to the full scope of the retail store and local healthcare...
By Dave Muoio July 10, 2018
San Francisco-based predictive health company Potrero Medical has closed $26.6 million in an oversubscribed Series C round, according to a statement from the company. The investment was led by GT Healthcare Capital Partners and Sonder Capital. Potrero’s business is focused on employing smart sensors and data analytics to identify conditions in their early stages. Its primary product is the...
fitbit study for patient health outcomes
By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2018
Wearable activity monitors could be useful in assessing the health of cancer patients and making predictions about mortality and adverse events, according to a study published last week in Nature's Digital Medicine partner journal. "An objective evaluation of patient performance status (PS) is difficult because patients spend the majority of their time outside of the clinic, self-report to...

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