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By Laura Lovett March 13, 2019
Figuring out the right questions to ask a doctor during a short visit can be stressful, but the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is attempting to help remedy this issue with a new app called Question Builder. The app is free and lets patients figure out the appropriate questions and medical information for them when they take a trip to their doctor. The technology was developed with...
By Dave Muoio March 13, 2019
Physera — an app-based platform for musculoskeletal (MSK) exercises and remote consultations with physical therapists — has raised $8 million in a Series A round headed by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners. With this, the company has now raised more than $10 million in total, and counts Innovation Endeavors, Lux Capital, Expa, Slow Ventures, iD Ventures, J-Angels, Rock Health’s Halle Tecco...
By Laura Lovett March 12, 2019
Four months after landing FDA clearance POPS! one, a diabetes management system, is now commercially launching.  The system uses an algorithm to give users real-time personalized diabetes coaching. It also includes small glucose meter that attaches to the back of a user’s smartphone. Users can check their glucose levels on the meter and the results will automatically transfer to the app. The...

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By Jonah Comstock March 12, 2019
Blue Shield of California has tapped Teladoc to assist with a $2 million relief effort for Paradise, California, the small town that was ravaged last year by fires. The fire destroyed the largest clinic of Paradise Medical Group, one of the town’s major hospitals. Blue Shield has helped the hospital in a number of ways, including assisting with its relocation to a new space in Chico, California....
By Laura Lovett March 12, 2019
Yesterday morning British mental health startup Unmind announced a €3.4m (£3m) raise. Felix Capital led the round with participation from private investors Michael Whitfield and Chris Bruce.  What they do The London-based startup focuses on promoting mental health in the workplace. Specifically, the company works with employers to provide digital tools to their workforce. The company stresses...
By Laura Lovett March 12, 2019
This morning Olio, a platform that links hospital teams with post-acute providers for care collaboration, landed $2.5 million in seed funding. While the company is not disclosing the individual investors, it did specify that Innovatemap Ventures was on the list of funders.  What they do  The care coordination platform lets the care team at a hospital including doctors and administrators get...
By Vasileios Nittas March 12, 2019
The eHealth era, with all its innovations and possibilities, brings an abundance of digital tools capable of capturing our physical, mental as well as social well-being, often quantified in numbers and graphs. With the ever-increasing ownership of wearables, sensors and apps that track sleep patterns, step counts, water consumption or mood states, we are continuously creating our own personal...
By Tammy Lovell March 12, 2019
Netherlands-based investment firm Gilde Healthcare this week shared news that it has raised €200m ($225m) for its third private equity fund. The fund, Gilde Healthcare Services III, closed at its hard cap and will focus on healthcare providers, suppliers of medical products and services in the lower mid-market. Jasper van Gorp, the firm’s managing partner, attributed the high level of interest in...
By Dave Muoio March 12, 2019
RapidSOS and Israel-based Carbyne, two companies focused on digitizing emergency response systems, announced this morning an integration that will further streamline the flow of actionable data to first responders. Carbyne’s end-to-end platform incorporates source-agnostic digital data collection technology, algorithm-driven information prioritization and other tools to extract information about...
By Jonah Comstock March 12, 2019
San Francisco-based digital chronic disease managment company Omada Health announced today that it will add fully integrated, cellular-connected glucometers and blood pressure cuffs to its offerings for Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, respectively. The devices are FDA-cleared and can be mailed to program members. The glucometer will come with as many free test strips as users need, the company...

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