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By Laura Lovett March 6, 2019
This morning New York-based startup AbleTo announced that it has acquired fellow virtual mental health startup Joyable for an undisclosed sum (though the company told CNBC the deal is in the tens of millions).  As part of the deal, AbleTo users will gain access Joyable’s mental health coaching app. According to a statement, the coach matches face-to-face therapy outcomes. In addition to the...
By Laura Lovett March 6, 2019
This afternoon senior-focused EHR and health software company PointClickCare Technologies announced that it has acquired post-acute care management company QuickMar.  As part of the deal, PointClick Care will control QuickMar’s signature product, the CareSuite Manager. The system includes an EHR and electronic medication administration record (eMAR) that is targeted at post-acute care centers....
By Dave Muoio March 6, 2019
Fitbit has pulled back the curtain on its latest collection of health and fitness wearables. Chief among these is a scaled back take on the company’s popular Versa smartwatch called the Fitbit Versa Lite. Other new device announcements include a second version of the kid-focused Fitbit Ace, as well as wider consumer availability of the previously revealed Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR. In...

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By Anna Sort March 6, 2019
Netflix for healthcare Netflix is a subscription service in which the user pays a monthly fee to access different contents. Healthcare will soon follow a similar model. I believe that users will no longer have several health apps on their phone, each one providing a separate service. Instead, they will pay for a single subscription that will provide access to a host of apps. The change will come...

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By Leontina Postelnicu March 6, 2019
Dutch startup joins NHS Innovation Accelerator. Amsterdam-headquartered SkinVision has announced that it has been selected to take part in the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme - run by NHS England and the 15 Academic Health Science Networks - to accelerate the spread and uptake of its innovation across the health service. SkinVision is the only non-UK startup to join this year’s cohort...

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By Jonah Comstock March 5, 2019
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has handed in his resignation as head of the agency, according to a report in the Washington Post, which has been confirmed by HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a statement posted to his Twitter page as well as by Gottlieb himself later in the day. He will resign in one month. "I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to help lead this wonderful agency, for the...
By Dave Muoio March 5, 2019
Digital health engagement platform dacadoo and the United Arab Emirates’ Daman Health Insurance announced a new mobile game that encourages players to log steps and stay active. The new Daman Tamshi game is built on dacadoo Go, the company’s customizable, white-label geolocation app that uses rewards and friendly competition to engage its users. The platform calculates a user’s “Step Score” to...
By Jonah Comstock March 5, 2019
Tasso, a Seattle-based startup working on bringing blood testing to the home via a wearable patch-like device, has raised $6.1 million in Series A funding. Vertical Venture Partners led the round, with additional participation from TechStars and Cedars Sinai. This is the first major VC round for the company, but it has previously been supported by $13.1 million in grant funding from DARPA, NIH,...
By Laura Lovett March 5, 2019
Senior focused health tech startup K4Connect tapped Keith Stewart as the company’s next chief growth officer.  Stewart was formerly the chief revenue officer for smart building startup Site 1001. At K4Connect he will be responsible for expansion and growing sales.  “K4Connect is positioned perfectly to collaborate with our clients in order to help the industry usher in a next generation, senior-...
By Jonah Comstock March 5, 2019
Digital health medication management company Mango Health has announced a partnership with EnvoyHealth, the pharma services division of Diplomat, the US’ largest independent specialty pharmacy. Mango Health will create a custom white-label version of its app, which Envoy will deliver to patients to complement its traditional hub services. Why it matters This is one of the first partnerships of...

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