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By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2017
When Adidas bought Runtastic for $240 million in 2015, the fitness giant was pretty obviously playing catchup. The company had just watched Under Armour, a relative upstart in the sports apparel world, spend $710 million on three of the biggest fitness apps on the market: MapMyRun, MapMyFitness, and Endomondo. Less than a year later, Japanese shoe brand ASICS would snap up Runkeeper for $85...
By Bernie Monegain December 20, 2017
Aledade, a healthcare technology company launched in 2014 by former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, has filed a Form D with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Aledade reported that it has raised $23 million. The total private financing amount was $28 million, according to the document filed with the SEC. Bethesda, Maryland-based Aledade works with the Medicare...
By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2017
Every year it seems like Apple makes more and more moves in the healthcare space, and 2017 was no different. From multiple health-related Apple Watch updates and features to a clinical study to multiple healthcare hires and acquisitions, the company continued to prove its interest in becoming, if not a healthcare company, a consumer company with plenty of healthcare interests. Apple CEO Tim Cook...
By Dave Muoio December 20, 2017
Telehealth adoption may be increasing with each year, but the majority of consumers still aren’t onboard with the technology in healthcare, according to a recent report backed by telehealth provider Avizia. Nearly half of these consumers reported that they would be less comfortable during a telehealth visit in comparison to an in-person visit, and two-thirds said that they were unsure whether the...
By Laura Lovett December 20, 2017
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated that ACE was the name of the mobile app. ACE is the name of PharMedQuest's customer relationship management platform and not the mobile app.  Healthcare management company PharMedQuest announced last week that it has made a strategic investment in helparound, an Israeli company which makes an app that supports and connects patients with...
By Laura Lovett December 20, 2017
Mountain View, California-based Livongo Health, a chronic health management company, recently announced that Arnnon Geshuri will be joining the team as chief people officer. Previously Geshuri was the vice president of human resources at Tesla. Earlier in his career, Arnnon was the director of staffing operations for Google.  "Arnnon has worked with some of the most innovative consumer companies...
By Dave Muoio December 19, 2017
London-based Fiit announced that it has secured $3.2 million (£2.4 million) in funding for its app-based fitness coaching service with an accompanying wearable tracker. The round was led by London-based Connect Ventures, with participation from JamJar, Rooks Nest Ventures, and Westminster Capital. “Traditional gyms and studios have limitations for most people because they haven’t successfully...
By Bill Siwicki December 19, 2017
Dr. Manish Naik recently examined a patient in his office who was reluctant to get a flu vaccine because of a history of egg allergy. Naik conducted a quick search through his medical reference app and reviewed study data with the patient on the safety of flu vaccination in patients with egg allergy.   After seeing the latest study data and guidelines, the patient agreed to get both the flu and...
By Laura Lovett December 19, 2017
Last week Japanese sports apparel company ASICS announced the launch of its new mobile fitness app, ASICS Studio. The app gives users access to on-demand workouts, including trainer-led audio, curated playlists and visual cues.  The company aims to replicate workouts at boutique fitness classes. The workouts have all been created by professional trainers and are paired with a curated music...
By Jonah Comstock December 19, 2017
Brisbane, Australia-based ResApp is planning to re-do its big US trial soon, but in the meantime the smartphone respiratory diagnosis company is continuing to collect data in its native country. The company released data yesterday from a clinical study of more than 1,300 adult patients at Joondalup Health Campus in Perth and Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. While the company’s previous studies have...

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