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By Jonah Comstock February 28, 2019
Toronto-based CardioComm, a longtime player in the handheld personal ECG space will finally make data available on consumers' smartphones with a new 510(k) clearance for its GEMS Mobile smartphone app, which works on both iOS and Android devices. The company also received clearance for a new ECG device called HeartCheck CardiBeat.  Notably, these are over the counter clearances, allowing the app...
By Dave Muoio February 28, 2019
Rightway Healthcare, a provider of patient-facing care navigation tools for employee populations, has raised $8 million in Series A financing. Support came from unnamed backers new and old, with individual investor Jonathan Locker joining the company’s board. What they do Founded in 2017, Rightway Health develops a smartphone and web service that helps employees understand and utilize the health...

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By Dean Koh February 28, 2019
China’s one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform, Ping An Good Doctor, yesterday announced its first annual results since listing: the company recorded a revenue of RMB 3.34 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 78.7%. The three key indicators of the company – registered users, monthly active users (MAU) and monthly paying users (MPU) continued to grow at a rapid rate in 2018. As of...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2019
Yesterday the University of Virginia announced a new effort to expand its telehealth program, with a special focus on chronic disease care.  The initiative, funded by a $750,000 grand from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, is set to expand or pilot six new telemedicine initiatives.  Two will focus on diabetes, including a remote blood sugar monitoring program for people with Type 2...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2019
Guidewell Connect, a consumer engagement company that shares a parent company (Guidewell) with health insurer Florida Blue, has acquired Onlife Health, a health and wellness technology platform, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Cambia Health Solutions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Onlife offers member engagement services that include wellness and chronic condition...
By Dave Muoio February 27, 2019
Healthcare software and services company WellSky (previously known as Mediware) announced yesterday the acquisition of Health Care Software (HCS), which specializes in clinical and financial software for long-term care settings. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Although HCS will keep its New Jersey office and continue operations, the company will gradually transition into the WellSky...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2019
Looking to the emergency medicine space, this morning interoperable health IT company Medsphere Systems Corporation announced that it is set to acquire Wellsoft, a company that specializes in ED information systems.  As part of the deal Medsphere will be acquiring Wellsoft’s signature product, the Emergency Department Information Systems (EDIS), which is targeted at improving workflow in EDs and...
By Dave Muoio February 27, 2019
Stroke patients who received in-home rehabilitation therapy from a tablet-based app had similar outcomes to those completing the same treatment with physician guidance, suggesting that the digital treatment could be effective without provider supervision, according to a paper recently published in Frontiers in Neurology. The study’s 3,686 patients each had post-stroke aphasia affecting their...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2019
This morning primary care and insurance navigation platform Eden announced a $10 million Series A funding round led by Greycroft, with participation from PJC, 645 Ventures, Max Ventures, Convene, Aspect Ventures and Brand Foundry.  What they do  The company focuses on providing primary care and insurance navigation directly to employers.  “When we were launching the company the intention was to...

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By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2019
Researchers who use Fitabase to capture data from Fitbit and Garmin devices will soon be able to capture a new kind of data: continuous glucose monitoring data from Dexcom products. The ability to capture glucose values, as well as calibrations, syncs, and alerts, from Dexcom CGMs will allow researchers to study the interplay between blood glucose and the activity, heart rate, and sleep — the...

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