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By Dave Muoio January 22, 2019
Laid to rest. A longstanding legal dispute between Apple and Valencell over infringement on four patents and deceptive trade practices was quietly put to bed last year. The two companies submitted their dismissal to the US District Court North Carolina in September, with no other details on how the settlement shook out. When this case (and a similar one against Fitbit) was first filed in early...
By Laura Lovett January 22, 2019
Digital health management platform Veta Health has inked a deal with Boston Children’s Hospital to acquire the licensing rights to two of the hospital’s digital health products, TriVox Health and HelpSteps.  The plan is for is for Veta to integrate the features of TriVox and HelpSteps into its offerings. Veta said this integration could help the company expand its clinical capabilities.  TriVox...
By Jonah Comstock January 22, 2019
The Pill Club, a company that provides telemedicine and mail-order pharmacy services to help women access birth control, has raised $51 million in Series B funding, bringing its total funding up to $67 million. VMG led the round with participation from GV and ACME Capital (new investors) as well as Base10 and Shasta Ventures (existing investors). What they do Through The Pill Club's online...

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By Jonah Comstock January 22, 2019
São Paolo, Brazil is a city with 20 million inhabitants — all served by a nationalized healthcare system that has struggled to find enough specialists to offer those residents care in a timely manner. Take dermatology, for instance. The city had a waitlist of more than 60,000 people, each waiting around a year and a half to see a dermatologist. So city officials decided to see if telemedicine...
By Laura Lovett January 22, 2019
This morning telemedicine heavyweight American Well rolled out American Well 760 Cart, a new product that lets acute care teams at health systems virtually bring a specialist on site. The new technology, which can run on American Well’s software or an existing Cisco infrastructure, is an FDA-registered Class 1 device.  The company said that the new technology could be used in myriad of situations...
By Dave Muoio January 21, 2019
Fitbit has discreetly launched a new pair of wearable activity trackers well away from the public eye. Called the Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR, the devices are designed specifically for health plans, wellness plans, health systems and other enterprise partners — so much so that  the two are completely unavailable for consumer purchase. "Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR are the first...
By Laura Lovett January 21, 2019
This morning app-enabled behavior change platform Aduro landed $22 million from Boston-based private equity firm Abry Partners. The startup plans to collaborate with the firm to accelerate growth.  What they do Aduro is a wellness platform that teams up with employers and other organizations to motivate members to stay active and healthy. The platform was designed to let users zero in on their...
By Dave Muoio January 21, 2019
Newly published data from a team of Rochester, New York researchers give credence to a cardiovascular health monitoring system built into a home toilet seat. Examined over an eight-week period, the system demonstrated clinical grade accuracy for measurements of blood pressure, stroke volume and blood oxygenation when compared with their respective gold standards. Topline data For measurements of...
By Laura Lovett January 21, 2019
Digital physical therapy company Kaia Health, which has offices in Munich and London, has landed $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Balderton Capital.  What they do Kaia employs AI and machine learning to create home-based, clinically-validated exercise plans for users. While the Kaia has developed products to address everything from exercise and wellness to treating COPD symptoms,...

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