News & Updates
Glen Tullman, former CEO of Allscripts, is back in the driving seat with Livongo Health, a digital health platform that provides real-time information, personalized tools and a connected support network to help improves lives of people living with chronic illnesses. Its flagship product, InTouch is an FDA approved, two-way, interactive glucometer that comes with unlimited supplies for monitoring, is paired with cloud-based analytics, and real-time monitoring and support. Initially funded by 7wire Ventures, it recently raised $10M in Series A from General Catalyst Partners.
Wellcentive, provider of population health management solutions, was named a “Standout” vendor in both product and market ratings in the Chilmark Research’s 2014 Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report. Its Advance Outcomes Manager provides point of care tools, care gap analysis, automated patient outreach, outcomes reporting, predictive modeling and risk assessment, care management and coordination, and cost and utilization analysis. Wellcentive has raised $15.2M in funding to date, the latest round being sponsored by Summit Partners.
Craneware, a provider of automated revenue integrity solutions for health care organizations, launched Reference Plus, a tool specifically designed for critical access and independent community hospitals. It simplifies chargemaster management and provides comprehensive clinical, financial and regulatory coding information. Craneware’s flagship product, Chargemaster Toolkit, earned top ranking in the 2013 KLAS “Revenue Cycle – Chargemaster Management” market category (for eighth consecutive year), and its Bill Analyzer software ranked first in the “Revenue Cycle – Charge Capture” for the third year running.
Smashon, a health and wellness platform founded in 2013, launched an online social community for healthy living and wellness content. Focusing on Northern California for the moment, the platform will have user-driven communities interested in health, wellness and fitness, complete with expertly written, local content as well as local companies offering great deals on products and services. Smashon has partnered with more than 60 health and wellness experts and over 250 health and wellness merchants in the Northern California area.
Haymarket Media, a global publication and communications company, launched EndocrinologyAdvisor.com, a new digital resource for health care professionals in the field of endocrinology. It will host daily endocrinology news, drug monographs, full-length clinical features, unique case studies, clinical charts, continuing medical education (CME) courses, and coverage from major endocrinology conferences. The website is mobile-optimized and will also be released as a native app for iOS and Android devices in the coming days.
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to launch several new mobile apps this fall. Some of the apps were part of the VA’s Family Caregiver Pilot from the past year. Others apps are converted desktop applications from its health portal. This news comes shortly after the announcement that the VA will begin reimbursing its doctors for specific uses of activity trackers. It’s exciting to see an organization like the VA embrace digital health, and we hope the trend continues.
IBM’s Watson is teaming up with the Mayo Clinic to help match active clinical trials with eligible participants. According to IBM, there are about 170,000 clinical trials being carried out at any given time worldwide. Matching eligible patients with trials is often a matter of luck and guesswork. Watson will use data from patients’ records to scour clinical trial databases from Mayo and public sources like clinicaltrials.gov, and return matches.
Health gaming corporate wellness platform Keas raised $7.4 million. This brings the company’s total funding to date to at least $32.9 million. We’ve seen Keas on stage at Health 2.0 several times, and have to admire their continued startup gumption following a 2010 pivot.
In the UK, breast cancer screening vans are upgraded with satellite links to allow employees to enter and access patient information and to send images directly to hospitals. These screenings are a boon to residents in far-flung areas, who may have a hard time accessing care otherwise, especially for procedures like cancer screenings, which can seem less than urgent much of the time. It’s a little higher tech than emailing your doctor, but amazing how much we still stand to benefit from that relatively simple concept.
Google acquired Lift Labs, which developed a smart spoon for individuals with Parkinson’s that senses the movement of a hand tremor and triggers a tiny motor to move the head of the spoon in the opposite direction, keeping it relatively stable while the user eats. For a company that said it didn’t want to get too deep into health care, these little moves certainly are piling up.