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McKesson Ventures invests in Propeller Health

On Monday, Propeller Health, a leading digital therapeutics company, announced a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount from McKesson Ventures, adding to the $20M funding round announced last week.

We’re told that proceeds from the investment will provide further support for Propeller’s development of additional connected medicines for the treatment of chronic respiratory disease, such as injectables for severe asthma, and expansion into new therapeutic areas, which may include immunology, diabetes, migraine and other diseases with high unmet medical need.

“We’ve accumulated the expertise, infrastructure and distribution network to put connected medicines in the hands of people around the world,” said David Van Sickle, co-founder and CEO of Propeller Health. “This strategic investment accelerates those efforts and provides opportunities to explore potential partnership models that can increase access to new digital medicines and positively impact more lives.”

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Fitbit Announces New Health Partnerships

On Monday, Fitbit announced new apps and clock faces to help people better manage their health, directly from the wrist.

Built using Fitbit’s SDK, the apps and clock faces will give Fitbit smartwatch users new options to improve wellness and help manage conditions like diabetes and some types of cancer. Additionally, the apps will give health plans, employers and clinical researchers new opportunities to better support their users outside of a clinical environment, helping lead to positive health outcomes.

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Cubismi Touts Ground-Breaking Technology

Cubismi, a digital healthcare company and new member of StartUp Health, announced this week its new technology My Virtual Body One File (aka “One File”), a “groundbreaking computer system that organizes dispersed medical images and other clinical data into a singular framework for precision analytics of a patient’s body.”

From the official announcement:

The technology leverages population data and AI to create new precision insights into the human body to create advances in patient care, as well as productivity gains for radiologists and other doctors to decrease healthcare costs. Further, by simplifying medical data into a singular “One File,” the technology will decrease IT complexity. The Virtual Body Bio-Map of the patient’s body will act like a “Google maps” of the human body to augment the power of information doctors can access and leverage to best care for their patients.

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Izzy Care Makes a Splash in Las Vegas

Izzy Care, an innovative healthcare platform based on low cost monthly membership, has just launched at HLTH in Las Vegas with “unlimited access to a personal doctor, therapist, and nutrition & wellness coach — anytime, anywhere.”

With Izzy Care, we’re told that members can earn rewards for achieving their personal health goals, helping save even more on the cost of their care.

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UC Berkeley Extension Touts New Health Informatics Program

On Monday,UC Berkeley Extension announced the launch of the fully online Professional Program in Health Informatics, a four-course sequence that prepares clinical and nonclinical professionals to understand and deploy health informatics.

So how does it work?

By understanding the underlying information and computer science and health care best practices that comprise this in-demand career, professionals from both medical and IT backgrounds will have the skills—in as little as three months—to meet the growing use of technology in health care delivery.

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Dictum Health Expands Clinical and EMS Telehealth

Dictum Health, Inc. – innovators in telehealth’s Virtual Exam Room (VER) technology that supports patients across the continuum of care – has announced the addition of video laryngoscopy to their end-to-end telehealth solution.

From the official word:

The laryngoscope created by Vivid Medical is a single-use video intubation device that performs reliably during concurrent chest compression, on patients with an immobilized neck or in any position, and with successful suctioning of the airway by the same person performing intubation. The device connects through USB to Dictum Health’s IDM100 Medical Tablet, which displays video images of the mouth and throat to guide intubation and to record and store images to Care Central cloud services.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Launches Digital Health Solutions Portfolio

Digital health is a hotbed for innovation, with venture capitalists spending nearly $5 billion in the space last year (think FitBits, Smart Scales, and wellness apps). With the constant surge in new products and services entering the market, it’s often difficult for companies to know which solutions can best address their employees’ unique health challenges. That’s why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) is introducing the Emerging Solutions platform to curate market-leading health solutions and provide advice to employer customers on which solutions could best help improve their employees’ health.

Emerging Solutions is available to self-insured accounts with 1,000+ employees starting July 1, 2018. Currently, our offering includes nationally recognized solutions for diabetes prevention and management as well as fertility, pregnancy, and parenting—key health issues that are of interest to our accounts. These solutions are:

  • Livongo, the leading consumer digital health platform that empowers people with chronic conditions like diabetes to live better and healthier lives.
  • Omada, a digital provider of the Diabetes Prevention Program, delivering the tools and support for participants to improve lifestyle, behavior, and overall health.
  • Ovia Health, which uses technology and predictive coaching to support women from preconception and pregnancy through return-to-work and parenthood.

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