Health Gorilla raises $2.4M for clinical communication platform

By: Jonah Comstock | Oct 13, 2015        

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Health Gorilla appHealth Gorilla, a Sunnyvale, California-based company that just released a clinical communication platform, raised $2.4 million from  Data Collective, with additional contributions from True Ventures, Harris Barton, Orfin Ventures and Venture Investment Associates. This brings the company’s total funding to $4.4 million.

The recently launched Health Gorilla Clinical Network, a HIPAA-compliant and Meaningful Use Stage 2-certified software platform allows healthcare providers, vendor partners such as lab facilities and clinics, and patients to connect and communicate. Building on Health Gorilla’s previous offering, the platform includes electronic ordering of diagnostic tests, and electronic referrals to specialist facilities like sleep clinics, physical therapy centers, and nursing homes.

The secure messaging network allows different members of a patient’s care circle to message one another, as well as to share records, test results, and other information. A “health history” function, currently available only in California, will allow patients who use the system to get access to all the medical records accumulated over their lifetime. Patients and providers will be able to access Health Gorilla from an iOS app as well as from a computer.

“The healthcare industry is broken, and many of the pain points can be tracked back to data and communications issues, both simple and complex,” Steve Yaskin, CEO of Health Gorilla, said in a statement. “This Clinical Network will be the key driver of a revolution in the healthcare system by finally, effectively connecting the entire continuum of care within a single, secure platform.”


Survey: 83 percent of Apple Watch owners said device contributes to their overall health

By: Aditi Pai | Oct 13, 2015        

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Wristly SurveyA new survey of 1,500 consumers from Apple Watch research service Wristly has found that 83 percent of the Apple Watch owners surveyed said the device at least somewhat contributes to their overall health and fitness.

Just under 60 percent of respondents said the watch contributes to some change in their health and fitness and 24 percent said the device contributed to a lot of change.

The survey also found that 12 percent of respondents said the Apple Watch’s fitness capabilities were the primary reason they bought it, while 48 percent said these capabilities were at least one of the main reasons, 30 percent said they were somewhat important, and 10 percent they were not important.  Keep reading>>

CareFirst BCBS offers $3M in grants for innovative telemedicine programs

By: Jonah Comstock | Oct 13, 2015        

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Money TreeMore and more health insurers are embracing telemedicine as a way to provide lower-cost care to a large swath of covered patients. But at least one health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, is investing heavily in bringing telemedicine to those who might otherwise not have access to it.

The payer, which covers Maryland, northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia, is offering $3 million in grants to non-profit organizations and government entities for “innovative programs using telemedicine to improve access to health care and increase efficiency”. Specifically, they’re looking for proposals that focus on interactions between provider and patient.

“While increased utilization of telecommunication technology has enabled health care providers to better evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely, geographic disparities in Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia remain,” Maria Tildon, CareFirst Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs, said in a statement. “Barriers including access to providers, lack of transportation and others, should not prevent those in need from receiving quality health care, and this investment will directly impact the underserved communities in our region lacking adequate health care services.” Keep reading>>

ShopWell raises $3.4M for app that offers shoppers healthier food alternatives

By: Aditi Pai | Oct 13, 2015        

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ShopWellSan Carlos-based ShopWell, which offers a nutrition app, raised $3.4 million in a round led by Finistere Ventures, with participation from Fairhaven Capital, Munich Venture Partners, S2G Ventures, and ATA Ventures. This brings the company’s total funding to about $11.4 million.

The company has developed an app that suggests healthier options to users as they shop for food. The program scores foods from 0 to 100 based on how well they match the user’s selected preferences or dietary issues.

Users can create shopping lists with foods they plan to purchase at the grocery store and ShopWell will suggesting similar products that have higher scores so that users can purchase a healthier alternative. People can enter foods into their lists by searching for them or scanning the packaging.

“We are at an inflection point,” ShopWell CEO Elliott Grant said in a statement. “Today’s health-conscious consumers want help making smart choices at the grocery store — and the industry is paying attention. By listening to consumers and partnering with top retailers and food manufacturers, we aim to become the go-to personalized nutrition platform for today’s mobile-savvy consumers. We need to work together to make it easier for people to eat well — especially the millions of American shoppers and their families trying to adhere to special dietary restrictions, manage disease states, or avoid the consequences of allergens.”  Keep reading>>

Lumo Bodytech unveils smart shorts to track running metrics

By: Jonah Comstock | Oct 13, 2015        

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capris11Early next year Lumo Bodytech, the company behind the Lumo Lift and Lumoback posture and activity tracking devices, will launch a new wearable, Lumo Run, a pair of running shorts or capris with a sensor embedded into the waistband to track runner-specific health metrics like cadence, bounce, ground contact time, braking, stride length, and pelvic rotation.

Lumo Run also tracks distance, time, pace, and map routes through the user’s smartphone and provides post-run summaries and recommendations on what to work on. The connected app can give real-time audio coaching cues through the user’s headphones.

“There currently isn’t an option for self-motivated runners to easily and affordably track their running efficiency and performance. I am a runner myself and recognized the need to help everyday runners prevent injury and get the best possible form to achieve their goals,” said Monisha Perkash, CEO of Lumo Bodytech. “Lumo Run can support runners when a coach is not present to help push them to the next level. Or it can be used with a coach to guide training. We’re thrilled to bring the sophisticated biomechanics technology that has made Lumo Lift such a success to runners everywhere.” Keep reading>>

DoctoLib gets $20M to take online doctor appointment booking across Europe

By: Jonah Comstock | Oct 13, 2015        

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 Stanislas Niox-Chateau, Ivan Schneider and Jessy Bernal, the founders of DoctoLib.

Stanislas Niox-Chateau, Ivan Schneider and Jessy Bernal, the founders of DoctoLib.

French doctor booking startup DoctoLib has raised $20 million (18 million euros) to expand its platform out to the rest of Europe. Accel led the round with participation from existing investors, including Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet, cofounder and CEO of PriceMinister, and Bertrand Jelensperger, co-founder and CEO of LaFourchette. It brings the company’s total funding to $26 million (23 million euros).

DoctoLib’s software-as-a-service offering serves 5,000 doctors and 100 clinics across 80 specialties and serves 2 million patients per month. Now, with the new infusion of cash, the company hopes to serve doctors across Europe.

“It’s been exciting for us to see the appetite for our product in France over the last 18 months,” CEO and co-founder Stanislas Niox-Chateau said in a statement. “This investment will help us continue to capitalize on our strong growth as we take our solution to new countries across Europe.” Keep reading>>