Weekly Recap 5/3/13

Jawbone Acquires BodyMedia For More Than $100 Million

Jawbone continues its mobile health buying spree by acquiring Pittsburgh, PA-based fitness tracker competitor BodyMedia for more than $100 million. Analysts are questioning the valuation, but BodyMedia reportedly holds multi-sensor body tracking patents.

AirStrip and mVisum Settle Patent Infringement Suit

AirStrip and Visum settle their patent infringement suit. Terms were not disclosed, but AirStrip has agreed to drop the case so long as mVisum does not pursue technologies that infringe on AirStrip’s patent.

Medical Device Data Integrator Vivify Health Raises $3.4 Million In Funding

Plano, Texas-based Vivify Health announces a $3.4 million investment round led by Ascension Health Ventures and Heritage Group. The four-year-old company has been developing a wireless integration platform that enables hospitals, home health agencies, and payers to advance population health initiatives by capturing medical device data and integrating it with post-acute care plans, EMRs, PHRs, and HIEs.

Maker of Ingestible Health Tracker Secures $62.5 Million in Funding

Proteus Digital Health, a Redwood City, Cali-based startup announces the closing of its Series F financing round that netted the company $62.5 million, raising its total to $170 million since its 2001 formation. The round was led by Oracle, Otsuka, Novartis, and Sino Portfolio. Proteus is working on digital medicines, a combination of an ingestible pill and a body-worn patch that captures medication-taking information and physiologic data such as heart rate, activity levels, and sleep patterns.

HealthSpot Raises $10.4 Million For Telehealth Booths

Dublin, Ohio-based HealthSpot raises $10.4 million in a private investment round that includes a $1.5 million investment from Cardinal Health Inc. and a $2 million investment from the Ohio Controlling Board. HealthSpot intends to monetize a self-contained telehealth kiosk that mobilizes the examination room and allows physicians to engage with patients via a high-definition teleconference link and vital signs monitoring equipment.

mHealth for Deepwater Horizon Victims

Nearly three years after the offshore oil platform Deepwater Horizon exploded off the coast of Louisiana, chronic health issues continue to plague local residents as a result of their exposure to the oil spill. In response, Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, has released a mobile app to assist locals. The app will provide diagnostic and treatment guidance to help clinicians treat the various conditions associated with oil exposure.

Lyfechannel Wins HHS Mobile App Challenge

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, an office within HHS, announces the winner of its mobile health app contest. Developers were challenged to find creative ways of leveraging evidence-based health and wellness data published on the HHS-run website Healthfinder.gov in a mobile and strategically actionable format. The winner of the contest and recipient of a $50,000 prize is myFamily by Lyfechannel.

Travis discusses the lack of awareness of available health apps among physicians. He considers the possible reasons for this and the pros and cons of physician-built apps.


Lt. Dan, Dr. Travis, Mr. H, Inga, Dr. Jayne.

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