Fitbit launches a heart health study
Last week, wearable giant Fitbit launched a large-scale study to test whether its devices can detect atrial fibrillation. The researchers see it as a bellwether of the viability of virtual research and care models. If results from Apple’s heart study are any indication, there’s room for improvement—particularly with engagement. Meanwhile, Evidation kicked off a nationwide study to understand the pandemic’s impact on mental health.
Being able to remotely monitor and engage patients with chronic conditions has never been more important. That’s why we’re excited to announce our latest investment in Wellth, whose tech-enabled solution leverages behavioral economics to drive adherence and better outcomes, particularly in at-risk populations. Welcome, team!
For more on the trends changing healthcare, join our webinar this Friday, 5/15. Next week: RSVP for Neurotrack and the Milken Institute’s 5/19 webinar on emerging tech to reduce the cost and risk of dementia.
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- At-home testing co LetsGetChecked raised $71M
- Owkin nabbed $25M to deploy AI for medical research
- Digital clinical trials platform Medable landed $25M
- Wellth got $10M to drive adherence with behavioral economics
- Limbix scored $9M for its adolescent mental health digital therapeutics
- AI radiology startup Braid Health brought in $9M
- Virtual care management co TimeDoc Health secured $5.7M
- First Dollar closed $5M for its consumer-friendly HSA