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Expressable launches with millions for scalable speech therapy

Speaking isn’t simple for at least , so a new Austin-based startup is scaling a solution. Expressable is a digital speech therapy company that connects patients to speech language pathologists (SLP) via telehealth services and asynchronous support, and it has raised a new $4.5 million seed round. The early-stage startup is launching with an explicit focus on serving the approximately five million children in the United States that have a communication disorder. What might start as an occasional...
Tags: Health, TC, Tech, Austin, United States, Early Stage, Barbara, Nextview Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, SLP, NextView, Telehealth, Nicholas Barbara, Leanne Sherred Expressable, Zoom for Healthcare, Expressable

ifeel, another well-being platform that blends self-care tools with 1-2-1 therapy, scores $6.6M

If the pandemic has been good for anything it’s been good for the therapy business and for startups targeting mental health, with VCs kept very busy signing checks. To wit, here’s another one: Madrid-based ifeel has bagged €5.5 million (~$6.6M) in Series A funding, led by Nauta Capital. The startup was founded back in 2017 — initially as a consumer-focused therapy platform — but last year it pivoted to a hybrid business model, tapping into demand from businesses to offer staff emotional support ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Europe, UK, Mexico, France, Germany, Singapore, Israel, Insurance, Tech, Spain, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Therapy

The 5 best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches to improve your health and fitness

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky All of Fitbit's fitness wearables track steps, workouts, and sleep patterns, often automatically. Its devices also give insight into stress levels, health habits, and routines. We compared every current Fitbit for the best in the lineup, from smartwatches to basic trackers. Our top pick, the Versa 3, has all the smartwatch basics plus built-in GPS, a huge display, and a long battery life. A fitness tracker or smartwatch is an incredible tool to help you p...
Tags: Reviews, Health, Google, Fitness, Trends, Tech, Best, Features, Pandora, Fitbit, Garmin, Alexa, Deezer, Fitness App, EDA, Spotify Pandora

Peloton apologizes, agrees to treadmill recall

Peloton today announced that it will be cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), agreeing to two voluntary treadmill recalls for the Tread+ and Tread versions of its home treadmill system. Those who have purchased the systems can contact the connected fitness company for a refund. The company has also agreed to stop selling and distributing both models in the U.S. Last month, CEO John Foley said the company was “troubled” by the CPSC’s decision to go public with its f...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Tech, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Canada, United States, Commission, Treadmill, Foley, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC, John Foley, CPSC, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton, Peloton Tread, Tread

This startup wants to bring clarity to the complex world of IVF

About 180 million people globally suffer from infertility. In the United States, one in eight families have trouble conceiving. The statistics are only getting worse, as male infertility and miscarriages continue to increase. Alife Health, a San Francisco-based startup founded by Paxton Maeder-York, thinks it can help. The startup wants to use artificial intelligence to increase fertility outcomes. Specifically, it wants to optimize in vitro fertilization, a fertility treatment that requires a s...
Tags: Health, TC, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Anne Wojcicki, Johnson Johnson, Amira Yahyaoui, Mojo, Shakir, Lux Capital, Fred Moll, Auris Health, Deena Shakir, Springbank Collective

Forerunner’s Eurie Kim and Oura’s Harpreet Rai discuss betting on consumer hardware

There’s a stark contrast between Oura’s deck and the others we pored through on Extra Crunch Live. The slides CEO Harpreet Rai brought to the event were the clear output of a more mature and confident company seeking out its Series B. It’s a company with a focus, aware of where it wants the product to go and do (and it went there, announcing a massive followup round on Tuesday). Then there’s that giant image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with the company’s smart ring adorning Harry’s right ...
Tags: Health, Wearables, Hardware, Arianna Huffington, Tech, Nba, Harry, Seth Rogen, Kim, Power Rangers, Sussex, RAI, Forerunner, ECL, Harpreet, OURA

Fitness ring maker Oura raises $100M

It’s been a wild couple of years for Oura. Last year, in particular, proved to be a major driver for the wearable fitness manufacturer. With the pandemic bringing professional sports to a screeching halt in 2020, a number of major leagues have adopted the ring, including the NBA, WNBA, UFC and NASCAR. The company has also been making a major push into health research courtesy of UCSF, which has published peer-review studies around the ring’s temperature monitor. That feature in particular has ma...
Tags: Health, Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Fitness, Funding, Tech, Nascar, UCSF, Eisai, Chernin Group, Elysian Park, The Chernin Group, OURA, Eurie Kim, Tommi Heinonen

IAC’s NurseFly rebrands to Vivian Health as it expands its healthcare jobs marketplace

NurseFly, the healthcare jobs marketplace owned by IAC, has rebranded to Vivian Health as it expands its range of services. Originally launched for traveling nurses (or nurses willing to travel for short-term positions), Vivian Health now includes listings for permanent positions, per diem shifts and local openings. It also added employer reviews and a pay database that uses information gathered from the 1.7 million jobs that have come through its system. Founded in 2017, NurseFly was acquired b...
Tags: Health, TC, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Nursing, IAC, Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS, Bhakta, NurseFly, Vivian Health, Parth Bhakta, Vivian Heath

Headway raises $70M at a $750M valuation to help connect therapists with people and insurance schemes

Mental health, and how it is getting addressed, has been one of the major leitmotifs of the past year of pandemic living. Covid-19 not only has led to a lot of people getting ill or worse; it has increased isolation, economic uncertainty, and led to a lot of other kinds of disappointments, and that all has had a knock-on effect on our collective and individual state of mind. Today a startup called Headway, which has been working on building a better way for people to attend to themselves — by wa...
Tags: Health, New York, Colorado, California, Funding, America, Tech, Mental Health, Therapy, Oxford, Andreessen Horowitz, Accel, Andrew Adams, Scott Kupor, Kupor, GV

Radical Ethereum entrepreneurs are redefining what ‘rape kit’ means

Their investors call them disruptive innovators. Detractors like North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein call them “ dirty scammers . ” But Leda Health co-founders Madison Campbell and Liesel Vaidya think of themselves as advocates for sexual assault survivors.  Among the feminists leveraging Ethereum for subversive use cases, Leda Health’s do-it-yourself evidence-collecting kit for sexual assault survivors is among the most ambitious projects. So far, 16 members of Congress condemn...
Tags: Health, Startups, Utah, Sexual Assault, Congress, California, Tech, Harvard, New Hampshire, Michigan, North Carolina, Riverside County, Ethereum, Blockchain, Henry, Campbell

Healthcare is the next wave of data liberation

David Jegen Contributor Share on Twitter David Jegen is a managing partner of F-Prime Capital’s Technology Fund and co-founder of FinTech Sandbox. More posts by this contributor The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded Carl Byers Contributor Share on Twitter Carl Byers is a Partner at F-Prime Capital. He teaches finance...
Tags: Health, Column, Enterprise, Tech, Information Technology, United States, Harvard University, Healthcare, Healthcare Technology, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Information Technology for Economic, Athenahealth, Carl Byers, David Jegen, Quovo, Healthcare Data

Biden proposes ARPA-H, a health research agency to ‘end cancer’ modeled after DARPA

In a joint address to Congress last night, President Biden updated the nation on vaccination efforts and outlined his administration’s ambitious goals. Biden’s first 100 days have been characterized by sweeping legislative packages that could lift millions of Americans out of poverty and slow the clock on the climate crisis, but during his first joint address to Congress, the president highlighted another smaller plan that’s no less ambitious: to “end cancer as we know it.” “I can think of ...
Tags: Health, TC, Congress, Government, White House, Cancer, Tech, Joe Biden, Diabetes, United States, President, Darpa, Silicon Valley, National Institutes of Health, Biden, Nih

RapidDeploy raises $29M for a cloud-based dispatch platform aimed at 911 centers

The last year of pandemic living has been real-world, and sometimes harrowing, proof of how important it can be to have efficient and well-equipped emergency response services in place. They can help people remotely if need be, and when they cannot, they make sure that in-person help can be dispatched quickly in medical and other situations. Today, a company that’s building cloud-based tools to help with this process is announcing a round of funding as it continues to grow. RapidDeploy, which pr...
Tags: Health, TC, Transportation, Motorola, Enterprise, 911, Police, Government, Funding, US, Samsung, Fire, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, South Africa, Washington Dc

MD Ally connects telehealth alternatives right into 911 calls

Every day in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people will dial 911 to seek help. Some of those calls are serious and require immediate emergency attention, but the reality is that most 911 calls are of a far simpler variety: concerns about a prescription, fear over a newly-developed symptom, or a general medical question. When a 911 call taker receives that request for medical assistance, it sets into motion a series of responses. Ambulances and paramedics are sent, leading to skyrock...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Florida, New York, Government, Funding, Tech, United States, Long Island, General Catalyst, Cornell, Athenahealth, Emergency Response, Hemant Taneja, Carbyne

3 ways technology in the ER boosts the patient experience

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the vital roles effective communication and reliable technology play in the patient journey, starting from the moment a patient is on the way to the emergency department (ED) through to discharge. There are many moving parts during an ED visit, and the process of keeping the patient, their […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Emergency Medicine, PA NP, CRNA

With a third of its capital deployed, Risk & Return is transforming how we think about emergency response

Disasters are, unfortunately, a growth business, and the frontlines that were once distant have moved much closer to home. Wildfires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes — let alone a pandemic — has forced much of the United States and increasingly large swaths of the world to confront a new reality: few places are existentially secure. How we respond to crises can radically adjust the ledger of mortality for the people slammed by these catastrophes. Good information, fast response, and strong executi...
Tags: Health, Navy, Government, Barack Obama, Tech, Afghanistan, United States, Pakistan, Commission, Venture Capital, Nebraska, National Security Council, Bob, Philanthropy, Navy SEAL, ARCH Venture Partners

‘Conscience laws’ endanger patients and contradict healthtech’s core values

Lena Levin Contributor Share on Twitter Lena Levin is co-founder and CEO of Via Surgical, a leading developer of novel surgical fixation solutions. Recent laws allowing healthcare providers to refuse care because of conscientious beliefs and denying care to transgender individuals might not seem like an issue for the tech industry at first blush, but these types of legislation directly contradict the core values of health tec...
Tags: Health, TC, Column, Medicine, Opinion, Tech, Diversity, United States, Arkansas, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Catholic, Lgbtq, Healthtech, Asa Hutchinson, Lena Levin

Stix expands from at-home pregnancy and ovulation tests to UTI products with $3.5M seed

Companies like Ro and Hims have capitalized on the need for more seamless and discreet access to health and wellness products that are part of everyday life. For men. Stix is looking to do the same for women, and has today announced the raise of a $3.5 million seed round. The financing was co-led by Resolute Ventures and SWAT equity partners, with participation from Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Bullish, and a variety of strategic angels. This brings the total amount raised by the compan...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Tech, Fda, Resolute Ventures, Ro, Stix, Modern Fertility, Hims, Recent Funding, Cynthia Plotch, Jamie Norwood

Alan raises $220 million for its health insurance and healthcare super app

French startup Alan has raised a $220 million funding round at a $1.67 billion valuation (€185 million and €1.4 billion respectively). Coatue is leading the round with Dragoneer, Exor, and existing investors Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital and Temasek also participating. Alan has been building health insurance products from scratch. When I first covered the company back in 2016, the startup had just managed to get approval from regulators to become an official health insurance company. Since then...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, France, Insurance, Tech, Spain, Healthcare, Alan, Temasek, France Belgium, Coatue, Insurtech, Index Ventures Ribbit Capital, Jean Charles Samuelian Werve

An AI-powered version of Albert Einstein has joined UneeQ's growing lineup of 'digital humans'

UneeQ's virtual version of Albert Einstein. UneeQ UneeQ's virtual version of Albert Einstein is among its latest batch of 'digital humans.' A digital COVID-19 health advisor and doppelgänger of a famed banker are also available. Virtual companions could solve feelings of isolation and loneliness, the company says. See more stories on Insider's business page. The latest virtual companions created by UneeQ, a New Zealand and Austin-based company specializing in "digital ...
Tags: Science, Trends, Tech, Earth, Austin, Mental Health, New Zealand, Ubs, Albert Einstein, Ai, Einstein, Don, Sophie, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Pandemic, Artificial Intellegence

Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back

Almost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,” it begins. “While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved.” Today, the U.S. Consum...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Tech, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Foley, John Foley, CPSC, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton, The Commission, Peloton Tread, CPSC CPSC

Peloton responds to concerns over Apple GymKit integration

Third-party hardware integration can be a tricky thing. Peloton this week raised some eyebrows by dropping Apple GymKit compatibility for its Bike Bootcamp program. Users were, naturally, quick to react. The situation left some wondering whether the move was a direct response to Apple’s recent entry into the home exercise market with Fitness+. A Peloton spokesperson offered the following statement to TechCrunch, “Apple GymKit is designed to work with equipment-based cardio workouts. However, Pel...
Tags: Apple, Health, Hardware, Fitness, Tech, Apple Watch, Peloton, Gymkit, However Peloton

1Doc3, a Colombian telemedicine startup, raises $3 million

The pandemic has made telemedicine video visits in the U.S. almost commonplace, but in Latin America, where broadband isn’t widely available, 1Doc3 is using text and chat to provide access to care. Today, the Colombia-based company announced a $3 million pre-Series A led by MatterScale Ventures and Kayyak Ventures. “I’m on a nice MacBook for this interview, but that’s not the case of most people in LatAm,” said Javier Cardona, co-founder and CEO of 1Doc3. The company’s name is a play on the p...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Mexico, Africa, Tech, Colombia, Middle East, Tanzania, Latin America, Telemedicine, Cardona, Javier Cardona, Recent Funding, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Latin America, 1Doc3

C2i, a genomics SaaS product to detect traces of cancer, raises $100M Series B

If you or a loved one has ever undergone a tumor removal as part of cancer treatment, you’re likely familiar with the period of uncertainty and fear that follows. Will the cancer return, and if so, will the doctors catch it at an early enough stage? C2i Genomics has developed software that’s 100x more sensitive in detecting residual disease, and investors are pouncing on the potential. Today, C2i announced a $100 million Series B led by Casdin Capital.  “The biggest question in cancer treatme...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Cloud, New York, Singapore, Cancer, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Surgery, Fda, Cancer Treatment, Biotech, Radiation

How to pivot your startup, save cash and maintain trust with investors and customers

A few years ago, founder Sean Lane thought he’d achieved product-market fit. Speaking to attendees at TechCrunch’s Early Stage virtual event, Lane said Queue, a secure digital check-in tablet for hospital waiting rooms that reduced wait times by uniting and correcting electronic medical records, was “selling like hotcakes.” But once Lane realized it would only ever address one piece of a much bigger market opportunity, he sold off the product, laid off two-thirds of the people affiliated with it...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Medicaid, Lane, RPA, Robotic Process Automation, Sean Lane, Early Stage 2021, EC How To, EC TechCrunch Early Stage, Circulo

Vietnam-based healthcare booking app Docosan gets $1M seed funding led by AppWorks

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Docosan helps patients avoid long waits by letting them search and book doctors through its app. The company announced today it has raised more than $1 million in seed funding, which is claims is one of the largest seed rounds ever for a Vietnamese healthtech startup. The investment was led by AppWorks, the Taiwan-based early-stage investor and accelerator program, with participation from David Ma and Huat Ventures. Founded in 2020, the app has been used by about 50,00...
Tags: Health, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Taiwan, Healthcare, Vietnam, Healthtech, Lopez, Telehealth, David Ma, Praava Health, Docosan, AppWorks, Huat Ventures Founded

Home gym startup Tempo raises $220M to meet surge in demand for its workout device

When the pandemic forced everyone to stay at home last year, many gym-goers looked to at-home fitness makers to fill the void for their cardiovascular and strength-training workouts. To help meet that demand, Tempo, the five-year-old fitness startup founded by Moawia Eldeeb and Josh Augustin, closed a $220 million Series C round led by SoftBank. The company plans to use the raise to shore up its supply chain, keep up with increased consumer demand and fuel efforts such as R&D and content. Oth...
Tags: Health, Startups, Fitness, Softbank, Tech, Tempo, Augustin, Moawia Eldeeb, Josh Augustin, Recent Funding, Eldeeb, Tonal EC, Norwest Venture Partners Tempo, SmartSpot Eldeeb, Peloton Tonal and Echelon Tempo

Getlabs, an at-home medical labs company, launches with a $3 million raise

When you’re not feeling well and your doctor asks you to get labs drawn, you know that can increase the time between a diagnosis and care. But Getlabs, a company that brings the lab to you with its at-home, blood-drawing service, is aiming to eliminate that friction, and today announced a $3 million seed round led by PivotNorth Capital. The funding will be used to launch in Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Dallas, all of which have been soft launches so far. “Seventy percent of all medical decisi...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Apps, Funding, Tech, Dallas, Blood, Matthew Dellavedova, LabCorp, Phoenix Philadelphia, Nurx, Michelson, PivotNorth, Tim Connors

On-demand pediatrics app Biloba adds prescriptions and raises $1.7 million

French startup Biloba has raised a $1.7 million funding round (€1.4 million) a few months after launching its pediatrics app that lets you chat with a doctor whenever you have a question. In addition to raising some money, the startup also recently added in-app prescriptions. Biloba’s concept is surprisingly simple. It’s a mobile app that lets you reach a general practitioner and a nurse whenever you have a medical question about your child. The service is available from 8 AM to 10 PM. When you ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, France Newsletter, Telemedicine, Pediatrics, Telehealth, Aglaé Ventures, Biloba, Inventures Acequia Capital, Biloba Biloba

Elder tech company, Papa, raises $60M Led by Tiger Global

Papa , the elder tech company that offers care and companionship to seniors, today announced a $60 million Series C led by Tiger Global Management, bringing its total raised to date to $91 million. The money will be used to propel the company’s growth this year, building on 600% year-over-year growth as of the start of 2021, the company said in a statement. Andrew Parker, the company’s founder and CEO, launched Papa as a consumer product in 2017. Seniors signed up for the service and a c...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Funding, Tech, Argentina, Miami, Tiger Global, Tiger Global Management, Parker, Papa, Andrew Parker, Papa Parker, Elder Tech

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