Weekly MaxWellness - 7/11
The absolute latest in wellness, from #wearables to #mhealth.
What you need to know this week in the world of wellness, compiled by our in-house mobile wellness geek extraordinaire, Taylor Pechacek. If you want this automatically delivered to your email address once a week, go ahead and subscribe here.
- There may be a link between your Internet use and how often you end up in the emergency room. At least that’s one of the curious connections to emerge from a health care analysis project at the insurance division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
- The health insurance sector is what happens when companies no longer try to avoid seeming evil (think Facebook in 10 years). That's why Oscar, a venture-backed health insurance startup, has seemed to appealing—but one Valleywag reader's story is almost enough to make you miss Aetna.
- Montreal, Canada-based smart clothing maker OMsignal raised $10 million in a round led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). Existing investors also participated in the round including Real Ventures, Mistral Venture Partners, Golden Venture Partners, David Cohen (managing partner at Techstars), Flextronics, and Primera Capital. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $11 million.
- The Health app is new in iOS 8. It’s designed to take signals from third-party providers, as well as selectively share data with health and fitness software based on a user’s preference. But while it launched in the original preview as an empty shell, it can now track both steps and calories on its own, without the need for third-party providers.
- So what's Wear actually like to use in the real world -- and could it succeed where so many other efforts have failed? I've been living with the platform for the past two weeks to find out.
- With this acquisition, Validic’s digital health ecosystem increases 44% enabling Validic clients – including hospitals, physicians, payers, pharma and wellness companies – greater access to key patient data from clinical devices.
- Venture funds are pouring into digital health, with more than $2.3 billion of investments in the sector during the first half of the year — already surpassing the 2013 total.
At the annual KV CEO Summit, we were fortunate to have both Larry Page and Sergey Brin sit down to discuss a wide range of topics including the acquisition that never was (although not for lack of trying!), why computers today are still pretty bad, their partnership over the last 16 years, the future of Google, government 2.0 and how machine learning and technology will shape our future of abundance.