StartUPDATES: New developments from healthcare startups

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The use of a self-administered screening tool via tablet devices is highly effective for identifying patients with urgent concerns, according to researchers at Wake Forest University/Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Their study, published in JAMA Network Open, found that that the number of patients who reported thoughts of self-harm, injurious falls, or violence with a partner doubled among individuals at primary care practices who used tablets to complete the screening.

This research is added to a growing body of literature showing that smartphone and tablet apps are a highly effective and reliable method for increasing patient engagement, said Nir Altman, co-founder and CEO of Equiva, a longstanding innovator in the use of tablets for digital patient engagement.

Another example is research around the deployment of pre-configured tablets in the homes of pediatric clinic patients at New York’s Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. This team used an $860,000 award from the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth program, to ensure continued care for clinic patients during the pandemic. Read more about this study here.

Healthmine will be hosting a free webinar on 4/20 on Modernizing your Medicaid Member Engagement Strategy. Healthmine’s Chief Growth Officer Kent Holdcroft and Senior Director of Government Programs James Haskins will discuss how to combine data synchronization, omnichannel outreach, and rewards and incentives to support healthier, happier, and more rewarded members. To register, click here., a virtual diabetes clinic that delivers personalized, affordable, and compassionate care directly to consumers, has raised a $16 million Series A funding round, bringing its total funding to date to nearly $20 million. 7Wire Ventures and Human Capital co-led the round, which included participation from new investors StartUp Health and Leaps by Bayer, and existing investors Define Ventures and Founders Fund.

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Frank Westermann, co-founder and Co-CEO of, previously founded mySugr which was ultimately acquired by Roche. To read more, click here.

Forge Health, a behavioral healthcare provider that can drive clinical outcomes, has closed an $11 million round. HC9 Ventures led the funding round.

Forge plans to use the new funding to enhance its technology capabilities, grow value-based partnerships with additional payers, health systems, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), government agencies, and employers.

To read more, click here.

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