Fitbit acquires health coaching platform Twine Health
SAN FRANCISCO – Fitbit has acquired health coaching platform Twine Health, further extending its reach into health care and laying the foundation to expand its offerings to health plans, health systems and self-insured employers. The acquisition also creates opportunities to increase subscription-based revenue. Twine Health’s connected platform helps people manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, as well as help with weight loss and smoking cessation, by making it easy for care teams of providers, coaches, friends and family to collaborate on care plans. “Twine Health has delivered powerful results for patients managing conditions like diabetes and hypertension, two key focus areas for Fitbit, which together affect approximately 105 million people in the U.S. alone,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, in a statement. “When combined with our decade-plus of experience empowering millions of consumers to take control of their health and wellness, we believe we can help build stronger connections between people and their care teams by removing some of the most difficult barriers to behavior change.” In the longer term, Fitbit will have the opportunity to extend the benefits of the Twine platform to its more than 25 million users and expand into new condition areas.
Glooko’s mobile insulin dosing system receives FDA clearance
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., and GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Glooko’s Mobile Insulin Dosing System has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people with Type 2 diabetes. The system is an insulin titration application that is accessible through a unified diabetes management platform, providing a complete program for diabetes management. “I am excited that Glooko can now offer MIDS, which helps clinicians support their patients in safely and rapidly attaining optimal glycemic levels,” said Michael Greenfield, chief medical officer at Glooko, in a statement. “In a pre-market study, I used MIDS with my patients and was able to witness both improvements in glucose control and how happy patients were to have an easy tool to help them titrate their insulin dose on their mobile phones.” The MIDS system includes access to a patient’s blood glucose data directly from their glucose meter. It analyzes a patient’s fasting blood glucose levels and recommends insulin dose adjustments based on the HCP’s pre-configured treatment plan and/or published clinical guidelines, so patients can quickly get to their optimal insulin dose. To enhance adherence, MIDS includes customizable in-app reminders to check fasting blood glucose and to take insulin.
StayWell acquires Provata Health
YARDLEY, Penn. – StayWell, a preventative health platform for employers, health plans and health systems, has acquired Provata Health, a digital health company that delivers population health programs to the similar customers. Provata Health’s mobile apps, technology and platform will be integrated with StayWell features to streamline the user experience. “Provata Health offers an impressive platform and innovative design that, like StayWell’s offerings, is grounded in scientific research with peer-reviewed, published studies that demonstrate its success in helping people become happier and healthier,” said Nicole Latimer, CEO of StayWell, in a statement. “The Provata platform is a great complement to StayWell’s existing product portfolio, enhancing our competitive market position and further empowering individuals to take active roles in their own health and achieve the best possible outcomes,” said StayWell CEO Nicole Latimer. StayWell, a subsidiary of Merck, offers features the include enhanced digital health coaching; real-time data analytics and dashboards to measure and support participant engagement and client reporting; advanced activity tracking; virtual reality (VR) to support meditation and stress management; access to a network of more than 80,000 U.S. licensed physicians; integration with electronic medical records; and digital health games. “From home, to work, to their healthcare providers, this acquisition directly supports our mission to help consumers throughout their entire well-being lifecycle,” said Latimer.