Close of week short takes: Q2 earnings up for GEHC, Talkspace; UnitedHealth invests $11M in SDOH; fundings for two AI startups, K4Connect, UpLift, Family First

Winding up this week on nothing but positive news.

GE Healthcare was up smartly on revenue. For Q2, GEHC reported revenue of $4.8 billion, up 7% versus Q2 prior year, and a 9% organic revenue growth.  The adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBITDA) was $711 million versus $719 million prior year, with net income slightly down at $418 million versus $485 million prior year. Adjusted earnings per share was $0.92. Orders were up 6%. GEHC is adjusting its earnings upward by one percentage point for the full-year guidance on organic revenue growth and 10 cents in adjusted EPS at the midpoint. GEHC spun off from GE in January. Mobihealthnews

Talkspace had a far more mixed picture. Their Q2 revenue climbed 19% versus prior year to $35.6 million. This was due to an 82% increase in B2B revenue partially offset by a 41% consumer revenue decline. The other good news was that they narrowed net loss to $4.7 million from the prior year’s $23 million. Adjusted for EBITDA, the loss was $4 million. Another positive factor was that operating expenses were reduced 32% to $24.2 million. They are seeing an increase in revenue for 2023 to $137 million to $142 million and moving towards breakeven by end of Q1 2024. Another entrant in the crowded telemental health space, Talkspace went public in 2021 through a SPAC, trading as high as $11.95. Late last year, it flirted with delisting on Nasdaq, but is currently trading at $1.70. Mobihealthnews

UnitedHealthcare’s big bet on social determinants of health (SDOH) involves $11.1 million in grants to 66 nonprofits across 12 states. Part of their Empowering Health initiative, the grants help organizations that aid uninsured individuals and underserved communities in areas such as food insecurity, nutrition, social isolation, memory loss, behavioral health issues, health literacy efforts, and more. Since its start in 2018, UnitedHealthcare invested $62 million in grants that serve more than 11 million people in 30 states and the District of Columbia. MedCityNews, UnitedHealthcare news

Digital health and AI fundings are also ramping up–a little–in the $9-15 million range:

  • Two generative AI startups, Hippocratic AI and GenHealth AI, had early funding rounds in the $15 million range. Hippocratic AI is a safety-focused large language model (LLM) for healthcare competing with GPT-4, outperforming it on 105 of 114 healthcare exams and certifications. Their second seed round funding of $15 million from Cincinnati Children’s and HonorHealth adds to their May $50 million seed. GenHealth AI raised $13 million in a venture round from Obvious Ventures and Craft Venture. Their form of generative AI they call a large medical model (LMM) trained on medical-event data called DOOG-E. Two Washington veterans joined their board: Dr. Don Rucker, former national coordinator for health IT in the Trump administration and currently on the 1upHealth board, and Aneesh Chopra, the first chief technology officer of the US in the Obama administration.
  • Senior housing focused K4Connect received a venture round of $9 million from AXA Venture Partners and Bryce Catalyst with existing investors Forté Ventures, Intel Capital, the Ziegler-LinkAge Fund, and Topmark Partners, for a total of $41 million. K4Connect is positioned as an operating system (FusionOS) that integrates multiple senior living technologies. Mobihealthnews
  • Telementalhealth provider UpLift raised $10.7 million in Series A funding from Ballast Point Ventures with participation from Front Porch Ventures, Kapor Capital, and existing investor B Capital for a total raise of $22 million. UpLift is a direct to consumer therapy model which promotes both insurance coverage, affordable rates, and medication management. Another Series A funding of $11 million went to Family First, a technology platform for enterprises that supports caregivers’ mental health and wellbeing, The round was led by RPM Ventures and Eos Venture Partners.  Mobihealthnews
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