TimeDoc Health, a Chicago-based virtual care management platform that enables doctors to manage their patient populations between visits, has raised $48.5 million in a Series B funding round led by Aldrich Capital Partners. This follows on a modest $5.7 million Series A round and equally modest seed rounds (Crunchbase). (This Editor notes that funding is becoming more modest this year anyway.) TimeDoc provides remote patient monitoring (RPM), chronic care management, and behavioral health monitoring, plus about 150 care coordinators who do it. The funding will be to add 20-40 new hires to the care coordinator group monthly and undoubtedly build out within and without its present 35 state coverage. The 2025 goal stated by their CEO is to serve one million patients monthly. Axios, Mobihealthnews
Palo Alto meets Paris, with Glooko buying DIABNEXT. The French company, which had been marketing its own diabetes management app, will be rebranding as GlookoXT, use the Glooko platform and continue to market its established app and remote monitoring products. Terms were not disclosed, but the DIABNEXT team will be joining the Glooko team. Glooko’s been hitting the European capitals, since last month they acquired Berlin-based xbird. Release, Mobihealthnews
In Asia-Pacific news, Jio Health, based in Vietnam, now has $20 million in a Series B funding led by Singapore’s Heritas Capital. The startup is an interesting blend of telemedicine and e-prescribing via app, physical “smart” clinics, 300 branded pharmacies, and on-demand home care. Mobihealthnews
Sleepless in Tokyo? In Japan, Pear Therapeutics and SoftBank are teaming up to develop a digital therapeutic treating sleep-wake disorders. Pear has an FDA-approved prescription product for chronic insomnia, Somryst, and is pursuing a strategy of marketing sleep treatments in countries outside the US. Pear went public via a SPAC at end of 2021. Mobihealthnews
Telehealth is still captivating investors, with a $22 million Series A raise by the interestingly named Antidote Health. This tops off $12 million in seed funding by iAngels, Group 11, and Flint Capital. Their virtual consults are pitched as affordable either on a one-time or subscription basis. The raise will go towards adding chronic and primary care services, plus R&D activity, which includes advanced AI screening and clinical decision support system capabilities built on a claimed 20 year database.
And for those of us who are survivors of US health plans, top payer Centene, after 25 years of one man at the top, now has a new CEO, effective immediately. To no one’s great surprise, the pick is Sarah London, formerly vice chair of the Centene board of directors, one-third of their ‘value creation office’, and part of the Office of the Chairman. London previously headed Centene’s non-plan, primarily technology-based businesses. In 2020, she joined Centene from Optum Ventures, UnitedHealth’s VC arm, and prior to that was chief product officer of Optum Analytics. She fits a picture of Centene being a technology company for value-based care that also owns health plans, once sketched out by their now former CEO, Michael Neidorff.
Neidorff was a casualty of December’s shakeup by activist investor Politan Capital Management, along with three board members over the now-mandatory age 75 limit [TTA 18 Dec 21]. Since February, Neidorff has been on medical leave of absence from the BOD chairman’s position, with James Dallas, formerly of Medtronic, now acting chair. Neidorff is now 79 so would not be able to remain on the board unless an exception is made. He remains one of Centene’s largest individual shareholders, though he has sold millions of dollars of shares in recent years. We wish him a speedy recovery and a quiet retirement.
London’s youth at 41 and fast rise is a seismic change for Centene, and this Editor predicts a lot of changes to come quickly from top to bottom, including holdings, location, organization, and culture. Centene release, Healthcare Dive Disclosure: this Editor worked for a division of WellCare that was acquired by Centene, and remained with the company for six months after the closing.