Tag Archives: Health

Buoy Health Wins Over Three Health Plans, Turns Symptom Checking into Patient Decision-Making

Health Tech Feb 25, 2021• By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Symptom checker startup Buoy Health’s $ 37.5M Series C caught a lot of attention among health tech market watchers because of the collaborative support the funding round garnered from health plans. THREE payor orgs – UnitedHealth’s Optum, Humana, and Cigna – participated in the round,… Read More »

The promise and challenge of integrating primary care into community-based mental health centers

There is ample evidence that patients with severe mental illness are at high risk for significant medical comorbidities. A complex combination of factors contributes to this excess risk and consequential poor outcomes. Socioeconomic factors, side effects from psychiatric medications, poor access to health care as well as smoking, alcohol, and substance use, prevalent in this… Read More »

Decolonising contraception: focusing on equality and justice in sexual and reproductive health

Dr Annabel Sowemimo is the founder and director of Decolonising Contraception, a non-profit organisation led by people of colour. It aims to raise awareness about the historical and socio-economic barriers faced by people accessing sexual and reproductive care. We spoke to Annabel about the work of the collective and its plans for the coming year.… Read More »

Health insurers put on notice

The consumer watchdog has put the hard word on private health insurers to pass on profits to policyholders after paying out $ 500 million less in hospital and extras benefits in 2019-20 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The lower benefit payout came after the pandemic limited non-urgent elective surgery and non-urgent extras treatments, including most dental,… Read More »

Weekly Health Quiz: Enzymes, Vaccines and Face Masks

1 Certain enzymes may be useful for COVID-19 because they help: Support quick weight loss Degrade fibrin, which is a key factor in clot formation Extracted from earthworms, lumbrokinase is a highly effective antithrombotic agent that reduces blood viscosity and platelet aggregation while also degrading fibrin, which is a key factor in clot formation. Learn… Read More »