Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:
- More startup funding news, as we reported exclusively that NOCD has raised $US33 ($AU46) million for its approach to online OCD treatment;
- Verily has a secret plan to disentangle itself from Google’s technology as it looks toward the future;
- Our politics team looked at Congress’ vaccine approach, where members of Congress decide whether to enact a mandate for staff.
NOCD just raised $US33 ($AU46) million to bring OCD treatment online as mental-health startups look to break through a crowded field
- NOCD raised $US33 ($AU46) million to offer online therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- NOCD’s therapists specialize in OCD and exposure treatment, and the company partners with payers.
- Analysts expect more telehealth companies to specialize in specific conditions.
Alphabet life-sciences unit Verily is pursuing a secret plan to untangle itself from Google as it readies for a potential IPO
- Verily wants to untangle itself from Google’s technology and prepare for a future beyond Alphabet.
- The project is internally called Flywheel and kicked off earlier this year.
- Verily aims to get “fully on public tools and services,” according to presentation seen by Insider.
Inside Congress’ patchwork vaccine approach where some staffers are wary of sharing cafeterias, bathrooms, and staircases with unvaccinated colleagues
- Each member of Congress gets to decide whether to force their workers to get the COVID vaccine.
- The vaccine remains the most effective way to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19.
- A document for House members guides them on how to make the vaccine mandatory if they want to.
More stories we’re reading:
- A COVID-19 booster shot that could protect against multiple variants at once is being tested in humans for the first time (Insider)
- Apple is working on an iPhone feature that could help detect depression and cognitive decline (The Wall Street Journal)
- 4 leading public-health experts describe what it would take for them to fully return to normal life (Insider)
- After their baby died in the hospital, they got caught in the middle of a payments dispute and received a $US257,000 ($AU355,322) bill (The New York Times)