Optum leads $8M funding for virtual heart health startup

Heartbeat Health, a data-driven cardiology telehealth platform, closed an $8.2 million Series A funding round led by the venture arm of UnitedHealth Group's Optum, per a March 12 announcement.

The investments from Optum Ventures and several other backers will help Heartbeat Health further develop its virtual care platform and reach more primary care providers, long-term care facilities and employers.

The platform is driven by health risk assessment data, allowing patients to track and manage their cardiovascular health and connect with appropriate care teams.

"Evolving trends in telemedicine and digital health make cardiovascular disease well suited for virtual care," Jeff Wessler, MD, a cardiologist and CEO of Heartbeat Health, said in the announcement. "Heart health is a significant concern for a large portion of the population, but also an area that can be supported by technology for both preventive health and ongoing care management."

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