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Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Solv, a provider of same-day and next-day appointment software for health care providers, tells Axios that it's raised $45 million in new venture capital funding.

Why it matters: Health care remains difficult for many consumers to navigate, particularly as it has fragmented with the rise of urgent care facilities, telehealth services and home delivery of prescription products. Plus the rise of COVID testing and vaccinations, often in unexpected places.

Solv Health CEO Heather Fernandez says that Solv increases access by answering questions: "Where should I go? When can I be seen? And how much does it cost at one place versus another?"

  • It's kind of a cross between OpenTable and Expedia for health. Part of its business is selling software to health providers, who then create co-branded apps. Another part is a Solv-branded app for consumers, which Fernandez says has millions of uses per month.
  • She adds that telehealth has accounted for between 10 and 15% of total visits via Solv since the beginning of 2020, or around 1.5 million, which is up from virtually none beforehand. "COVID pulled the future forward in health care by a decade."

Investors: Acrew Capital and Corner Ventures co-led the Series C round, and were joined by Benchmark and Greylock.

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When it comes to women's health, Americans — and the advertisers that market to them — are getting blunter.

What's happening: Women's health is undergoing a generational cultural change. Younger women talk more openly about their periods and sexual health concerns — and more companies are marketing to them with messages that women only whispered about a few years ago.

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.