Laura Lovett

February 1, 2018
The road to FDA clearance for medical devices may change radically in the next year.  Last summer, initial discussion began around implementing a pre-certification program for medical device companies, which would allow certain companies that the FDA has deemed responsible and safe in their development to build products without each new device undergoing the FDA clearance or approval process....
February 1, 2018
Digital health companion app for employees and insured individuals Humanoo recently landed $6.4 million (€5 million) in funding. The investment was led by Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures, and included investments from Creathor Ventures, Rheingau Founders, Rocket Internet, and other investors.  The Berlin-based company plans to use the investment to expand the platform and advance cooperation with...
February 1, 2018
Whether you're Tom Brady or Nick Foles, getting a good night's sleep is key for professional athletes. Just days before the Super Bowl, the National Football League announced that it is teaming up with Sleep Number for a multi-year partnership aimed at helping the players get better sleep.  “We are constantly assessing world-class technologies and partners and know this unprecedented partnership...
January 31, 2018
In a recent case study published in European Radiology Experimental, surgeons at St. Mary’s Hospital in London used Microsoft HoloLens to overlay images of CT scans onto patients' legs during reconstructive lower limb surgery.  "We are one of the first groups in the world to use the HoloLens successfully in the operating theatre," Dr. Philip Pratt, a research fellow in the department of surgery...
January 31, 2018
Healthcare was a much anticipated topic in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address — in fact, a Politico poll showed that 82 percent of Americans wanted to hear the president address the healthcare system over other divisive discussion points. While he did briefly touch on some healthcare related topics, like making drugs more affordable and getting rid of the Affordable Care Act's...
January 31, 2018
Cambridge, MA-based virtual reality workout startup VirZOOM just closed $5.5 million in seed funding, bringing the total funding to $12.2 million. The funding came from multiple investors including Skywood Capital, with personal investments from partners at Eastham Capital, Fairhaven Capital, and Equity Resource Investments, as well as the Greycroft Venture Partner Gaming Tracker Fund.  Users of...
January 30, 2018
As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate the United States both state and federal agencies are turning to digital health innovators to look for solutions. Most recently, Ohio has hosted the first round of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge, which brought innovators from across the country to the state. All of the winners of the first phase used digital health to address the crisis.  Ohio...
January 30, 2018
Communicating with patients can be tough. Reminder pamphlets often go straight into the rubbish and emails are deleted before they are read. But one doctor found that chatbots could be a key to patient outreach.  Brett Swenson, MD, is no stranger to digital health. He runs a concierge practice in Arizona and started working with EMRs about 20 years ago when they were first introduced. He said he...
January 30, 2018
Consumers now have another option to turn to when looking for a  new doctor with the recent launch of mobile provider search tool Welloh. The free app is designed to help users navigate their healthcare options. It gives users information about hospitals, pharmacies, care centers, and facilities.  "The information that would enable consumers to make choices about healthcare services has never...
January 29, 2018
Healthcare compliance analytics startup Protenus landed $11 million in funding co-led by F-Prime Capital Partners and Kaiser Permanente Ventures, bringing its total funding to $19.4 million.  The Baltimore-based company plans to use the funding to make its health data auditing and privacy monitoring platform available to hospitals across North America.  “Health systems today have big challenges...