Laura Lovett

January 25, 2018
A new augment reality technology will let doctors go a step beyond a normal exam and take a look under their patients’ skin. Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a device called ProjectDR, which lets doctors display CT scans and MRI data directly onto a patient’s body. The images will also move when the patient moves.  “It can be quite difficult to know the internal structure...
January 25, 2018
Telehealth platform InTouch Health is teaming up with North Carolina-based Mission Health and Pennsylvania-based Jefferson Health to develop new telehealth platforms aimed at improving patient access and reducing cost.  "The hospital administrations very much believe that telehealth is a big part of the future and wish to apply the principals of telehealth to many other applications, like...
January 24, 2018
Remote patient monitoring company LindaCare announced on Friday that they landed $8.6 million (€7 million) in Series B funding with participation by Philips, PMV, Capricorn ICT Arkiv, and Connecticut Innovations.  “This investment is a significant step for us, as it enables LindaCare to execute faster on our ambitious vision and strategy, and to take a leading market position across both Europe...
January 24, 2018
toSense’s CoVa Monitoring System 2, a remote patient monitoring necklace that tracks vitals and cardiac fluids, has received a second FDA clearance. The new clearance will allow the company to update the software to add a new feature that measures stroke volume and cardiac output to the orginal product. The clearance also lets the device connect to a mobile application that allows medical...
January 23, 2018
A new technology promises to give users an estimated lens prescription in 10 seconds. PlenOptika, a startup spinout of MIT, uses the auto refractor to measure refractive errors of the eye and produces estimated prescriptions, MIT News reports. The technology, named QuickSee, is more affordable than what is currently on the market, which could make it more accessible for people living in...
January 23, 2018
Amy Schwartz knows that product design isn’t just about making things look pretty. A trained cognitive psychologist, Schwartz said product design is about making devices usable and human-centered. But unfortunately, she said, healthcare is behind the times when it comes to product design. Schwartz, now an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute and a human centric...
January 22, 2018
Nokia has announced that it will disable the pulse wave velocity measurement feature on its Withings’ Body Cardio scale as of January 24. The company said it is now learning the technology may require a different level of regulatory approval. However, no specific regulation is cited and the company said the FDA did not recommend or request the removal.  “There was not a specific regulatory issue...
January 22, 2018
Nutrition-based platform Zipongo just announced that it received $18 million in a Series B funding round led by Seventure Partners and Zaffre Investment with involvement from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  “This is the first time we’ve had a health plan invested in the company and the reason they are doing it is because they are really excited about food is medicine,” Dr. Jason...
January 19, 2018
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is partnering with Boston-based American Well to offer new Telehealth options to its members.  “Getting medical attention isn’t always easy to do if you are juggling work and family responsibilities,” Mike Tilton, vice president of sales BCBSAZ, said in a statement. “BlueCare Anywhere helps by giving BCBSAZ members the flexibility to contact a physician...
January 18, 2018
San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare is one of the latest providers to use Apple’s CareKit, an open source toolkit for hospitals and health systems, to develop its mobile offering, the Sharp Health Companion app. The software is designed to help people navigate their surgery experience, including pre-surgery care, interventions, and post-surgery care.  In the pilot, which focused on cataract surgery...