Laura Lovett

December 5, 2017
Google’s Sidewalk, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is diving into community health after launching Cityblock, a startup focused on reinventing urban health, back in October. Cityblock aims to address the health disparity in lower socio-economic urban communities by providing preventive medicine and access to resources.  “There’s a problem in our cities: whole neighborhoods are sick," Iyah Romm,...
December 4, 2017
Accenture has recently completed a pilot program in the UK, which uses its artificial intelligence platform to help seniors manage their care and daily lives. The technology was developed by Accenture Liquid Studio in London and is tailored for older people living independently.  It can learn users’ behaviors and preferences and suggest activities to support their physical and mental health.  “...
December 4, 2017
Parent-operated smartphone photography could be another tool for diagnosing pediatric dermatology patients, according to findings in a recent study published by JAMA.  The study found that the overall concordance between photograph-based vs in-person diagnosis was 83 percent.  “Our study shows that, in most cases, parents can take photographs of sufficient quality to allow for accurate...
December 1, 2017
Health engagement company, Revel, just landed $17 million in funding led by TT Capital.  The Minneapolis-based company caters primarily to payers, including large enterprises. It also sells its product to risk-based providers.  “We are a software service company and we have a platform that manages campaigns for engaging people to make better decisions for [their] health,” Jeff Fritz, president...
November 30, 2017
A recent data analysis by Evidation Health found that by using wearables, researchers could track activity characteristics associated with co-morbid mental health illness symptoms among people with diabetes.  “Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing mental health illnesses than those without diabetes. This increased risk is partially due to the fact that diabetes is a...
November 30, 2017
In recent years pagers have gone out of vogue as more and more hospitals have adopted smartphone messaging systems to communicate. But while "bring your own device" (BYOD) was once the trend, hospitals are increasingly moving toward hospital-owned, purpose-built smartphones. At the Healthcare Messaging Conference and Exhibition at Harvard Medical School on November 29th and 30th, experts...
November 29, 2017
The medical team at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health system reported a significant increase in the ability to locate staff across fields after a hospital messaging system was implemented.  “What we wanted was a single communication device across the enterprise,” Joseph Wolfgram, chief technology officer at Mission Health said at the Healthcare Messaging Conference and Exhibition at...
November 28, 2017
This week UnitedHealthcare launched a new maternity health app, The UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy, which will provide patients with 24-7 nurse support during pregnancy and after delivery. The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurance company said it hopes to provide expectant and new parents additional access to prenatal and post-natal care and also to reduce healthcare costs.  “When I was...
November 28, 2017
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is warning consumers to think before they buy mail-order DNA testing services this holiday season.  Schumer cautions that these test kits put consumer privacy at risk because DNA firms could potentially sell personal and genetic information. Now Schumer is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and ensure that the privacy policies are clear,...
November 27, 2017
San Diego-based Biolinq, a digital health company specializing in minimally invasive continuous glucose monitoring, raised $10 million in Series A financing. The round was led by M Ventures, in collaboration with Hikma Ventures.  Biolinq is currently working on a skin applied, minimally-invasive electrochemical biosensor platform for diabetes patients, which analyzes biomarkers in the...