Laura Lovett

April 16, 2018
Less than two years after Nokia ventured into digital health territory with its acquisition of French health tech company Withings, the Finnish company could be on the verge of selling off its digital health division, according to reports from a French publication, Les Echos.  Nest, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on smart home devices, is chief among those most interested in making the purchase...
April 16, 2018
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine today demonstrated that a smartphone app could lead to small improvements in self-reported medication adherence among participants with poorly controlled hypertension. However, participants using the app had no change in systolic blood pressure compared to their counterparts that were not using the app, according to the study.  Medication adherence has...
April 12, 2018
Brisbane, Australia-based ResApp Health, a digital health company that specializes in diagnosing respiratory diseases, is now conducting clinical proof-of-concept studies for its latest technology that uses a smartphone to detects sleep apnea by sound. Preliminary results from a clinical trial released by ResApp found that the technology achieved an 86 percent sensitivity and 83 percent...
April 12, 2018
When stress levels are high, turning to an app for guided meditation might not be all that effective, according to a recent small study published in BMC Psychology. Researchers found no significant difference in mindfulness, dispositions or critical thinking scores when comparing a group of participants that received mindfulness meditation training through an app to a group that went that went...
April 11, 2018
Today, artificial intelligence-powered mobile biometric recognition company Element landed $12 million in a Series A funding round led by PTB Ventures and GDP Ventures, with additional participation from a number of large banks and telecom carriers in South East Asia.  “At Element, our mission is to deliver identity to the billions who need it, to help build more efficient and inclusive societies...
April 11, 2018
Yesterday, contactless sleep tracker maker SleepScore Labs announced that it has acquired Dutch company Sleep.ai, which makes snore and bruxism-detecting wearables and apps, for an undisclosed sum.  "We are only at the beginning of what we can do to help improve people's lives by diagnosing and improving their sleep health, helping them get better treatment and outcomes,” Michiel Allessie,...
April 11, 2018
More mobile devices equal happier patients, according to a survey commissioned by Jamf, an Apple-focused mobile device management company. The survey, which was conducted by third party research group Vanson Bourne, found that 96 percent of healthcare IT decision makers that implemented a mobile device initiative saw a positive impact on the patient experience.  The survey also revealed that more...
April 10, 2018
This week has spurred some major patent announcements from digital health companies Akili Interactive and Sonde Health, which are both affiliated with PureTech Health, a cross disciplinary biopharma company. The two companies announced they have been granted the rights to multiple international digital health patents. Akili revealed they are developing a technology aimed at using neural...
April 10, 2018
Nutrition analytics and data startup Nutrino just raked in $8 million, completing its Series A funding round. This round had participation by existing investor the New York Angels group and had new participation from Pereg Ventures, Nielsen Ventures and Gandyr Group. This latest funding round brings the company's total funding to $10 million.  “Digital Health is predicted to be worth several...
April 9, 2018
Need advice? Study says look to the web. A free web-based decision aid that aims to help women with breast cancer make choices about their reconstruction surgery could help save money, according to a new study published in Psycho-Oncology. The study, which took place in Australia, looked at 106 women who used the online service, called BRECONDA, and 116 women who received the standard of care....