Laura Lovett

February 21, 2018
Nokia’s dive into the digital health industry may be coming to a halt, reveals a memo leaked to The Verge earlier this week. This comes less than two years after the Espoo, Finland-based company created its digital health unit through the acquisition of French digital health company Withings for $191 million.  “[R]ather than only falling in love with our technology, we must be honest with...
February 21, 2018
This morning San Luis Obispo-based wellness platform Mindbody announced the acquisition of FitMetrix, a performance tracking engagement platform, for an undisclosed sum.  "Together, FitMetrix and Mindbody create a broader offering of services for class-based boutique fitness businesses, and further expands our reach into the broader fitness market," Monica Dioda, CEO and co-founder of FitMetrix,...
February 20, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Medicine has been an active player in the telehealth game for sometime with multiple telehealth units, but last week it went a step further to announce that it will be centralizing its telemedicine activities into the Penn Medicine Center for Connected Care.  “Patients today increasingly expect to engage with health care providers with the same clickable...
February 20, 2018
Researchers from Microsoft are aiming to transform the world of virtual reality from a primarily visual experience to a tactile and auditory one for people with visual impairments.  “Traditional [VR] mainly focuses on visual feedback, which is not accessible for people with visual impairments,” the authors of a research paper on the technology wrote. “We created Canetroller, a haptic cane...
February 20, 2018
With so many innovative ideas circulating, conference attendees are hard-pressed to cover all of it. To help provide more knowledge in a shorter time span, the Innovation Live exhibit area will be hosting a new format. Lightning Sessions are 20-minute presentations that will cover some of the most pressing issues in the industry from using analytics in the real world to dealing with...
February 19, 2018
A new elastic electrode sensor paired with a wireless communication module can noninvasively monitor a patient’s biometric data and send it to a doctor via the cloud. The technology also allows for the monitoring to be displayed on the patient’s body — for example, electrocardiogram waves can visually appear on the transparent wearable in real-time.  It may sound — and look — like something...
February 19, 2018
A socially assistive robot could be key to helping people with COPD manage their condition at home. A recent study published in JMIR, found that COPD patients that had a take-home a robot following a hospitalization were more likely to adhere to their medications and complete their rehabilitation excercises than their peers that did not have a robot.  In fact, the intervention group had a 48.5...
February 15, 2018
Yesterday, Redwood City, California-based HeartFlow, a company that specializes in creating computerized heart models to treat coronary diseases, announced that it landed $240 million in series E funding led by Wellington Management Company and Baillie Gifford & Company.  “This financing will enable us to drive commercial success of the HeartFlow Analysis, which is poised to become the global...
February 15, 2018
This week Nokia Technologies announced both a strategic review of the digital health department and an update on its cost saving reduction plan, which could result in substantial layoffs. This comes not two years after Nokia created its digital health unit through the acquisition of French digital health company Withings for $191 million. According to Nokia, however, the strategic review and job...
February 14, 2018
A small study recently published in Translational Psychiatry showed that people living with schizophrenia could use a video game paired with an MRI scanner to curb verbal hallucinations. Specifically, researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience found that after the training people with schizophrenia were able to better control the verbal region in...