Laura Lovett

Meru
By  Laura Lovett 10:57 am April 27, 2021
Looking to prevention, Meru Health, maker of digital mental health tools, is launching a new program aimed at helping employees dealing with mild depression or anxiety symptoms. The program, called Meru Health Coaching, will use the Emotional Intelligence model and will combine video coaching with digital content. From the patient perspective, the program will include an onboarding video call,...
Piggy Bank
By  Laura Lovett 02:42 pm April 26, 2021
Digital cardiology startup Vector Remote Care scored $12.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Updata Partners. Located on the West Coast, Vector was founded by Kevin Hoffman in 2017 and focused on remote heart monitoring. WHAT IT DOES   The company has created HIPAA-compliant software that is able to help capture data and help manage and analyze patients remotely. One of the company's...
M&A, Businesspeople walk on a patterned surface
By  Laura Lovett 10:45 am April 26, 2021
Public health navigation company Accolade is looking to the telemedicine space with the acquisition of PlushCare, a primary care-focused virtual care company. As part of the deal, Accolade will incorporate California-based PlushCare's platform, which is able to connect consumers in all 50 U.S. states to an online video visit with a doctor. The startup treats urgent care medical issues, ongoing...
People gardening
By  Laura Lovett 03:04 pm April 23, 2021
Doctor's orders could look a little greener in the future. Researchers at the Beth Israel Digital Psychiatry Lab are investigating the correlation between mental health and time spent in green spaces.  "I think where it becomes interesting, at least from a mental health point of view, is we know the environment has a tremendous impact on all of health. But we've never been able to quantify people...
Miku
By  Laura Lovett 02:25 pm April 22, 2021
A new baby monitor company called Miku has just rolled out a new tool that helps parents track a baby's breathing and sleep patterns without physical contact. The new tech, called Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor, pairs up the company's propriety tools with an 8-core Qualcomm processor and 1080p HD, in order to relay real-time information and analytics to caregivers. Parents can access information...
Garmin
By  Laura Lovett 01:48 pm April 22, 2021
This morning, Garmin rolled out its new Venu 2 Series GPS smartwatch, which has sleep score capability. The Venu 2 gives users specific insights about their sleep, including light, deep and REM sleep. Users can also view information about their pulse oxygen and respiration rate when sleeping. The new watch is able to give users their body age by using their chronological age, activity, resting...
Amazon Alexa
By  Laura Lovett 02:59 pm April 21, 2021
Amazon's Alexa has joined the vaccine conversation. As of today, the technology is able to answer questions about COVID-19 immunization sites and eligibility. The data is powered by VaccineFinder, a tool created by Boston Children's Hospital with CDC support.  When a user asks Alexa about COVID-19 vaccinations in their area, the technology can reply with a list of centers in close proximity....
Patient and doctor
By  Laura Lovett 10:57 am April 21, 2021
Femtech tools may be one way to understand the complex condition of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). A new study, published in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, used the fertility app Flo to help gather insights into PCOS symptoms, including period bloating and rhythm, weight and hirsutism. Researchers found that bloating was the most prevalent predictor of PCOS-positive women. The...
Lauri Sippola, CEO of Kaiku, gives a demonstration in his Helsinki office.
By  Laura Lovett 11:25 am April 20, 2021
Kaiku Health, maker of an oncology-focused platform that collected patient-reported outcomes, is teaming up with pharma giant Novartis on a new initiative to help monitor and manage melanoma. The companies will zero in on creating a remote monitoring and support network for patients receiving a specific drug combination, known as BRAF and MEK inhibitors, that aims to treat melanoma. As part of...
Samsung, VA, LIVMOR team up
By  Laura Lovett 09:30 am April 20, 2021
The VA tapped tech giant Samsung and health tech company LIVMOR for a remote patient monitoring initiative focused on the cardiology space. The program, which began in April 2020, was designed to help gather patient data via digital tools, including smartwatches, tablets and phones, as well as help clinicians coordinate and plan care.   "For me, this program has revolutionized the way that we...