Laura Lovett

Medicrea's platform examples on a smartphone screen and a computer monitor
By Laura Lovett 12:10 pm November 16, 2020
Medtronic has acquired French artificial intelligence company Medicrea, marking the med-tech-device company’s seventh acquisition this year. Medicrea specializes in using AI for surgical planning, as well as digitally constructed spinal implants and robotic assisted surgery.   The technology employs predictive modeling and algorithms to measure and digitally reconstruct a patient’s spine....
coronavirus efforts
By Laura Lovett 03:11 pm November 12, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, hospitals were tasked with quickly finding ways to provide PPE to their workers, connecting doctors to vulnerable patients at home and getting coronavirus testing to the community at large.  This gave rise to new innovations and ways of working, not just in the US, but around the world. MobiHealthNews sat down with Pothik Chatterjee, the executive director of...
Lasting app screen examples
By Laura Lovett 10:26 am November 12, 2020
Digital mental health company Talkspace is dipping into the relationship industry with its acquisition of couple counseling tool Lasting for an undisclosed sum.  Talkspace has traditionally offered one-on-one therapy via a virtual platform, however, recently it was seeing new demands.  “Our growth and our expansion into relationship or couples therapy recently launched and we’ve done it...
Patient sitting on a chair in a hospital
By Laura Lovett 02:09 pm November 11, 2020
The state of Ohio is aiming to speed up the process of matching patients with behavioral needs to inpatient psychiatric facilities with beds available through an online platform.  The state’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is rolling out a new online psychiatric bed registry, dubbed Behavioral Health Connection or B-Con, which was developed to give clinicians a real-time view...
Family uses telemedicine
By Laura Lovett 03:05 pm November 10, 2020
Laura Cooley, senior director of education and outreach at the Academy of Communication in Healthcare, has seen how the patient experience is being transformed by technology firsthand.  When she went to schedule her annual women’s health exam, she found a digital platform that could help her find a clinician that fit her needs, took her insurance, and had the calendar dates she wanted. It also...
Joe Biden discussing COVID-19

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By Laura Lovett 12:01 pm November 10, 2020
Now that the election has been called in favor of now President-elect Joe Biden, the medical community has poured out offering congratulations, suggestions and predictions. The bulk of the organizations are towing a nonpartisan line, pledging to work with the new administration, but remaining shy of political backing.  Innovation  One such organization is the American Telemedicine Association....
Person in white jacket giving presentation to others
By Laura Lovett 02:56 pm November 9, 2020
New research out of Rock Health found that Black startups are reporting greater barriers to accessing capital and connecting with investors than their white, Asian and Hispanic counterparts. The new report, called the Diversity in Digital Health report, zeroed in on how health tech funding is getting distributed across races and backgrounds.  For example, the survey found that 10% of white male...
Fitbit watches
By Laura Lovett 03:20 pm November 5, 2020
Fitbit is coming out of its third quarter beating its expected revenue by $64.9 million. This comes ahead of its much-anticipated merger with Google. Fitbit did not hold an earnings call due to the pending merger but did release figures on the quarter.  In the release, Fitbit CEO James Park attributed some of the success to the release of the Fitbit Sense, the company’s first smartwatch to...
A Cohero product with information on an app screen
By Laura Lovett 12:16 pm November 5, 2020
Drug delivery and packaging company AptarPharma has snapped up digital respiratory health company Cohero Health’s operating assets and the proprietary portfolio for an undisclosed sum. The venture-backed respiratory-focused startup was founded in 2013 and has raised over $15 million from big names, including fellow tech companies Samsung and Omron. Since its inception, the company has focused on...
Heart health app
By Laura Lovett 03:36 pm November 4, 2020
While new digital tools are sprouting up all over the medical map, cardiology continues to be an area of breakneck innovation. However, adoption rates among providers in the field are not always equal. A new review out of the Cleveland Clinic, published in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, zeroed in on the electrophysiology space and looked at both the opportunities for digital and...