Laura Lovett

Virtual reality headset
By  Laura Lovett 12:06 pm December 15, 2020
Virtual reality could be key to COVID-19 rehabilitation, according to a new paper published in BMJ Open Sport Exercise Medicine. Specifically, the authors of the publication pitch tailor-made rehabilitation services that can be administered remotely via a VR experience. The authors explain that many COVID-19 patients who were critically ill continue to have Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, even...
By  Laura Lovett 01:00 am December 14, 2020
Apple is rolling out a new low VO2 Max feature on its Apple Watches, MobiHealthNews has learned. Instead of doing an intense run or workout to capture the measurement, folks can take a walk or a stroll to find out their VO2 Max, which is a measure of overall fitness.  In order to get the measurement users must go through an onboarding process that collects their demographic data and walks them...
Coronavirus care
By  Laura Lovett 02:33 pm December 11, 2020
The year 2020 pushed the notoriously slow healthcare industry to innovate at record speed. Need and collaboration were at the heart of these advancements, according to a panel at Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS’ Patient Experience series.  COVID-19 shook healthcare systems and put digital in the forefront. Providence's health system in Washington became the first system to treat a COVID-19 positive...
By  Laura Lovett 03:03 pm December 10, 2020
This morning Elation Health, a primary care-focused EHR company, scored $40 million in Series C funding. Generation Investment Management led the round with participation from Threshold Ventures and Kapor Capital.  This grows on the company’s $15 million Series B found in 2016.  WHAT IT DOES Led by siblings Kyna and Conan Fong, Elation’s business model involves working with primary care practices...
Google phone screen example listing COVID-19 vaccines
By  Laura Lovett 02:18 pm December 10, 2020
Now that several vaccines have come out with promising results, vaccine misinformation is also growing. Tech giant Google is now zeroing in on this potential issue by implementing new strategies to coping with misinformation, according to a new blog post.  Users in the U.K. will now be able to use a new search feature on the platform in order to look up COVID-19 vaccine information, as well as...
By  Laura Lovett 01:20 pm December 9, 2020
Adaptive virtual care company Story Health launched this week with $4 million in seed funding from veteran health tech investors General Catalyst and Define Ventures.  Focused on simplifying specialist care, the new platform is headed by a team of Verily alumni, including its CEO Tom Stanis, Verily’s cofounder, and Chief Product Officer Nikhil Roy.  WHAT IT DOES  The technology was designed to...
By  Laura Lovett 04:43 pm December 8, 2020
Apple has landed a new FDA clearance for an updated version of its ECG feature, allowing the tool to add a category called A-Fib with high heart rate. This comes a little over two years after Apple first landed a De Novo clearance for its first version of the ECG reading.  The latest version of the ECG feature will be available when the new software update rolls out. This second generation will...
By  Laura Lovett 02:28 pm December 8, 2020
Digital meditation app Calm landed a $75 million in Series C funding, pushing up the company’s valuation to $2 billion. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round with participation from TPG, Insight Venture Partners, Marc Benioff and funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  This news come a little over a year after the company announced a $113 million Series B raise. WHAT IT DOES The...
By  Laura Lovett 12:04 pm December 8, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro is turning to the in-home healthcare space with the acquisition of digital platform Workpath.  Founded in 2015, Workpath created a tool that can offer on-demand in-home care services through an API system. Through the app virtual care providers can request to send in-home blood draws or in-home nurse visits to a patient. The company’s API is able to...
AireHealth products
By  Laura Lovett 01:48 pm December 7, 2020
AireHealth, a Floridian startup focused on the respiratory health space, landed an FDA 510(k) clearance for its connected nebulizer VitalMed. The device was previously cleared as a stand-alone tool but did not have a connected component, according to the company.  The portable device is made of electronic vibrating mesh and is designed to nebulize medication for the inhaler at home. Patients will...