Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 03:15 pm January 3, 2018
StartUp Health, a digital health group that supports, connects and finances startups, just landed $19.3 million from Ping An Global Voyager Fund, GuideWell, Masimo Corporation, and a consortium of partners through its Transformer Fund II.  “This [funding] is a really good opportunity to focus on health innovation globally—not just looking at the hubs here in the US … but the dozens and dozens of...
By Laura Lovett 12:30 pm January 3, 2018
This year the Canadian government will start using artificial intelligence to help track social media posts that could indicate someone is at risk of suicide, according to a contract.  The Canadian government recently signed a contract with Ottawa-based AI firm Advanced Symbolics to monitor social media posts for suicidal behavior.  In the first phase of the partnership, Advanced Symbolics will...
By Laura Lovett 02:02 pm January 2, 2018
Using an artificial pancreas (closed-loop control system) could make it easier for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes to participate in intensive outdoor physical activities, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.  The study, which had participants ski or snowboard for five days, found that subjects who used an artificial pancreas maintained a healthy blood sugar level more of the time...
By Laura Lovett 02:31 pm December 21, 2017
A small study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that passive sensor data collected from smartphones and Fitbits could be linked to the severity of symptoms cancer patients experienced during their chemotherapy treatment.  "We found that on days when the patients reported worse-than-average symptoms, they tended to spend more time being sedentary, moved the phone more...
By Laura Lovett 11:54 am December 21, 2017
On Tuesday patient engagement platform, HealthLoop announced a partnership with health analytics platform, Sherbit. The partnership aims to combine HealthLoop’s automated care plans and check-ins with Sherbit’s patient activities and behaviors insights.  “To be successful, it is critical to provide access to actionable data on a regular basis, not just what’s collected when someone goes to the...
By Laura Lovett 02:55 pm December 20, 2017
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated that ACE was the name of the mobile app. ACE is the name of PharMedQuest's customer relationship management platform and not the mobile app.  Healthcare management company PharMedQuest announced last week that it has made a strategic investment in helparound, an Israeli company which makes an app that supports and connects patients with...
By Laura Lovett 12:25 pm December 20, 2017
Mountain View, California-based Livongo Health, a chronic health management company, recently announced that Arnnon Geshuri will be joining the team as chief people officer. Previously Geshuri was the vice president of human resources at Tesla. Earlier in his career, Arnnon was the director of staffing operations for Google.  "Arnnon has worked with some of the most innovative consumer companies...
By Laura Lovett 02:41 pm December 19, 2017
Last week Japanese sports apparel company ASICS announced the launch of its new mobile fitness app, ASICS Studio. The app gives users access to on-demand workouts, including trainer-led audio, curated playlists and visual cues.  The company aims to replicate workouts at boutique fitness classes. The workouts have all been created by professional trainers and are paired with a curated music...
By Laura Lovett 09:52 am December 19, 2017
Today, digital medicine company Big Health announced a partnership with Castlight Health, a health navigation platform, to offer its first product: Sleepio, a digital sleep improvement program that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. The partnership will let Castlight’s clients offer Sleepio to their employees.  “Insomnia is a pervasive and chronic mental health condition,” Peter...
By Laura Lovett 02:00 pm December 18, 2017
Social media, and Facebook groups in particular, could be a helpful tool for increasing patient engagement and satisfaction, according to a study published in Surgery.  “In this qualitative pilot study, we have found that incorporation of [social media] into clinical practice using Facebook is not only feasible but can provide a substantial benefit to patients, with 95 percent of survey...