Laura Lovett

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...
By  Laura Lovett 09:05 am December 18, 2017
Today Silicon Valley based-Shapa launched its first behavioral modification platform, aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle changes. The product includes a scale connected to the Shapa app. But unlike normal scales, this scale doesn’t tell users their weight. Instead the scale blindly weighs the user and then the interprets what their daily weight means for them as an individual.  “Sadly,...
By  Laura Lovett 04:01 pm December 14, 2017
Eating disorders are traditionally tough to treat. At least 30 million people in the US have some type of eating disorder, but even with treatment only about 60 percent of patients recover from these disorders.  Researchers at the University of Kansas are currently developing a smartphone app for clinical use to help this unmet issue, and recently landed a $50,000 award from the National Eating...
By  Laura Lovett 03:52 pm December 14, 2017
New York City-based Doctor.com, a company that helps physicians manage their online presence and book appointments, has just announced its merger with Connect Healthcare, a company which specializes in physician directories and data management, under the Doctor.com brand for an undisclosed sum.  “Merging with them and bringing them into the Doctor.com family, so to speak, allows us to layer on...
By  Laura Lovett 03:59 pm December 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are currently developing a “virtual child”  for professionals and students working with kids living with autism spectrum disorder. The learning tool will allow these caregivers an opportunity to practice behavioral interventions outside of a real-world situation.  “The biggest challenge educators face — especially those who train employees in...
By  Laura Lovett 01:01 pm December 13, 2017
With mounting pressure in emergency rooms, doctors need to be able to make a quick, accurate triage of patients’ needs. But that doesn’t always happen. In non-acute trauma centers, 30 percent of severely injured patients are not transferred as recommended by clinical practice guidelines.  A new video game aims to tackle this problem by helping emergency room doctors figure out the level of care...