Laura Lovett

Person sitting on bed, one hand to head
By Laura Lovett 02:54 pm November 3, 2020
Alphabet subsidiary  X, which was created to focus on “moon shot projects," has just unveiled research from its mental health project known as Amber, specifically with respect to its works to find biomarkers to map depression. The news, first spotted by CNBC, is an outline of the work the project has been doing.  “Our journey started by asking the question: What if we could make brain waves as...
Julie Murchinson
By Laura Lovett 02:42 pm November 2, 2020
When it comes to healthcare innovation, relationships can make or break a company, according to Julie Murchinson, who was just named partner at digital health focused private equity firm Transformation Capital.   “One of the biggest challenges digital health companies face is really having the right set of relationships for selling into end customers and being able to work productively with those...
stethoscope on top of money
By Laura Lovett 03:10 pm October 29, 2020
Digital pharmacy Hims & Hers has reported 91% year-over-year growth during the third quarter of this year.  This comes just weeks after the company announced a merger agreement with Oaktree Capital Management-sponsored special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Oaktree Acquisition. The public can expect the reverse merger to close at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.  Hims made a name...
Doctor with a megaphone
By Laura Lovett 05:08 pm October 28, 2020
Not every patient is going to be satisfied with their trip to the doctor. But a new study published by JMIR found some especially strong feelings in a wave of tweets from 2018 with the hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads. Researchers investigated the tweets and found the hashtag was used in roughly 40,000 tweets, more than half of which were from patients sharing negative medical experiences.  “People...
The Whoop device on a wrist
By Laura Lovett 03:14 pm October 28, 2020
Boston-based digital fitness company WHOOP is now bosting a $1.2 billion valuation, following its $100 million in Series E funding. IVP led the round with participation from SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Accomplice, Two Sigma Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Thursday Ventures, Nextview Ventures, Promus Ventures, Cavu Ventures, D20 capital, and LionTree Partners, as well as additional private investors. ...
A woman types on her cellphone
By Laura Lovett 02:17 pm October 28, 2020
It’s no secret that real-world data is becoming a hot topic in the sphere of clinical trials and healthcare. A new study published by JMIR found that patients with multiple sclerosis were able to capture their symptoms via a tracking app called elevateMS. Researchers also found that engagement was highest among those who had a doctor’s referral.  “The elevateMS study app captured the real-world...
CVS QuickRenew platform screen example
By Laura Lovett 01:49 pm October 27, 2020
CVS is setting its sights on the eye care space, launching a new digital tool that lets customers renew contact lens prescription remotely via an online vision test and an asynchronous telemedicine interaction. The tool, named QuickRenew, is powered by the technology from Premium Vision.  The service first checks to see if the client is a good fit for the telemedicine service. In order to be...
Doctor talks to colleagues
By Laura Lovett 03:25 pm October 26, 2020
When it comes to tackling a pandemic, global collaboration and data sharing are key, according to speakers at this week’s World Health Summit.  “There has been a huge fragmentation, a huge multiplication of approaches within countries, between countries,” Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organization, said during a panel discussion. “In a pandemic, there is no sense in...
By Laura Lovett 02:40 pm October 23, 2020
Solomé Tibebu has been involved in the digital mental health space since she was 16. Her journey was prompted by necessity. As a teenager she struggled with anxiety and OCD, but in 2006 there were fewer resources.  “My dad being Ethiopian, and my mom being Polish, and immigrating here they didn’t even have a phrase for OCD in either of their languages, and no connections to local resources,”...
Photo of the Garmin smart scale
By Laura Lovett 02:04 pm October 22, 2020
Last week Garmin launched its new scale, dubbed Index S2, which is able to send weight and health data to a connected app.  In addition to body weight, users can tap into the scale for insights on body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle mass, bone mass and body water percentage. Users can also see their weight trends over time, as the screen can show a graph of the last 30 days.  All of the...