Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 11:19 am August 28, 2020
It’s no secret that digital is shaping what clinical trials will look like in the future. A recently published position paper published in Nature discusses the potentials and challenges of digital clinical trials. The paper builds on a workshop held by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in April of 2019.  One of the big opportunities that the paper outlines...
By Laura Lovett 02:34 pm August 27, 2020
New research has emerged that a digital mental health program may help patients decrease anxiety and depression.  The study, published yesterday morning in JMIR, gave patients with moderate to severe depression the Vida Health app, which used cognitive behavioral therapy and one-on-one therapist counseling. Scientists saw the rates of anxiety and depression decrease during the program and stay...
By Laura Lovett 12:27 pm August 27, 2020
Abbott has scored yet another Emergency Use Authorization for rapid coronavirus testing – this one, named BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card, come in the form of a card and can provide results in 15 minutes. The other notable difference in this test is the price point. Abbott said it will sell the tests for $5 each.  Users will also be able to link their results to Abbott’s app dubbed NAVICA, which will...
By Laura Lovett 02:51 pm August 26, 2020
This morning Consumer Medical, a clinic-decision-support and second-opinions company, announced that it purchased virtual-specialist medical-opinion company InfiniteMD.  Boston-based InfiniteMD was founded in 2015 and was designed to help patients get more information about their condition via virtual visits. When a patient uses the service, they can ask for doctors to evaluate their diagnosis,...
By Laura Lovett 12:04 pm August 26, 2020
Digital respiratory health company Propeller Health is expanding its geographical footprint to Japan thanks to a partnership with pharma giant Novartis.  Patients living in Japan who take one of Novartis’ drugs to help with uncontrolled asthma, the Enerzair or Atectura Breezhaler, will be able to enroll in Propeller’s digital-management program.  Those that opt in can attach the Propeller’s...
By Laura Lovett 03:17 pm August 25, 2020
Alphabet’s life science subsidiary Verily is jumping into the health insurance game with the launch of its new venture Coefficient Insurance Company.  The tech-enabled payer will be backed by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, which specializes in data-driven risk assessments.  Coefficient, which is categorized as a Verily subsidiary, is targeted at self-funded employers and is pitched as stop-loss...
By Laura Lovett 02:00 pm August 25, 2020
Telehealth giant Amwell has officially filed to go public, fueled with a $100 million funding boost from Google’s cloud division.  The funding also comes with a partnership agreement, which designates Amwell as Google Cloud's preferred telehealth provider, and vice versa for Google’s cloud platform. The pair will also collaborate on technology, specifically bringing together AmWell’s telehealth...
By Laura Lovett 02:18 pm August 24, 2020
Valerie Sullivan was named the next president of digital health company etectRx. This isn’t Sullivan’s first time working with the company. She has worked with the company in a consulting role for the last year. Her previous work experience includes serving as the president of InVentiv Patient Access Solutions and as the VP and general manager of the patient service center at Pear Therapeutics...
By Laura Lovett 02:30 pm August 21, 2020
Autonomous AI platform Digital Diagnostics, previously known as IDx, announced that it has purchased 3Derm Systems in a move that would expand its reach into the dermatology space. Digital Diagnostics got its start as an AI tool for diabetic retinopathy, but it’s now looking to expand its specialties. That is where the company is making bets on 3Derm. Boston-based 3Derm specializes in providing...
By Laura Lovett 10:45 am August 21, 2020
When Eleanor was a baby, she had an itch, one that was so severe she couldn’t sleep, and no matter how many times she scratched it wouldn’t let up. Doctors told her mother, Claire Brinkley, a cuddle would only make the itching worse, leaving her helpless, she said.  “She learned to scratch herself until she bled, and pick at the wounds and gouge at them because nothing about gave her any relief....