Laura Lovett

Man in mask uses smartphone
By Laura Lovett 11:51 am October 22, 2020
Wikimedia, parent company of Wikipedia, inked a deal with the World Health Organization focused on providing reliable and factual information about COVID-19.  As part of this new collaboration, WHO resources, including infographics, will be freely licensed and can be used on Wikipedia’s coronavirus coverage pages. WHO videos and infographics will also be housed on Wikimedia Commons, which...
By Laura Lovett 02:41 pm October 21, 2020
Digital fitness company Future announced a $24 million Series B raise late last week. The new round was led by Trustbridge Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Caffeinated Capital, and private investors and founders.  WHAT THEY DO Future pitches a personalized, membership-based fitness service that employs a one-on-one coaching model. Customers select a coach, and each week that coach comes up with a new...
By Laura Lovett 12:10 pm October 21, 2020
Virtual reality company AppliedVR has landed an FDA Breakthrough Device designation for its technology designed to treat fibromyalgia and chronic lower back pain. The tool, named EaseVRx, combines a VR headset with visual and audio programs that deliver cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation, and mindfulness training, as well as other behavioral methods to give what it calls “self-...
By Laura Lovett 02:12 pm October 20, 2020
eVisit, an Arizona-based SaaS telehealth company, just landed $14 million in Series A funding. TVC Capital led the funding round with participation from Kickstart Seed Fund, University Growth Fund and Jeremy Andrus.  WHAT IT DOES The company provides a telehealth platform that includes several facets, including a scheduling, intake, waiting room management and discharge function. Its main...
A pregnant woman
By Laura Lovett 11:16 am October 20, 2020
A new maternal health company called Oula has picked up $3.2 million in seed funding, propelling the launch of its multimodal care platform and brick-and-mortar services.  This batch of seed funding was led by Collaborative Fund with participation from Female Founders Fund, 8VC, Metrodora, Kapor Capital, Rock Health, January Ventures, Great Oaks and private investors.  WHAT IT DOES Oula’s model...
Home healthcare professional and client discuss instructions on a pill bottle
By Laura Lovett 01:49 pm October 19, 2020
Deloitte is adding a new home-monitoring and remote-care feature to its ConvergeHEALTH MyPath. The new tech, dubbed ConvergeHEALTH Hospital in Home, is focused on combining telemedicine and wearable tools.  It works by capturing data from remote-monitoring tools like wearables, enabling virtual care and linking both up on a dashboard that allows for integrated analytics tools. The tool is able to...
Doctor in discussion with woman at nursing home
By Laura Lovett 02:53 pm October 15, 2020
Like many industries, the healthcare sector has a gender parity issue when it comes to leadership positions. Despite countless conversations around the issue, in 2019 women only made up 23.7% of executives of Fortune 500 healthcare companies and 37.1% of hospital executives, according to Rock Health. The numbers were even worse in the startup world, where only 14% of digital health deals were...
By Laura Lovett 12:00 pm October 12, 2020
Telecom giant Comcast and Independence Health Group have teamed up on a new platform dubbed Quil Assure, which is centered around helping seniors connect to care teams and access emergency assistance.  The new system will include ambient sensors, voice-activated tech, emergency assistants and caregiver coordination services. The tool is slated for a 2021 release but will start going through pilot...
By Laura Lovett 11:54 am October 9, 2020
When it comes to taking bets on what’s next in healthcare, investors are often the ones calling the shots. Hemant Taneja, managing director of General Catalyst, has sat in the driver’s seat on some of the biggest digital health deals. His firm has invested in a number of digital health companies, from behavioral health company Mindstrong to fitness startup Tempo. But perhaps Taneja’s is best...
By Laura Lovett 02:43 pm October 8, 2020
Digital chronic care management tool Lark Health scooped up $55 million in its Series C round. In addition to the venture funding, the company added another $15 million through venture debt credit.  Kind River Capital led the round with participation from Franklin Templeton, SteelSky Ventures, Olive Tree Capital, Lightspeed Ventures, Asset Management Ventures and individual investors.  The...