Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 09:46 am August 5, 2020
Digital health titans Teladoc Health and Livongo are merging under the Teladoc name. The deal values the 12-year-old digital chronic care-management company Livongo at $18.5 billion.  Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic is expected to remain at the helm of the soon-to-be joint company, while Livongo’s CEO and founder Glen Tullman will be taking up a seat on the Teladoc board.  Teladoc plans to buy Livongo...
By Laura Lovett 01:40 pm August 4, 2020
Cardio-focused digital health company Eko has inked a deal with AstraZeneca in order for the two to work together to develop digital health-screening tools.  According to the companies, the pharm giant will be looking to employ Eko’s AI-enabled algorithms in developing early detection tools, as well as to use the tech in clinical trials.  WHY IT MATTERS  Heart disease accounts for roughly one in...
By Laura Lovett 03:03 pm August 3, 2020
Consumer genomic company Ancestry, which got its start in providing testing for family history, is launching a new product which features next-generation sequencing. The new product aims to help customers gain insights into their health and risk factors.  Called “AncestryHealth powered by Next Generation Sequencing,” the tool can screen for genes associated with breast cancer, heart disease,...
By Laura Lovett 12:28 pm August 3, 2020
A new digital health company focused on the European market, named HealthHero, officially launched this morning. This news comes just as it closed a deal to acquire German medical consultation platform Fernarzt.com.  HealthHero is London-based startup designed to allow users to tap into medical services 24/7 through video calls, online chats or phone calls. Patients can use the service to access...
By Laura Lovett 03:05 pm July 30, 2020
This week digital home fitness system Tempo announced a $60 million Series B funding round. Northwest Venture Partners and General Catalyst led the round with participation from DCM, Bling Capital, SignalFire, Founders Fund and Y Combinator.  As part of the deal, Northwest Capital’s Edward Yip and General Catalyst’s Holly Maloney were added to the board of directors.  This news comes just months...
By Laura Lovett 01:43 pm July 30, 2020
Eargo, maker of direct-to-consumer tech enabled hearing devices, scored a whopping $71 million in Series funding. Gilde Healthcare and Longitude Capital led the round with participation from New Enterprise Associates, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation and Nan Fung Life Sciences. As part of the news, the company announced that Gilde Healthcare’s Geoff Pardo and Longitude Capital’s Juliet...
By Laura Lovett 03:12 pm July 29, 2020
A new randomized control trial published by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that participants using Big Health’s cognitive behavioral therapy app Daylight reduced symptoms of anxiety.  Researchers also found that participants using the app had a decrease in secondary symptoms such as worry and depressive symptoms.  “In this study, we found that Daylight helped participants...
By Laura Lovett 11:18 am July 29, 2020
This morning CVS Health announced that it is adding a handful of digital health apps to its Point Solution Management service, including Big Health’s Daylight, Vida Weight Loss +, Weight Watchers, Kurbo and Naturally Slim. Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle appear to be at the center of the news, as all but mental health app Daylight have a focus on making healthy eating choices. However, the...

Sameer Sonkusale, Nano Lab, Tufts University

By Laura Lovett 02:47 pm July 28, 2020
The old saying that you can tell a lot about a person from their clothing is about to get an update as digital health efforts look to embed sensors in garments.  This morning engineers at Tufts University announced they have developed a new flexible sensor patch designed to analyze a wearer’s sweat. It can be sewn into clothing.  Users can get insights into their sodium and ammonium ions, lactate...
By Laura Lovett 11:37 am July 28, 2020
Sharecare, a digital patient engagement company, announced on Monday that it is purchasing WhiteHatAI, which focuses on using artificial intelligence to address healthcare payments, for an undisclosed amount.  Sharecare is focused on reviewing claims data in order to detect any false claims, waste, abuse or fraud in the system. This comes as Sharecare has boosted its medical records and medical...