Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:39 pm September 28, 2020
This morning San Francisco-based API startup Noyo announced a $12.5 million Series A funding round for its technology designed to facilitate health insurance data exchanges. Costanoa Ventures and Spark Capital led the round with participation from Homebrew, Fika Ventures, Precursor Ventures, Core Innovation Capital, Garuda Ventures and Webb Investment Network.  The news was paired with two...
Abbott's FreeStyle Libre
By Laura Lovett 12:19 pm September 28, 2020
This morning Abbott announced that its continuous glucose monitor the FreeStyle Libre 3 earned a CE mark, making it cleared for use for individuals with diabetes living in the European Union. This news comes just a few months after the company landed the much-awaited U.S. FDA clearance for its FreeStyle Libre 2. Like its predecessor this monitor can also last for 14 days and transmit glucose data...
Mass General Brigham's Dr. Joe Kvedar
By Laura Lovett 01:37 pm September 25, 2020
This year, most of the healthcare focus has been centered on the coronavirus crisis. However, as the population continues to age, over the next few decades senior care may be the hot topic. “It’s critical that we get it right for so many reasons,” Dr. Joe Kvedar, senior advisor of virtual care at Mass General Brigham, said. “In 2050 there will be twice as many people on the planet over 65 as...
By Laura Lovett 02:51 pm September 24, 2020
COVID-19 wasn’t Google Chief Health Officer Dr. Karen DeSalvo’s first crisis. A seasoned public health leader, she worked on the health response in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.  During a keynote talk at CB Insights' Future of Health yesterday, she stressed that lessons learned during the hurricane can also be applied to the pandemic today.  “A lot of things that happened to us in 2005...
By Laura Lovett 03:09 pm September 23, 2020
When it comes to the world of health, words are important, according to panelists at Rock Health’s annual summit. What language is used by clinicians, caregivers, even digital health companies can boost inclusivity or cause exclusion. That’s particularly true for groups of people who have been historically marginalized, such as the LGBTQ+ community and people of color.  “Particularly in the queer...
By Laura Lovett 03:23 pm September 22, 2020
The health systems of tomorrow could look a lot more inclusive, according to a group of panelists at Rock Health’s annual summit. In particular, panelists focused on how the health tech space could be revamped for more diverse populations with diverse needs.  “When I think about the healthcare system of tomorrow I’m very much focused on the lessons we can learn from this year of dual crisis....
By Laura Lovett 01:56 pm September 21, 2020
Pharma giant Roche is adding a new remote-patient-monitoring tool to its Diabetes Care Platform. The new tool is specifically targeted towards patients who require more doctor-patient interactions. Through it, doctors and care team members can enroll their patients in the remote-monitoring program and then personalize the tool for each patient. Specifically, clinicians can control the length of...
By Laura Lovett 03:28 pm September 18, 2020
When Colette Courtion, founder and CEO of Joylux, which makes health tech products aimed at curbing vaginal atrophy, began to advertise, she quickly started getting ad rejections from social media giants. Her product, which was developed to help women with incontinence, vaginal dryness and other conditions related to aging and giving birth, is an intervaginal tool that bears resemblance to a...
By Laura Lovett 03:16 pm September 17, 2020
For digital therapeutics companies, the FDA has often been viewed as the gatekeeper to getting products to the patients. However, today the conversation around efficacy and research is branching beyond just what ticks the FDA boxes, into what kinds of studies are needed to meet the expectations of stakeholders and end users. This morning at DTx East, a group of panelist discussed the current...
By Laura Lovett 02:45 pm September 16, 2020
Over the last five years we’ve seen Apple Watch progressively move into the healthcare space. For the most part the tech has been a vessel for consumers to find out insights about their bodies. However, as was referenced during Apple’s September 2020 keynote address, its use case has rapidly expanded, and the company has worked with startups to include provider-facing tools.  In fact, Notable, an...