Laura Lovett

Google phone screen example listing COVID-19 vaccines
By  Laura Lovett 02:18 pm December 10, 2020
Now that several vaccines have come out with promising results, vaccine misinformation is also growing. Tech giant Google is now zeroing in on this potential issue by implementing new strategies to coping with misinformation, according to a new blog post.  Users in the U.K. will now be able to use a new search feature on the platform in order to look up COVID-19 vaccine information, as well as...
By  Laura Lovett 01:20 pm December 9, 2020
Adaptive virtual care company Story Health launched this week with $4 million in seed funding from veteran health tech investors General Catalyst and Define Ventures.  Focused on simplifying specialist care, the new platform is headed by a team of Verily alumni, including its CEO Tom Stanis, Verily’s cofounder, and Chief Product Officer Nikhil Roy.  WHAT IT DOES  The technology was designed to...
By  Laura Lovett 04:43 pm December 8, 2020
Apple has landed a new FDA clearance for an updated version of its ECG feature, allowing the tool to add a category called A-Fib with high heart rate. This comes a little over two years after Apple first landed a De Novo clearance for its first version of the ECG reading.  The latest version of the ECG feature will be available when the new software update rolls out. This second generation will...
By  Laura Lovett 02:28 pm December 8, 2020
Digital meditation app Calm landed a $75 million in Series C funding, pushing up the company’s valuation to $2 billion. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round with participation from TPG, Insight Venture Partners, Marc Benioff and funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  This news come a little over a year after the company announced a $113 million Series B raise. WHAT IT DOES The...
By  Laura Lovett 12:04 pm December 8, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro is turning to the in-home healthcare space with the acquisition of digital platform Workpath.  Founded in 2015, Workpath created a tool that can offer on-demand in-home care services through an API system. Through the app virtual care providers can request to send in-home blood draws or in-home nurse visits to a patient. The company’s API is able to...
AireHealth products
By  Laura Lovett 01:48 pm December 7, 2020
AireHealth, a Floridian startup focused on the respiratory health space, landed an FDA 510(k) clearance for its connected nebulizer VitalMed. The device was previously cleared as a stand-alone tool but did not have a connected component, according to the company.  The portable device is made of electronic vibrating mesh and is designed to nebulize medication for the inhaler at home. Patients will...
By  Laura Lovett 02:57 pm December 3, 2020
London-based virtual care company HealthHero has acquired digital triage platform Doctorlink. This comes after Eight Roads sold its stake in the company to HealthHero.  Doctorlink has several different components, including online triage, urgent care triage, risk assessment and video consultations. The technology is built using artificial intelligence (AI). The company's online triage system was...
By  Laura Lovett 11:43 am December 3, 2020
Israel’s OTV, a venture capital firm dedicated specifically to digital health, closed a new fund with $170 million. The company also announced its name shift from Olive Tree Ventures to its acronym OTV.  Founded in 2015, over the last five years it has invested in a slew of digital health companies, including TytoCare, Lemonaid Health, Emedgene, Scopio and Donisi Health.  This new announcement...
Two examples of the Virta app screen on smartphones
By  Laura Lovett 03:21 pm December 2, 2020
Digital diabetes company Virta scored $65 million in its Series D round led Sequoia Capital Global Equities funding.  This news comes roughly a year after the San Francisco company closed its $93 million Series C financing round. Today it reports raising over $230 million in cumulative funding, pushing its valuation above $1 billion and marking it a unicorn company.  WHAT IT DOES  Virta got its...
HIMSS’ Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare

Health correspondent Kate Miliken and Dinesh Divakaran talk at HIMSS’ Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare conference. 

By  Laura Lovett 01:49 pm December 2, 2020
Within the last decade we’ve seen an uptick in collaboration efforts between academic medical centers (AMC) and digital health companies. However, navigating AMC’s complex ecosystems is often a challenge for potential partners. “AMCs are different than hospitals. They have a triple mission of clinical care, medical research and health education. But they also are increasingly collaborative. They...