Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 01:35 pm July 7, 2020
During the global pandemic, digital health has certainly turned the heads of provider organizations, but the investment numbers are, in and providers weren’t the only ones to take notice.  Six months into 2020, investors have poured a record-shattering $5.4 billion into the digital health industry, according to the latest Rock Health Report. [Last week MobiHealthNews published its biannual...
By Laura Lovett 01:08 pm July 6, 2020
Abbott’s Bluetooth connected cardioverter defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator, part of the Gallant product line, scored FDA clearance this morning. Patients using the technology can connect it to a smartphone app, called MyMerlinPulse, which will let both patients and providers see transmission history and device performance. The app is also designed to nudge...

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By Laura Lovett 02:46 pm July 1, 2020
Over the last decade, the addiction and mental health space has becoming increasingly digital – so much so that the first prescription digital therapeutic, Pear’s ReSET, scored FDA clearance nearly three years ago. While more and more players begin to join the so-called "DTx" space, the technology is yet to hit the mainstream radar, but a new coalition is looking to change that.  A list of high-...
By Laura Lovett 03:27 pm June 30, 2020
This morning Owkin, a medical research company that uses machine learning, announced that its Series A funding round has reached $70 million. This comes after Mubadala Capital and Bpifrance entered with a late $18 million in investment. The Series A has been in the works for some time. The money has trickled in periodically. In May it announced a $25 million dollar raise. But the Series A round...
By Laura Lovett 02:32 pm June 30, 2020
While the femtech industry is still very much in the early years, the investor dollars have been pouring in. Last week, at Women of Wearables’ femtech forum, a panel of investors sat down to talk virtually about the state of female focused digital health.   “I don’t think it’s painting something pretty and putting makeup on it. It’s a true data gap we have,” Sophia Bendz, partner at Atomico, said...
By Laura Lovett 04:20 pm June 26, 2020
Health insurtech company Oscar Health scored a whopping $225 million in Series C funding from Google’s parent company Alphabet, General Catalyst, Khosla Ventures, Lakestar, Thrive Capital and Baillie Gifford.  This comes roughly two years after the company announced a $165 million funding round led by Brian Singerman and Founders Fund.  WHAT THEY DO  The company offers direct-to-consumer health...
By Laura Lovett 04:03 pm June 25, 2020
Historically, women have been underrepresented in clinical trials, however, that paradigm is changing. This shift is mainly due to policy changes in the last three decades, but today many innovators are also seeing a role for tech to play in closing this gap.  This morning MobiHealthNews sat down with a panel at Women of Wearables’ FemTech Forum to moderate a discussion about the gender gap in...
By Laura Lovett 03:23 pm June 24, 2020
Digital therapeutics company Pear Therapeutics has inked a deal with pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) RemedyOne, allowing the latter to offer and administer benefit coverage for the formers’ prescription-addiction-focused therapies reSET and reSET-O to its customers.  Both reSET and reSET-O have FDA clearances. In fact, reSET was the first software-only therapeutic to get the designation. reSET ...
By Laura Lovett 12:02 pm June 24, 2020
This morning a new digital-weight-management startup out of New York City called Calibrate launched with a $5.1 million boost in seed funding led by Forerunner Ventures.  Calibrate is a one-year telemedicine program focused on weight loss that combines both prescription medications and health coaching. The end goal of the program is to help customers “reset their metabolic health.” Users are...
By Laura Lovett 02:55 pm June 23, 2020
Yesterday morning Cedar, maker of an intelligent patient billing platform, announced a whopping $102 million Series C funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz.  The company has a record of major funding rounds – starting with a $13 million Series A round back in 2017, shortly followed by a Series B round worth $42 million in 2018.  WHAT THEY DO  The company focuses on helping to guide patients...