Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 03:18 pm September 2, 2020
A new study jointly conducted by digital chronic care management tool Omada and Evidation Health found that patients using Omada’s diabetes management program reduced their A1c level and average of 0.8 over the course of the clinical research.  The study included a total of 195 participants with Type 2 diabetes who had an average baseline A1c of 8.93%. Researchers reported that those participants...
By Laura Lovett 01:36 pm September 2, 2020
PicnicHealth, a startup that helps patients access and share their medical records, raked in $25 million in new Series B funding round led by Felicis Ventures.  This comes roughly two years after the California company raised $10 million in its Series A round.  As part of the new deal Sundeep Peechu, managing director at Felicis Ventures will take a seat on PicnicHealth’s board of directors. ...
By Laura Lovett 03:16 pm September 1, 2020
Nurx, a women’s health platform best known for using telemedicine to connect patients with contraceptives and STI testing, is dipping into the migraine space. Today it launched a new service that lets patients virtually connect with a provider and develop an individualized migraine management plan.  Patients pay a $60 annual fee, which includes online medical consultations, a video exam where...
By Laura Lovett 11:59 am September 1, 2020
Medtronic’s MiniMed 770G System has landed FDA clearance for its hybrid closed-loop system, marking the first time an automated insulin delivery system was greenlighted for young children with Type 1 diabetes.  This clearance means that the tool can be marketed to children as young as 2. It can also be used for adults. The system includes an algorithm which is able to measure a patient’s glucose...
By Laura Lovett 03:03 pm August 31, 2020
Connected care company Masimo has landed and expanded FDA clearance for its O3 Regional Oximeter, for both somatic applications and monitoring changes in the cerebral hemoglobin.  It specifically monitors somatic tissue oxygenation saturation, and can detect changes in a patient’s hemoglobin, oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin.  According to the company, its tool differs from peripheral pulse...
By Laura Lovett 01:28 pm August 31, 2020
GoodRx, an online pharmacy platform for low-cost prescriptions and price comparisons, filed SEC documents seeking to go public on Nasdaq Friday.  Founded in 2011, GoodRx made its name with a platform and mobile app that lets self-paying customers compare medication prices and discounts. Users can bring a printed or digital coupon to major pharmacies when ordering their prescriptions. The platform...
By Laura Lovett 01:46 pm August 28, 2020
Women’s health startups are starting to garner a lot of attention. However, a new report out of PitchBook found that the industry is still struggling to catch the attention of VCs, and has produced few exits. “Only six femtech exits were completed in 2019; however, this still represents a 64% increase in exit value compared to 2018. The largest exits in recent years include Progyny’s (NASDAQ:...
By Laura Lovett 11:19 am August 28, 2020
It’s no secret that digital is shaping what clinical trials will look like in the future. A recently published position paper published in Nature discusses the potentials and challenges of digital clinical trials. The paper builds on a workshop held by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in April of 2019.  One of the big opportunities that the paper outlines...
By Laura Lovett 02:34 pm August 27, 2020
New research has emerged that a digital mental health program may help patients decrease anxiety and depression.  The study, published yesterday morning in JMIR, gave patients with moderate to severe depression the Vida Health app, which used cognitive behavioral therapy and one-on-one therapist counseling. Scientists saw the rates of anxiety and depression decrease during the program and stay...
By Laura Lovett 12:27 pm August 27, 2020
Abbott has scored yet another Emergency Use Authorization for rapid coronavirus testing – this one, named BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card, come in the form of a card and can provide results in 15 minutes. The other notable difference in this test is the price point. Abbott said it will sell the tests for $5 each.  Users will also be able to link their results to Abbott’s app dubbed NAVICA, which will...