Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 03:36 pmNovember 12, 2019
Last week Reflexion Health launched its new digital physical therapy platform HelloPT. Users of the new tool can access licensed physical therapists via telehealth and recovery plans. The tool will be sold to health plans and self-insured employers for their members.  Patients start off by choosing what body parts are injured. Next they are asked to fill out a short survey. The tool then gives...
By Laura Lovett 01:46 pmNovember 12, 2019
Planned Parenthood is rolling out a new platform aimed at helping woman find the closest abortion center that suits their specific needs. Dubbed Abortion Care Finder, the new tool includes information about state requirements and locations where women can access abortion care.  Users of the platform can put in information about their zip code, age and how far along they are in their pregnancy....
By Laura Lovett 12:39 pmNovember 12, 2019
Digital mental health company Ieso has named Kate Woolland as its next corporate development advisor. She is coming to the startup after serving as a partner at the Healthcare Practice at PA Consulting. At Ieso her role will focus on strategic sales, commercial partnerships and senior stakeholder engagement. “The digital healthcare market is evolving at a rapid pace, and we can see a number of...
By Laura Lovett 10:41 amNovember 12, 2019
This morning Whoop, a Boston-based performance wearable company, raked in $55 million in a Series D funding round. The new money is a combination of both equity and debt. Foundry Group led the round with participation from Two Sigma Ventures, Accomplice, Thursday Ventures, Promus Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank and other individual investors.  According to the company, this latest raise brings its...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pmNovember 11, 2019
Ninety-eight percent of veterans with Type 2 diabetes enrolled in Virta’s digital diabetes management program reduced or controlled their estimated HbA1c level after 90 days, according to new results from a pilot conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Virta Health.  The pilot, which included a total of 104 patients, found that 84% of patients enrolled achieved an estimated HbA1c...

P.J. Keenan, Development Engineer, Philips Research models the HoloLens2 technology. 

By Laura Lovett 02:00 pmNovember 11, 2019
While Philips made a name for itself in the 20th century making TVs, VCRs and other electronics, its more recent history is exclusively focused on the healthcare industry. But even the fabric of Philips’ healthcare research is quickly shifting, incorporating new technologies—both in hardware and software.  “In the past we were always thought of as a hardware company. So, our head of strategy said...

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly checks out the Microsoft HoloLens aboard a space station on February 20, 2016. The device is part of NASA's project Sidekick, which is exploring the use of augmented reality to reduce crew training requirements and increase the efficiency with which astronauts can work in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

By Laura Lovett 01:25 pmNovember 8, 2019
Spending three years in an enclosed spacecraft with less than a handful of companions is a daunting task — not just physically but psychologically. However, that will be the reality for the crew going to Mars, a trip which is slated for some time in the next two decades.   “These people who travel with a small crew and small habitable body [face] psychological stress of that confinement and...
By Laura Lovett 01:18 pmNovember 8, 2019
Astronauts face a myriad of health challenges in space, including exposure to radiation, risk of bone deterioration, vestibular issues and various other concerns.  Space health researchers are continuously looking for ways to prevent and treat medical problems before they arise. Enter precision medicine: an increasingly popular strategy that consider specific variations in a patient’s genetic...
By Laura Lovett 03:58 pmNovember 5, 2019
This morning Medopad, an artificial intelligence-enabled patient data collection and analytics platform, landed $25 million in Series B funding. The last round was led by pharma giant Bayer’s venture capital branch Leaps by Bayer.  This new announcement brings the UK-based company’s total funding to $50 million, and comes roughly a year and a half after it closed its $28 million Series A round....

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By Laura Lovett 03:03 pmNovember 5, 2019
Scientists and innovators are no stranger to technology failures — often in the pursuit of bettering systems or advancing science. However, a mission to Mars, where the stakes are high and distance from Earth is extreme, is not the right place for experimenting with health tech, according to speakers at the Space Health Innovation Conference in San Francisco on Saturday.  “You are never going to...