Laura Lovett

April 18, 2019
While smartphones are yet to replace the eyes as the window into the soul, there is a budding conversation around the technology serving as window into an individual’s wellbeing. Biomarkers from smartphones, such as GPS, usage and physical activity, are now being used by providers and employers as an indicator of mental health. Patients' willingness to share passive smartphone data varies...
April 18, 2019
This week Swedish startup NuvoAir, best known for making respiratory monitors, scored $3 million in new funding. The latest round was led by Inustrifonden, with participation from Investment AB Spiltan.  WHAT THEY DO The company made a name for itself with a smartphone spirometer able to conduct lung function assessments in a home environment.  Last year the company launched the Air Next system,...
April 17, 2019
From drones delivering blood in Rwanda, to blockchain health records in Estonia it is clear to see that digital health tools have spread worldwide. But how these systems are being implemented varies greatly depending on the government, region and resources.  Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released 10 guidelines for how countries can use digital health tools to improve patient care. The...
April 16, 2019
Zipnosis, maker of white-labeled telemedicine products for providers, launched a new platform called ZipPlus, which helps providers using the company's telemedicine services carve out an integrated “roadmap.”  “We continue to hear from our health system customers that virtual care deployment is narrow and integration is a challenge, and in many cases prohibiting widespread adoption,” Jon Pearce,...

Photo Credit/ Ro, press kit 

April 16, 2019
Ro — the company which made its mark with a men’s health platform focused on erectile dysfunction called Roman — has landed an additional $85 million in Series B financing, according to a source at TechCrunch.  When MobiHealthNews reached out, the company declined to comment on this funding.  WHAT THEY DO Ro made a name for itself in the digital health world with its online platform that...
April 15, 2019
This morning, PointClickCare announced a new mobile app dubbed the PointClickCare Companion, designed to help senior living providers track and manage the delivery of their services and medications. It is also aimed at making the billing process easier.  The new tool, which lets caregivers access patient information on an iPhone or iPad, is intended to be integrated with the PointClick Care EHR....
April 15, 2019
Within the last decade, shopping for groceries, clothes and books has become a lot more virtual. The digital space is rapidly replacing brick and mortar stores for many customers. Now consumers are turning to the web for their health products—whether it is to get a pharmacy prescription, a urine test or an “embarrassing” sexual health product. Read on for three emerging trends in the digital mail...
April 12, 2019
The way a patient walks can be an important indicator of cognitive and physical health. Now researchers from across Europe are set to team up with European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) companies to develop a new sensor-enabled tool that will digitally assess the loss in mobility.  The €50 million project, dubbed MOBILISE-D, is funded by the European Innovative...

Cityblock CEO Iyah Romm at CHC in October/Photo Credit:Christopher Huang 

April 12, 2019
This morning Cityblock, a startup focused on addressing socio-economic health disparities through tech, announced that it landed $65 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Redpoint Ventures with participation from 8VC, Echo Health Ventures, StartUp Health, Sidewalk Labs, Thrive Capital, Maverick Ventures, Town Hall Ventures and EmbelmHealth.  WHAT THEY DO  Cityblock, a spinout of...
April 11, 2019
There is an app for just about everything, and the mental health space is no different. But industry experts warn that not all mental health apps are created equally. While there are exemplars of tools that have been clinically validated, there is also a slew of technologies that have not been tested at all.  “There are lot of opportunities for patients to receive bad care through apps right now...