Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:34 pmApril 1, 2020
Testing for COVID-19 has been somewhat of a roller coaster in the last few weeks. With each day, the FDA pushes forward in its efforts to expedite the review and rollout of sorely need COVID-19 diagnostic testing. It has enabled the Emergency Use Act, which relaxes standards during a time of crisis.  On March 30 the agency revealed that, since January, it has worked with more than 230 test...
By Laura Lovett 03:54 pmApril 1, 2020
This morning, digital medical payment company PatientPay scored $6.15 million in a growth funding round led by Mosaik Partners.  This comes roughly two years after the North Carolinian startup closed a $6 million round led by Teaghlach Family Office to expand its patient billing platform. WHAT THEY DO  The company focuses on billing services regarding acute, ambulatory and specialty care. The...
By Laura Lovett 12:59 pmMarch 31, 2020
This morning specialist eConsult platform AristaMD raised $18 million in its Series B funding. Cigna Ventures and MemorialCare Innovation Fund (MCIF) led the round with participation from Avalon Ventures, CU Healthcare Innovation Fund and Stanford Health Care.  WHAT THEY DO  The startup focuses on giving primary care providers virtual consultations with specialists. PCPs can tap into clinical...
By Laura Lovett 03:32 pmMarch 30, 2020
GoodRx, the Californian startup best known for its pharmaceutical-cost-transparency tool, is rolling out a new feature that lets patients compare telemedicine prices and service options.  Dubbed GoodRx telehealth marketplace, users are able to select the type of condition they are looking to address. Patients can select one of 100 conditions, which run the gamut from cold and flu symptoms to...
By Laura Lovett 01:43 pmMarch 30, 2020
Last week operating room communication startup RelayOne announced a $1 million raise from Cofounders Capital.  This news comes less than a year after the company scored $500,000 in seed funding, also from Cofounders Capital, bringing the total funding pot to $1.5 million.  WHAT THEY DO  The North Carolina-based startup has developed a software that lets surgeons and healthcare providers...
By Laura Lovett 04:05 pmMarch 27, 2020
This morning Apple became the next tech giant to jump into the coronavirus resource space, with the launch of its COVID-19 website and corresponding app. The new site, which serves as both a screening tool and information platform, was born out of a collaboration with Apple, the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA. Users are able to go onto the site and answer a list of questions...
By Laura Lovett 04:10 pmMarch 26, 2020
Yesterday morning ClinOne, a digital platform that helps researchers manage clinical trials, landed $3.6 million in Series A funding. The infusion of cash was led by CU Healthcare Innovation Fund. WHAT THEY DO The platform works with pharma companies, research groups, and clinical trial sites in order to recruit appropriate patients for their trial. Researchers can use the platform to manage ...
By Laura Lovett 03:40 pmMarch 26, 2020
On the frontlines of the coronavirus, crisis providers are tapping into digital mechanisms to communicate with patients and track the spread of the disease. Yesterday MassChallenge hosted a summit on innovation in the age of the coronavirus crisis, which included a panel on how tech can play a role in direct patient care. "If there is any silver linings it's that the [American Medical Association...
By Laura Lovett 04:17 pmMarch 25, 2020
The American Medical Association has created a new resource for doctors to turn to for advice on telehealth in the age of the coronavirus. It recently launched the AMA Telemedicine Quick Reference Guide, aimed at helping clinicians figure out best practices for implementing the tech. The guidelines cover everything from policy and coding to implementation. The association also kicked off a...
By Laura Lovett 04:09 pmMarch 25, 2020
This morning MassChallenge hosted a virtual summit focused on innovation in the time of the coronavirus. This comes amid the growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States. As of today the World Health Organization reported over 42,000 cases in the U.S. alone. This rising number has resulted in a slew of innovations to address some of the most pressing questions, including testing,...