Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 12:51 pmDecember 6, 2019
Digital health has gone global. On both sides of the Atlantic, healthcare stakeholders are evaluating these new tools, while innovators are navigating the pathways to implementation. It’s clear that while the North American markets and the European markets each have their own challenges, the industries also share plenty of universal opportunities and obstacles.  This week at the European...
By Laura Lovett 12:04 pmDecember 5, 2019
When it comes to mental health apps, validation is a hot topic. But studying those apps can pose some hefty challenges. A recent meta analysis published online in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that studies of apps for depressive symptoms had around a 50% dropout rate when accounting for bias.  However, researchers discovered that the rate was lower when the apps included a human...
By Laura Lovett 08:00 amDecember 5, 2019
This morning pMD, a mobile communication and data capture platform, announced a new feature that allows patients to contact their doctors through pMD Secure Messaging.  The Californian startup boasts that patients will be able to send messages in real time that include photo and video files.  The latest feature includes a group function, which allows patients to communicate with a team of...
By Laura Lovett 10:37 amDecember 4, 2019
Setting its sights on the European market, yesterday California startup VivaLNK announced that it landed a Class IIa medical device CE Mark for its multi-vital medical wearable sensor and software development kit.  Researchers and clinicians can use the technology to continuously stream a patient’s ECG rhythm, respiratory rate, heart rate, RR interval and three axis acceleration.  The product...
By Laura Lovett 10:39 amDecember 3, 2019
The digital health field saw an increase in women leadership in 2019, but the pace of change remains relatively slow, according to a new Rock Health report.  Across the board the percentage of female executives at Fortune 500 health care companies, female partners at venture funds active in digital health and the deals closed by women-led digital health companies have all increased.  However, the...
By Laura Lovett 10:11 amDecember 2, 2019
Amazon Web Services is tapping into its voice technology once again with the launch of the Amazon Transcribe Medical, an automated speech recognition service that will let developers add medical diction and documentation to their apps.  The streaming API tool is designed to cater to medical and pharmacological terms, thereby allowing doctors, clinicians and researchers to dictate into it. It also...
By Laura Lovett 02:07 pmNovember 27, 2019
Seniors that exercise more frequently and are not living with a chronic condition are more likely to be long term activity tracker users, according to a recent study published in Telemedicine and e-Health.  The study also found that women were more likely to be long term wearable activity tracker [WAT] users than men, and that individuals with a higher level of education were also more likely to...
By Laura Lovett 11:14 amNovember 27, 2019
This morning health analytics and education company Elsevier announced its plans to acquire Dublin-based 3D4Medical, a startup specializing in digital medical education tools. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Irish investor Malin, which owns 38% of the startup, said it would be collecting €17 million from the deal--indicating that Elsevier paid around €44.73 ($49.2 million USD)....
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pmNovember 26, 2019
Eko, the maker of devices and platforms for monitoring heart function, has announced the rollout of a second version of its CORE stethoscope that includes noise canceling capabilities and a sound amplifying feature.  Customers can buy the product as a digital attachment or an assembled stethoscope. The latest version will include a wireless connection to Eko’s software and a 10-hour battery. On...
By Laura Lovett 01:59 pmNovember 26, 2019
Amazon is jumping into the medication adherence space with a new feature that lets users link up their pharmacy prescription information and, in turn, get reminders about when to take their pills and order refills.  The latest feature was born out of a collaboration between the online retail giant and Omnicell, a tech-enabled medication management company. Initially the feature will be rolled out...