Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:59 pmMay 28, 2020
When it comes to regions around the world where health tech is in full bloom, it would be hard not to mention Israel. Today we are seeing a rise of health IT innovation and digital health companies rising from this relatively small country in the Middle East.  That is also true when it comes to the country’s largest healthcare organization, Clalit Health Services, which is combining its swaths of...

Felicity Yost and Carolyn Witte, cofounders of Tia/photo credit: Tia

By Laura Lovett 11:14 amMay 28, 2020
This morning Tia, a tech enabled women’s health company, closed its Series A round raking in $24.27 million in new capital. Threshold Venture’s Emily Melton led the round with participation from Define Ventures, ACME, Torch Capital, John Doerr, Homebrew and Compound. WHAT THEY DO Tia follows a hybrid model of care – it offers both brick-and-mortar services and virtual tools to patients. The New...
By Laura Lovett 03:54 pmMay 27, 2020
The government of Qatar’s mandatory COVID-19-tracing app has come into question after an Amnesty International investigation exposed a weakness in its configuration that could have left it open for cyberattacks.  Once the vulnerability was flagged, authorities in Qatar updated and fixed the issue within a day, according to Amnesty International. However, if there had been an attack, it was...
By Laura Lovett 03:43 pmMay 27, 2020
For quite a while now, tech titans Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple have been quickly gaining prominence in the healthcare industry. In a new report, CB Insights dives into what each of the companies are up to and possible next moves.  First, Facebook, the report shines light on the fact that it has the ability to look at huge swaths of user data and behaviors. It also looks at how...
By Laura Lovett 02:55 pmMay 26, 2020
Samsung is the latest wearable company to enter the ECG monitoring space, following an announcement on Sunday that the function on its Health Monitoring app got the greenlight from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.  This means that Galaxy Watch Active2 users in South Korea will be able to use the tool to detect any heart rhythm irregularities, which could be linked to AFib.  It’s no...
By Laura Lovett 03:26 pmMay 22, 2020
This morning digital mental health platform Mindstrong scored a whopping $100 million in Series C funding.  While Mindstrong has a history of solid funding rounds, this amount will more than double its total funding. In 2017 it got its first $14 million cash infusion. That was followed by a $15 million Series B funding round in June of 2018, which got a $31 million add-on in January of 2019,...
By Laura Lovett 04:29 pmMay 21, 2020
On Wednesday Big Sky Health, best known for its fasting app Zero, scored $8 million in Series A funding. The latest round was led by Greycroft., and brings the company’s total funding pot to $4.2 million.  Coinciding with the funding news is the announcement that Big Sky Health will also be offering Zero Plus, a premium service of its fasting app.  WHAT THEY DO The company’s main product is...
By Laura Lovett 03:17 pmMay 21, 2020
One Medical, the tech enabled health startup that made headlines when it went public in January, is reporting a 25% year-over-year revenue growth. However, it still came up short of meeting earnings per share expectations. The company, officially named 1Life Healthcare, uses a hybrid model, its members have access to 24-7 virtual health-services as well as the ability to visit brick-and-mortar...
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pmMay 20, 2020
This morning telehealth giant Amwell raised a whopping $194 million in a Series C funding. Allianz X and Takeda were among the participants this round.  Amwell has a history of large funding rounds. In 2018 it raked it a cool $365.4 million in Series B funding, and in 2014 it raised $81 million.   This latest funding news comes as telehealth gets its era in the spotlight, as providers and...

Lauri Sippola, CEO of Kaiku, gives a demonstration in his Helsinki office. 

By Laura Lovett 11:33 amMay 20, 2020
Swedish oncology-focused Elekta has announced its purchase of Kaiku Health, a Helsinki-based startup focused on patient monitoring and patient-reported outcome services. As part of this deal Kaiku Health’s app, which allows patients to track symptoms over time and can alert doctors or researchers with updates, will be integrated into Elekta’s Mosaiq Oncology Information System. “Including...