Laura Lovett

July 16, 2018
It’s bilingual. Miami-based CareCloud, maker of care management platform Breeze, has just added a new Spanish version, called Breeze en Español. The new version will allow customers to book, check-in and out of appointments, and pay for bills in Spanish. “A good patient experience is language neutral,” Juan Molina, CareCloud’s vice president of strategy and business development, said in a...
July 16, 2018
While the use of mental health apps has been on the rise, researchers of a recent analysis published by the Annals of Family Medicine, which is broadly critical of these platforms, worry that these apps could lead to unnecessary diagnoses and misinformation about mental illness.  “Mental health apps may promote medicalization of normal mental states and imply individual responsibility for mental...
July 13, 2018
The US government has never been known for its easy-to-use web platforms. At one point getting Medicare or Medicaid information could turn into hours of navigating an antiquated platform. But some of these websites are getting a facelift and becoming faster, simpler, and easier to use. In part, that’s thanks to the brain power of the US Digital Service (USDS), a team of technologists that come to...
July 12, 2018
This morning, Doctolib announced that it acquired fellow online medical appointment booking and management company MonDocteur.  “Our missions have been the same since day one: making our healthcare system more human, efficient, and connected and building a company of several thousand people sharing the same humanist values,” Stanislas Niox-Chateau, Doctolib cofounder and CEO, said in a statement...
telehealth pilot announced from FCC for rural providers

Credit: John Hopkins

July 12, 2018
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr have teamed up to propose a new telemedicine initiative that aims to support people at home and prevent hospital readmission, specifically among low-income individuals. The pair are seeking $100 million for the new initiative, called the “Connected Care Pilot Program.” The program is designed to help people who are low-income, veterans...
July 11, 2018
Alphabet subsidiary Verily is teaming up with well-known sleep company ResMed to form a new venture that will focus on developing sleep apnea treatments and connected health products.  The latest venture will look at the health and financial impacts of sleep apnea. The companies plan on developing new software that will have advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities, Dr. Carlos Nunez,...
Carepoynt incentive-based health rewards platform model
July 11, 2018
Newport Beach, California-based startup Carepoynt, an incentive based health and wellness platform, has just closed a $2 million seed funding round. “Our success in building upon the base of local and national Carepoynt Community of members, partners, providers, payers, and employers so far this year, coupled with the completion of our seed round of funding, sets the stage for us to accelerate...
pulse-sensing iBeat Heart Watch helps patients
July 11, 2018
Clarification: This article has been updated to include additional information about how the iBeat watch connects to EMS services.  Today San Francisco-based startup iBeat launched its pulse-sensing iBeat Heart Watch, which aims to alert medical professionals if someone is going into cardiac arrest.  Inspired by the death of a friend who could have been saved by CPR, Ryan Howard, founder and CEO...
July 10, 2018
Chicago-based health kiosk company higi has just landed $21.3 million in a Series C funding round led by Flare Capital Partners and 7wireVentures.  “Simply stated, higi is making healthcare easier for people. higi is creating unprecedented access in people’s neighborhoods, giving consumers a trusted health narrative and connecting people to the full scope of the retail store and local healthcare...
July 10, 2018
A take-home wearable ECG could be key in detecting undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute used the iRhythm Zio patch, an ECG screening wearable, to monitor patients with a risk for the condition.  Researchers discovered that patients who immediately began monitoring were significantly more likely to...