Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:08 pmNovember 14, 2019
Hims & Hers, an online mail-order health company that uses remote consultations to prescribe cosmetic and sexual health products, has rolled out a new app for users.  The app will offer almost identical services and links as the original platform, and will give users access to asynchronous healthcare visits and prescription products such as birth control and erectile dysfunction medication...
By Laura Lovett 12:22 pmNovember 14, 2019
Digital chronic care platform Omada is deepening its relationship with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), inking a new deal that provides the insurer’s commercial plan members access to the startup’s Type 2 diabetes care platform. As part of yesterday’s news, Blue Cross also announced it would be making a strategic investment in Omada; however, the actual value of this...
By Laura Lovett 03:21 pmNovember 13, 2019
Yesterday the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) tapped the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences and TechSpring at Baystate to join its R&D sandbox program. This means that startups in the state will now be able to apply for funding and access to the facilities of these three institutions so that they may test their products. ...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pmNovember 13, 2019
Japanese pharma Eisai Co.'s subsidiary Eisai Inc. is rolling out a new skill on Amazon Alexa developed specifically to target children with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), a rare and severe form of epilepsy.  Dubbed Ella the Jellyfish, the underwater-themed platform includes interactive games such as "Freeze Dance" and "Color Hunt." It also provides users access to music and meditation services. ...
By Laura Lovett 03:36 pmNovember 12, 2019
Last week Reflexion Health launched its new digital physical therapy platform HelloPT. Users of the new tool can access licensed physical therapists via telehealth and recovery plans. The tool will be sold to health plans and self-insured employers for their members.  Patients start off by choosing what body parts are injured. Next they are asked to fill out a short survey. The tool then gives...
By Laura Lovett 01:46 pmNovember 12, 2019
Planned Parenthood is rolling out a new platform aimed at helping women find the closest abortion center that suits their specific needs. Dubbed Abortion Care Finder, the tool includes information about state requirements and locations where women can access abortion care.  Users of the platform can put in their ZIP code, age and how far along they are in their pregnancy. The app will then...
By Laura Lovett 12:39 pmNovember 12, 2019
Digital mental health company Ieso has named Kate Woolland as its next corporate development advisor. She is coming to the startup after serving as a partner at the Healthcare Practice at PA Consulting. At Ieso her role will focus on strategic sales, commercial partnerships and senior stakeholder engagement. “The digital healthcare market is evolving at a rapid pace, and we can see a number of...
By Laura Lovett 10:41 amNovember 12, 2019
This morning Whoop, a Boston-based performance wearable company, raked in $55 million in a Series D funding round. The new money is a combination of both equity and debt. Foundry Group led the round with participation from Two Sigma Ventures, Accomplice, Thursday Ventures, Promus Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank and other individual investors.  According to the company, this latest raise brings its...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pmNovember 11, 2019
Ninety-eight percent of veterans with Type 2 diabetes enrolled in Virta’s digital diabetes management program reduced or controlled their estimated HbA1c level after 90 days, according to new results from a pilot conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Virta Health.  The pilot, which included a total of 104 patients, found that 84% of patients enrolled achieved an estimated HbA1c...

P.J. Keenan, Development Engineer, Philips Research models the HoloLens2 technology. 

By Laura Lovett 02:00 pmNovember 11, 2019
While Philips made a name for itself in the 20th century making TVs, VCRs and other electronics, its more recent history is exclusively focused on the healthcare industry. But even the fabric of Philips’ healthcare research is quickly shifting, incorporating new technologies—both in hardware and software.  “In the past we were always thought of as a hardware company. So, our head of strategy said...