Laura Lovett

July 10, 2019
XRHealth, a digital health startup best known for its virtual reality technology, is now opening up its platform to third-party developers, the Boston-based company exclusively announced to MobiHealthNews.  The end goal will be a tool kit for providers, payers and pharmas that will serve as a “one-stop shop” for VR products.  The company, formerly known as VRHealth, is no stranger to developing...
July 9, 2019
This morning precision medicine company GNS Healthcare announced a $23 million Series D raise. This latest investment round was led by Cigna Ventures with participation from Amgen Ventures, Celegene, Echo Health Ventures, Alexandria Venture Investments and Gary Loveman, the former CEO of Caesar and division president of Aetna.  WHAT THEY DO The company’s platform, dubbed REFS (Reverse Engineering...
July 8, 2019
Pharmaceutical company UCB and DEARhealth, a disease management software company, are joining forces on a new initiative aimed at predicting health outcomes for patients with epilepsy. The pair will use DEARhealth’s platform, which integrates artificial intelligence with EHRs. “This technology will ensure that specific subpopulations within epilepsy will all receive the specific care needed for...
July 3, 2019
Diving deeper into digital, this quarter the pharma giants have continued to implement new tools to enhance clinical trials, support medication management with technology and partner in developing digital therapeutics.  Onc, a foreign entity to this established industry, pharma executives are now becoming better versed in working with digital health companies and sharing the lessons they've...
July 2, 2019
Cedars-Sinai has unveiled its latest accelerator class, which features startups the run the gamut of workflow management systems to remote patient monitoring systems and clinical trial data tools to augmented reality education. The next step for the 11 startups selected is a three-month stint at Cedars-Sinai’s Los Angles hospital to work with clinicians and administration teams.  Each of the...
July 2, 2019
Getting mental health services to youth facing homelessness can pose a host of access challenges. But a new study published in JMIR found that smartphone-based mental health programs could be a viable approach to reaching this vulnerable population. In a small pilot, researchers found that more than half of the participants were engaging with the technology. While clinical improvements were...
July 1, 2019
It would be hard to discuss healthcare trends without talking about what this means for the behemoth pharma industry. Recently, new kid on the block digital health has started to turn heads in across this well-established sector with its potential for improving R&D, tracking real-world evidence and even creating a new type of medicine with digital therapeutics.  While digital promises the...
July 1, 2019
In spite of predictions that digital health funding would slow in 2019, the industry is on track for yet another record-shattering year of funding, according to the latest Rock Health report. Now at the midway point, 2019 has seen a total of $4.2 billion dollars of digital health investment dollars by the agency's count.  “If this pace holds steady, the sector is on track for an $8.4 billion year...
June 28, 2019
  Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center are being sued for violating patients' privacy following a data-sharing partnership that the two parties inked two years ago. A new class action lawsuit, which was first reported on by the New York Times, accuses the hospital system of sharing data with the tech conglomerate that could be identifiable, namely doctor’s notes and the time frame...
June 27, 2019
On Monday, online patient support community PatientsLikeMe sent an email to its members announcing that it inked a deal with UnitedHealth Group, becoming part of the latter’s research branch.  While both companies were upbeat about the deal, the public’s reaction has been far from universally positive. Concerns around privacy and data sharing in particular began to surface on social media, as...