Laura Lovett

December 6, 2018
This morning medical communications company Spok announced that it inked a deal with Standard Communications to expand its Spok Care Connect messaging service to more VA healthcare systems.  Spok's system specifically ensures secure messaging within the hospital system. It allows providers to send secure text messages, set preferences and encrypt paging. It can also assist in physician and nurse...
December 6, 2018
A smartphone camera, fingernails and a new app could be key to remotely testing for anemia in the future, according to a new study published in Nature on Wednesday.  The study, which included 100 participants with and without anemia, examined the accuracy of a smartphone app that uses fingernail color as a screening tool for anemia. The app was able to detect 97 percent of the participants with...
December 3, 2018
This morning, Lumeon, a digital health startup that employs automation to help with operational functions, announced that it raised $28 million in funding. The investment was led by LSP, with support from MTIP, Gilde, Amadeus Capital Partners and IPF Partners.  The company has developed what it calls a “care pathway management system,” which builds on EHRs and aims to lower healthcare costs by...
December 3, 2018
Last week MedPilot, a patient financial engagement platform, scored $1.7 million in seed funding. The latest financing round was led by Hudson River Capital Partners, Valley Growth Ventures, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Techstars, and investor Tom Hirscheld.  The company said the new money will help MedPilot expand its workforce and launch new functionality to help providers engage with patients...
December 3, 2018
This morning Tabula Rasa Healthcare, a digital health company focused on medication safety, announced that it has agreed to acquire Australian company DoseMe for an undisclosed sum.  The acquisition, which is set to close the first quarter of 2019, means Tabula Rasa will be acquiring DoseMeRx, a platform designed to help clinicians and pharmacists figure out the proper dose of medication for high...
December 3, 2018
This morning ResMed, maker of connected respiratory devices, announced that it is acquiring Wisconsin-based digital respiratory health company Propeller Health for $225 million.  ResMed, a publicly traded company, is set to finalize the acquisition of Propeller Health by March 2019, which marks the end of its 2019 fiscal year.  Propeller is best known for its smart inhalers that help people...
November 30, 2018
AI-healthcare startups have dominated the list of finalists at the IBM Watson AI XPrize competition. While the competition was opened to all fields, seven out of the final 10 startups came from the healthcare sector.  Even within the healthcare category, the startups focus on a range of specialities and applications. For example, Pittsburgh-based startup Behavior employs wearables and smartphones...

The technology on display at Wuzhen World Internet Conference. Photo credit: Ping An Good Doctor. 

November 29, 2018
In China a future trip to the doctor's could mean visiting a local mall and dipping into an AI-power booth.  Earlier this month Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform, showcased a tiny unstaffed clinic that employs artificial intelligence. Patients can sit in the three-square meter clinic and chat with a cloud doctor, called AI Doctor, about their symptoms.  The AI Doctor’s...
November 29, 2018
When it comes to telemedicine, comprehensive reimbursement and coverage state mandates and a dearth of local psychiatrists were key factors in adoption, according to the a research letter about the trends in telemedicine published in JAMA yesterday.  The letter, which examines trends of telemedicine uptake in a large commercially-insured population between 2005 and 2017, found that while...
November 28, 2018
nOCD, a digital health startup focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) management, has inked a deal with Actify Neurotherapies, a service that treats depression with ketamine.  As part of the deal, nOCD will be using the home section of its app platform to present users with information and resources for ketamine treatment. Alongside this education the app will also  connect people to the...