Laura Lovett

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May 16, 2019
Without codesign some of the best technologies can be ineffective, or at least not meet their full potential, according Clifford Goldsmith, chief medical officer and national director of US providers at Microsoft Health and Life Sciences.  During the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit, put on in partnership with HIMSS, Goldsmith gave the example of wearables. More...
May 16, 2019
Prescription refill and delivery platform Phil announced a $25 million Series B fundraise yesterday. The new round was led by GreatPoint Ventures with participation from Tarsadia Investments, Crosslink Capital and Uncork Capital.  WHAT THEY DO The platform pitches itself as a way to automate physician, payer pharmacy workflows while helping patients schedule refills. On the consumer-facing side,...
May 16, 2019
Dubbed the "Sexiest Doctor Alive" by People Magazine, YouTube star and family medicine physician Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, better known as Dr. Mike, has taken to YouTube to dish out advice on health and debunk medical myths.  One of his recent YouTube videos put telemedicine under a microscope. In particular, it zeroed in on a study published by the Journal of Pediatrics, which found children using...
May 15, 2019
Digitizing medicine has become a priority all over the world. Driven by needs, budget and priorities, each country and region takes its own approach to integrating these tools.   “Our national agenda is very much digitizing everything. Even if you want to renew your driver’s license you cannot do that at a desk,” Dana Kassissieh, senior director for governance and patient experience at Cleveland...

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May 14, 2019
Patients are becoming savvier consumers of healthcare. Like in other industries, technology is raising the convenience standards of the industry, but the patient journey has its own set of unique challenges, Cleveland Clinic executives said during this week's Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit.  “Healthcare can learn a lot from other industries. The vulnerability that our patients...
May 13, 2019
Miscommunication and misinterpretation have long plagued text and email messaging. But when it comes to healthcare communication the stakes are high. Balancing efficiency and empathy in text communications can be a difficult task for medical teams.  “There are many ways in which we communicate digitally,” Dr. Richard Frankel, of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said this morning during...
May 10, 2019
It’s no secret digital health is iterating and evolving at breakneck speed. But many are starting to ask the question, "Are those technologies made with all in mind?" Industry players have warned that many patients groups are being left behind— namely, people of color, underserved communities, members of the LGBTQ population and women.  The problems and opportunities  “I would say communities of...
May 9, 2019
This morning a private equity firm by the name of Warburg Pincus merged DocuTAP, maker of a tablet-based EMR and practice management software, with Practice Velocity, an urgent care EHR company. The firm plans on uniting the two companies under the name Experity.  WHAT’S THE IMPACT After the merger, the company promises existing clients that it will continue to support all platforms and service....
May 8, 2019
This morning integrated EHR platform MedHost announced that Ken Misch will serve as its next president, in addition to his current role as CFO. In this position Misch will oversee innovation projects and the growth of the company’s hosted, managed and cloud-based platforms.  Before joining MedHost in 2013, Misch served as CFO and CIO at Dyna Vox.  “Ken’s leadership and commitment to our customers...

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May 8, 2019
While digital tools may help individuals curb a sweet tooth habit, gamifying those tools doesn’t improve results, according to a recent study published by the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.  In the study, researchers developed multiple versions of a platform, including two gamified versions, designed to help overweight individuals cut out sweets.  Researchers found that participants who had an...