Laura Lovett

June 25, 2018
Two years after originally announcing it, Medtronic and IBM Watson have launched their joint platform the Sugar.IQ, a digital diabetes assistant.  “It is designed for people who are currently using Guardian Connect; so made for people on multiple daily injections. It is a personal assistant a little bit like Alexa or Siri,” Huzefa Neemuchwala, global head of digital health solutions and AI at...
June 25, 2018
Digital health is on the brain of some emerging entrepreneurs this year. Last week the Thiel Foundation announced its latest winners of its entrepreneurial technology fellowship, and among them were three candidates with a digital health focus. “Healthcare is a difficult industry for young founders to break into — it's fractured and heavily regulated,” Allyson Dias, director of the Thiel...
June 22, 2018
As the big data revolution continues to rock the healthcare space, there are still questions about how to get a handle on that massive amount of data and make it valuable. It’s a question that is plaguing every group working in the healthcare space, including the developers.  At HL7 FHIR DevDays in Boston, Project Manager at Google Eyal Oren discussed some of the struggles and possible solutions...
June 22, 2018
Children with Type 1 diabetes will now have access to the Medtronic MiniMed 670G, a hybrid closed-loop system insulin delivery system, following the FDA’s decision to expand the product approval for a younger demographic.  In 2016 the device became the first FDA-approved continuous glucose monitoring system that controls automated insulin delivery via a hybrid closed loop system. But at that time...
June 21, 2018
Finding time to get tested. Patients may now be able to address sexual healthcare issues through video conferencing. KnowNow Health has just launched a new website called App:KnowNOWSTD.com. The platform offers online lab testing for STDs including HIV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. The platform will also be able to offer care for women health conditions including...
June 21, 2018
Glucose-monitoring contact lenses have been a continuing area of interest from developers all over the world. Most recently a team of researchers at Purdue University has announced that they have developed a new silicon-based, sensor-carrying contact lens that can monitor glucose levels as well as be used for ocular pain relief and drug delivery.  The group at Purdue said the technology can...
June 21, 2018
This morning Wildflower Health, a digital health platform that helps patients navigate benefits and connect to resources, announced that it is acquiring Circle Women’s Health platform, a startup from the Providence St. Joseph Health Systems incubator.   “This has been in the works for a while. For Wildflower Health, our background as a company was on the health plan market and we have a great...
June 21, 2018
Earlier this week medical device maker Masimo and Thermomedics, a Positive ID company, launched their new contactless, Bluetooth-enabled thermometer in the US market. The thermometer, called TIR-1, will be able to integrate with the Masimo Root patient monitoring and connectivity platform.  "TIR-1 is a great example of the powerful expandability and versatility of the Root platform, and of our...
June 20, 2018
In a recent review, an independent group of panelists raised questions about UK-based AI company DeepMind’s business model, relationship with parent company Alphabet, and potential to monopolize its industry.  The Google subsidiary has been partnering with the National Health Service for the last few years and working with the system to implement its AI technology. While the company has been...
June 19, 2018
Earlier this month Fitbit announced that Bill Zerella will be stepping down as chief financial officer. The wearable giant has tapped Ronald Kisling, who was perviously serving as the chief accounting officer, to fill the role. Kisling comes to position with 35 years of experience in financial leadership.  “Ron has long been an important member of our senior leadership team and we will continue...