Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:09 pmMay 3, 2019
With a focus on employee health, Fitbit reported a 10% year-over-year increase in revenue this past quarter, coming in at $272 million. This quarterly uptick in revenue is part of an upward trend for the wearable company that was once spiraling in losses.  While smartwatches and trackers remained the bulk of the wearable company’s business, its Health Solutions program, a service catering to...
By Laura Lovett 03:22 pmMay 2, 2019
Facebook Groups were a hot topic at the social media company’s Facebook F8 conference earlier this week, and health was one of the main focuses. The social media platform announced that it has created a “Health Support” tool that will help users find groups to fit their health concerns and needs.  “Different communities have different needs. From communities that are built around specific...
By Laura Lovett 02:00 pmMay 2, 2019
In the tech world, the name Theranos creates a direct synapse with scandal and fraud. Once a Silicon Valley darling, the biotech company, which focused on blood tests, was exposed for its fraudulent claims and brought down in disgrace.  As the health and tech sectors continue to fuse, it is important to remember the ethics behind the tech, Erika Cheung, a key whistleblower in the Theranos scandal...
By Laura Lovett 03:24 pmMay 1, 2019
From reducing pain in childbirth to helping train new doctors, new uses for virtual reality are sprouting up all over the healthcare industry. Now VR is going to be used to show hospital patients relaxation videos thanks to a new partnership between XRHealth (formerly VRHealth) and Healing Healthcare Systems.  As part of the deal participating hospitals will gain access to XRHealth’s VRHealth...
By Laura Lovett 01:49 pmMay 1, 2019
When it comes to engaging patients in their health, it’s a balancing act between offering the latest technology and providing the personal touch of face-to-face care, according to panelists at the Atlantic’s Pulse event in Boston yesterday.  It’s not always about uprooting the system, but about changing the experience to address the pain points, according to Dr. Michael Richardson, medical...
By Laura Lovett 02:59 pmApril 30, 2019
This morning BetterPT, a digital platform that connects patients and doctors to physical therapists, raised $5 million in Series A financing. 5Lion Ventures led the round with participation from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and ID Fund.  WHAT THEY DO The New York-based startup helps patients find physical therapists in their area using a mobile app. After a user searches for clinics in...
By Laura Lovett 11:36 amApril 30, 2019
Medisafe, a digital medication adherence app, is joining forces with Amerisource Bergen’s Lash Group in order to integrate the former’s management app into the latter’s hub services. The partnership seeks to help patients manage their medications and identify patients who need extra support.  As part of the deal Lash patients will be able to enroll in the Medisafe platform when  medication is...

23andMe kits at a Beverly Hills event in 2017. Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images

By Laura Lovett 03:14 pmApril 29, 2019
This morning 23andMe announced that it is teaming up with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research on a new data and analytics platform dedicated to Parkinson’s research.  The new tool, dubbed Fox Insight Data Exploration Network (Fox DEN) is set to include patient surveys, de-identified genetic data and data exploration tools all aimed studying Parkinson’s.  Users who opt into the...
By Laura Lovett 01:37 pmApril 29, 2019
Needles can be a source of stress for many patients, particularly in the pediatrics department. But a new study found that employing virtual reality in pediatric care can help children manage pain, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.  The new study, which zeros in on the use of virtual reality in pediatric emergency departments and outpatient clinics, found that patients...
By Laura Lovett 03:21 pmApril 26, 2019
Online refractive eye exam company Visibly, formerly called Opternative, has filed a complaint in Indiana seeking to overturn a law prohibiting providers from prescribing corrective lenses via telemedicine in the state.  The suit, filed in Indiana’s Marion County Superior Court, names The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana and the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, as well as several...