Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 10:39 amDecember 3, 2019
The digital health field saw an increase in women leadership in 2019, but the pace of change remains relatively slow, according to a new Rock Health report.  Across the board the percentage of female executives at Fortune 500 health care companies, female partners at venture funds active in digital health and the deals closed by women-led digital health companies have all increased.  However, the...
By Laura Lovett 10:11 amDecember 2, 2019
Amazon Web Services is tapping into its voice technology once again with the launch of the Amazon Transcribe Medical, an automated speech recognition service that will let developers add medical diction and documentation to their apps.  The streaming API tool is designed to cater to medical and pharmacological terms, thereby allowing doctors, clinicians and researchers to dictate into it. It also...
By Laura Lovett 02:07 pmNovember 27, 2019
Seniors that exercise more frequently and are not living with a chronic condition are more likely to be long term activity tracker users, according to a recent study published in Telemedicine and e-Health.  The study also found that women were more likely to be long term wearable activity tracker [WAT] users than men, and that individuals with a higher level of education were also more likely to...
By Laura Lovett 11:14 amNovember 27, 2019
This morning health analytics and education company Elsevier announced its plans to acquire Dublin-based 3D4Medical, a startup specializing in digital medical education tools. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Irish investor Malin, which owns 38% of the startup, said it would be collecting €17 million from the deal--indicating that Elsevier paid around €44.73 ($49.2 million USD)....
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pmNovember 26, 2019
Eko, the maker of devices and platforms for monitoring heart function, has announced the rollout of a second version of its CORE stethoscope that includes noise canceling capabilities and a sound amplifying feature.  Customers can buy the product as a digital attachment or an assembled stethoscope. The latest version will include a wireless connection to Eko’s software and a 10-hour battery. On...
By Laura Lovett 01:59 pmNovember 26, 2019
Amazon is jumping into the medication adherence space with a new feature that lets users link up their pharmacy prescription information and, in turn, get reminders about when to take their pills and order refills.  The latest feature was born out of a collaboration between the online retail giant and Omnicell, a tech-enabled medication management company. Initially the feature will be rolled out...
By Laura Lovett 10:02 amNovember 26, 2019
A new use-of-concept study found that stroke patients given virtual reality therapy were consistent in completing the therapy and preferred a version which let them connect to others.  The study included both a multi-user version, which let participants interact with others remotely, and a single-user version, which they completed on their own. Participants that used a multi-user version of the...
By Laura Lovett 11:07 amNovember 25, 2019
On Friday, health navigation platform Rightway Healthcare announced a $20 million Series B funding round led by Thrive Capital.  This news comes less than a year after the New York-based startup scored $8 million in its Series A round to expand its sales team and grow its products in new markets. Since the winter raise, the company has hired 50 new staffers and opened a new office.  As part of...

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By Laura Lovett 04:35 pmNovember 21, 2019
Google Health has offered a peek at what it's planning for its next set of clinical digital tools. It includes a more integrated charting system that aims to make it easier for doctors to search for a variety of metrics and notes.  “With a single login, doctors can access a unified view of data normally spread across multiple systems. All the types of information clinicians need are assembled...
By Laura Lovett 02:44 pmNovember 21, 2019
Earlier this month Google announced its plans acquire Fitbit for roughly $2.1 billion, shaking up the wearable industry, opening up a number of questions about exactly what lies ahead, and what an integration of the two companies looks like.  But the wearables company has long planted its roots in a handful of different markets and business strategies — consumer trackers, health plan partnerships...