Laura Lovett

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...
By Laura Lovett 03:17 pmApril 25, 2019
Looking towards the primary care space, yesterday Doctor on Demand and insurer Humana, launched a new virtual care model called, On Hand. Members and employers are able to opt into this new plan, which will let patients access an in-network primary care doctor with no copay. Users will also have access to urgent care providers and behavioral health clinicians.  “By partnering with Doctor On...

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By Laura Lovett 02:04 pmApril 25, 2019
A seafaring mobile game could be a key to early Alzheimer’s detection, according to a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  In the study a users’ gaming performance results were able to predict whether or not the participant had the gene linked to a predisposition for Alzheimer’s, called APOE4. This is in contrast to the neuropsychological episodic memory...
By Laura Lovett 09:07 amApril 25, 2019
This morning, Finland and Palo Alto-based Meru Health, maker of a mental health platform, landed $4.2 million in seed funding. The new money comes from Freestyle Capital, Bonit Capital, Y Combinator, Lifeline Ventures and IT-Farm.  Meru offers a digital tool that is supported by licensed therapists. The program lasts 12 weeks, and each week has a different theme that builds on the previous one....
By Laura Lovett 02:21 pmApril 24, 2019
Nearly a year after Amazon announced that it acquired virtual pharmacy PillPack for close to $1 billion, the retail giant is now starting to market the service to its Amazon Prime members.  Evidence of this emerged yesterday when Twitter users started posting the adverts introducing the new service to members. Notably, Jay Hancock, a Kaiser Health News correspondent, posted a screenshot of his...