Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:12 pmJune 27, 2019
On Monday, online patient support community PatientsLikeMe sent an email to its members announcing that it inked a deal with UnitedHealth Group, becoming part of the latter’s research branch.  While both companies were upbeat about the deal, the public’s reaction has been far from universally positive. Concerns around privacy and data sharing in particular began to surface on social media, as...
By Laura Lovett 02:30 pmJune 27, 2019
Pain relief-focused health tech startup Oska Wellness landed $5.5 million in funding yesterday. The new cash comes from a collection of 11 individual investors, as well as venture funds GlobalLink1 Capital and Falls Angel Fund.  WHAT THEY DO  The California-based startup developed a device to help pinpoint and reduce a user’s pain. Using pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, the wearable device ...
By Laura Lovett 09:00 amJune 27, 2019
Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, has inked a deal with Fitbit allowing its application to be integrated with the tech giant’s wearables.  As part of the integration Fitbit users can now download the Cardiogram app and use it to monitor heart rate and sleep tracking. Users will also have access to Cardiogram’s...
By Laura Lovett 02:42 pmJune 26, 2019
Tech-enabled urgent care provider Remedy this morning announced a $10 million Series A funding round led by Santé Ventures, an Austin, Texas-based firm with a focus on healthcare and the life sciences.  As part of the deal, Dr. Joe Cunningham and Doug French, both managing directors at Santé Ventures, will be taking seats on Remedy’s board.  WHAT THEY DO Remedy provides both video conferencing ...
By Laura Lovett 01:16 pmJune 26, 2019
Lyft is moving into the Medicaid space following an announcement this morning that the rideshare company has landed approval as a Medicaid provider in Arizona, specifically as a non-emergency medical transportation service. This new approval means that Arizona Medicaid patients will have the option to use Lyft to get to and from medical appointments.  The company claims that this makes it the...
By Laura Lovett 03:49 pmJune 25, 2019
Brooklyn-based Call9, a company focused on connecting nursing home residents with emergency room doctors, is joining the list of fallen digital health startups as it shared with CNBC its plans to wind down its services.  Founded in 2015, the startup was created based on the idea that nursing home residents are some of the most frequent emergency room visitors, but among the least equipped for a...
By Laura Lovett 02:58 pmJune 25, 2019
There is no denying that high tech has made its way into hospitals across the nation. Amazon Alexa apps are cropping up in patient rooms and virtual reality headsets are making their way to clinic shelves. While these tools may look shiny on the outside, providers are now starting to have serious discussions about what tech makes business sense, and they're doing it from the get-go of the...
By Laura Lovett 04:10 pmJune 24, 2019
Ask any provider organization what is at the center of healthcare and you’re bound to hear, "It’s the patient." But in reality, there is often a gap between new innovations and that patient experience.  “They always say our innovation is driven by patients or patients are put at the heart, at the center of what we do. But when you take a closer look and at it sometimes what you see is these are...
By Laura Lovett 01:24 pmJune 24, 2019
Baby-focused tech company Nanit released a new line of infant clothing called Breathing Wear that, when combined with its smart camera and app, lets new parents keep tabs on their child’s sleep and breathing patterns.  In order for it to work, parents place Nanit's camera above their baby’s crib. The camera can then interpret the customized pattern on the baby’s clothing item, and translate that...
By Laura Lovett 03:35 pmJune 20, 2019
Researchers in Australia found that a new app was effective in educating new and soon-to-be dads about breastfeeding, according to a study published in JMIR. Employing a combination of push notifications, gamification features and social connectivity tools, the Milk Man app aimed to engage fathers about breastfeeding. The study indicated that men given the platform were likely to download the app...