Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 03:05 pmOctober 15, 2019
Ancestry, a consumer genomic testing company focused on family history, is now turning to the health space with its launch of AncestryHealth. The new product is aimed at giving customers insights into the health risks associated with their genes and family history. As part of the new services customers can get tests that are ordered by doctors. The service will also provide education resources...

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By Laura Lovett 11:51 amOctober 15, 2019
A decade ago digital health was a relatively new term, largely without name recognition. Today, the venture dollars tell a new story, with $8.1 billion poured into the space in 2018 alone, according to a Rock Health report. Still, most healthcare stakeholders agree digital health is still in its early days and is grappling with questions about its place in the health ecosystem.  Founded in 2010,...
By Laura Lovett 04:18 pmOctober 14, 2019
This morning med tech giant Abbott announced a new deal with chronic care management company Omada Health that will integrate Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with Omada's health coaching platform.  Going forward, eligible users with Type 2 diabetes will have the option to integrate data from their FreeStyle Libre, including glucose reading, trends and patterns, with...
By Laura Lovett 12:58 pmOctober 9, 2019
This morning Papa, a startup connecting seniors to college and nursing students to stave off isolation, landed $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Canaan with participation from Pivotal Ventures, Initialized Capital, Y Combinator and Sound Ventures.  This comes a year after the company announced a $2.4 million seed funding round, which was led by Initialized Capital.  WHAT THEY...
By Laura Lovett 11:57 amOctober 9, 2019
"Data" may well be the buzzword of the early 21st century, but the health field is still trying to figure out how to use it. From claims data to wearables and EHRs, physicians are struggling to incorporate it into practice. This has led to the rise of tech startups looking to tackle this very issue.  “Data is king. The more data we have, the more precise we can be,” Lori Evans Bernstein,...
By Laura Lovett 04:05 pmOctober 8, 2019
This morning the Dexcom G6 Pro Continuous Glucose Monitoring System got the greenlight from the FDA. The latest technology can gather real-time glucose data over a period of 10 days and has the ability to be switched to blinded mode or unblinded mode.  In blinded mode, patients don’t see their data automatically; instead, the clinician will get the data and then be able to discuss it with the...
By Laura Lovett 02:23 pmOctober 8, 2019
2019 has been the year of the digital health IPO. Reports are now circulating that tech-enabled primary care provider One Medical could be on deck. CNBC reports that the startup has hired JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley ahead of its IPO, according to sources "familiar with the matter." When MobiHealthNews reached out to One Medical, the company declined to comment.  One Medical is a primary care...
By Laura Lovett 12:00 pmOctober 8, 2019
Rapid SOS, a data-driven emergency response service, announced that it landed a fresh $25 million in new funding this morning, bringing the company’s total Series B funding to $55 million. The latest infusion of cash was led by Energy Impact Partners (EIP).  WHAT THEY DO The startup’s system integrates data from a variety of sources including from wearables, telematics from connected cars, smoke...
By Laura Lovett 03:52 pmOctober 7, 2019
Apple’s next health move could be smart clothing. Last year the tech giant filed a patent for a stretchable fabric band that could include circuitry sensors to measure blood pressure, respiration rate and ECG signals.   The patent application, published October 3, describes a fabric-based piece of clothing that would be able to wirelessly communicate with external electronic equipment. While it...
By Laura Lovett 02:30 pmOctober 7, 2019
Chronic care management company Livongo has inked a deal with the U.S. government, giving federal employees insured by the government with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes access to the digital program.  The Livongo for Diabetes tool will be open to those insured under the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee program, which covers roughly 5.3 million people. Users will be able to access the...