Laura Lovett

August 2, 2018
While the term blockchain has populated numerous news feeds and executive board room conversations recently, just how the technology works and what it can do for healthcare has remained somewhat of a mystery for the layperson. At the Digital Healthcare Innovations Congress in Boston yesterday Roger Smith, chief technology officer at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, broke down how the technology...

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August 1, 2018
Less than two months since its last acquisition, WebMD, an Internet Brands company, announced that it was picking up the Vitals Consumer Services Division from Mdx Medical. The division, which is focused on giving consumers online tools to connect to clinicians, is made up of vitals.com and UCompareHealthCare.com. The acquisition will also include the MedHelp tool, which provides a platform for...
August 1, 2018
Looking towards growth, MDLive announced this morning that it has closed a $50 million investing round led by Health Velocity Capital with existing investors Cigna Corporation and Health Care Service Corporation. Novo Holdings A/S and Industry Ventures also participated in the round. “As telehealth continues its rapid integration into the healthcare space, this financing has provided us with a...

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July 31, 2018
With hundreds of digital vendors to chose from, figuring out the best way to provide quality care and wellness platforms to employees can be a difficult task for employers. Some companies are looking towards the most cutting edge apps, while others are seeking more traditional routes like implementing a telemedicine program. But as more companies dip their toes into the digital waters employers...
July 31, 2018
Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) members in Massachusetts now have access to Welltok’s CafeWell platform following a deal between the payer and consumer health software company. The platform, which is targeted at increasing member engagement, will let the NHP reach out to its members through texting, calls, and emails.  "Our collaboration with Welltok reinforces NHP's commitment to outstanding...
July 30, 2018
Monday morning Olive, a healthcare software company that employs artificial intelligence to automate provider workflows, announced that it closed a $32.8 million Series D financing round led by Oak HC/FT and Ascension Ventures.  “Hospital operations have grown unsustainably complex as providers must adopt new technologies, workflows, and regulations with increasing frequency in order to provide...
July 27, 2018
Online fitness membership platform ClassPass has scored $85 million in a Series D funding round led by Singapore company Temasek, with participation from L Catterton's Growth Fund.  “Fitness has become more personalized, and ClassPass represents an opportunity to invest behind a market leader that is well positioned for growth,” Michael Farello, co-managing partner of L Catterton Growth Fund, who...
July 26, 2018
This morning Scottish artificial intelligence healthcare company snap40 revealed that it closed an $8 million seed funding round led by ADV, with participation from MMC Ventures and other private investors.  snap40's offering is a system that monitors patients using a unique wearable device that employs AI and can alert clinicians if a patient’s condition is deteriorating. The company claims the...
July 26, 2018
WebMD goes to China. WebMD is teaming up with Chinese tech giant Tencent in a deal that would introduce the health information platform to Asia. This means that WebMD’s services will be translated into Chinese and localized to suit the Chinese population.  “The agreement between WebMD and Tencent has the power to make a difference in the health of the Chinese people,” said Meng Zhang, general...

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July 25, 2018
Update: The telemedicine scene referred to in this article was cut from the US version of "Sharkwrecked." It will still be in the international version. Correction: The survivalists blew up a boat. A previous version of this article misstated that the divers were in an inflatable boat.  Telemedicine is getting a cameo on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Set to premier tomorrow night, the show "...