Laura Lovett

June 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 ...
June 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...
June 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...
June 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...
June 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...
June 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...
June 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...
June 20, 2019
Facebook posts could be a window into more than just what you did last weekend. It turns out the language used in a Facebook post can predict if a user has a certain medication condition, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.  Academics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine set out to research if Facebook posts could predict conditions that were already recorded in a...
June 14, 2019
Perhaps it’s no surprise that the startup scene is thriving in a culture known for braving harsh conditions. And while the startup world isn’t quite a wintry Finnish blizzard, it is known to test its founders and employees’ fortitude. Within the last decade Finnish digital health startups such as Meru and Kaiku have emerged as up-and-coming players on the European health scene.  Both the private...
June 12, 2019
As more stakeholders enter the digital health arena looking to partner, miscommunications and misconceptions are increasingly common. In order to circumvent this potential Tower of Babel problem, collaboration and shared goals are essential, according to speakers on the Pharma Innovation Beyond the Pill panel at Health 2.0 Europe in Helsinki today.  While there are pitfalls in any partnership,...