Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:18 pmMarch 16, 2020
Last week b.well Connected Health, a patient-facing health management platform, landed $16 million in Series A investments, led by UnityPoint Health Ventures, with participation from ThedaCare and Well Ventures. This investment comes with multiple new board seats, with UnityPoint Health Venture’s Austin Duke and ThedaCare’s Dr. Imran Andrabi both joining the board. WHAT THEY DO b.well aims to...
By Laura Lovett 02:26 pmMarch 16, 2020
CVS will be integrating social-care-coordination platform Unite Us into its opioid-focused program "Guardian Angel," which was launched by Aetna in 2018.  The duo will roll out this combined effort first in North Carolina, where case managers will be able to use the Unite Us platform to organize with social services, including housing, food and financial support. By the end of 2020, case managers...
By Laura Lovett 04:48 pmMarch 12, 2020
As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, Washington state has emerged as ground zero for the epidemic in the United States. Currently, the CDC is reporting that the state has 267 cases.  "It's probably not all that surprising since we are based on the West Coast that we ended up with patient one here in the U.S.," Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, chief clinical officer for Providence St...
By Laura Lovett 12:10 pmMarch 12, 2020
This morning, digital cardiology platform Heartbeat Health scored $8.2 million in Series A funding. Boston-based venture firm .406 Ventures and Optum Ventures led the round with participation from Kindred Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, Designer Fund and Max Ventures.  WHAT THEY DO  The company is focused on using digital tools to aggregate heart data and provide care management to patients.  “I started...
By Laura Lovett 04:07 pmMarch 11, 2020
Women’s health company Proov got the FDA green light for its at-home ovulation testing kit.  Users can send away for the kit and get test strips, which can determine the presence of progesterone metabolite PdG in urine, which is linked to a woman's ovulation cycle.  The test was developed to help women find out if they are ovulating on a regular basis.  In the spring, the company will roll out...
By Laura Lovett 01:53 pmMarch 11, 2020
After his coronavirus diagnosis, Dr. Yale Tung Chen, an emergency room doctor at Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid, was sent into quarantine. But this became an opportunity for him to educate the public about the virus.  Now four days into his isolation, Chen has actively posted live updates on Twitter about his condition and fielded questions from fellow Twitter users, providing a first-...
By Laura Lovett 03:47 pmMarch 10, 2020
This morning EEG-focused startup Zeto announced that it scored $7.3 million in Series A funding. The new infusion of cash was led by Seraph Group with participation from Aphelion Capital, SV Tech Ventures, and Shangbay Capital.  WHAT THEY DO  The Santa Clara-based startup created a wireless headset, which uses dry electrodes, and a proprietary software. Cleared by the FDA, the headset, called the...

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By Laura Lovett 02:29 pmMarch 10, 2020
A company out of Oxford, England is looking to help patients curb social anxiety with a new virtual reality tool. Dubbed OVR social engagement, the tool was designed to treat a variety of mental health conditions associated with these types of anxiety, including agoraphobia, depression and schizophrenia. The program is pitched as a way to help patients with social anxiety by immersing them in...
By Laura Lovett 04:12 pmMarch 9, 2020
Digital therapeutics company Dario Health Corp named Yadin Shemmer and Adam Stern to the board of directors.  This isn’t Shemmer’s first go-round in digital health. He served as the CEO of medication management platform Mango Health for two years. He also worked at Everyday Health and cofounded Better2Know.  Stern comes from the world of finance. He is currently the CEO of SternAegis Ventures and...
By Laura Lovett 11:02 amMarch 6, 2020
This morning Sparta Science, a musculoskeletal health startup, scored $16 million in Series B funding. GSR Venture US led the round with participation from Arsenal Growth and existing investors.  The Menlo Park, California, company reports that this new infusion of cash will bring its financing to $26 million.  WHAT THEY DO Sparta Science uses data analytics to help users come up with an...