Laura Lovett

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By Laura Lovett 01:56 pmNovember 4, 2019
Mars — it’s the subject of countless science fiction novels and has long been a fascination amongst us earthlings. Today NASA is setting its sights on making a human Mars landing a reality within the next two decades. Located on average 140 million miles away from Earth, distance is just one obstacle in sending humans to the red planet. Maintaining the health of the astronauts venturing to Mars...
By Laura Lovett 03:37 pmOctober 31, 2019
Digital ECG maker AliveCor is teaming up with Chinese wearable company Huami Corporation on a new effort to combine the pair’s technology into medical-grade wearables.  The end goal is to have an ECG-enabled wearable with various heart features on the market by 2020.   "AliveCor's agreement with Huami achieves our corporate goal of delivering AliveCor's AI-driven subscription services and...
By Laura Lovett 01:30 pmOctober 31, 2019
In the future Siri may be the go-to source for health information. A new consumer survey made up of roughly 1,000 participants found that more than half of its participants wanted to use voice assistants for healthcare. WHY IT MATTERS The survey, conducted by Voicebot and Orbita, reported that while today consumer adoption of voice assistants for healthcare was still relatively low (7.5%), there...
By Laura Lovett 01:35 pmOctober 30, 2019
This morning FundamentalVR, a digital health company that uses virtual reality to help train clinicians, closed a $5.67 million Series A round. Downing Ventures led the round with participation from Tern PLC, Epic Private Equity and Brighteye Ventures. Approximately $600,000 of that funding came in the form of a convertible loan note.  WHAT IS THIS FundamentalVR’s surgical training platform...

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By Laura Lovett 12:54 pmOctober 30, 2019
US senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) have penned another letter to the FDA expressing concern over the agency’s PreCert program.  In it, the senators acknowledge the opportunities for digital health, but also question the proposed regulation's ability to ensure safety of the products. The 10-page letter asks 18 pointed questions about the program...
By Laura Lovett 04:10 pmOctober 29, 2019
Life insurer John Hancock has unveiled a new wearable program dubbed Aspire aimed at helping its members with diabetes manage the condition. The program was born out of a partnership with Verily and digital diabetes care platform Onduo.  Users of the new platform can access diabetes coaching via Onduo’s virtual clinic. The program also has fiscal rewards. According to the company, members using...
By Laura Lovett 03:10 pmOctober 29, 2019
Last week Emirati startup Meddy scored $2.5 million in Series A funding for its doctor search and booking platform. The latest infusion of cash was led by Modus Capital with participation from 212 Capital, QSTP, Kasamar Holdings, Dharmendra Ghai, Innoway and other unnamed investors.  As part of the funding news the company named Kareem Elsirafy, a partner at Modus Capital, as a new board member...
By Laura Lovett 01:32 pmOctober 29, 2019
This week Rock Health released a new report conducted in partnership with Stanford University that analyzes how the consumerization of healthcare is shaping the future of the industry. It broke down three major trends: how patient data is creating opportunities and challenges in the field, how online health information is changing the provider relationship and attitudes over a consumer’s...
By Laura Lovett 03:43 pmOctober 28, 2019
Last week Avia, a digital health insights and consulting service, announced that it raked in $22 million in new funding. First Trust Capital Partners led the round with participation from Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Ziegler.  As part of the news, Avia has also named Jon Phillips, the managing director and head of private equity at First Trust Capital Partners, and Darren Dworkin, the SVP...
By Laura Lovett 02:34 pmOctober 28, 2019
This morning Sensely, an artificial intelligence chatbot that helps users navigate insurance benefits, announced a $15 million raise. The latest funding round was led by Aflac Corporate Ventures with participation from NMC, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Susquehanna International Group, Sojitz Corporation, Zuellig Pharma and Silicon Valley Bank.  WHAT THEY DO  Sensely uses avatars to help users...