Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 08:59 amSeptember 2, 2019
Across the U.S. and Europe, the population is rapidly aging. In Finland this "silver tsunami" is particularly true.  Roughly 22% of the country’s population is over the age of 65, a figure only expected to grow over the next decade, according to Statistics Finland. Moreover, in about 50 years over a third of the population will be classified as a senior citizen.   In the nation’s capital, the...
By Laura Lovett 02:16 pmAugust 30, 2019
Best known for its “everyday low prices” motto, Walmart is now taking on the healthcare industry. The brick and mortar retail giant recently rolled out the Walmart Health platform, which allows users to book appointments at its in-person clinics online. CNBC, which first spotted the development, reports that the company is also opening a new clinic dubbed Walmart Health in Georgia, which will...

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By Laura Lovett 03:18 pmAugust 29, 2019
Boston-based American Well is launching a new patient facing app set to integrate with Epic’s EHR system. The new technology, dubbed the American Well Telehealth Patient app, will be offered within Epic’s App Orchard, an API marketplace.  Patients using the American Well Telehealth Patient app will be able to schedule or request telemedicine appointments through the MyChart platform. Users can...
By Laura Lovett 01:25 pmAugust 29, 2019
When it comes to vaccines the internet is full of sources. But not all of those are reliable, and it can be difficult for the layperson to know which sources are backed by science. In an effort to curtail the spread of misinformation, Pinterest users looking for sources on vaccines will now be presented with articles from “authoritative” public health organizations.   Available in a number of...
By Laura Lovett 01:44 pmAugust 28, 2019
Yesterday private equity firms Water Street Health Partners and JLL Partners announced that they had acquired virtual clinical research company Thread for an undisclosed amount. The new owners say they plan on investing in Thread in order to further expand its customer base and offer the platform on a global scale.  Thread’s platform is aimed at improving clinical trial research data and making...
By Laura Lovett 03:54 pmAugust 27, 2019
PeerWell, maker of an app that helps patients prepare for and recover from surgery, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. OMERS Ventures led the round, which also included previous backer Xseed Capital. WHAT THEY DO The company works with various payers and stakeholders to help members with musculoskeletal conditions through their surgery process. Before the surgery patients can log in to...
By Laura Lovett 01:38 pmAugust 27, 2019
This morning FIGUR8, a new digital platform designed to measure and track body movements as a biomarker, launched with a boost of $7.5 million seed funding. The funding was led by P5 Health Ventures with participation from E14 Fund.  Co-created by researchers at MIT Media Lab and Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Science Lab, the technology was developed with the goal of creating a baseline...
By Laura Lovett 09:00 amAugust 27, 2019
This morning Slovenia-based startup AmblyoPlay released its new digital vision therapy platform aimed at helping individuals with amblyopia, commonly called “lazy eye.”  The subscription-based technology, which can be used by adults or kids, gamifies vision therapy for the patient. Users can earn rewards, which can be sent to their home. The platform also gives parents a chance to monitor their...
By Laura Lovett 03:35 pmAugust 26, 2019
In early August, the FDA issued a Class 2 Device Recall for Visibly’s Online Refraction Vision Test, stating that the company did not receive authorization from the FDA to market the product. According to the recall, Visibly has already initiated the recall.  This back and forth between the Chicago-based startup (formerly known as Opternative) and the FDA has been going on for a couple of years....
By Laura Lovett 01:53 pmAugust 26, 2019
Late last week New York City-based startup Enable My Child, a virtual pediatric therapy platform, announced a $1.2 million seed funding raise. This new round was led by CMI Ventures.   WHAT THEY DO The company is focused on connecting children with behavioral, learning or developmental conditions to a variety of board-certified therapists for tele-therapy. The services include virtual...