Laura Lovett

April 23, 2019
Voice-analyzing technology combined with artificial intelligence could offer a new way to detect post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study published recently in the journal of Depression and Anxiety. The research team found that the technology was able to use 18 speech features to identify subjects with the condition.  Researchers said that this type of technology has the potential to...
April 23, 2019
Once a promising futuristic industry, digital health is merging into mainstream medicine. Now in the limelight, conversations around how these digital tools should be validated are starting to take place.  But for startups, getting validation often means securing money and partners, creating potential barriers for young startups. Last night at Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs digital health event,...
April 22, 2019
When it comes to privacy and data transparency, smoking cessation and depression apps fall short, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. The study, which zeroed in on 36 apps, found that 33 of those apps transmitted data to a third party. However, 17 of those apps either “lacked a privacy policy, failed to disclose the transmission policy in text or said that the transmission...
April 22, 2019
Earlier this morning Kindbody, a fertility-focused startup providing both virtual and in-person care, announced that it has raised $15 million in Series A funding. RRE Ventures and Perceptive Advisors led the round with participation from Green D Ventures, Trail Mix Ventures and Winklevoss Capital.  WHAT THEY DO Kindbody offers women fertility testing, egg freezing, IVF and wellness care. In...
April 18, 2019
While smartphones are yet to replace the eyes as the window into the soul, there is a budding conversation around the technology serving as window into an individual’s wellbeing. Biomarkers from smartphones, such as GPS, usage and physical activity, are now being used by providers and employers as an indicator of mental health. Patients' willingness to share passive smartphone data varies...
April 18, 2019
This week Swedish startup NuvoAir, best known for making respiratory monitors, scored $3 million in new funding. The latest round was led by Inustrifonden, with participation from Investment AB Spiltan.  WHAT THEY DO The company made a name for itself with a smartphone spirometer able to conduct lung function assessments in a home environment.  Last year the company launched the Air Next system,...
April 17, 2019
From drones delivering blood in Rwanda, to blockchain health records in Estonia it is clear to see that digital health tools have spread worldwide. But how these systems are being implemented varies greatly depending on the government, region and resources.  Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released 10 guidelines for how countries can use digital health tools to improve patient care. The...
April 16, 2019
Zipnosis, maker of white-labeled telemedicine products for providers, launched a new platform called ZipPlus, which helps providers using the company's telemedicine services carve out an integrated “roadmap.”  “We continue to hear from our health system customers that virtual care deployment is narrow and integration is a challenge, and in many cases prohibiting widespread adoption,” Jon Pearce,...

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April 16, 2019
Ro — the company which made its mark with a men’s health platform focused on erectile dysfunction called Roman — has landed an additional $85 million in Series B financing, according to a source at TechCrunch.  When MobiHealthNews reached out, the company declined to comment on this funding.  WHAT THEY DO Ro made a name for itself in the digital health world with its online platform that...
April 15, 2019
This morning, PointClickCare announced a new mobile app dubbed the PointClickCare Companion, designed to help senior living providers track and manage the delivery of their services and medications. It is also aimed at making the billing process easier.  The new tool, which lets caregivers access patient information on an iPhone or iPad, is intended to be integrated with the PointClick Care EHR....