Laura Lovett

November 8, 2018
Looking to the mental health arena, Cigna has teamed up with Happify Health and Prevail in order to give clients new digital platforms that aim to tackle stress, anxiety and depression. In January 2019, the payer plans to roll Happify and iPrevail into its Cigna Total Behavioral Health program.  Happify helps users maintain well-being and targets preventing diagnosable mental health conditions,...
November 7, 2018
Yesterday morning medical messaging company Medici announced that it would be acquiring fellow health communication platform DocbookMD for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal Medici will now take control or DocbookMD’s technical assets, employees and customer contracts.  Both Medici and DocbookMD are Austin, Texas-based and focus on medical communications. DocbookMD, which was founded in 2008...
November 7, 2018
Despite the hype around implementing telehealth in rural areas, a recent USDA report found that rural residents were actually less likely than their urban counterparts to partake in online health research, maintenance and monitoring services. The report describes the results of a telecommunications and eHealth questionnaire that was sent out to 50,000 households (accounting for roughly 130,000...
November 6, 2018
During the third quarter of 2018, the digital health space has seen a slew of deals with healthcare providers in the US, UK and elsewhere around the world. While telemedicine has continued to be a trend within the provider space, health systems are starting to turn their attention to some of the latest cutting-edge technology, such as voice.  But as these technologies advance, some physicians are...
November 6, 2018
UnitedHealth Group finished the third quarter strong, reporting a 12 percent year-over-year revenue growth totalling $56.6 billion. This finish prompted the company to raise its 2018 net earnings outlook to approximately $12.10 per share, up from the $11.80 to $12.05 range.  CEO David Wichmann highlighted the company’s use of information, technology and clinical insights as reasons for the...
November 6, 2018
When it comes to treating the opioid crisis, digital tools may be able to tackle some of the trickiest issues that the current care model cannot, according to a recently released Rock Health report. The report zeros in on some of the major road blocks in treating addiction and how digital could be the key to addressing these needs.  Those challenges include the variability between treatment...
November 5, 2018
This morning ResMed, maker of connected respiratory devices, announced that it is set to acquire MatrixCare, a Minnesota-based EHR company, for $750 million.  MatrixCare’s EHR is targeted towards long-term post acute care services, such as skilled nursing facilities, life plan communities and senior living homes.  The deal is expected to help ResMed expand its software-as-a-service offerings,...
November 5, 2018
Last week Chinese language search engine Baidu, unveiled a new artificial intelligence-powered tool aimed at detecting ocular fundus, which can lead to blindness. The latest tool, called AI Fundus Camera, will be able to screen for three types of ocular fundus diseases.  The new AI-powered camera takes a photo and then can generate a screening report. According to the company, this photo doesn’t...
November 2, 2018
It’s a too familiar scene — 2 a.m. and the computer screen is open to a Google search leading the user down every possible scenario and health scare. The patient then has to decide based on whatever search has come up whether or not a trip the emergency room is in order.    That’s where AI chatbots have come in to play. More and more digital health companies are focusing on providing a place for...
November 1, 2018
Klue, a startup that uses gesture monitoring to track eating behaviors, is turning its attention to Type 1 diabetes. This afternoon the San Francisco-based startup announced that its platform will now include a reminder feature designed specifically to help people with Type 1 diabetes manage their condition around meals.  “The module will send the users a gentle nudge on their Apple Watch when...