Laura Lovett

January 31, 2019
Fifty-four percent of consumers are willing to try an FDA-approved app or digital tool for the treatment of a medical condition, according to a new report out of PricewaterhouseCoopers compiling survey data and other health trend information from the past year.  “The arrival of digital therapeutics — an emerging health discipline that uses technology to augment or even replace active drugs in...

Dr. Alan Lotvin, EVP and chief technology officer of CVS, presenting at the Attain launch in Boston on January 29.

January 30, 2019
It’s easy to ignore a flu shot reminder email or grab a donut on your way into work, but Attain — a new voluntary wellness rewards program developed in partnership by Apple and Aetna (recently acquired by CVS) — is aiming to curb these behaviors through personalization.  At yesterday’s Attain launch event in Boston, Apple and Aetna executives stressed the importance of both personalization and...
January 30, 2019
This morning Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses a deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, launched two new features “Family Mode” and “Share with Doctor”, which let users share data across platforms with loved ones or a provider. The new features, which are available on Cardiogram premium, are interoperable between Apple Watches, Garmins and devices running...
January 29, 2019
Hims — an online mail-order men’s health company that uses remote consultation to prescribe cosmetic and sexual health products — has landed $100 million in new funding, according to the publication Recode, which first published the scoop this morning. Following the investment, the company will be valued at $1 billion.  This news comes shortly after the San Francisco-based company launched Hers,...
January 28, 2019
This morning medical device company Masimo announced FDA clearance for the measurement of respiration rate from a photoplethysmogram (RRp), so that it may now be used on the MightSat Rx finger pulse oximeter. The latest clearance also means the technology can be used at home by patients.   The new technology will be able to calculate a user’s respiration rate, which is the count of breaths per...
January 28, 2019
This morning BioTelemetry, a remote and wireless company with a specialization in health information, announced that it is acquiring startup Geneva Healthcare, maker of remote monitoring for implantable cardiac devices, for $45 million in upfront cash with additional performance-based earn-out considerations of no less than $20 million.  The plan is for the two companies to merge together under...
January 25, 2019
Yesterday Planned Parenthood rolled out a new chatbot designed to help teenage girls get answers to questions about sexual health and puberty. The idea is to give young people a place to ask questions that have often been stigmatized or considered embarrassing. The bot, called Roo, has been trained to answer an array of questions from how to handle a crush to concerns about sexually transmitted...
January 24, 2019
Apple versus posionous gas. Patently Apple has spotted a newly published patent application that seems to suggest that miniature sensors for poisonous gas may be a feature of future Apple devices. Filled in March of 2018, the application’s diagrams include examples of the sensors housed within an enclosure such as an Apple Watch and describe detection capabilities for “at least one of ozone (O....
January 24, 2019
As one of the big players in New York, the pressure is on NYU Langone to innovate. That means often thinking outside the healthcare bubble and investigating how other industries use technology to bring the best experience to the end user, according to Caitlin Cronk, the associate director of digital planning and strategy at NYU Langone.   At HIMSS19, Cronk and her colleague Nader Mherabi, the...
January 24, 2019
A new digital health startup out of San Francisco called Kick Health is looking to address social anxiety through its telehealth platform, which gives users access to prescription beta-blocker propranolol.  The platform, which officially launched this morning, will connect users to board-certified doctors for short asynchronous remote visits. Once the survey and visit is reviewed by a doctor, the...