Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 10:12 amMarch 5, 2020
Yesterday morning, Ginger announced that it acquired fellow digital mental-wellness company LiveBetter's technology assets.  LiveBetter has focused on brining virtual mental health tools to smartphone users for free. Meanwhile Ginger focuses on providing digital mental health services including behavior-health coaching, video therapy, tele-psychiatry visits and other self-guided content. It...
By Laura Lovett 04:21 pmMarch 4, 2020
This morning voice-enabled digital assistant Suki scored $20 million Series B funding. The new infusion of cash was led by Flare Capital Partners with participation from Breyer Capital, Epsilon Health, First Round Capital and Venrock. This news comes roughly two years after the startup raked in its first $20 million in Series A financing.  As part of the funding announcement, Suki revealed that...
By Laura Lovett 02:09 pmMarch 4, 2020
Google made waves in the fall when the WSJ reported that the tech company had been working with Ascension since 2018 on a collaboration involving patient data, called Project Nightingale. While the partnership appears to be HIPAA compliant, the news drew concerns among patients, providers and legislators. Earlier this week, a group of three senators, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard...
By Laura Lovett 02:48 pmMarch 3, 2020
As digital becomes the new norm, mothers and expecting mothers are looking for new ways to connect to their healthcare providers, however, the term digital health is still far from a mainstream term, according to a recent Xealth report.  The report found that nearly half of new and pregnant patients expected to interact with their doctors digitally (47%). However, only 27% of those survey-takers...
By Laura Lovett 03:36 pmMarch 2, 2020
In mid-January an error in the Walgreens app led to the leak of customers' secure messages. Specifically, the error allowed customers to see each other's information, including personal data such as names and prescription drug information.  The company announced the breach late last week, assuring customers that following the breach it disabled the message viewing feature in the app “to prevent...
By Laura Lovett 01:41 pmMarch 2, 2020
Last week the FDA greenlighted the ultrasound app VistaScan from Emagine Solutions Technology.  The new software app can be used on a doctor's cellphone or tablet. It can also connect with companion ultrasound probes, which are already FDA cleared.  The company previously partnered with the Red Cross to assist women with prenatal scans, according to a video on the company’s website. WHY IT...
By Laura Lovett 03:01 pmFebruary 28, 2020
Yesterday morning healthcare data platform Ribbon Health announced that it closed a $10.25 million Series A funding round. Veteran digital health investor Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) led the round, and Y Combinator and BoxGroup also participated.  A number of individual health tech CEOs also contributed to this round, including Flatiron Health CEO Nat Tuner, Clover Health CEO Vivek Garipalli and...
By Laura Lovett 04:29 pmFebruary 27, 2020
Caravan Health, a company that helps providers transition into accountable care organizations (ACO), has dipped into the digital space with the acquisition of patient engagement tech vendor Wellpepper, according to the startup’s former CEO Anne Weiler.  Founded in 2012, Wellpepper works with health plans to provide their patients with digital treatment plans, messaging services and an alert...
By Laura Lovett 01:34 pmFebruary 27, 2020
This morning digital physical therapy program Sword Health announced that it scored $9 million in the second phase of its Series A funding round, which brings the round's total to $17 million. Khosla Ventures led with participation from Founders Fund, Green Innovations, Lachy Groom, Vesalius Biocapital and Faber Ventures. This news comes roughly a year after the startup announced the $8 million...
By Laura Lovett 10:26 amFebruary 26, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro is now offering allergy care. The launch means that users of Roman and Rory will be able to get prescription allergy medications through the platform’s telemedicine model.  While the company said that the new service will not be treating food allergies or uncontrolled asthma, it will cover seasonal allergies, including conditions like hay fever. ...