Laura Lovett

July 24, 2018
Canadian digital employee health benefits company League has just landed a whopping $47.5 million ($62 million Canadian dollars) in a Series B funding round led by Telus Ventures with participation from Wittington Ventures, Omers, Infinite Potential Group, RBC Ventures, Real Ventures, and BDC Ventures.  League pitches itself as a platform that makes benefits easier to navigate and is “consumer...
July 23, 2018
Dignity Health and the University of California San Francisco Health are teaming up to create a new navigational platform for patients. The organizations are working to create a platform that will help walk patients through all different care settings including primary, acute and specialist care.  “Our collaboration with Dignity Health will empower patients and their families with digital health...

University of Stanford, image credit: Onur Parlak

July 23, 2018
Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new wearable capable of measuring a patient’s cortisol levels from their sweat. Cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, typically takes several days to test. A paper outlining the early development and use of the technology was recently published in Science Advances.  "We are particularly interested in sweat sensing, because it offers...
July 23, 2018
This morning, prescription digital therapeutic developer Click Therapeutics closed a $17 million funding round led by Sanofi Ventures, a subsidiary of pharma giant Sanofi.  “We’ve evaluated many companies in this space, and we believe Click Therapeutics’ mobile patient engagement platform positions the company to be a leader in the field of prescription digital therapeutics,” Bernard Davitian,...

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July 18, 2018
Novartis is looking to digital storytelling as a way to help cancer patients and their families. Last week, the pharma company announced that it would be launching the Galaxies of Hope app, which lets patients, providers, and caregivers explore the challenges of coping with neuroendocrine tumor (NET) cancer through a multimodal approach.  The app uses the real-world stories of people and...
July 18, 2018
Israel is continuing to carve out its space as a digital health hub in the Middle East. Today the Israeli government announced a $33 million grant aimed at furthering the country's foothold in digital health, specifically in biotech and medicine, according to Reuters. Medtronic, GE Healthcare, and Change Healthcare were named the three recipients of the funding; each company will get a different...
July 17, 2018
VitalConnect and physIQ are teaming up with the Haga Teaching Hospital in the Netherlands to conduct a study on how wearable biosensors and artificial intelligence can augment care for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Specifically, the study — which is funded by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals — is looking to see how the technology can detect adverse events in cancer...
July 17, 2018
Blockchain is in vogue this year in the healthcare space as innovators find new uses for the technology, which makes information easy to verify and difficult to falsify.  Emerging out of stealth mode today is New York-based startup Embleema, which is launching its block chain personal health record platform designed to help link patients to life science researchers. “We focus on real data from...
July 17, 2018
This morning, senior care online marketplace Kindly Care announced that it has brought in $5.4 million in a Series A financing round led by Javelin Venture Partners. The company plans to use the money to expand the product offerings and support national expansion.  The service offers an alternative to going through a traditional home agency. Instead, customers can use the platform to search for...
July 16, 2018
It’s bilingual. Miami-based CareCloud, maker of care management platform Breeze, has just added a new Spanish version, called Breeze en Español. The new version will allow customers to book, check-in and out of appointments, and pay for bills in Spanish. “A good patient experience is language neutral,” Juan Molina, CareCloud’s vice president of strategy and business development, said in a...