Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:10 pmAugust 14, 2019
Dr. David Rhew has announced that he is leaving Samsung, where he served as the chief medical officer and VP of Enterprise Healthcare, to join Microsoft as the new chief medical officer and VP of healthcare at the Worldwide Commercial Business division. According to a Microsoft blog post announcing his new position, Rhew holds six U.S. patents for clinical decision support systems,...
By Laura Lovett 12:03 pmAugust 14, 2019
This morning Solera Health, a digital marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management programs, is offering a new Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in American Sign Language (ASL) to people in the Kansas City area.  The program, created by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, will service adults living with hearing impairments in the region who are covered by a local...
By Laura Lovett 03:44 pmAugust 13, 2019
Telemedicine access in the state of New Hampshire is expanding thanks to a newly signed bill that will let primary care providers and pediatricians bill Medicaid and private insurances for telemedicine visits, according to a report by the Associated Press. The new legislation is an expansion from previous bills, which restricted reimbursement to specialist visits.  All providers with an already...
By Laura Lovett 01:24 pmAugust 13, 2019
With a focus on femtech, MedAnswers announced that it landed $5 million in seed funding. This news comes in conjunction with the rollout of its new tool FertilityAnswers, dedicated to providing information to users trying to get pregnant.  The Los Angeles- and Barcelona-based startup was backed by lead funder Special Situations’ Life Sciences Innovation (LSI) Fund with participation from Viking...
By Laura Lovett 03:53 pmAugust 12, 2019
Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have invented a wearable device designed to help expecting parents keep track of their child’s fetal heartbeat. The lightweight technology uses seismo-cardiogram and gyro-cardiogram recordings collected from a consumer-grade sensor. When placed on the mother’s stomach, it detects vibrations when the baby is moving or its heart is beating.  In the...
By Laura Lovett 02:36 pmAugust 12, 2019
Time is one of a doctor’s most precious resources. But with the increasing emphasis on documentation, doctors are often snowed under with paperwork. Scores of startups and provider innovation organizations are looking for ways that new technologies could help tackle this problem.  Recently, voice technology has come onto the digital health scene as a new tool with the potential to help lighten...
By Laura Lovett 03:33 pmAugust 9, 2019
Fitbit’s latest earnings call was a mixed bag for the wearable giant. The company’s revenue and device sales were up; however, the average price of the devices was down. This has led to the company to lower its revenue guidance by $95 million.  It appears to be continuing to focus in on its health division, which is seeing an uptick in year-over-year revenue, and is on track to meet its $100...
By Laura Lovett 03:45 pmAugust 8, 2019
Earlier this week LifeOmic, maker of a provider-facing data integration app, announced a new platform dubbed LIFE Extend that's designed to help patients prevent chronic disease associated with aging.  The app gives users points for tracking their physical activity, nutrition, mindfulness, sleep and intermittent fasting. Once a user acquires a certain amount of points, they can cash them at...
By Laura Lovett 02:13 pmAugust 8, 2019
When it comes to the future of blood pressure monitoring, there may be a new alternative to the traditional cuff: a video selfie.  New research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging found that a smartphone-based blood pressure measurement that employs transdermal optical imaging technology was able to predict systolic and diastolic blood pressure with high accuracy.  TOPLINE DATA...
By Laura Lovett 01:06 pmAugust 7, 2019
Nearly five years after Alphabet purchased DeepMind, an AI-focused technology entity, it is still continuing to report massive losses on the subsidiary. Yesterday DeepMind released its latest strategic report, revealing that its losses for the financial year were £470 million, or roughly $571 million. Deep Mind has been heavily involved in the healthcare space, using its AI platform for diagnosis...