Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 12:09 pmOctober 18, 2019
The life science industry is making moves in the digital health space. In fact, within the last two years Sanofi, Novartis and GSK have all recently inked deals with digital health companies.  However, the relationship between pharma companies and digital health has not always been infallible. This week Novartis division Sandoz broke ties with its digital therapeutic partner Pear Therapeutics. ...

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By Laura Lovett 01:34 pmOctober 17, 2019
As the medical community increasingly researches the dangers of screen time, many Americans say they are looking to unplug and engage in digital detoxes. However, Chris Dancy, health and wellness consultant and author of "Don't Unplug - How Technology Saved My Life and Can Save Yours Too!," tapped into digital devices to hack his unhealthy behaviors. “About 12 years ago I was 320 pounds, I smoked...
By Laura Lovett 04:06 pmOctober 16, 2019
In 2004 PatientsLikeMe emerged as one of the early players on the digital health scene. Its platform was designed to connect patients with different symptoms and conditions, and collects patients' voluntarily submitted data for research. Today the company is still focusing on participatory patient involvement but has seen major changes, namely its summer acquisition by UnitedHealth Group.  ...
By Laura Lovett 01:30 pmOctober 16, 2019
With thousands of dieting and fitness apps on the market, it’s clear technology is increasingly becoming a part of weight loss for many Americans.  At this year’s Connected Health conference in Boston, Sherry Pagoto, director of UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, reminded attendees that each dieter comes from a unique social structure and has a certain skill set that will impact their...
By Laura Lovett 03:05 pmOctober 15, 2019
Ancestry, a consumer genomic testing company focused on family history, is now turning to the health space with its launch of AncestryHealth. The new product is aimed at giving customers insights into the health risks associated with their genes and family history. As part of the new services customers can get tests that are ordered by doctors. The service will also provide education resources...

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By Laura Lovett 11:51 amOctober 15, 2019
A decade ago digital health was a relatively new term, largely without name recognition. Today, the venture dollars tell a new story, with $8.1 billion poured into the space in 2018 alone, according to a Rock Health report. Still, most healthcare stakeholders agree digital health is still in its early days and is grappling with questions about its place in the health ecosystem.  Founded in 2010,...
By Laura Lovett 04:18 pmOctober 14, 2019
This morning med tech giant Abbott announced a new deal with chronic care management company Omada Health that will integrate Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with Omada's health coaching platform.  Going forward, eligible users with Type 2 diabetes will have the option to integrate data from their FreeStyle Libre, including glucose reading, trends and patterns, with...
By Laura Lovett 12:58 pmOctober 9, 2019
This morning Papa, a startup connecting seniors to college and nursing students to stave off isolation, landed $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Canaan with participation from Pivotal Ventures, Initialized Capital, Y Combinator and Sound Ventures.  This comes a year after the company announced a $2.4 million seed funding round, which was led by Initialized Capital.  WHAT THEY...
By Laura Lovett 11:57 amOctober 9, 2019
"Data" may well be the buzzword of the early 21st century, but the health field is still trying to figure out how to use it. From claims data to wearables and EHRs, physicians are struggling to incorporate it into practice. This has led to the rise of tech startups looking to tackle this very issue.  “Data is king. The more data we have, the more precise we can be,” Lori Evans Bernstein,...
By Laura Lovett 04:05 pmOctober 8, 2019
This morning the Dexcom G6 Pro Continuous Glucose Monitoring System got the greenlight from the FDA. The latest technology can gather real-time glucose data over a period of 10 days and has the ability to be switched to blinded mode or unblinded mode.  In blinded mode, patients don’t see their data automatically; instead, the clinician will get the data and then be able to discuss it with the...