Laura Lovett

January 23, 2019
Looking to modernize the 510(k) process, yesterday the FDA announced its final guidance establishing the framework for the new Safety and Performance Based Pathway.  The biggest change to the 510(k) program is that instead of testing a new device in comparison to what is already on the market, new technology seeking clearance can be measured against a set of “objective, transparent and well...
January 22, 2019
Digital health management platform Veta Health has inked a deal with Boston Children’s Hospital to acquire the licensing rights to two of the hospital’s digital health products, TriVox Health and HelpSteps.  The plan is for is for Veta to integrate the features of TriVox and HelpSteps into its offerings. Veta said this integration could help the company expand its clinical capabilities.  TriVox...
January 22, 2019
This morning telemedicine heavyweight American Well rolled out American Well 760 Cart, a new product that lets acute care teams at health systems virtually bring a specialist on site. The new technology, which can run on American Well’s software or an existing Cisco infrastructure, is an FDA-registered Class 1 device.  The company said that the new technology could be used in myriad of situations...
January 21, 2019
This morning app-enabled behavior change platform Aduro landed $22 million from Boston-based private equity firm Abry Partners. The startup plans to collaborate with the firm to accelerate growth.  What they do Aduro is a wellness platform that teams up with employers and other organizations to motivate members to stay active and healthy. The platform was designed to let users zero in on their...
January 21, 2019
Digital physical therapy company Kaia Health, which has offices in Munich and London, has landed $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Balderton Capital.  What they do Kaia employs AI and machine learning to create home-based, clinically-validated exercise plans for users. While the Kaia has developed products to address everything from exercise and wellness to treating COPD symptoms,...
January 18, 2019
This morning Alphabet’s life science subsidiary Verily announced that its Verily Study Watch and its on-demand ECG feature landed a 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The watch is a prescription-only device, and was designed to record, store, transfer and display single-channel ECG rhythms. The company said the device’s ability to take on-demand, single-lead ECG can be used for individual patient...
January 17, 2019
This morning telemedicine provider Teladoc Health announced the launch of its new back pain treatment program, Teladoc Back Care. The service will let users access digital videos and exercise programs, which target lower back pain.  In order to create the program, the telemedicine company teamed up with Telespine, a digital health company specifically focused on back health. This new program...
January 16, 2019
This morning healthcare data platform Innovaccer announced that it has raised an additional $10 million in funding, boosting its Series B funding round up to $35 million.  The additional funding was led by Microsoft’s venture fund M12, with participation from Westbridge Capital and Lightspeed. In May the company announced the first $25 million of its Series B funding, which was led by Westbridge...
January 15, 2019
Surprise medical bills have been a concern of many consumers across the country but a new survey found that being able to check the cost of services — say, through a mobile app — could ease consumer concern and lead to more patients getting treatment. Today Metova, a mobile and IoT company, released survey results indicating that 80 percent of patients surveyed would be more likely to visit a...
January 15, 2019
As more and more baby boomers begin to hit that silver milestone of senior status, the way society looks at aging could also be on the brink of transformation. Technologies are now enabling seniors to stay involved in the community and connect with other.  “If we want to change how we age we need to think about the assets of age, it brings the ability to be resilient and adapt,” Dr. Charlotte Yeh...