Laura Lovett

June 3, 2019
Today Apple announced that it’s adding three new health features to its Apple WatchOS6, designed to allow users learn about activity trends, track periods and keep track of hearing safety.  The tech world has been abuzz with rumors that Apple would start focusing on hearing related technologies. At Apple’s worldwide developer conference (WWDC) event, at least one of those rumors came to fruition...
June 3, 2019
Between Twitter notifications and the constant of flood of work emails, staying focused on one task can be challenging. However, researchers have discovered that a new meditation platform could be effective in improving young adults' attention spans. In the study, which was published in Nature Human Behavior, the MediTrain closed-loop digital meditation platform helped healthy young adults ...
May 30, 2019
Consumer tech firm Garmin has inked a deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s wellness program Blue365. As part of the agreement, its members can buy a Garmin wearable at a reduced rate.    “Garmin Health is excited to collaborate with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on an innovative program like Blue365,” Sean McNamara, Garmin Health Manager, said in a statement. “Garmin wearable...
May 30, 2019
This morning Altoida, a digital platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help predict Alzheimer’s disease, closed a $6.3 million Series A funding round. M Ventures led the round with participation from Grey Sky Venture Partners, VI Partners AGG, Alpana Ventures and FYRFLY Ventures.  WHAT THEY DO Altoida makes a digital platform that employs AI, ML and augmented reality...
May 30, 2019
This morning Feedtrail, a platform that captures patients’ satisfaction rates and translates those into an action plan for providers, landed $1 million in seed funding. The latest funding round was led by Dioko Ventures with participation from an unnamed non-profit health system and convertible promissory note.  WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2015, the North Carolina-based startup specializes in phone-...
May 29, 2019
This morning digital mental health-focused startup Talkspace announced a $50 million Series D funding round. The latest investment was led by Revolution Growth with participation from existing backers Northwest Venture Partners, Qumra Capital, Spark Capital and Compound Ventures also participat. As a result of the new funding, Revolution Growth’s Patrick Controy will be joining Talkspace’s board...
May 29, 2019
Healthcare has a few lessons it can learn from the casino world, according to Gary Loveman, a professor at Harvard Business School.   Loveman’s somewhat unconventional career path has given him experience in both the insurance world and the healthcare industry; he previously served as the president of Aetna’s Consumer Health and Service division and held the CEO position at Caesars Entertainment...
May 28, 2019
This afternoon Welkin, a startup focused on patient relationship management through messaging services and workflow organization, announced a $17.5 million Series B funding round exclusively to MobiHealthNews. The new funding was led by Altos Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture firm that invests specifically in American and South Korean companies. Existing investors Thrive Capital, Red Swan ...
May 28, 2019
Wearable sensor maker MC10 is teaming up with biopharma company AbbVie on a new set of multiple sclerosis (MS) clinical trials. The pair plan to use MC10’s FDA cleared wearable sensor technology, dubbed the BioStamp nPoint system, to help keep track of a patient’s physiological data and outcomes during the trials.  The flexible and stretchable electronic sensors landed FDA clearance last year to...

Babyl activation event in Rwanda. As part of the service communities have access to virtual consultations with doctors and experts, as well as monitoring and diagnostic tools. Photo credit: Babyl Rwanda 

May 24, 2019
With billions of dollars pouring into the biggest tech hubs in the world like Silicon Valley, New York and Beijing, it can be easy to forget about other health technologies under development in regions without the same resources. However, digital health has already started changing care around the world, especially in developing regions, making care more accessible and cost effective. In...