Laura Lovett

April 15, 2019
Within the last decade, shopping for groceries, clothes and books has become a lot more virtual. The digital space is rapidly replacing brick and mortar stores for many customers. Now consumers are turning to the web for their health products—whether it is to get a pharmacy prescription, a urine test or an “embarrassing” sexual health product. Read on for three emerging trends in the digital mail...
April 12, 2019
The way a patient walks can be an important indicator of cognitive and physical health. Now researchers from across Europe are set to team up with European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) companies to develop a new sensor-enabled tool that will digitally assess the loss in mobility.  The €50 million project, dubbed MOBILISE-D, is funded by the European Innovative...

Cityblock CEO Iyah Romm at CHC in October/Photo Credit:Christopher Huang 

April 12, 2019
This morning Cityblock, a startup focused on addressing socio-economic health disparities through tech, announced that it landed $65 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Redpoint Ventures with participation from 8VC, Echo Health Ventures, StartUp Health, Sidewalk Labs, Thrive Capital, Maverick Ventures, Town Hall Ventures and EmbelmHealth.  WHAT THEY DO  Cityblock, a spinout of...
April 11, 2019
There is an app for just about everything, and the mental health space is no different. But industry experts warn that not all mental health apps are created equally. While there are exemplars of tools that have been clinically validated, there is also a slew of technologies that have not been tested at all.  “There are lot of opportunities for patients to receive bad care through apps right now...
April 11, 2019
Telemedicine giant Teladoc announced this morning that it is teaming up with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on a new project aimed at creating a consumer pediatric telehealth platform for hospital and health systems.  As part of the partnership, doctors from Cincinnati Children’s will lead the advisory team. The hospital team is set to advise on pediatric-specific workflows,...
April 10, 2019
This morning virtual care company InTouch announced a new telehealth product called Solo that is a fully integrated, end-to-end care platform.  Solo is able to integrate scheduling, eligibility confirmation, e-prescriptions, patient surveys, payments and digital signatures. A number of major EHR platforms such as Epic, Allscripts and Cerner are able to integrate with the technology.  The platform...
April 10, 2019
There is a new way to explore gene-environment interaction (GxE) thanks to a new virtual reality prototype. The new technology was born out of a partnership between the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and PreviewLab, who will be developing the technology.  GxE refers to the combination of our genes and environmental factors including mold,...

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on stage at HIMSS 2018.

April 9, 2019
Yesterday at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma argued that government can often foil innovation.  Verma, a well-documented opponent of single-payer healthcare, has her eyes set on cutting down on paperwork and reevaluating regulations as a means to facilitate technological innovation. “One of the things that troubles...
April 9, 2019
The stakes are high when it comes to implementing artificial intelligence in healthcare, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker reminded the audience at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston yesterday.  While the technology has the ability to shape the future of health, Baker — who previously served as the CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care — urged the industry to be mindful about data...
April 8, 2019
Come 2020, Medicare Advantage (MA) members will have more access to virtual care visits, according to a new ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that was finalized on Friday. The new ruling will expand geographical areas covered and the way the services are paid for.  “Under this final rule, MA enrollees may have great opportunities to receive healthcare services from places...