Laura Lovett

April 4, 2019
Figuring out the best user experience can be a tricky process for any platform. But its particularly important in digital therapeutics, which some view as a disruptor to traditional pharmaceuticals.  Unlike medical drug makers, digital therapeutics companies have UX design to consider during the development of their products, Madhavi Jagdish, director of product designer at Pear Therapeutics,...
April 4, 2019
This morning, maternal health focused femtech company Advantia Health announced that it has acquired Pacify, a live video chat platform for new and soon-to-be moms.  As part of the deal Advantia Health, which provides in-person care with a companion care coordination platform, will now be able to offer its members video chats. Advantia Health estimates that the services will be available to...

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April 3, 2019
Power dynamics are present in nearly every facet of life — including health innovation. These inequities of power can determine who developers innovate for, and the way in which developers go about creating tools for certain groups, Vanessa Mason, director of the Institute for the Future, said at Mad*Pow's HXD 2019 conference in Boston yesterday. “In talking about power, all of us bring biases...
April 2, 2019
Yesterday NextGen Jane, a femtech company focused on reproductive health, announced that it scored $9 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Material Impact, with participation from Access Industries, Viking Global Investors, Liminal Ventures and unnamed angel investors.  WHAT THEY DO  The Oakland, California-based startup uses tampons in order to tell women about their reproductive...

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April 2, 2019
This morning London-based femtech company Elvie announced that it raised $42 million in Series B funding. The latest round was led by IPGL with participation from Octopus Ventures and Impact Ventures UK.  WHAT THEY DO The women-led startup has developed two main products in the feminine care space; a pelvic floor trainer and a breast pump.   The first, called Elvie Trainer, was launched in 2014...
April 1, 2019
Providers using DrChrono’s digital EHR system will now be able to conduct virtual appointments through a smartphone. This comes after the company announced that it is integrating Beam, a digital health platform that lets providers bill and connect patients to virtual care, into its system.  Physicians already on the DrChrono system can will now be able to see their patients through HD, HIPAA-...
April 1, 2019
In order to make impactful strides in your fitness regiment, you may need more than a consumer fitness app, according to a recent study.  In March, JMIR published a meta-analysis revealing that while fitness apps modestly increased physical activity, the average step count between app users and nonusers was nonsignificant. The researchers, who represented the University of South Australia and...
March 29, 2019
Solera Health, a digital platform that offers a marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management programs, announced that it is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute on a new program that will focus on social determinants of health.  The plan is for Solera Health to work with BCBS and tailor its platform to link people up with community-based providers and other resources that...
March 29, 2019
A new blockchain-enabled platform aiming to curb doctor’s appointments no-shows with redeemable incentives launched in beta yesterday.  Dubbed Healthereum Life Portfolio, the system will give patients tokens for showing up to appointment, answering surveys and completing other health-related activities. The healthcare provider can specifically create a value for the tokens. Then the tokens can be...
March 28, 2019
Within the last few years the FDA has undergone a metamorphosis when it comes to digital health regulations. Though many of these are not yet solidified, a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) predicts that these changes could open new doors for pharmaceutical companies looking to jump into the digital arena.  “Changes made by the FDA have made it easier for digital health products to be...