Laura Lovett

October 24, 2018
This morning Vayyar Imaging, a company best known for its 3D sensor imaging technology, launched a new product called Walabot Home that can detect if a person has fallen and automatically call for help.  Walabot attaches to a wall in the user's home and is about the size of a small tablet. Users can put in their emergency contact list and if a fall is detected, the system automatically calls...
Employees looking at analytics dashboard.
October 23, 2018
What with so many apps, connected medical devices and messaging systems the world of healthcare is going more mobile — no longer is every system under the umbrella of a hospital IT specialist. But that pivot toward digital health brings up questions for innovators and IT specialists about how to track and monitor security when building and implementing new products. That’s where a security...
October 23, 2018
This morning computer hardware company Nvidia announced that it was teaming up with Scripps Research Translational Institute to kick off a new collaboration focused on developing artificial intelligence and deep learning tools that will help analyze genomic and digital health sensor data. In addition to the tools developed, the partners plan on creating a new best practice resource guide.  The...
October 23, 2018
A recent Cambridge University-led study found evidence that a new app that lets patients watch a video of themselves washing their hands or touching a dirty object could be key to improving obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms in patients with contamination fears.  In the study, published in Scientific Reports, OCD patients that got either of the two video interventions improved their scores on...
October 22, 2018
This morning London-based data platform Raremark announced that it landed $3.9 million (£3 million) in a funding round led by AlbionVC and Ananda Ventures, with participation from Oltre Ventures and Cass Entrepreneurship Fund. The platform, which focuses on rare diseases, plans on using the new money to build a patient engagement and data analysis tool.  The company engages with both patients and...
October 22, 2018
Digital health tools are transcending international borders, with new players popping up all over the globe.  During the "International Outlook for Digital Health" panel at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, speakers stressed the importance of collaboration and fusing ideas from various cultures and countries — not just those with a more developed health infrastructure.  “This two-way...

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October 19, 2018
Distrust in the healthcare system is a major obstacle in providing needed care to some of the most vulnerable populations in the US.  “[M]illions of Americans all across the country … are failed by the healthcare system everyday. Specifically we don’t understand the services that they need,” Iyah Romm, founder and CEO of Cityblock Health, an Alphabet spinout focused on urban-focused public health...

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October 19, 2018
Yesterday morning Helix, an early player in the consumer genomics field, announced the launch of its DNA Product Studio. The tool aims to boost the development of new genomics apps and tests for Helix’s partners.  Helix’s model uses third party partners that are experts in a specific arena to develop products. Meanwhile Helix provides sample collection, DNA sequencing, and secures data that the...

Photo by Christopher Huang.

October 18, 2018
The uses for artificial intelligence have been sprouting up all over the healthcare field, from reading images to automating work flows. Now some researchers are looking to use that technology to move beyond the analytical tasks and move into providing a more human touch.  “There is one view that we can allow these AI [tools] to deal with data and analytics and we let people deal with the caring...
October 17, 2018
Both the clinician and the patient hold an important piece to the care puzzle, according to Kristina Sheridan, head of the enterprise strategy and transformation department at the nonprofit MITRE Corporation.  The physician has expertise in treating illness, whereas the patient is the authority on living with the condition, she explained at the Society for Participatory Medicine in Boston this...