Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:14 pmFebruary 18, 2020
Cindy Gaines has worn many hats over her career — she's been a nurse, a project manager, held multiple C-suite roles, and now serves as the clinical leader of population health management at Philips. She said that her experience in both the clinical and nonclinical realm has helped her in her current role of bringing the world of health IT and patient care together.  “I come with a lot of...
By Laura Lovett 10:54 amFebruary 18, 2020
The last month has been tough going for the consumer genomics industry with frontrunners 23andMe and Ancestory.com both announcing massive layoffs. However, new kid on the block Nebula Genomics is launching a consumer product today that will offer users whole genome sequencing for $299.  “We hope to really revitalize the whole space by making whole genome sequencing affordable, providing more...

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By Laura Lovett 11:56 amFebruary 17, 2020
Researchers are focusing on new health tech for some of the youngest patients. Recently two academic institutions published experimental design reports around baby tech. One focuses on a smart suit for tracking a babies movement, and the second revolves around the concept of a smart diaper from MIT.  Researchers from the University of Helsinki have developed a new smart jumpsuit aimed at keeping...

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By Laura Lovett 03:56 pmFebruary 13, 2020
Digital health has gone from an obscure term in the health tech world to buzz words on the lips of every hospital CEO in America. Today startups, hospitals and other stakeholders are working on systems to implement these evolving technologies in practice.  “Obviously we’ve come a long way in digital health over the last decade or so,” Santosh Mohan, managing director of Brigham and Women’s iHub,...
By Laura Lovett 01:31 pmFebruary 13, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro launched a new health information platform dubbed Health Guide.  Currently the platform covers sexual health, hair loss, weight management, diabetes, and men’s health.  However, a representative from the company said that in the future, the plan is to expand the offerings to not only cater to male users, and to include more conditions.  The company,...
By Laura Lovett 03:23 pmFebruary 12, 2020
On March 1, XRHealth plans to launch its first virtual reality telehealth clinic in eight states and Washington DC.  The new technology is set to bring VR therapy into the patient’s home by combining therapeutic software, telehealth support and a VR headset to deliver remote rehabilitation services. Patients can use this service for a number of conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke...
By Laura Lovett 03:41 pmFebruary 11, 2020
This morning workplace mental health platform Unmind scored $10 million in Series A funding. Project A led the round with additional participation from Felix Capital.  This comes less than a year after the London-based startup announced a $3.8 million (£3 million) raise led by Felix Capital and private investors Michael Whitfield and Chris Bruce.  WHAT THEY DO The British company focuses on...
By Laura Lovett 02:04 pmFebruary 11, 2020
As cases of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) continue to spread across China and beyond, the Chinese government has released a new app intended to help citizens check whether they came into contact with the virus.  App users are asked to register a phone number, name and ID number in or to see if they were in contact with someone infected, according to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua, which...
By Laura Lovett 04:03 pmFebruary 10, 2020
Addiction focused digital health startup Boulder scored $10.5 million in Series A funding this morning. Investors included Tusk Ventures and Greycroft Partners.  The deal coincides with the news Boulder signed a value-based contract with Premera Blue Cross.  WHAT THEY DO  The startup connects patients seeking treatment for opioid use disorder to teams of addiction specialist, care coordinators...
By Laura Lovett 12:18 pmFebruary 10, 2020
This morning Iora Health, a tech-enabled primary care provider that focuses on the Medicare population, raised $126 million in new Series F funding. The round was led by Indian firm Premji Invest with participation from Cox Enterprise, Temasek F-Prime Capital, Devonshire Investors, .406 Ventures, Flare Capital Partners, Polaris Partners and Khosla Ventures.  This new comes roughly two years after...