Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 11:51 amAugust 7, 2019
Yesterday dieting app Zero announced that it has scored $2.8 million in new seed funding. This latest cash raise was led by True Ventures and Trinity Ventures. The money is an add-on to the company’s prior seed funding, bringing its grand total to $4 million this round.  Coinciding with this funding news is the announcement that Dr. Peter Attia will be named cofounder and chief medical officer....
By Laura Lovett 03:58 pmAugust 6, 2019
This morning AI-enabled handheld ultrasound startup Exo landed $35 million in Series B funding. The new infusion of cash was led by Intel Capital with participation from Applied Ventures, Bold Capital, Creative Ventures, Longevity Vision Fund, Magnetar Capital, Nautilus Venture Partners, OSF Healthcare, Rising Tide Fund, Sony Innovation Fund and Wanxiang Healthcare Investments.  WHAT THEY DO The...
By Laura Lovett 03:08 pmAugust 6, 2019
Increasingly, Amazon Alexa and Siri are no longer just a tool for ordering pizza. Voice technology has found its way into healthcare, and now one of the most established industries in the medical world is starting to explore the possibilities of voice: pharma.  “I think voice should be part of a robust ecosystem in which pharma provides treatment information … and things like that,” Kay Bayne,...
By Laura Lovett 03:49 pmAugust 5, 2019
Late last week NextStep Interactive, a digital healthcare training platform, announced that it scored $3 million in new funding. The new money came from SEI Ventures, JAZZ Venture Partners, Learn Capital’s Learn Start Fund, Springrock Ventures, City Light Capital, Frontier Angels and managing directors from Pioneer Square Labs.  This latest funding builds on the $3.275 million round closed last...
By Laura Lovett 01:44 pmAugust 5, 2019
Fossil’s latest smartwatch is set to integrate Cardiogram, an app that uses deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, preinstalled. The Cardiogram platform has been tested to detect sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension and atrial fibrillation.  Typically, Cardiogram Care is included only in Cardiogram’s premium version, which costs $15 a month. However, the Cardiogram Care...
By Laura Lovett 11:32 amAugust 1, 2019
Uber Health is diving into remote care this week after it inked a deal with medical supply company Henry Schein Medical and Medpod, maker of the medical microcart MobileDoc 2, on Monday. The former agreed to integrate into Medpod's platform, allowing doctors to conduct remote telediagnostic exams.  As part of the deal doctor’s using Medpod’s telediagnostic platform will be able to tap into Uber...
By Laura Lovett 11:56 amJuly 31, 2019
Twenty stakeholders including health and technology giants such as, Apple, Google, Anthem, Microsoft and Humana have announced their plans to test drive a new health record interoperability initiative, which specifically helps connect claims data.  CARIN, a nonprofit dedicated to consumer-directed exchange of health information, has unveiled its Blue Button HL7 FHIR API model and draft...
By Laura Lovett 10:47 amJuly 31, 2019
Castlight Health is seeing some major change ups in leadership this week. Yesterday the digital health company announced that its current CEO John Doyle is stepping down as director. The company has tapped Maeve O’Meara as the company’s next CEO. Siobhan Nolan Mangini will also join as the company’s next president, and maintains her position as chief financial officer. "With the appointments of...

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By Laura Lovett 03:23 pmJuly 30, 2019
The opioid epidemic has devastated the US with soaring rates of overdoses. While the drug Narcan can be used as an antidote for opioid overdoses, if a patient is alone they cannot always administer the medication.  Now researchers from Purdue University are looking to tackle this problem with a wearable system that will release the antidote automatically.  “A lot of time patients who overdoes are...
By Laura Lovett 12:19 pmJuly 30, 2019
Looking to solve the problem of health record interoperability, this afternoon CMS unveiled a new pilot program dubbed “Data at the Point of Care” (DPC), which will employ an API to help give providers access to their patient’s medical data. The pilot is part of a larger CMS initiative called MyHealthEData, which is focused on giving patients more access to their medical data.  “That burden on...