Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:51 pmOctober 1, 2019
This morning META announced a new virtual health platform designed specifically for college students to access mental health care.  The new platform will let students choose their therapist viewing credentials, language, gender, faith, therapy style and plans accepted. Students are able to pay for the services out of pocket, or go through their insurance.  The platform was also designed to give...
By Laura Lovett 01:18 pmOctober 1, 2019
Novartis is teaming up with Microsoft on a new artificial intelligence initiative focused on drug discovery and development. The new efforts will primarily be focused in Novartis’ newly announced AI innovation lab.  As part of the deal Novartis will be employing Microsoft’s AI tools to help its scientist with computational hurdles in life sciences including generative chemistry, image...
By Laura Lovett 02:53 pmSeptember 30, 2019
With the staggering shortage of mental health practitioners worldwide, more and more startups are looking for alternative ways to provide patient care. One of the most popular technologies is chatbots. Now we are seeing one more entrance emerge into that market. On Thursday, Sweden- and UK-based medical device company Flow, best known for its brain stimulation headset, launched a new chatbot...
By Laura Lovett 11:46 amSeptember 30, 2019
Tech-enabled medical education startup Amboss has raked in €30 million ($32.7 million) in Series B funding. The latest round of funding was led by Partech’s growth fund, with participation from Cherry Ventures, Wellington Partners and Holtzbrinck Digital.  WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2012, Amboss was developed as a digital resource to help medical students and professionals access information.  The...
By Laura Lovett 10:29 amSeptember 27, 2019
Shortly after acquiring telemedicine company HeyDoctor, GoodRx, a digital cost transparency tool for medication, announced it is launching its own virtual care platform dubbed GoodRx Care, powered by HeyDoctor.  The company is positioning the new platform as a primary care tool that will allow patients to see a board-certified clinician on the cheap — stating that “most visits” are about $20. Its...
By Laura Lovett 04:00 pmSeptember 26, 2019
British mental health startup Ieso Digital Health today announced a new research project dubbed Eight Billion Minds, which aims to use the data from its platform to build an autonomous digital therapeutic. The new effort will be specifically focused on creating a platform to tackle the shortage of mental health professionals globally.  Ieso’s signature product, ThinkWell, is a mental health...

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By Laura Lovett 02:13 pmSeptember 26, 2019
23andMe, a frontrunner in the consumer genomics space, is turning its attention to clinical trial recruitment. The company has inked a deal with TrialSpark, a health tech platform that lets providers become clinical trial sites, connecting their customers to the latter’s trial network.  The new deal will use 23andMe’s crowdsourced research platform, which lets its customers opt into research and...
By Laura Lovett 04:22 pmSeptember 25, 2019
There’s no denying that digital therapeutics look and feel different than traditional medications. Instead of popping open a medication bottle, users are logging into an app to access treatment. But the differences don’t stop at the look. While the risk of toxicity is an ever-looming question in the pharma space, the same isn’t true for digital solutions.  Stakeholders at the digital therapeutics...
By Laura Lovett 01:21 pmSeptember 25, 2019
Behavioral health and wellness prediction company Catasys has inked a deal with banking firm Goldman Sachs to secure $45 million in debt financing.  WHAT THEY DO  Catasys uses artificial intelligence and data analytics to pinpoint health plan members who may have a behavioral health condition. The idea is to catch untreated mental illness before the issue becomes worse. The system then works on...
By Laura Lovett 04:03 pmSeptember 24, 2019
Getting the right diagnosis and prescription from a doctor is just one piece to the healthcare puzzle. How much food is at home and whether there is enough money in a patient’s bank account to cover the medication copay can be just as important to determining their medical outcomes.  Now hospital executives are starting to turn to technology as a way to help serve more patients and address social...