Laura Lovett

Photo credit: Buoy Health 

By Laura Lovett 02:57 pmFebruary 6, 2020
It’s hard to flip on the TV and not see some mention of the novel coronavirus. The number of cases reported has continued to rise daily, as the World Health Organization reports that the virus has spread to 25,000 individuals across 25 countries.  However, a biproduct of the disease has been fear, according to Buoy Health Founder and CEO Dr. Andrew Le.  Increasingly startups and innovators are...
By Laura Lovett 03:47 pmFebruary 5, 2020
This morning Verana Health, a startup focused on curating and analyzing real-world clinical data, announced a $100 million funding round led by GV with participation from Bain Capital Ventures, Casdin Capital and Define Ventures.  The funding news coincides with the announcement that Verana purchased PYA Analytics’ technology assets and team. PYA Analytics specializes in large-scale data...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pmFebruary 5, 2020
Facebook is looking to curb misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak by removing false claims and conspiracy theories about the disease posted on its social media platforms.  In a recent blog post, the company announced that it is working with a network of third-party fact checkers to review information. If a piece of information is rated as false, the company pledges to limits its...
By Laura Lovett 01:36 pmFebruary 3, 2020
Sony’s smart operating platform NUCLeUS Operating Room scored FDA 510(k) clearance late last week. The new system allows clinicians to capture, store and share OR videos, scans and other patient data throughout its hospital network. This will also allow videos, including 3D videos, to be captured in "near real time.” The latest tool was designed to reduce hardware requirements in the operating...

The Division of Digital Psychiatry team at Beth Israel. 

By Laura Lovett 04:13 pmJanuary 31, 2020
Walking down the halls of the research wing at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, it’s hard to miss the bright orange biohazard warnings on the door of nearly every lab — except one. Formed in 2018, the Division of Digital Psychiatry is focused on technology’s role in improving mental health care.  Led by Dr. John Torous, the division’s first digital tool, dubbed mindLamp, is focused on examining "...
By Laura Lovett 04:17 pmJanuary 30, 2020
Dr. Narmadha Kuppuswami has a long history of working in women’s health. Her first experience dates back to her early medical school years in India, during her first clinical rotation.   “I was only 18 or 19 ... [and] there was a patient and that was her sixth pregnancy,” she said. “She was transferred from a clinic with obstructed labor and a possible ruptured uterus, and doctors were scrambling...
By Laura Lovett 01:10 pmJanuary 30, 2020
This morning, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Google Cloud and digital clinical trial startup ProofPilot inked a deal to create a new clinical research platform targeted at academic medical centers and universities.  The trio plan to kick off this new platform with a study called “Piloting Time-Restricted Feeding (TRF) for Bipolar Disorder” at MGH.  The new collaboration will tap into...
By Laura Lovett 03:45 pmJanuary 29, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. Telemedicine efforts have been cropping up across the world with the goal of bringing specialty care to more underserved regions.  One such example comes from Yaya Mbaoua, CEO of The Mbaoua Group, which has been an integral part of a pilot program to bring telemedicine to Zimbabwe. He will be speaking about his experiences...

Jennifer Goldsack speaks at the Patient Saftey in a Digital World symposium on Tuesday. Photo credit: FIDHS 

By Laura Lovett 03:32 pmJanuary 29, 2020
Patient safety is an age-old concern in the healthcare industry. However, as the latest tech-enabled tools begin to emerge in medicine, new questions around patient safety begin to arise as well.   “When we think about the use of these tools in healthcare, we think about what is the same and what is different [from traditional care],” Jennifer Goldsack, executive director of the Digital Medicine...
By Laura Lovett 11:51 amJanuary 28, 2020
This morning digital cardiac health startup Eko announced that its atrial fibrillation and heart murmur detection algorithm landed a 510(k) FDA clearance. The new algorithms are designed to integrate with Eko’s stethoscope, which is already on the market, and be used by healthcare providers.  The company said it plans to add more algorithms in the future. Next up will be an ECG-based algorithm...