Laura Lovett

January 7, 2019
This morning contact free health monitoring company EarlySense announced a $39 million funding round. Hospital bed manufacturer Hill-Rom and Wells Fargo & Company led the round with participation from BlueRed Capital, Israel Innovation Fund, Argos Capital and Hotung Capital.  This funding news comes just a month after the announcement that EarlySense’s contact free monitor will now be...
January 7, 2019
On Friday Boston-based Pear Therapeutics announced a whopping $64 million Series C funding. The latest financing was led by Temasek, with participation from Novartis, 5AM Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, Jazz Venture Partners, The Bridge Builders Collaborative and EDBI.  This announcement comes just one year after the digital therapeutic maker landed $50 million in Series B funding.  What they do...
January 7, 2019
Medical messaging company Medici announced late Friday that it will be acquiring Chiron Health, an Austin-based telehealth company. This comes on the heels of Medici’s last acquisition of health communication platform DocookMD in November.  "These two acquisitions are really such great fits, both being doctor-driven organizations with several features that perfectly complement and fine-tune the...
January 4, 2019
This morning Alphabet life science subsidiary Verily announced a staggering $1 billion in new venture funding led by Silver Lake, with participation from Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan and other global investment management firms. As part of the deal, Silver Lake Managing Partner and Director Egon Durban will be nominated to the company’s operating board, as will Ruth Porat, chief financial...
January 3, 2019
Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions, Lifesum, a Swedish health tracking app, will now be available to Google Assistant users. This integration will allow users to keep a record of their meals, water consumption and weight by talking to their Google Assistant.  Users can access the system by saying “Hey Google, talk to Lifesum,” according to a press release. Once opened the user can tell...
January 3, 2019
This morning Otsuka America, a subsidiary of the Japanese pharma company, announced that it is teaming up with Click Therapeutics, maker of software as a prescription medical treatment, to create a new digital therapeutic to treat major depressive disorder (MDD).  The goal of the partnership is to develop a software app that will employ cognitive therapy principles and can be used either with or...
January 2, 2019
Infant mortality rates have remained high in the US outpacing other affluent countries including Canada, Germany and Japan. This is particularly true in Franklin County, Ohio, home to state capital Columbus, where the infant mortality rate has reached 8.2 per 1,000 live births, according to a report by Smart Columbus. But city officials are turning to on-demand rides for prenatal women as a way...
December 31, 2018
Kaiser Permanente has a history of integrating virtual care programs. The organization’s provider and payer model has allowed it to explore digital health early on.  “We have some unique opportunities because we are an integrated organization,” Dr. Patrick Courneya, EVP and chief medical officer at Kaiser Permanente, told MobiHealthNews. “We have healthcare delivery on the clinical side and...
December 31, 2018
The healthcare industry has seen waves of hype around an array of technologies over the last century or so — each one promising to be revolutionary in its own way. Most recently blockchain has become the go-to topic in the future of healthcare. Industry players are promising the technology can link patients' medical records, verify medications and more, but like many new tools it has been met...
December 21, 2018
Money is a motivator. Recently, digital health companies have starting to tap into blockchain-backed cryptocurrency as a way to motivate users to workout, take medication and stay sober. Most of the currencies can be cashed-in for goods like workout gear, or a paid service the platform offers like coaching. Other companies are also using the digital currency as an incentive for patients to...