Laura Lovett

July 30, 2018
Monday morning Olive, a healthcare software company that employs artificial intelligence to automate provider workflows, announced that it closed a $32.8 million Series D financing round led by Oak HC/FT and Ascension Ventures.  “Hospital operations have grown unsustainably complex as providers must adopt new technologies, workflows, and regulations with increasing frequency in order to provide...
July 27, 2018
Online fitness membership platform ClassPass has scored $85 million in a Series D funding round led by Singapore company Temasek, with participation from L Catterton's Growth Fund.  “Fitness has become more personalized, and ClassPass represents an opportunity to invest behind a market leader that is well positioned for growth,” Michael Farello, co-managing partner of L Catterton Growth Fund, who...
July 26, 2018
This morning Scottish artificial intelligence healthcare company snap40 revealed that it closed an $8 million seed funding round led by ADV, with participation from MMC Ventures and other private investors.  snap40's offering is a system that monitors patients using a unique wearable device that employs AI and can alert clinicians if a patient’s condition is deteriorating. The company claims the...
July 26, 2018
WebMD goes to China. WebMD is teaming up with Chinese tech giant Tencent in a deal that would introduce the health information platform to Asia. This means that WebMD’s services will be translated into Chinese and localized to suit the Chinese population.  “The agreement between WebMD and Tencent has the power to make a difference in the health of the Chinese people,” said Meng Zhang, general...

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July 25, 2018
Update: The telemedicine scene referred to in this article was cut from the US version of "Sharkwrecked." It will still be in the international version. Correction: The survivalists blew up a boat. A previous version of this article misstated that the divers were in an inflatable boat.  Telemedicine is getting a cameo on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Set to premier tomorrow night, the show "...
July 24, 2018
Putting yourself in someone else's shoes. High school students are learning about living with Alzheimer's disease in a new VR experience that simulates the experience for teens. The program, which was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference yesterday, has multiple different storylines for students to explore. The experience lets students see what it is like to live with...
July 24, 2018
Things are tough for women working in healthcare, according to a new report by RockHealth. The report, which includes a mix of online sources and survey responses of hundreds of women in the industry, found the percentage of women represented in digital health leadership particularly lacking.  In fact, only 10.2 percent of CEOs at digital health startups are women, which is up from 8.8 percent in...
July 24, 2018
Canadian digital employee health benefits company League has just landed a whopping $47.5 million ($62 million Canadian dollars) in a Series B funding round led by Telus Ventures with participation from Wittington Ventures, Omers, Infinite Potential Group, RBC Ventures, Real Ventures, and BDC Ventures.  League pitches itself as a platform that makes benefits easier to navigate and is “consumer...
July 23, 2018
Dignity Health and the University of California San Francisco Health are teaming up to create a new navigational platform for patients. The organizations are working to create a platform that will help walk patients through all different care settings including primary, acute and specialist care.  “Our collaboration with Dignity Health will empower patients and their families with digital health...

University of Stanford, image credit: Onur Parlak

July 23, 2018
Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new wearable capable of measuring a patient’s cortisol levels from their sweat. Cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, typically takes several days to test. A paper outlining the early development and use of the technology was recently published in Science Advances.  "We are particularly interested in sweat sensing, because it offers...