Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:10 pmJuly 29, 2019
After much speculation and anticipation, chronic care management startup Livongo officially went public on Thursday. The company closed its first day 36% above its initial pricing of $28 and is currently trading for over $41 per share on NASDAQ. The company's includes more than 12 million shares of common stock. “It’s a signal to the market ... that [the industry] is ready for a consumer-first...
By Laura Lovett 04:25 pmJuly 26, 2019
Verily’s Luba Greenwood has told MobiHealthNews that she left the Alphabet subsidiary to pursue lecturing at Harvard University as well continue her work on several boards.  Greenwood took up her role at Verily, where she served as business development manager, in February of 2018. According to Verily officials Greenwood left the company in April. In a recent interview with MobiHealthNews,...
By Laura Lovett 02:53 pmJuly 26, 2019
Digital health is still somewhat of an enigma to many in the traditional world of pharma, but that is rapidly changing. As the use cases for digital tools continues to evolve, the life science world is starting to make a concerted effort to engage the new technologies.  This growing digital health ecosystem is now a major conversation point at MassBio, an organization dedicated to advancing the...
By Laura Lovett 03:58 pmJuly 25, 2019
Healthcare artificial intelligence company Viz.ai announced that it is joining forces with Medtronic with the goal of speeding up adoption of the former’s technology. Specifically the pair will be working on getting Viz.ai’s system, which specializes on stroke detection, into more stroke treatment centers in the US.  “Medtronic is an innovative company focused on therapies that extend life and...
By Laura Lovett 02:58 pmJuly 25, 2019
In the US the percentage of people living with loneliness is rapidly increasing. This is particularly true when it comes to young people, about half of whom report living with loneliness.  Chronic loneliness is linked to a number of health conditions including depression and Type 2 diabetes, with the CDC reporting that it is more dangerous than obesity and as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a...
By Laura Lovett 02:53 pmJuly 24, 2019
This morning neurology-focused health startup Flow announced that it landed a $1.5 million investment. This latest round was led by Khosla Ventures.  WHAT THEY DO The Swedish startup is focused on treating and supporting users with depression. Flow is a two-part system including a brain stimulation headset and a therapy app. When the user puts on the device, it delivers electrical signals to...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pmJuly 23, 2019
Pinterest is often a platform synonymous with wedding boards, apartment designs and general inspirational quotes. But often users are looking for answers or support in regard to more serious questions.  Recently, the social media giant teamed up with researchers from Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation to create a tool aimed at giving users more resources.  “Pinterest saw a rise in users...
By Laura Lovett 02:23 pmJuly 23, 2019
A little over six months after the FDA moved its PreCert pilot along to the Test Plan phase, the agency released its Mid-Year Update on the program. At this stage, the original nine FDA PreCert pilot companies are now in the midst of test-driving the new Working Model. This means companies seeking to approve new products will go through the new PreCert pathway and the traditional review process...
By Laura Lovett 03:46 pmJuly 22, 2019
This morning insurance giant Anthem announced its plans to team up with K Health, a consumer-focused digital health company, in order to develop a new app that seeks to help patients get personalized information and connect to doctors.  The partners are now creating a cobranded app tool that will allow Anthem members to chat with a doctor for “less than a copay.” Additionally, members will now...
By Laura Lovett 01:20 pmJuly 22, 2019
  UpLift Health, a digital health company focused on treating depression, has landed $1 million in seed funding. This early funding round was led by Laidir Foundation, a Washington-based research and development organization.  WHAT THEY DO The Atlanta-based startup has created an app that employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help users with depression. The platform includes 12 chatbot-...