Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 01:35 pmFebruary 20, 2018
Researchers from Microsoft are aiming to transform the world of virtual reality from a primarily visual experience to a tactile and auditory one for people with visual impairments.  “Traditional [VR] mainly focuses on visual feedback, which is not accessible for people with visual impairments,” the authors of a research paper on the technology wrote. “We created Canetroller, a haptic cane...
By Laura Lovett 10:44 amFebruary 20, 2018
With so many innovative ideas circulating, conference attendees are hard-pressed to cover all of it. To help provide more knowledge in a shorter time span, the Innovation Live exhibit area will be hosting a new format. Lightning Sessions are 20-minute presentations that will cover some of the most pressing issues in the industry from using analytics in the real world to dealing with...
By Laura Lovett 03:32 pmFebruary 19, 2018
A new elastic electrode sensor paired with a wireless communication module can noninvasively monitor a patient’s biometric data and send it to a doctor via the cloud. The technology also allows for the monitoring to be displayed on the patient’s body — for example, electrocardiogram waves can visually appear on the transparent wearable in real-time.  It may sound — and look — like something...
By Laura Lovett 12:10 pmFebruary 19, 2018
A socially assistive robot could be key to helping people with COPD manage their condition at home. A recent study published in JMIR, found that COPD patients that had a take-home a robot following a hospitalization were more likely to adhere to their medications and complete their rehabilitation excercises than their peers that did not have a robot.  In fact, the intervention group had a 48.5...
By Laura Lovett 04:25 pmFebruary 15, 2018
Yesterday, Redwood City, California-based HeartFlow, a company that specializes in creating computerized heart models to treat coronary diseases, announced that it landed $240 million in series E funding led by Wellington Management Company and Baillie Gifford & Company.  “This financing will enable us to drive commercial success of the HeartFlow Analysis, which is poised to become the global...
By Laura Lovett 02:38 pmFebruary 15, 2018
This week Nokia Technologies announced both a strategic review of the digital health department and an update on its cost saving reduction plan, which could result in substantial layoffs. This comes not two years after Nokia created its digital health unit through the acquisition of French digital health company Withings for $191 million. According to Nokia, however, the strategic review and job...
By Laura Lovett 04:24 pmFebruary 14, 2018
A small study recently published in Translational Psychiatry showed that people living with schizophrenia could use a video game paired with an MRI scanner to curb verbal hallucinations. Specifically, researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience found that after the training people with schizophrenia were able to better control the verbal region in...
By Laura Lovett 03:35 pmFebruary 13, 2018
Evidation Health just announced the launch of a 10,000 person chronic pain study, called the DisCover Project. The research aims to quantify chronic pain and develop digital biomarkers for chronic pain severity, flare ups and quality of life by using activity trackers, health apps, and other more traditional data points.  "We've designed and built the first ever large-scale digital study in...
By Laura Lovett 10:12 amFebruary 13, 2018
This morning wearable giant Fitbit announced that it will be acquiring healthcare coaching platform Twine Health for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition takes Fitbit more solidly into the healthcare space than it has been up until now. The Twine platform aims to help users manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension by using artificial intelligence technology and creating a way for...
By Laura Lovett 04:20 pmFebruary 12, 2018
nOCD, a new app that helps users manage their obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) just landed $1 million in seed funding from 7wire Ventures. The Chicago-based startup aims to help people living with OCD by providing cognitive behavioral therapy through the platform. The free app also connects people to support groups and others who also are living with OCD.  Users can access educational material...