Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:59 pmFebruary 12, 2018
The rush to adopt telemedicine services continues to be a top priority for providers, according to a recent report by New Sage Growth Partners. Fifty-six percent of healthcare leaders surveyed reported that their facilities have implemented telemedicine. While 44 percent of providers are yet to adopt telemedicine in their practice, 86 percent of those who have not adopted it said that...
By Laura Lovett 05:02 pmFebruary 9, 2018
Last night the Olympic Games kicked off in Pyeongchang South Korea. For many, the road to the games was filled hard work, training, and, increasingly, gadgets. Olympic teams have turned to the latest technology to enhance performance and keep competitors safe. With athletes pushing their bodies to the limit, the event can be notoriously dangerous — in fact, the Olympics Committee and GE...
By Laura Lovett 03:29 pmFebruary 9, 2018
Patients are used to getting bombarded with communications from their insurance providers. From text messages and emails to phone calls and snail mail, it can be overwhelming for patients to keep track of all the information coming in. Welltok aims to streamline the communications so members’ inboxes look a little less chaotic. This week, the healthcare software company announced the launch of...
By Laura Lovett 04:19 pmFebruary 8, 2018
Living with cancer can be isolating, and finding the right resource to connect with others in the same situation can be tough. But one app is aiming to make the process easier for patients with its new social media platform. This week, Belong, a social media app designed for cancer patients, announced that it will be partnering up with Toronto-based advocacy group Colorectal Cancer Canada (CCC)...
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pmFebruary 8, 2018
As remote monitoring becomes more and more popular providers are starting discussions about how to harvest and use the incoming data. But a serious challenge lies in how to synthesize data coming in from different sources. People have preferences — you might even go so far as to say there are “Fitbit people” and “Apple Watch people.” “What we are trying to do with these devices is collect non-...
By Laura Lovett 01:29 pmFebruary 8, 2018
Remote patient monitoring combined with a special diet that cuts starchy carbs is helping some patients reverse their Type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study published in Diabetes Therapy. The investigation, complied by Virta Health, found that 94 percent of patients who were on insulin, using the Virta mobile tool, and altering their diet decreased or eliminated their insulin dosage by the...
By Laura Lovett 04:26 pmFebruary 7, 2018
A new alcohol and drug recovery app that incentives users with its own cryptocurrency hit the market this week. Atlanta-based Hayver has just launched its new mobile app that uses behavioral modification and a support network to help people who are living with alcohol addiction.  “Its foundation is taken from physicians and pilot treatment programs and proven research that [shows] people who...
By Laura Lovett 02:19 pmFebruary 7, 2018
When Amanda Greene goes to the doctor she is prepared. She has her iPad, email print-outs and her EHR login ready for the physician. Greene has multiple chronic illnesses and sees a variety of doctors for treatment. But there is no way for her different doctors to connect her medical records, forcing Greene to fill in the gaps. “I’m not just a full-time patient but a full-time care manager,”...
By Laura Lovett 11:52 amFebruary 7, 2018
A new study from Cardiogram suggests that ordinary wearables like Fitbit and Apple watches can detect diabetes and other medical conditions when integrated with Cardiogram’s DeepHeart app.  “Twenty-four percent of people with diabetes, and 88.4 percent with pre-diabetes, don't realize they have it,” Brandon Ballinger, CEO of Cardiogram, told MobiHealthNews in an email. “We don't want to turn...
By Laura Lovett 04:42 pmFebruary 6, 2018
Your Uber is here? A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that patients who were offered a complimentary lift from ridesharing apps were just as likely to miss a doctor’s appointment as those who were were not. A total of 786 patients participated in the program, and each received up to three additional appointment reminder phone calls from research staff two days before their...