Laura Lovett

November 29, 2017
The medical team at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health system reported a significant increase in the ability to locate staff across fields after a hospital messaging system was implemented.  “What we wanted was a single communication device across the enterprise,” Joseph Wolfgram, chief technology officer at Mission Health said at the Healthcare Messaging Conference and Exhibition at...
November 28, 2017
This week UnitedHealthcare launched a new maternity health app, The UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy, which will provide patients with 24-7 nurse support during pregnancy and after delivery. The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurance company said it hopes to provide expectant and new parents additional access to prenatal and post-natal care and also to reduce healthcare costs.  “When I was...
November 28, 2017
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is warning consumers to think before they buy mail-order DNA testing services this holiday season.  Schumer cautions that these test kits put consumer privacy at risk because DNA firms could potentially sell personal and genetic information. Now Schumer is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and ensure that the privacy policies are clear,...
November 27, 2017
San Diego-based Biolinq, a digital health company specializing in minimally invasive continuous glucose monitoring, raised $10 million in Series A financing. The round was led by M Ventures, in collaboration with Hikma Ventures.  Biolinq is currently working on a skin applied, minimally-invasive electrochemical biosensor platform for diabetes patients, which analyzes biomarkers in the...
November 27, 2017
China’s largest online healthcare platform, Ping An Good Doctor, is working on its initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange for up to $1 billion USD, South China Morning Post reported.  The deal is expected to launch in the first half of 2018, according to the Post. The app, which is backed by Ping An Insurance, received $500 million in first round funding in May of 2016, which...
November 24, 2017
Eating healthily is a major issue for many Americans, especially during the holiday season. Only one in 10 adults meets the federal fruit and vegetable requirement, according to a study published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. More than one-third of adults in the United States have obesity, which can cause heart disease, stroke and...
November 22, 2017
Veterans struggling with speech or cognitive disorders will now be able to access therapy through Constant Therapy, a mobile app that provides supplemental coaching and motivation to patients.  Veterans eligible for speech or cognitive therapy through the US Department of Veterans Affairs will now be able to use the app for free.  The app is part of the Newton, Massachusetts-based company The...
November 22, 2017
Mobile Medicaid: Missouri Medicaid members have a new mobile tool when searching for healthcare information. Missouri Care’s mobile app will allow patients to find a doctor or dentist, locate nearby urgent care centers or hospitals, access wellness service, display their Missouri Care Member ID card or send it to provider, and receive member updates. The app is free and can be used on iOS or...
November 20, 2017
UnitedHealthcare members who participate the insurer's UnitedHealthcare Motion employee wellness program, will now be available to use Samsung and Garmin trackers in addition to Fitbit devices.  “Our members are consumers and they have relationships and affinities to brands and we want to be supportive of that,” Paul Sterling, vice president of emerging products for UnitedHealthcare, told...
November 16, 2017
Express Scripts members will now have access to Propeller’s FDA-cleared digital platform for respiratory health. Today, the two companies announced a partnership which they claim is the largest respiratory digital health deployment with a pharmacy benefit manager yet.  The Propeller system allows a patients to attach a sensor to their inhaler, which is synced to an app on the users smart phone....