Laura Lovett

P.J. Keenan, Development Engineer, Philips Research models the HoloLens2 technology. 

By Laura Lovett 02:00 pmNovember 11, 2019
While Philips made a name for itself in the 20th century making TVs, VCRs and other electronics, its more recent history is exclusively focused on the healthcare industry. But even the fabric of Philips’ healthcare research is quickly shifting, incorporating new technologies—both in hardware and software.  “In the past we were always thought of as a hardware company. So, our head of strategy said...

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly checks out the Microsoft HoloLens aboard a space station on February 20, 2016. The device is part of NASA's project Sidekick, which is exploring the use of augmented reality to reduce crew training requirements and increase the efficiency with which astronauts can work in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

By Laura Lovett 01:25 pmNovember 8, 2019
Spending three years in an enclosed spacecraft with less than a handful of companions is a daunting task — not just physically but psychologically. However, that will be the reality for the crew going to Mars, a trip which is slated for some time in the next two decades.   “These people who travel with a small crew and small habitable body [face] psychological stress of that confinement and...
By Laura Lovett 01:18 pmNovember 8, 2019
Astronauts face a myriad of health challenges in space, including exposure to radiation, risk of bone deterioration, vestibular issues and various other concerns.  Space health researchers are continuously looking for ways to prevent and treat medical problems before they arise. Enter precision medicine: an increasingly popular strategy that consider specific variations in a patient’s genetic...
By Laura Lovett 03:58 pmNovember 5, 2019
This morning Medopad, an artificial intelligence-enabled patient data collection and analytics platform, landed $25 million in Series B funding. The last round was led by pharma giant Bayer’s venture capital branch Leaps by Bayer.  This new announcement brings the UK-based company’s total funding to $50 million, and comes roughly a year and a half after it closed its $28 million Series A round....

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By Laura Lovett 03:03 pmNovember 5, 2019
Scientists and innovators are no stranger to technology failures — often in the pursuit of bettering systems or advancing science. However, a mission to Mars, where the stakes are high and distance from Earth is extreme, is not the right place for experimenting with health tech, according to speakers at the Space Health Innovation Conference in San Francisco on Saturday.  “You are never going to...

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By Laura Lovett 01:56 pmNovember 4, 2019
Mars — it’s the subject of countless science fiction novels and has long been a fascination amongst us earthlings. Today NASA is setting its sights on making a human Mars landing a reality within the next two decades. Located on average 140 million miles away from Earth, distance is just one obstacle in sending humans to the red planet. Maintaining the health of the astronauts venturing to Mars...
By Laura Lovett 03:37 pmOctober 31, 2019
Digital ECG maker AliveCor is teaming up with Chinese wearable company Huami Corporation on a new effort to combine the pair’s technology into medical-grade wearables.  The end goal is to have an ECG-enabled wearable with various heart features on the market by 2020.   "AliveCor's agreement with Huami achieves our corporate goal of delivering AliveCor's AI-driven subscription services and...
By Laura Lovett 01:30 pmOctober 31, 2019
In the future Siri may be the go-to source for health information. A new consumer survey made up of roughly 1,000 participants found that more than half of its participants wanted to use voice assistants for healthcare. WHY IT MATTERS The survey, conducted by Voicebot and Orbita, reported that while today consumer adoption of voice assistants for healthcare was still relatively low (7.5%), there...
By Laura Lovett 01:35 pmOctober 30, 2019
This morning FundamentalVR, a digital health company that uses virtual reality to help train clinicians, closed a $5.67 million Series A round. Downing Ventures led the round with participation from Tern PLC, Epic Private Equity and Brighteye Ventures. Approximately $600,000 of that funding came in the form of a convertible loan note.  WHAT IS THIS FundamentalVR’s surgical training platform...

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By Laura Lovett 12:54 pmOctober 30, 2019
US senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) have penned another letter to the FDA expressing concern over the agency’s PreCert program.  In it, the senators acknowledge the opportunities for digital health, but also question the proposed regulation's ability to ensure safety of the products. The 10-page letter asks 18 pointed questions about the program...