Laura Lovett

May 7, 2019
This afternoon DispatchHealth, maker of a platform that allows clinicians to make house calls, closed a $33 million growth capital financing. Echo Health Ventures led the round with participation from Alta Partners, Questa Capital and others.  WHAT THEY DO Currently available in select parts of eight different states, DispatchHealth’s platform allows patients to request on-demand care to their...
May 7, 2019
A new platform, dubbed Journey LIVE, is seeking to bring a group meditation experience to home users. This morning New York-based Journey Meditation launched the app, which will enable users to stream live instructors and classes.  The news coincided with an announcement that the startup landed $2.4 million in seed funding. The new round was led by Canaan with participation from Brooklyn Bridge...

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the opening keynote address the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

May 6, 2019
With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference less than month away, speculations about what will be unveiled are starting to emerge. Citing unnamed inside sources, Bloomberg has reported a list of features the company is planning to roll out, and health will continue to be a focal point.  Hearing accessibility and wellbeing appear to be at the center of these health-related rumors. The tech giant...
May 6, 2019
Nutrition and chronic condition management focused health tech startup Noom landed a whooping $58 million in new financing this morning. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from Aglae Ventures, Samsung Ventures, and a number of individual investors including Whats App cofounder Jan Koum, DoorDash cofounder Tony Xu, and Oscar Health cofounder Scooter Braun.  WHAT THEY DO Noom’s...
May 3, 2019
With a focus on employee health, Fitbit reported a 10% year-over-year increase in revenue this past quarter, coming in at $272 million. This quarterly uptick in revenue is part of an upward trend for the wearable company that was once spiraling in losses.  While smartwatches and trackers remained the bulk of the wearable company’s business, its Health Solutions program, a service catering to...
May 2, 2019
Facebook Groups were a hot topic at the social media company’s Facebook F8 conference earlier this week, and health was one of the main focuses. The social media platform announced that it has created a “Health Support” tool that will help users find groups to fit their health concerns and needs.  “Different communities have different needs. From communities that are built around specific...
May 2, 2019
In the tech world, the name Theranos creates a direct synapse with scandal and fraud. Once a Silicon Valley darling, the biotech company, which focused on blood tests, was exposed for its fraudulent claims and brought down in disgrace.  As the health and tech sectors continue to fuse, it is important to remember the ethics behind the tech, Erika Cheung, a key whistleblower in the Theranos scandal...
May 1, 2019
From reducing pain in childbirth to helping train new doctors, new uses for virtual reality are sprouting up all over the healthcare industry. Now VR is going to be used to show hospital patients relaxation videos thanks to a new partnership between XRHealth (formerly VRHealth) and Healing Healthcare Systems.  As part of the deal participating hospitals will gain access to XRHealth’s VRHealth...
May 1, 2019
When it comes to engaging patients in their health, it’s a balancing act between offering the latest technology and providing the personal touch of face-to-face care, according to panelists at the Atlantic’s Pulse event in Boston yesterday.  It’s not always about uprooting the system, but about changing the experience to address the pain points, according to Dr. Michael Richardson, medical...
April 30, 2019
This morning BetterPT, a digital platform that connects patients and doctors to physical therapists, raised $5 million in Series A financing. 5Lion Ventures led the round with participation from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and ID Fund.  WHAT THEY DO The New York-based startup helps patients find physical therapists in their area using a mobile app. After a user searches for clinics in...