Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:11 pmJanuary 27, 2020
Getting the right specialty care to patients in rural areas has historically posed major challenges for the healthcare industry.  However, a new study published by the Open Forum Infectious Diseases found that when hospitals tapped infectious disease specialists via an electronic, asynchronous tool, patients fared better and had fewer hospital readmissions than their counterparts that did not...
By Laura Lovett 04:47 pmJanuary 24, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. It’s no secret that artificial intelligence and virtual technologies are quickly changing the patient experience. Today, provider organizations are grappling with questions about the best ways to integrate these tools into the practice. “Historically, we focused on human innovations in healthcare to really drive patient...
By Laura Lovett 04:01 pmJanuary 23, 2020
23andMe has laid off 100 employees across its consumer business, the genomics company confirmed to MobiHealthNews.   This news come amidst disappointing sales numbers, according to CNBC, which first reported the story. In an interview with CNBC’s Chrissy Farr, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki discussed potential factors contributing to what she sees as a market cooldown, top of the list being customers...
By Laura Lovett 03:16 pmJanuary 23, 2020
Wearable sensor company VivaLNK got the FDA nod for its Multi Vital ECG Sensor and software development kit (SDK) this morning.  This comes roughly a month after the technology landed a CE Mark, allowing the product to be marketed in the European Union.  The new product, which includes a light weight reusable sensor and corresponding SDK, allows developers and providers to have direct control...
By Laura Lovett 12:00 pmJanuary 23, 2020
Employer health tech company Virgin Pulse has its eyes set on the diabetes space with the recent acquisition of digital therapeutic Blue Mesa Health, best known for its diabetes prevention program Transform. The financial details of the deal were not released.  Following the announcement, Blue Mesa Health’s technology will now be rolled into a new offering called Virgin Pulse Transform. The...
By Laura Lovett 03:37 pmJanuary 22, 2020
The skinny on acquisition news. This morning Providence St. Joseph Health announced that it was acquiring weight management program HMR (Health Management Resources) from Merck. The tech-enabled program offers an app with weight loss resources, group phone coaching and in-person classes. Prior to this acquisition three of HMR’s clinics were inside of Providence facilities, and the organization...
By Laura Lovett 10:00 amJanuary 22, 2020
With an eye on prevention, chronic care management startup Lark Health revealed exclusively to MobiHealthNews that it is launching a new AI-enabled program targeted at keeping at-risk patients healthy.  Dubbed Lark Prevention, the tool was created to help guide Lark Health's members through behavioral coaching to address weight management, smoking cessation, stress and overall general health....
By Laura Lovett 02:47 pmJanuary 21, 2020
This morning HelpAround, a digital platform that helps patients navigate health service options, announced that it scored $6 million in funding. IQVIA led the round with participation from Windham Ventures and other existing investors.  The company has noted that the announcement marks the initial closing of this founding round, and that the final close is expected to take place later in Q1 of...
By Laura Lovett 03:11 pmJanuary 20, 2020
Virtual reality-enabled clinical training company Health Scholars has raked in $17 million in Series B funding. This new cash raise comes from investors including Arboretum Ventures, Venture Investors, Capital Midwest Fund, OSF HealthCare and other family office seed funders.  WHAT THEY DO The company uses VR to simulate a variety of clinical situations including operation, resuscitation and...
By Laura Lovett 12:02 pmJanuary 20, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. When it comes to accessing healthcare, patients are faced with a lot of decisions: Do I take the dreaded trip to the emergency room or wait to see a PCP? How long can I wait to be seen? Increasingly, medical centers are looking to ease this stress with chatbots. However, this tech comes with its own set of obstacles and...