Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:11 pmJanuary 9, 2018
CES has begun and innovators from all over the globe have flocked to Las Vegas to show off their latest products. While news of smart cities and self driving cars seems to be taking over the Internet coverage of the event, digital health innovators have a few tricks up their own sleeves hoping to disrupt the industry. From a mouthguard that can detect concussions to a cuddly AI duck that...
By Laura Lovett 09:12 amJanuary 9, 2018
Sometimes knowing what is good for you and doing what is good for you are two very different stories. Dieters looking to lose a pound or two know that having a piece of chocolate cake isn’t the best idea. However, when the dessert list comes around its easier said than done. In the end often times the allure of chocolate wins out—despite the long term weight goal.  There’s a reason for this, says...
By Laura Lovett 03:42 pmJanuary 8, 2018
Fitbit has recently invested $6 million in San Fransisco-based Sano, a company developing a mobile app and sensor that will allow users to continuously monitor blood glucose levels, multiple publications have confirmed.  "This fits into our strategy of looking beyond the device and thinking more about (health) solutions,” Fitbit CEO James Park told CNBC. "I think the complete solution comes in...
By Laura Lovett 09:47 amJanuary 8, 2018
Boston-based telemedicine provider American Well  announced today that it landed $59.2 million in funding from insurer and asset manager Allianz Group's digital investment unit, Allianz X. “Allianz X’s investment with American Well will result in better access, lower cost, and more connected care for our customers through a leading-edge health platform,” Solmaz Altin, chief digital officer of...
By Laura Lovett 04:09 pmJanuary 5, 2018
Although generations of Americans have struggled with opioid addiction, what was once seen as a peripheral drug problem has lately hit the American public with force. Opioid overdoses have become so common that they are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, according to CDC reports. In 2015 alone opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths, according to the agency. The...
By Laura Lovett 05:54 pmJanuary 3, 2018
Digital health startups raised an all-time high of $11.5 billion in 2017, topping 2016’s record of $8 billion, according to the StartUp Health Insights Year End Report. “Looking beyond the numbers provides insight into a sector transitioning to a more mature phase,” the authors of the report wrote. “Deal activity at the early stage has fueled a startup wave and a maturing market with more later-...
By Laura Lovett 03:15 pmJanuary 3, 2018
StartUp Health, a digital health group that supports, connects and finances startups, just landed $19.3 million from Ping An Global Voyager Fund, GuideWell, Masimo Corporation, and a consortium of partners through its Transformer Fund II.  “This [funding] is a really good opportunity to focus on health innovation globally—not just looking at the hubs here in the US … but the dozens and dozens of...
By Laura Lovett 12:30 pmJanuary 3, 2018
This year the Canadian government will start using artificial intelligence to help track social media posts that could indicate someone is at risk of suicide, according to a contract.  The Canadian government recently signed a contract with Ottawa-based AI firm Advanced Symbolics to monitor social media posts for suicidal behavior.  In the first phase of the partnership, Advanced Symbolics will...
By Laura Lovett 02:02 pmJanuary 2, 2018
Using an artificial pancreas (closed-loop control system) could make it easier for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes to participate in intensive outdoor physical activities, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.  The study, which had participants ski or snowboard for five days, found that subjects who used an artificial pancreas maintained a healthy blood sugar level more of the time...
By Laura Lovett 02:31 pmDecember 21, 2017
A small study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that passive sensor data collected from smartphones and Fitbits could be linked to the severity of symptoms cancer patients experienced during their chemotherapy treatment.  "We found that on days when the patients reported worse-than-average symptoms, they tended to spend more time being sedentary, moved the phone more...