Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 03:49 pmFebruary 28, 2018
Being a new parent can be scary—even figuring out a baby’s eating schedule can be tough. But researchers at Purdue University and Purdue Polytechnic Institute have developed a new app that virtually connects breastfeeding mothers to pediatricians and lactation specialists.  The new app, called Lactor, collects data, monitors patients, and provides consultation for moms currently breast feeding. "...
By Laura Lovett 01:44 pmFebruary 28, 2018
Fitbit reported its fourth quarter and full year earnings yesterday. Fourth quarter earnings continues to post a loss, with a reported $571 million in revenues and a net loss of $46 million, as did its full year report, in which the company reported a total revenue of $1.6 billion and a net loss of $277 million, down 1 percent year over year.  Last year the company launched the Fitbit Ionic, a...
By Laura Lovett 03:17 pmFebruary 27, 2018
Wearable giant Fitbit and fitness apparel company Adidas have just released their latest running-specific training wearable, the Fitbit Ionic: Adidas edition. The product was born out of a partnership between the two companies, which was announced last year, and is a combination of Fitbit Ionic and Adidas’ Train app.  “As the leading global wearables brand synonymous with health and fitness,...
By Laura Lovett 01:27 pmFebruary 27, 2018
Without a medical background, listening to a doctor describe a complex procedure can feel a little bit like listening to a lecture in gibberish. That communication gap is particularly wide between pediatric patients and their doctors, but a new virtual reality technology could help facilitate conversation between doctors and patients. Boston Children’s Hospital is teaming up with Klick Health to...
By Laura Lovett 09:25 amFebruary 27, 2018
This year at HIMSS18, InterSystems will be launching a new fast healthcare interoperability resource (FHIR) sandbox, which acts as a virtual testing environment. The technology is designed to enable developers to connect to multi-source health records when they are testing and developing their apps. The technology specifically targets app platforms that let inventors create SMART on FHIR apps in...
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pmFebruary 26, 2018
It looks like a simple fire alarm, but instead of detecting smoke the Kardian Contactless Health Monitoring System is designed to detect falls. The wireless system uses impulse radio ultra-wideband radar technology and can scan a room one million times per second. The system scans for slips and falls, including sliding falls, and also for when someone sits up quickly, which could alert hospital...
By Laura Lovett 12:57 pmFebruary 26, 2018
Samsung’s latest phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, will incorporate a new digital health app that will track users' blood pressure and stress level while helping researchers collect data. Seoul-based Samsung Electronics teamed up with the University of California San Fransisco to develop the research app, called My BP Lab.  “At Samsung, we have a firm commitment to the health and well-being of our...
By Laura Lovett 05:02 pmFebruary 23, 2018
As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies take off in a gold rush-like fashion, players in the digital health field have jumped on board the cryptocurrency wagon. Some companies, like Nobel Prize contender George Church’s brainchild Nebula, are finding ways for the consumer to monetize their personal genetic data. Still others are using the digital currency in more traditional ways, like...
By Laura Lovett 03:14 pmFebruary 21, 2018
Nokia’s dive into the digital health industry may be coming to a halt, reveals a memo leaked to The Verge earlier this week. This comes less than two years after the Espoo, Finland-based company created its digital health unit through the acquisition of French digital health company Withings for $191 million.  “[R]ather than only falling in love with our technology, we must be honest with...
By Laura Lovett 10:30 amFebruary 21, 2018
This morning San Luis Obispo-based wellness platform Mindbody announced the acquisition of FitMetrix, a performance tracking engagement platform, for an undisclosed sum.  "Together, FitMetrix and Mindbody create a broader offering of services for class-based boutique fitness businesses, and further expands our reach into the broader fitness market," Monica Dioda, CEO and co-founder of FitMetrix,...