Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 09:48 amApril 18, 2018
Depression among college students has become a hot topic on university campuses as the number of students seeking treatment for this condition continues to grow.  Now Finnish Student Health System, Meru Health and eClinicalHealth are teaming up to study the efficacy and feasibility of a digital therapeutic intervention for depression in a randomized-controlled clinical trial.  “The number of...
By Laura Lovett 03:18 pmApril 17, 2018
A new clinical validation study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology CCI, found that Medial EarlySign’s artificial intelligence tool flagged about 8 percent of patients in a large trial group that were later diagnosed with cancer or precancerous lesions.  “The implementation of machine-learning based algorithms to risk stratify populations at risk is commonly feared by many clinicians...
By Laura Lovett 10:26 amApril 17, 2018
Digital chronic disease management company Livongo today announced that it has acquired Retrofit, a company that specializes in weight-management and disease prevention programs.  “Retrofit and Livongo are like-minded in strategy, values and culture. Together, we will provide a comprehensive set of solutions for the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions that address the whole person,” ...
By Laura Lovett 04:12 pmApril 16, 2018
Digital physiotherapy company Sword Health has brought in $4.6 million in a seed funding round led by Green Innovation, Vesalius Biocapital III, and other unnamed US and European investors.  Sword Phoenix is a platform that uses artificial intelligence to understand each patient's needs, and provide responsive feedback during treatment and remote guidance from clinical teams, according to its...
By Laura Lovett 02:08 pmApril 16, 2018
Less than two years after Nokia ventured into digital health territory with its acquisition of French health tech company Withings, the Finnish company could be on the verge of selling off its digital health division, according to reports from a French publication, Les Echos.  Nest, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on smart home devices, is chief among those most interested in making the purchase...
By Laura Lovett 11:01 amApril 16, 2018
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine today demonstrated that a smartphone app could lead to small improvements in self-reported medication adherence among participants with poorly controlled hypertension. However, participants using the app had no change in systolic blood pressure compared to their counterparts that were not using the app, according to the study.  Medication adherence has...
By Laura Lovett 03:47 pmApril 12, 2018
Brisbane, Australia-based ResApp Health, a digital health company that specializes in diagnosing respiratory diseases, is now conducting clinical proof-of-concept studies for its latest technology that uses a smartphone to detects sleep apnea by sound. Preliminary results from a clinical trial released by ResApp found that the technology achieved an 86 percent sensitivity and 83 percent...
By Laura Lovett 12:18 pmApril 12, 2018
When stress levels are high, turning to an app for guided meditation might not be all that effective, according to a recent small study published in BMC Psychology. Researchers found no significant difference in mindfulness, dispositions or critical thinking scores when comparing a group of participants that received mindfulness meditation training through an app to a group that went that went...
By Laura Lovett 03:43 pmApril 11, 2018
Today, artificial intelligence-powered mobile biometric recognition company Element landed $12 million in a Series A funding round led by PTB Ventures and GDP Ventures, with additional participation from a number of large banks and telecom carriers in South East Asia.  “At Element, our mission is to deliver identity to the billions who need it, to help build more efficient and inclusive societies...
By Laura Lovett 02:12 pmApril 11, 2018
Yesterday, contactless sleep tracker maker SleepScore Labs announced that it has acquired Dutch company Sleep.ai, which makes snore and bruxism-detecting wearables and apps, for an undisclosed sum.  "We are only at the beginning of what we can do to help improve people's lives by diagnosing and improving their sleep health, helping them get better treatment and outcomes,” Michiel Allessie,...