Laura Lovett

March 7, 2019
After a child with a complex condition has been hospitalized and continuously monitored by high-tech devices, it can be a rude awakening for parents when they are sent home with a binder and a pencil to record progress, according to Dr. Jeff Vergales, a pediatric cardiologist at UVA Children’s Hospital.  The University of Virginia is aiming to tackle this problem with a program called Building...

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March 7, 2019
FDA fast-tracks cancer AI. This morning Paige.AI, a pathology company that uses artificial intelligence for diagnosis and development, was granted a Breakthrough Device designation by the FDA. Page.AI has been working with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to digitize pathology slide and create a pathology dataset.  “Paige.AI is focused on providing artificial intelligence tools to...
March 6, 2019
This morning New York-based startup AbleTo announced that it has acquired fellow virtual mental health startup Joyable for an undisclosed sum (though the company told CNBC the deal is in the tens of millions).  As part of the deal, AbleTo users will gain access Joyable’s mental health coaching app. According to a statement, the coach matches face-to-face therapy outcomes. In addition to the...
March 6, 2019
This afternoon senior-focused EHR and health software company PointClickCare Technologies announced that it has acquired post-acute care management company QuickMar.  As part of the deal, PointClick Care will control QuickMar’s signature product, the CareSuite Manager. The system includes an EHR and electronic medication administration record (eMAR) that is targeted at post-acute care centers....
March 5, 2019
Senior focused health tech startup K4Connect tapped Keith Stewart as the company’s next chief growth officer.  Stewart was formerly the chief revenue officer for smart building startup Site 1001. At K4Connect he will be responsible for expansion and growing sales.  “K4Connect is positioned perfectly to collaborate with our clients in order to help the industry usher in a next generation, senior-...
March 5, 2019
This morning Senseonics, an implantable glucose sensor company, announced that data from its Eversense continuous glucose monitor will be integrated into the Glooko diabetes management platform.  This means that users of the Eversense CGM and app will now be able to sync it with the Glooko online platform and app, and be able to see historical blood glucose-related data as well as get updates...

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March 5, 2019
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new wearable sensor for newborns that is being pitched as an alternative to the traditional wire technology, which can prevent babies from being held.  The system's two sensors also work differently than the wire sensors. One attaches to the baby’s chest and the other to the baby’s foot, allowing clinicians to have a view of opposite ends of...
March 4, 2019
A new study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in partnership with The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health will be using eTectRx’s ingestion event monitoring system to research adherence of the HIV prevention drug Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  PrEP is a preventative drug designed to be taken by people who do not have HIV but are at risk for the condition. and must...
March 4, 2019
Microsoft announced that come the end of May it is shutting down its Health Dashboard and offering refunds to Microsoft Band users. This news comes two and a half years after the tech giant discontinued its fitness tracker offering.  Until the end of May, users will be able to transfer their data using a Microsoft export tool; after that, all the data will be deleted. Existing Bands will still...
March 1, 2019
Adorned with balloons and celebratory flowers, the maternity ward is often seen as the beacon of hope at a hospital. But for many families, childbirth is a challenging, dangerous and sometimes even fatal process for both moms and babies.  This is particularly true in the US where women are more likely to die of a childbirth or pregnancy-related cause than any other affluent country in the world, ...