Laura Lovett

pulse-sensing iBeat Heart Watch helps patients
July 11, 2018
Clarification: This article has been updated to include additional information about how the iBeat watch connects to EMS services.  Today San Francisco-based startup iBeat launched its pulse-sensing iBeat Heart Watch, which aims to alert medical professionals if someone is going into cardiac arrest.  Inspired by the death of a friend who could have been saved by CPR, Ryan Howard, founder and CEO...
July 10, 2018
Chicago-based health kiosk company higi has just landed $21.3 million in a Series C funding round led by Flare Capital Partners and 7wireVentures.  “Simply stated, higi is making healthcare easier for people. higi is creating unprecedented access in people’s neighborhoods, giving consumers a trusted health narrative and connecting people to the full scope of the retail store and local healthcare...
July 10, 2018
A take-home wearable ECG could be key in detecting undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute used the iRhythm Zio patch, an ECG screening wearable, to monitor patients with a risk for the condition.  Researchers discovered that patients who immediately began monitoring were significantly more likely to...
July 9, 2018
Keeping weight off after a successful diet has traditionally posed a difficult challenge for dieters, but researchers in Oulu Finland have just published a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine that highlighted how a hybrid web-based intervention could help for the long run.  The study's authors found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) counseling combined with an online health behavior...
July 9, 2018
In late June, patient data company SensorRX announced that it was set to acquire digital health company Welltodo, maker of the Migraine Coach app, for an undisclosed sum.  Before the acquisition both companies had platforms that focus on helping people who live with migraines. As a result of the deal the companies are expected to integrate the two platforms immediately.  "This is a win for...
July 3, 2018
Clinical research software company Elligo Health Research has entered a partnership with HealthiVibe, a company that collects patient insights in order to improve clinical trials. As part of the new deal Elligo will be able to offer HealthiVibe’s platform HealthiPerspectives, which collects patients' feedback about clinical trials and gathers patient data.  “Partnering with Elligo enables us to...
July 3, 2018
Boston-based telemedicine giant American Well has recently filed an SEC document revealing that the company raised $290 million in funding. According to the document, which was filed on June 29, the company is looking to raise up to $314.7 million within this funding round.   The last completed SEC filing by American Well was in 2014, when it raised $81 million. In January, the company also...
July 3, 2018
The American Medical Association has its eyes on mobile this season as it announced the three winners of its Interoperability and Innovation Challenge. This year the winners showcased technology that included a patient-provider communication tool, a personal risk analysis app, and a medical decision-making platform.  “The AMA issued the challenge to inspire the creation of novel mobile technology...
July 2, 2018
The NHS is looking to ramp up its patient data security, after signing a contract with software company Privitar for its de-identification technology. The new technology will help prevent a person’s identify from being connected to their information.  “The health and care landscape is rapidly changing, and we can improve individual patient care if our systems can deliver a complete picture of...
July 2, 2018
Hims has recently gained a lot of traction for its business of discretely sending men’s health products and medications through the mail, and as of last week the San Francisco-based startup landed another $50 million in funding. According to Bloomberg, which first reported the funding, the money will be put towards growing its prescription drug business.  Instead of going to a doctor to get a...