Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:10 pmOctober 29, 2019
Life insurer John Hancock has unveiled a new wearable program dubbed Aspire aimed at helping its members with diabetes manage the condition. The program was born out of a partnership with Verily and digital diabetes care platform Onduo.  Users of the new platform can access diabetes coaching via Onduo’s virtual clinic. The program also has fiscal rewards. According to the company, members using...
By Laura Lovett 03:10 pmOctober 29, 2019
Last week Emirati startup Meddy scored $2.5 million in Series A funding for its doctor search and booking platform. The latest infusion of cash was led by Modus Capital with participation from 212 Capital, QSTP, Kasamar Holdings, Dharmendra Ghai, Innoway and other unnamed investors.  As part of the funding news the company named Kareem Elsirafy, a partner at Modus Capital, as a new board member...
By Laura Lovett 01:32 pmOctober 29, 2019
This week Rock Health released a new report conducted in partnership with Stanford University that analyzes how the consumerization of healthcare is shaping the future of the industry. It broke down three major trends: how patient data is creating opportunities and challenges in the field, how online health information is changing the provider relationship and attitudes over a consumer’s...
By Laura Lovett 03:43 pmOctober 28, 2019
Last week Avia, a digital health insights and consulting service, announced that it raked in $22 million in new funding. First Trust Capital Partners led the round with participation from Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Ziegler.  As part of the news, Avia has also named Jon Phillips, the managing director and head of private equity at First Trust Capital Partners, and Darren Dworkin, the SVP...
By Laura Lovett 02:34 pmOctober 28, 2019
This morning Sensely, an artificial intelligence chatbot that helps users navigate insurance benefits, announced a $15 million raise. The latest funding round was led by Aflac Corporate Ventures with participation from NMC, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Susquehanna International Group, Sojitz Corporation, Zuellig Pharma and Silicon Valley Bank.  WHAT THEY DO  Sensely uses avatars to help users...
By Laura Lovett 12:03 pmOctober 28, 2019
Chronic care management company Livongo is now looking to integrate virtual care into its platform, announcing a new deal with telemedicine giants MDLive and Doctor on Demand. As part of the deal, Livongo members will be able to tap into telemedicine services through the platform. Livongo for Behavioral Health will be the first service to get the virtual integration starting in January 2020. The...
By Laura Lovett 04:17 pmOctober 25, 2019
With more than 200 million people, Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world. This translates to a lot of healthcare needs.  Driven by the size, local needs and a growing innovation market, Brazilian health tech startups are beginning to emerge. The Brazilian market is unique for startups as it has both a public system, which serves everyone, and a...
By Laura Lovett 03:28 pmOctober 24, 2019
Healthcare AI company Viz.ai announced that it landed a whopping $50 million in Series B funding this morning. This latest infusion of cash was led by Greenoaks, with participation from Threshold Ventures, CRV, GV and Kleiner Perkins.  The new funding comes a little over a year after the Israeli company raised $21 million from Kleiner Perkins and GV.  WHAT THEY DO  Viz.ai focuses on using AI to...
By Laura Lovett 01:38 pmOctober 24, 2019
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Type 1 diabetes patients using a closed-loop system spent a higher percentage of time in their target glucose range than their peers using a sensor-augmented pump.  Researchers also found that the glycated hemoglobin level of patients using the closed-loop system improved during the study. Conversely, on average patients in the...
By Laura Lovett 04:05 pmOctober 23, 2019
While 2019 is projected to have fewer digital health deals than 2018 — the first dip in five years — the estimated amount of funding pouring into the space continues to grow year over year, according to a new report by the Silicon Valley Bank.  Last year digital health companies worldwide raised a total of $7.21 billion, according to the report. This year the projected amount is up to $7.88...