Laura Lovett

December 11, 2018
A new company called LunaDNA has created an avenue for people to donate their health data in exchange for shares in the company. The novel platform seeks to serve the needs of nonprofit and for-profit researchers as well as everyday people willing to share their health data.  “What we aim to do is create a human health database, inclusive of DNA data, clinical, medical, contextual information....
December 11, 2018
Organization and efficiency has always been Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Health System Dr. Subha Airan-Javia’s strong suit. So when she started her medical residency it was easy for her to spot where different system just weren’t working — or where bureaucracy was taking up too much time. These gaps were the impetus for her to innovate.  “I started at...
December 10, 2018
The FDA has officially cleared reSET-O — a digital therapeutic to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) jointly developed by Pear Therapeutics and Sandoz, a division of Novartis — a little over a year after it was granted an Expedited Access Pathway designation from the agency.  This announcement makes reSET-O the first digital therapeutic to treat patients with OUD. Patients will need a valid...
December 10, 2018
Hospital beds may soon be another resource to help medical teams continuously monitor patients. This morning Hill-Rom, a medical technology company best known for its hospital beds, announced that it is integrating EarlySense’s contact free monitor into its Centrella model bed.  Early Sense’s heart rate and respiratory rate sensing technology will now be integrated into Centrella, a smart...
December 10, 2018
Austin, Texas-based Enzyme Health, a startup focused on staffing telehealth positions through a “gig economy” model, has landed $1.7 million in seed funding. The new money comes from Silverton Partners and private investors.  What they do The company, which was founded in 2018, employs machine learning to match doctors and nurse practitioners to jobs that fit their skillset and desired schedule...

Photo credit: POPS! Diabetes Care

December 10, 2018
Last week, the FDA granted a 510(k) clearance to POPS! Diabetes Care for its latest product, the POPS! one blood glucose monitoring system.  The system is made up of a diabetes coaching app and a small glucose meter that attaches to the back of a user’s smartphone. Users can check their glucose levels on the meter and the results will automatically transfer to the app. Users can track their...
December 6, 2018
This morning medical communications company Spok announced that it inked a deal with Standard Communications to expand its Spok Care Connect messaging service to more VA healthcare systems.  Spok's system specifically ensures secure messaging within the hospital system. It allows providers to send secure text messages, set preferences and encrypt paging. It can also assist in physician and nurse...
December 6, 2018
A smartphone camera, fingernails and a new app could be key to remotely testing for anemia in the future, according to a new study published in Nature on Wednesday.  The study, which included 100 participants with and without anemia, examined the accuracy of a smartphone app that uses fingernail color as a screening tool for anemia. The app was able to detect 97 percent of the participants with...
December 3, 2018
This morning, Lumeon, a digital health startup that employs automation to help with operational functions, announced that it raised $28 million in funding. The investment was led by LSP, with support from MTIP, Gilde, Amadeus Capital Partners and IPF Partners.  The company has developed what it calls a “care pathway management system,” which builds on EHRs and aims to lower healthcare costs by...
December 3, 2018
Last week MedPilot, a patient financial engagement platform, scored $1.7 million in seed funding. The latest financing round was led by Hudson River Capital Partners, Valley Growth Ventures, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Techstars, and investor Tom Hirscheld.  The company said the new money will help MedPilot expand its workforce and launch new functionality to help providers engage with patients...