Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 12:44 pmJanuary 15, 2018
Last week CES brought innovators from around the world to Las Vegas. But one event at CES was dedicated to creating innovations for the smallest people. This year participants in the Babytech Awards displayed a myriad of products from wearables that monitor a baby’s heartbeat to baby sleep coaches. There were five categories including healthy baby, fertility and pregnancy, baby safety, baby eats...
By Laura Lovett 04:00 pmJanuary 11, 2018
A recent study published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telcare, found that obese patients who had a weekly telemedicine session with a clinician lost significantly more weight than their peers who did not.  “Our findings suggest that health coaching using a telemedicine-based weight loss program may be effective at reducing clinically significant body weight (more than 5 percent) in obese...
By Laura Lovett 01:58 pmJanuary 11, 2018
A new app developed by researchers at the University of Utah may be a tool for helping people living with diabetes change their attitude towards physical activity and increase the time they plan to spend exercising. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, shows that users of this app increased their plans to walk for exercise in the next week by 33.5 minutes.  "I...
By Laura Lovett 09:12 amJanuary 11, 2018
Today patient financing company AccessOne announced that it has acquired HealthFirst Financial, a software-enabled service provider of patient financing programs to healthcare organizations, for an undisclosed sum.  "HealthFirst's focus on highly tailored solutions for healthcare systems complements AccessOne's commitment to offering flexible financing options for all patients, regardless of...
By Laura Lovett 03:54 pmJanuary 10, 2018
App-based physician house call service, Heal, just announced the launch of its new product Wellbe, a device which serves as a data hub for connected health devices. The company claims Wellbe can link and track data from more than 100 disconnected, siloed medical tools. The data is then connected to Heal's physicians.  "We are humbled that Heal's house calls have shown great potential to improve...
By Laura Lovett 02:22 pmJanuary 10, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this text misstated the source of the funding.  There’s no hard and fast rule to measure pain. It can take a long time for a patient to describe his or her feelings to doctors. But a Toronto-based startup, ManagingLife, has created an app that lets patients with chronic pain track their symptoms. This week the company announced that the app, called Manage My Pain...
By Laura Lovett 11:59 amJanuary 10, 2018
Preventative telemedicine could play a key role in helping school-aged children with asthma manage their condition. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, reported that kids who used telemedicine and in-school care for their asthma had fewer visits to the ER than children who used enhanced usual care.  “The telemedicine model is one form of connected care that enhances access to medical...
By Laura Lovett 04:11 pmJanuary 9, 2018
CES has begun and innovators from all over the globe have flocked to Las Vegas to show off their latest products. While news of smart cities and self driving cars seems to be taking over the Internet coverage of the event, digital health innovators have a few tricks up their own sleeves hoping to disrupt the industry. From a mouthguard that can detect concussions to a cuddly AI duck that...
By Laura Lovett 09:12 amJanuary 9, 2018
Sometimes knowing what is good for you and doing what is good for you are two very different stories. Dieters looking to lose a pound or two know that having a piece of chocolate cake isn’t the best idea. However, when the dessert list comes around its easier said than done. In the end often times the allure of chocolate wins out—despite the long term weight goal.  There’s a reason for this, says...
By Laura Lovett 03:42 pmJanuary 8, 2018
Fitbit has recently invested $6 million in San Fransisco-based Sano, a company developing a mobile app and sensor that will allow users to continuously monitor blood glucose levels, multiple publications have confirmed.  "This fits into our strategy of looking beyond the device and thinking more about (health) solutions,” Fitbit CEO James Park told CNBC. "I think the complete solution comes in...