Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:38 pmNovember 30, 2017
In recent years pagers have gone out of vogue as more and more hospitals have adopted smartphone messaging systems to communicate. But while "bring your own device" (BYOD) was once the trend, hospitals are increasingly moving toward hospital-owned, purpose-built smartphones. At the Healthcare Messaging Conference and Exhibition at Harvard Medical School on November 29th and 30th, experts...
By Laura Lovett 02:51 pmNovember 29, 2017
The medical team at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health system reported a significant increase in the ability to locate staff across fields after a hospital messaging system was implemented.  “What we wanted was a single communication device across the enterprise,” Joseph Wolfgram, chief technology officer at Mission Health said at the Healthcare Messaging Conference and Exhibition at...
By Laura Lovett 04:36 pmNovember 28, 2017
This week UnitedHealthcare launched a new maternity health app, The UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy, which will provide patients with 24-7 nurse support during pregnancy and after delivery. The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurance company said it hopes to provide expectant and new parents additional access to prenatal and post-natal care and also to reduce healthcare costs.  “When I was...
By Laura Lovett 12:26 pmNovember 28, 2017
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is warning consumers to think before they buy mail-order DNA testing services this holiday season.  Schumer cautions that these test kits put consumer privacy at risk because DNA firms could potentially sell personal and genetic information. Now Schumer is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and ensure that the privacy policies are clear,...
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pmNovember 27, 2017
San Diego-based Biolinq, a digital health company specializing in minimally invasive continuous glucose monitoring, raised $10 million in Series A financing. The round was led by M Ventures, in collaboration with Hikma Ventures.  Biolinq is currently working on a skin applied, minimally-invasive electrochemical biosensor platform for diabetes patients, which analyzes biomarkers in the...
By Laura Lovett 02:10 pmNovember 27, 2017
China’s largest online healthcare platform, Ping An Good Doctor, is working on its initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange for up to $1 billion USD, South China Morning Post reported.  The deal is expected to launch in the first half of 2018, according to the Post. The app, which is backed by Ping An Insurance, received $500 million in first round funding in May of 2016, which...
By Laura Lovett 09:41 amNovember 24, 2017
Eating healthily is a major issue for many Americans, especially during the holiday season. Only one in 10 adults meets the federal fruit and vegetable requirement, according to a study published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. More than one-third of adults in the United States have obesity, which can cause heart disease, stroke and...
By Laura Lovett 04:06 pmNovember 22, 2017
Veterans struggling with speech or cognitive disorders will now be able to access therapy through Constant Therapy, a mobile app that provides supplemental coaching and motivation to patients.  Veterans eligible for speech or cognitive therapy through the US Department of Veterans Affairs will now be able to use the app for free.  The app is part of the Newton, Massachusetts-based company The...
By Laura Lovett 02:09 pmNovember 22, 2017
Mobile Medicaid: Missouri Medicaid members have a new mobile tool when searching for healthcare information. Missouri Care’s mobile app will allow patients to find a doctor or dentist, locate nearby urgent care centers or hospitals, access wellness service, display their Missouri Care Member ID card or send it to provider, and receive member updates. The app is free and can be used on iOS or...
By Laura Lovett 10:16 amNovember 20, 2017
UnitedHealthcare members who participate the insurer's UnitedHealthcare Motion employee wellness program, will now be available to use Samsung and Garmin trackers in addition to Fitbit devices.  “Our members are consumers and they have relationships and affinities to brands and we want to be supportive of that,” Paul Sterling, vice president of emerging products for UnitedHealthcare, told...