Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 10:47 amJuly 31, 2019
Castlight Health is seeing some major change ups in leadership this week. Yesterday the digital health company announced that its current CEO John Doyle is stepping down as director. The company has tapped Maeve O’Meara as the company’s next CEO. Siobhan Nolan Mangini will also join as the company’s next president, and maintains her position as chief financial officer. "With the appointments of...

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By Laura Lovett 03:23 pmJuly 30, 2019
The opioid epidemic has devastated the US with soaring rates of overdoses. While the drug Narcan can be used as an antidote for opioid overdoses, if a patient is alone they cannot always administer the medication.  Now researchers from Purdue University are looking to tackle this problem with a wearable system that will release the antidote automatically.  “A lot of time patients who overdoes are...
By Laura Lovett 12:19 pmJuly 30, 2019
Looking to solve the problem of health record interoperability, this afternoon CMS unveiled a new pilot program dubbed “Data at the Point of Care” (DPC), which will employ an API to help give providers access to their patient’s medical data. The pilot is part of a larger CMS initiative called MyHealthEData, which is focused on giving patients more access to their medical data.  “That burden on...
By Laura Lovett 04:10 pmJuly 29, 2019
After much speculation and anticipation, chronic care management startup Livongo officially went public on Thursday. The company closed its first day 36% above its initial pricing of $28 and is currently trading for over $41 per share on NASDAQ. The company's includes more than 12 million shares of common stock. “It’s a signal to the market ... that [the industry] is ready for a consumer-first...
By Laura Lovett 04:25 pmJuly 26, 2019
Verily’s Luba Greenwood has told MobiHealthNews that she left the Alphabet subsidiary to pursue lecturing at Harvard University as well continue her work on several boards.  Greenwood took up her role at Verily, where she served as business development manager, in February of 2018. According to Verily officials Greenwood left the company in April. In a recent interview with MobiHealthNews,...
By Laura Lovett 02:53 pmJuly 26, 2019
Digital health is still somewhat of an enigma to many in the traditional world of pharma, but that is rapidly changing. As the use cases for digital tools continues to evolve, the life science world is starting to make a concerted effort to engage the new technologies.  This growing digital health ecosystem is now a major conversation point at MassBio, an organization dedicated to advancing the...
By Laura Lovett 03:58 pmJuly 25, 2019
Healthcare artificial intelligence company Viz.ai announced that it is joining forces with Medtronic with the goal of speeding up adoption of the former’s technology. Specifically the pair will be working on getting Viz.ai’s system, which specializes on stroke detection, into more stroke treatment centers in the US.  “Medtronic is an innovative company focused on therapies that extend life and...
By Laura Lovett 02:58 pmJuly 25, 2019
In the US the percentage of people living with loneliness is rapidly increasing. This is particularly true when it comes to young people, about half of whom report living with loneliness.  Chronic loneliness is linked to a number of health conditions including depression and Type 2 diabetes, with the CDC reporting that it is more dangerous than obesity and as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a...
By Laura Lovett 02:53 pmJuly 24, 2019
This morning neurology-focused health startup Flow announced that it landed a $1.5 million investment. This latest round was led by Khosla Ventures.  WHAT THEY DO The Swedish startup is focused on treating and supporting users with depression. Flow is a two-part system including a brain stimulation headset and a therapy app. When the user puts on the device, it delivers electrical signals to...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pmJuly 23, 2019
Pinterest is often a platform synonymous with wedding boards, apartment designs and general inspirational quotes. But often users are looking for answers or support in regard to more serious questions.  Recently, the social media giant teamed up with researchers from Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation to create a tool aimed at giving users more resources.  “Pinterest saw a rise in users...