Laura Lovett

October 22, 2018
Digital health tools are transcending international borders, with new players popping up all over the globe.  During the "International Outlook for Digital Health" panel at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, speakers stressed the importance of collaboration and fusing ideas from various cultures and countries — not just those with a more developed health infrastructure.  “This two-way...

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October 19, 2018
Distrust in the healthcare system is a major obstacle in providing needed care to some of the most vulnerable populations in the US.  “[M]illions of Americans all across the country … are failed by the healthcare system everyday. Specifically we don’t understand the services that they need,” Iyah Romm, founder and CEO of Cityblock Health, an Alphabet spinout focused on urban-focused public health...

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October 19, 2018
Yesterday morning Helix, an early player in the consumer genomics field, announced the launch of its DNA Product Studio. The tool aims to boost the development of new genomics apps and tests for Helix’s partners.  Helix’s model uses third party partners that are experts in a specific arena to develop products. Meanwhile Helix provides sample collection, DNA sequencing, and secures data that the...

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October 18, 2018
The uses for artificial intelligence have been sprouting up all over the healthcare field, from reading images to automating work flows. Now some researchers are looking to use that technology to move beyond the analytical tasks and move into providing a more human touch.  “There is one view that we can allow these AI [tools] to deal with data and analytics and we let people deal with the caring...
October 17, 2018
Both the clinician and the patient hold an important piece to the care puzzle, according to Kristina Sheridan, head of the enterprise strategy and transformation department at the nonprofit MITRE Corporation.  The physician has expertise in treating illness, whereas the patient is the authority on living with the condition, she explained at the Society for Participatory Medicine in Boston this...
Doctor texting.
October 17, 2018
Texting between doctors and patients has become more commonplace in recent years. But before the two parties start sharing every intimate detail, experts urge providers to take a step back and consider security. HIPAA guidelines HIPAA permits “readily producible”private health information to be transferred to a patient through their preferred medium, as long as the provider can do so in a way...
October 17, 2018
This morning the American Medical Association launched the Digital Health Implementation Playbook, a guide that spells out the steps for developing a digital health technology and best practices. The tool, which can be accessed online, also gives resources and an achieve of digital health adoptions.  “This is a step-by-step guide for all of the things you need to consider before you get to...
October 16, 2018
Hospitals in Hawaii are now turning their attention to using blockchain technology to help aggregate data from EHRs across the state. Austin-based Timicoin, a blockchain-as-a-service company, has teamed up with First Vitals Health and Wellness to employ the technology in aggregating data from EHRs across the state of Hawaii, according to a statement.  The plan, currently just in a development...
October 16, 2018
Last Friday seven companies and four men were charged with involvement in a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme, where they allegedly filed false claims for payment and mislead doctors and patients in order to defraud private health benefit programs, according to the Department of Justice. The indictment claims that the telemedicine company HealthRight conducted a fraudulent scheme where it...
October 16, 2018
This morning Thirty Madison, known for its online men's health platform focused on male patterned baldness Keeps, announced that it landed $15.25 million in Series A funding. This round was led by Maveron and Northzone with participation from Greycroft, Steadfast Venture Capital, First Round, Entrepreneurs Roundtable, HillCour and Two Rivers.  The company plans to use the new money to launch a...