Laura Lovett

October 15, 2018
Miami-based startup Papa,  an online service that links college students to seniors for practical services and companionship, has raised $2.4 million in a seed funding round. The latest round was led by Initialized Capital, with participation from Sound Ventures.  The new money is expected to help the platform grow throughout Florida and expand to new markets.  Through the service, seniors can...
October 12, 2018
Designing apps and platforms for healthcare isn’t necessarily about ticking off how many downloads the product has. Most of the time the main goal is changing the end user’s behavior — whether that be a patient’s health habits or some outdated workflow process used by providers.  “We deal in the thing that is difficult about healthcare, or what is challenging and what is also really fun, that is...

CNBC reporter Christina Farr talks to Bob Sheehy, CEO of Bright Health.

October 11, 2018
As consumers become more involved in their healthcare, payers and providers alike are being forced to think about the industry differently. But this could give new insurers the opportunity to start looking at the consumer space, Bob Sheehy, CEO of Bright Health, said at Digital Health Innovation Summit in Boston today.  “The thing about healthcare is often times we’ve forgotten about the consumer...
October 11, 2018
This morning Flo Health, an AI-enabled women's health platform, announced that it closed a $12 million Series A Extension funding round led by Mangrove Capital Partners, with participation from Flint Capital and Haxus. The company plans to use the new money for the startup’s next growth phase, as well as product improvement.  The Redwood City, California-based startup is focused on women’s health...
October 10, 2018
Children’s Health, a Texas-based pediatric health system, is teaming up with Proteus to pilot a new program aimed at tackling adherence issues in pediatric heart transplant patients by inserting ingestible sensors into prescribed pills, which can track when the medication was taken.  The system is made up of a wearable patch worn by the patient and the sensor-infused pill. When the pill is broken...
October 10, 2018
NASA is turning its attention to digital clinical support tools to treat astronauts that get sick or injured while in outer space. This morning the news broke that NASA will be piloting Wolters Kluwer’s UpToDate tool, which gives users evidence-based clinical decision support resources, on the International Space Station. According to the company, this marks the first time a clinical decision...
October 9, 2018
Last month Singapore-based Mobile Health, creator of personalize health concierge platform MaNaDr, announced that it was acquiring fellow Singaporean company Doctorbell, a patient engagement platform, for an undisclosed amount.  The MaNaDr platform connects users to doctors and their networks. It also gives patients access to their medical health records and lab results so they can carry this...
October 9, 2018
Biopharmaceutical service Parexel International Corporation is turning its attention to mobile and wearable technology to aid drug development and clinical research. This morning the Boston-based company announced a slew of new products that will be built on its Perceptive Cloud platform.  One of the new technologies uses Microsoft’s Azure App Services and will be able to send patient data to...
October 9, 2018
Bethesda, Maryland-based startup RightEye has just scored FDA 510(k) clearance for its cloud-based eye-tracking system and software. The technology was designed to help clinicians identify visual tracking impairments in patients by recording, viewing and analyzing a patient’s eye.  The system has four main target areas: functional vision screening, reading assessments, sports vision assessment...
October 8, 2018
As technology pushes forward, innovators are often tempted to bring all the bells and whistles to their digital health product. But some are stopping to look at the human element in digital health before launching a new product.  “Human design for us … is essential. We spend a huge amount of time watching how people with varying degrees of challenge interact with our app,” Jim Cavan, CEO of...