Laura Lovett

August 7, 2018
The pentagon is clamping down on wearable fitness devices, following a discovery in January that troop’s secret or confidential locations were revealed by a fitness heat map.   The new restriction means that military personal deployed in operational areas will not be allowed to use wearable trackers or smartphone apps, government issued or otherwise, that can identify their location.  “The...
August 6, 2018
On Saturday, patient engagement company SmartER announced that it would be acquiring care coordination company ConciergeStat. As part of the deal SmartER will get ConciergeStat’s software and customer s, and now oversees all of its employees. Out of this acquisition, SmartER plans to offer a new system called SmartConcierge.  "The ConciergeStat software and on-site navigators add an...
August 6, 2018
Veterans as well as rural and low-income Americans may have more access to telemedicine in the future after the FCC unanimously voted to approve a proposal establishing a “Connected Care Pilot Program” on Aug. 2. The next step for the pilot, which is estimated to cost $100 million, is a comment period.  “Broadband-enabled telehealth services like these can significantly improve Americans’ health...
August 3, 2018
Using the internet to self-diagnose that weird rash on your arm is fairly common. But the verdict is still out on whether or not direct-to-consumer diagnostic apps are effective or safe, according to a new review published in the journal Diagnosis.  “Apps were found to vary widely in functionality, accuracy, safety and effectiveness, although the usefulness of this evidence was limited by a...
August 2, 2018
Treating a patient who is experiencing domestic abuse can be difficult waters to navigate for physicians. However, it is a common problem impacting one in four women and one in seven men, according to the CDC's numbers.  Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology and nonprofit Resolve Greater Rochester have put their heads together to develop a new app that helps assess a patient's...
August 2, 2018
While the term blockchain has populated numerous news feeds and executive board room conversations recently, just how the technology works and what it can do for healthcare has remained somewhat of a mystery for the layperson. At the Digital Healthcare Innovations Congress in Boston yesterday Roger Smith, chief technology officer at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, broke down how the technology...

Photo credit: Vitals.com 

August 1, 2018
Less than two months since its last acquisition, WebMD, an Internet Brands company, announced that it was picking up the Vitals Consumer Services Division from Mdx Medical. The division, which is focused on giving consumers online tools to connect to clinicians, is made up of vitals.com and UCompareHealthCare.com. The acquisition will also include the MedHelp tool, which provides a platform for...
August 1, 2018
Looking towards growth, MDLive announced this morning that it has closed a $50 million investing round led by Health Velocity Capital with existing investors Cigna Corporation and Health Care Service Corporation. Novo Holdings A/S and Industry Ventures also participated in the round. “As telehealth continues its rapid integration into the healthcare space, this financing has provided us with a...

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July 31, 2018
With hundreds of digital vendors to chose from, figuring out the best way to provide quality care and wellness platforms to employees can be a difficult task for employers. Some companies are looking towards the most cutting edge apps, while others are seeking more traditional routes like implementing a telemedicine program. But as more companies dip their toes into the digital waters employers...
July 31, 2018
Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) members in Massachusetts now have access to Welltok’s CafeWell platform following a deal between the payer and consumer health software company. The platform, which is targeted at increasing member engagement, will let the NHP reach out to its members through texting, calls, and emails.  "Our collaboration with Welltok reinforces NHP's commitment to outstanding...