Laura Lovett

October 4, 2018
Yesterday the senate overwhelmingly passed a new opioid bill in a 98-1 vote, with only Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) voting against it and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) not voting. The vote expands telemedicine services to people with opioid abuse disorder, exempting it from certain requirements. It also modifies the provisions regarding electronic prescriptions and post-surgical pain management.  Further...
October 4, 2018
This morning BlackBerry launched a new "Enterprise of Things" (EOT) platform called the BlackBerry Spark, as well as a slew of new healthcare related-products that will be powered by the system including a quantum-resistant code signing server, a new system that uses blockchain to deliver medical data and an operating system for secure medical devices.  The quantum-resistant code signing server...
October 3, 2018
SyncThink, a Boston-based startup applying VR and eye-tracking to assess ability to focus as an indicator of concussion damage, is launching a new program called SyncThink Express that lets colleges and professional sports teams rent out its technology and get remote support from specialists. The program will use the EYE-Sync tool, which will specifically be used to help athletes that have a...
October 3, 2018
Accenture has developed a new virtual reality game designed to help amputees with phantom limb syndrome. The technology, which is a combination of company’s SAP Cloud Platform, SAP for Leonardo and a connected armband, gameifies physical therapy for amputees. The program was developed to encourage patients to participate in therapy exercises with their new prosthetic limb. In part, it was also...
October 3, 2018
In mid-September, life insurer John Hancock announced that it would be giving all of its members access to Vitality, a behavior changing rewards platform that is combined with a wearable. The idea is to incentivize policy holders to become more active and make healthier nutrition decisions.  As part of this announcement all insurance policy holders will have access to the Vitality products....
October 2, 2018
Yesterday Sopris Health, an artificial intelligence company designed to help with medical documentation, scored $3.4 million in a recent funding round. This time the Denver-based startup was funded by Access Venture Partners, Cue Capital, Tallwave Capital, Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, Techstars and Rockies Venture Fund. The financing comes in the form of new cash and conversion of promissory notes...
October 2, 2018
Rock Health’s latest funding report reveals that the first three quarters of 2018 have already surpassed the total amount of funding that was spent on digital health startups in 2017. So far this year, digital health startups have raised $6.8 billion, with $3.3 billon of that coming from the third quarter alone, compared to a total of $5.7 billion in 2017.  The quarterly report suggests that...
October 1, 2018
Kiwi company Performance Lab Technologies, which specializes in behavior-changing technology, is joining forces with Vivametrica, an activity-based health scoring and insurance underwriting company, to create a new platform called EngageRate. This endeavor is aimed at engaging life insurance policy holders with their health by offering personalized artificial intelligence coaching and activity...
October 1, 2018
Last week two venture branches of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, Amazon’s Alexa Fund and the Google Assistant Investment Program, announced investments in patient voice assistant Aiva, which specializes in hands-free communication between patients and caregivers. While the investment amounts have not be publicly announced, the company revealed its other investors include Act One Ventures, Mucker...
Hospital employee talking with patient.
September 28, 2018
Creating innovative digital health tools for patients is pointless unless they actually use the app or device. But figuring out the “magic formula” can be tricky. That’s why savvy providers are turning to patients as the experts -- and many consumers are willing to work with innovation teams through the process, from design to deployment. “For any innovation project, it is important to be focused...