Laura Lovett

December 31, 2018
The healthcare industry has seen waves of hype around an array of technologies over the last century or so — each one promising to be revolutionary in its own way. Most recently blockchain has become the go-to topic in the future of healthcare. Industry players are promising the technology can link patients' medical records, verify medications and more, but like many new tools it has been met...
December 21, 2018
Money is a motivator. Recently, digital health companies have starting to tap into blockchain-backed cryptocurrency as a way to motivate users to workout, take medication and stay sober. Most of the currencies can be cashed-in for goods like workout gear, or a paid service the platform offers like coaching. Other companies are also using the digital currency as an incentive for patients to...
December 20, 2018
2018 revealed some of Amazon’s biggest moves into the healthcare space. The year kicked off with the major announcement that the retail and tech giant was teaming up with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase to build its own nonprofit healthcare entity. As the year unfolded the public would hear more details about the leadership and location of the venture.  In addition to the venture, Amazon...

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December 19, 2018
This afternoon London-based Concepta Diagnostics unveiled exclusively to Babyforyou.net.ua the UK release of its myLotus Fertility app and monitoring system, which lets women trying to conceive test their hormone levels at home.  The new product and app uses luteinising hormone (LH) levels — higher levels indicate ovulation — to help predict when a woman has the best chance to become pregnant.  The...
December 19, 2018
A pair of washable and reuseable socks with a special sensor could be key to continuously monitoring foot temperature in patients with diabetic neuropathy, according to a study in JMIR sponsored by Siren, maker of the socks. Researchers found that the socks were able to report temperature within 0.2 degrees Celcius of the reference standard, and that patients found the technology useable.  “The...
December 18, 2018
Yesterday Teladoc’s VP, COO and CFO Mark Hirschhorn resigned amidst allegations that he engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate and took part in insider trading. Last week the telemedicine company was hit with a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the company’s share holders, which accused the company of misleading or false statements.  “While this was a difficult...
December 18, 2018
Wearable data is becoming more integrated into clinical practice, but there is one caveat, explains Sense2beat CEO Natalia Glazkova — those devices can be contaminated by a glut of data. Sense2beat is a Russian company working on technology that eliminates interference and analyzes ECG data. “Data that comes from wearable devices is always contaminated by noise, which can make the analysis and...
December 17, 2018
Last week MassChallenge HealthTech unveiled the 30 digital health startups that will make up its 2019 cohort. The program gives the startups co-working office space and a tailored curriculum, with the primary goal of connecting startups to advisors, investors, pilots and research opportunities. Startups can also apply for need-based scholarships for no cost and no equity. Eventually, the...
December 13, 2018
Diabetes management startup Tidepool has just locked in a $6 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and JDRF in order to kick off develop an app for hybrid closed-loop automated insulin delivery.  Eventually the company plans to bring the software to market as an FDA-regulated mobile app. Right now the plans are to build an app that is specifically designed to help...
December 13, 2018
A class action lawsuit against Teladoc and two of its executives, which includes allegations of misleading or false statements, insider trading and an inappropriate sexual relationship at the company, has put the publicly traded telemedicine company in the spotlight. The suit was filed on behalf of anyone who purchased shares in the company between March 3, 2016 and December 5, 2018.  At the...