Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:28 pmSeptember 12, 2019
There are some striking similarities between mail-order sexual health companies Ro and Hims: Both started out focused on men’s sexual health, both employ telemedicine and if you ride the subway in a major city you’ve probably seen their advertisements.  But things are getting heated this week after Hims launched an updated version of its platform. On Tuesday, Ro cofounder Zachariah Reitano...
By Laura Lovett 11:11 amSeptember 12, 2019
Period tracking apps have sprouted up all over the app stores. But those apps might not be as private as users think. An investigation from a UK-based research group Privacy International found that some apps are sharing users’ personal information including details about a user’s cycle and even the last time they had sex — with social media giant Facebook. The report found that most popular apps...
By Laura Lovett 04:14 pmSeptember 11, 2019
It doesn’t take long to scroll through any social media platform before seeing photos of new babies. But for a lot of women, getting pregnant can be an isolating experience and take longer than expected. Increasingly, the healthcare innovation industry is seeing fertility-focused startups sprouting up to support women in their journey. Now big names in the field are getting involved.   Earlier...
By Laura Lovett 11:12 amSeptember 11, 2019
When it comes to clinical trials, oftentimes the majority of a patient’s experience happens “off stage” in their home or community. For example, medication adherence, or nonadherence, has been a major pitfall in medicine. Studies have found that roughly one in five new prescriptions are never filled, and of those filled up to 50% are taken incorrectly.  Startups have taken notice and the digital...

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By Laura Lovett 04:13 pmSeptember 10, 2019
Startups can have a difficult time striking a balance between the fast pace of tech culture and healthcare’s slow-and-steady validation culture. In part, the culture clash is a West Coast-East Coast divide, with tech giants congregating for the most part in California and hospitals and pharma in the Northeast, according to a panel moderated by CNBC’s Christina Farr at the MassBio Digital Health...

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By Laura Lovett 11:23 amSeptember 10, 2019
Sleep tech company Dreem launched the second version of its AI-enabled sleep tracking headband and companion app, Dreem 2, in the U.S. today.  The technology includes an EEG, heart rate, respiration and movement tracker. A user’s information is then monitored and analyzed by the system for their review the next day. The headband has a companion app where the customers’ sleep data can be...
By Laura Lovett 11:57 amSeptember 9, 2019
Despite the United States' leading reputation in innovation and healthcare, if you search hard enough in any U.S. city you can find a story of health disparity, with neglected demographics falling through the cracks. Perhaps the most unseen peoples are those currently being exploited and trafficked.   Human trafficking impacts roughly 40 million people worldwide, according to the The...

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By Laura Lovett 04:01 pmSeptember 5, 2019
Health and fitness tracking features are front and center in Garmin’s new series of watches, released this morning. The wearable giant's premier launch was the Venu, a GPS smartwatch with an AMOLED display. It comes with 24-7 fitness monitoring including advanced sleep with a pulse oximeter, respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with...
By Laura Lovett 12:08 pmSeptember 5, 2019
Alphabet’s life science branch Verily is teaming up with digital health startup iRhythm on a new initiative focused on creating screening, diagnosis and management tools for patients with atrial fibrillation.  The collaboration is specifically targeted at alerting patients with asymptomatic or silent atrial fibrillation about their condition. The goal is to develop products that not only identify...

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By Laura Lovett 03:42 pmSeptember 4, 2019
Planned Parenthood is diving deeper into virtual care with the launch of Planned Parenthood Direct in 27 states. The new platform will let users request birth control, get a prescription for urinary tract infection treatments and request an in-person appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center.  The new technology will be available in all 50 states by the end of 2020, according to officials...
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