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By Jonah Comstock January 29, 2014
A team of Dutch scientists has conducted a review of published studies that looked at how electronic communication between doctors and patients -- like email or messaging through a patient-facing EHR portal -- affects care outcomes, health behavior, and patient satisfaction. In the paper, recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers looked particularly at studies...
By Aditi Pai January 27, 2014
Akron, Ohio-based Akron Children's Hospital has launched an app and website for childhood cancer survivors called CancerLateFX created out of a $100,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting the fight against pediatric cancer. CancerLateFX, available on iOS and Android platforms as well as on a website, was created to help childhood cancer survivors ...
By Jonah Comstock January 23, 2014
Dr. Scott Dulchavsky Henry Ford Innovations, a spin-off of Detroit, Michigan's Henry Ford Health System, has received a $3 million, 3-year grant from the William Davidson Foundation to establish a new digital health innovation center, the William Davidson Center for Entrepreneurs in Digital Health. "When we embarked almost four years ago on developing the Innovation Institute as a separate...
By Brian Dolan January 22, 2014
Sunrise, Florida-based MDLive, which offers telehealth services including patient-to-physician remote visits via mobile devices, has raised $23.6 million in nw funding led by Heritage Group with participation from Sutter Health and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The company's first strategic investor and connected care customer was Norfolk, Virginia-based healthcare system Sentara Healthcare,...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2014
Glooko, maker of diabetes management software and glucometer connector cables, is teaming up with the Joslin Diabetes Center to co-develop a "virtual Joslin" remote diabetes management platform to be offered to patients via private or government payors. "Right now patients with diabetes -- or members of health plans with diabetes -- cost the healthcare system anywhere from $7,000 a year to $21,...
By Aditi Pai January 21, 2014
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed wearable sensors, made up of silver nanowires, which can measure strain, pressure, human touch and bioelectronic signals. The technology was built on lead researcher Dr. Yong Zhu's earlier work to create elastic conductors from silver nanowires. To do this, researchers embedded insulating material between two stretchable conductors,...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2014
New Jersey-based Honeywell HomMed launched a new version of its Genesis Touch wireless remote patient monitoring system, adding 4G connectivity and more efficient video visits to the platform. The Genesis Touch 2.1 runs on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 platform. The original version of the device launched in February 2012 in the United States and included less advanced video features which could only...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2014
Phobious's augmented reality app. Correction: A previous version of this story identified this as DreamIt's third class, rather than it's second. DreamIt Health, a relative newcomer to the digital health incubator scene, has proven itself no slouch at recruiting big name provider partners. It launched its first Philadelphia-based class with the support of Independence Blue Cross and Penn...
By Aditi Pai January 16, 2014
George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences has decided to give its students iPads, who are starting medical school in August, as a result of curriculum changes. Although medical schools started providing students with iPads as early as 2011, Dr. Bernhard Wiedermann, a professor of pediatrics at George Washington's School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said the school was waiting...
By Neil Versel January 7, 2014
Jodi Pahl Since the beginning of 2013, the Joint Commission has required accredited hospitals to meet certain standards for patient flow through the emergency department. To comply, St. Rita's Medical Center, a Catholic Health Partners hospital in Lima, Ohio, has focused on nursing workflow and patient comfort by emphasizing mobile communications both inside and outside the building. For...

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