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By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2013
Learn It Live's Alere-branded offering. Healthbox has announced its seventh class of health startups and its second class in its home city of Chicago. The new class is sponsored by State Farm, and a number of hospitals and health systems in the midwest are partnering with Healthbox, namely St. Louis-based Ascension Health's Chicago-based health ministry; Alexian Brothers Health System;...
By Neil Versel November 19, 2013
Growing pains and other hiccups in the sharing of data with patients doesn't mean healthcare providers should stop trying to make information more accessible to consumers or that people should stop demanding to be more at the center of their own healthcare, a well-known advocate of participatory medicine told an audience of medical informatics professionals. Keynoting the opening session of the...
By Jonah Comstock November 18, 2013
A study of a text messaging intervention for low-income patients with Type 2 diabetes showed a statistically significant affect on medication adherence and emergency room visits, but not HbA1c hemoglobin levels. It also showed that the texting intervention was more effective for Spanish speakers than English speakers. The study of 128 patients, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, was...
By Jonah Comstock November 18, 2013
Smartphone-connected ECG maker AliveCor has added a telemedicine service to its product. AliveCor AliveInsights will allow patients to send their recorded ECG readings to remote cardiac technicians or cardiologists for interpretation at any time, for a fee. AliveCor co-founder Dr. Dave Albert has long hinted that this service was in the works. "A human over-read with a very reasonable cost per...
By Jonah Comstock November 15, 2013
A sample Watson conversation from WellTok. It got famous on Jeopardy! and has been keeping its head down "going to med school" in hospitals like Memorial Sloan-Kettering. But now Watson, IBM's "commercial cognitive computer system," is stepping out into the wider world. IBM has opened Watson's application programming interface (API) to developers and two businesses are already working on...
By Jonah Comstock November 15, 2013
Watertown, Massachusetts-based athenahealth is adding the Cochrane Library to its Epocrates Rx application. Epocrates users will have access to editorials, evidence-based reviews and meta-analyses from the independent healthcare evidence group. "Cochrane has earned its place as a highly respected source by examining bodies of evidence in specific areas, such as the accuracy of a diagnostic test...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2013
New York City-based startup CheckedUp is launching its patient engagement software suite in 50 partner ophthalmology clinics. The company was founded in January 2012 by Dr. Richard Awdeh, Head of Executive Medicine at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and CEO of health and biotech incubator Cirle. "I'm an ophthalmic surgeon, so really the product came out of being a practicing doctor and seeing the...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2013
Dr. Eric Topol, one of the most well known figures in digital health and Dr. Deepak Chopra, one of the most prominent voices in alternative medicine, are teaming up to measure the effects of meditation with digital health devices. The study of 40 individuals was conducted by the Scripps Translational Science Institute with funding from the Chopra Foundation. "Although the health benefits of...
By Neil Versel November 14, 2013
Though the iPad has been tremendously popular among physicians since it first appeared in 2010, Apple's iconic tablet might not be all that useful for clinical documentation or for medical education, a newly published survey of residents found. Surgical residents in particular rated the iPad very low for educational utility and as a resource for evidence-based medicine, according to the study,...
By Neil Versel November 13, 2013
A wireless shoe insert meant to help people manage diabetic peripheral neuropathy goes on sale Wednesday after some significant design changes from an earlier prototype delayed the release by nearly a year. Orpyx Medical Technologies, of Calgary, Alberta, is introducing the SurroSense Rx system to U.S. customers only through its website, in men's sizes 5-13 and women's sizes 6-12. Early orders...

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