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By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2017
Though health and fitness news on the main stage of Apple’s WWDC focused mostly on Apple Watch updates, the team has also added some significant upgrades to Apple CareKit, which were shared at a series of sessions at the conference that are now available online. Among the revelations: Apple has made it easier to connect CareKit apps to hospital back-ends, has created a prototyping tool to make...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2017
A new survey of 700 non-professional family caregivers finds that just 30 percent say technology plays a major role in their caregiving. Forty-two percent say technology plays a minor role, and 28 percent says it plays no role at all. The survey was conducted by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) to provide some guidance for  digital health companies looking to $470 billion per year home...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2017
A new study of 1,500 patients casts doubt on the effectiveness of several promising medication adherence technologies and strategies, including connected pill bottles and lottery-based incentives. The study, called the HeartStrong Study, was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. It was a year-long single-blind study of heart failure patients taking some combination of statins, aspirin,...
By Jonah Comstock June 26, 2017
RightEye, a Bethesda, Maryland-based health technology company that makes a cloud-based eye-tracking technology system and software has announced a new product, a game called Maze Master designed to improve oculomotor control in children with reading disabilities.  “After reading disorders are identified, appropriate interventions and training games are extremely important to enable users to...
By Bill Siwicki June 26, 2017
Healthcare security professionals have their hands full with protecting Internet of Things devices from attacks. There are many ways to safeguard IoT devices in healthcare. But infosec pros can benefit from the sometimes-overlooked methods of protection, which security experts point to as high-value tactics against hackers. “IoT devices are clearly becoming pervasive, and when it comes to...
By Jonah Comstock June 26, 2017
SyncThink, a Boston-based applying VR and eye-tracking to assess ability to focus as an indicator of concussion damage, has launched the next generation of its FDA-cleared EYE-SYNC platform. “Concussion is the most underreported, underdiagnosed, and underestimated type of brain trauma,” CEO Ernest Santin said in a statement. “There is no universally accepted, evidence-based definition of...
By Mike Miliard June 22, 2017
Artificial intelligence "is rewiring our modern conception of healthcare delivery," according to a new Accenture report that shows an array of clinical AI applications are already well on their way to saving the industry $150 billion over the next 10 years. In the shorter term, the report forecasts a 40 percent compound annual growth rate between now and 2021, with acquisitions of AI startups...
By MobiHealthNews June 22, 2017
Virtual reality has moved from science fiction to marketable consumer product astonishingly quickly, partly because the incorporation of the smartphone into the technology makes it accessible, if not ubiquitous. It’s looking more and more like those who bet that virtual reality is here to stay, and not a flash-in-the-pan trend, made the smart bet.   But what about in healthcare? Could a...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2017
What does telemedicine have to do with climate change?  That’s what the American Telemedicine Association is setting out to discover with a new task force, announced this week on the organization’s blog.  ATA is recruiting now for a two-year task force with four stated goals. First, the group will devise green outcomes that can be measured as part of how members routinely measure the outcome of...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2017
DeepMind, the AI-focused, UK-based Google subsidiary, will roll out its Streams app in a second hospital, the company announced this week. The deployment of the app at Musgrove Park Hospital marks the start of a planned five-year rollout with the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Streams has been developed in collaboration with kidney experts at the Royal Free Hospital London. The app is...