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By Heather Mack December 29, 2016
Apple is booting all products from Nokia subsidiary Withings from its online and physical retail stores, which have been selling connected smart scales and blood pressure monitors. The move might seem straightforward, but it’s more complicated than the strategic sweep of consumer digital health tools during holiday season from Apple’s shelves. Nokia – which has become increasingly invested in...
By Heather Mack December 23, 2016
Digital health tools are becoming more prevalent across the country. We’ve seen a number of research hospitals conducting clinical trials with virtual therapies or apps, partnerships between big tech companies and physicians, consumer technology companies getting deeper into healthcare, and an evolution of policies and protocols to keep in step with digital health advances. We’ve already covered...
By Heather Mack December 21, 2016
Nature Research has teamed up with Scripps Translational Science Institute to launch a new international journal that will focus on digital health, the organizations announced this week. The journal, npj Digital Medicine, is under the Nature Partner Journal series and will publish original papers and review articles that aim to guide innovation in health tied to digital and mobile technologies...
By Heather Mack December 21, 2016
While tens of millions of people live with snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, the most commonly prescribed treatment – a CPAP mask – has historically low adherence rates. So London-based Snoozeal has developed a device that aims to eliminate the need for the cumbersome masks, tubes and noise associated with CPAP machines that make them so unpopular for users. Snoozeal’s product, which has a CE...
By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2016
The FDA has officially cleared the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor to inform treatment decisions -- without the use of a fingerstick glucometer, other than for calibration. The G5 has been cleared for a while to complement a traditional glucometer, but this non-adjunctive clearance is the first of its kind according to Dexcom and the FDA, which both released statements.  "The FDA works hard...
By Heather Mack December 20, 2016
Microsoft India is launching a research group that will leverage artificial intelligence to deliver large-scale eye care in collaboration with Hyderabad-based L V Prasad Eye Institute. The Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE) will work with a consortium of research and technology institutions around the world, including the University of Miami, Federal University of Sao Paulo and...
By Mike Miliard December 20, 2016
Nashville, Tennessee-based Saint Thomas Health has opened Saint Thomas Health On Demand, a virtual clinic offering round-the-clock access to healthcare. Part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, Saint Thomas Health has built the service – which allows patients to receive high-quality care in a virtual clinic via a smartphone, tablet or computer – using a...
By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2016
Chat-based therapy start-up Talkspace was accused of a number of ethically questionable practices in an extensive investigative piece published yesterday by The Verge. Citing internal memos and emails and numerous interviews with anonymous therapists on the platform, the Verge reported several troubling findings including that Talkspace monitored conversations between therapists and patients,...
By Heather Mack December 16, 2016
Patients and their caregivers are playing increasingly prominent roles in research and healthcare technology innovation. As with any emerging shift in healthcare, creating the right foundation to facilitate more robust, inclusive and insightful research comes with challenges, which is where the National Patient Powered Research Network (PPRN) comes in.  “Recruitment into registries and clinical...
By MobiHealthNews December 16, 2016
This week, the Connected Health Conference in National Harbor, Maryland brought together stakeholders and thought leaders in digital and connected health. MobiHealthNews covered the two-day event this week -- links to our coverage from Monday and Tuesday are at the bottom of this roundup. Read on for other notable events and quotable presentations we picked up along the way. Accenture, Mount...