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By Dave Muoio May 10, 2018
Of the hundreds of diabetes self-management apps currently available, very few have been evaluated with health outcome-focused studies, according to a recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Among this subset, even fewer have been shown to actually help diabetes patients significantly improve their HbA1c levels. Prior research has shown that 16 percent of the 318,...
By Laura Lovett May 10, 2018
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease can be isolating, but researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) Indianapolis have developed a Facebook “friendsourcing” app that is designed to help caregivers connect.  The app gives caregivers a support group on Facebook where they can pose emotional and informational questions. Members of the support group can then push those...
By Dave Muoio May 9, 2018
Google has unleashed a tidal wave of product and feature updates through the ongoing Google I/O developers’ conference, and it’s no surprise that the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare was a recurring spotlight among them. Through keynote speeches and simultaneously released online blog posts, the company highlighted a handful of tech-driven healthcare efforts that seem to be...
By Jonah Comstock May 9, 2018
A new overview of systematic reviews of published randomized control trials of mobile health apps found just 23 RCTs of currently-available apps have been conducted, and less than half of those showed a positive health effect from the app in question. A group of researchers from the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University in Queensland, Australia conducted the review,...
By Laura Lovett May 9, 2018
Patients often have a long and difficult  road to recovery following a stroke, but now developers are turning to virtual reality to assist in their therapy.  Rehabilitation research group the Kessler Foundation and immersive interactive technologies company Virtualware are teaming up to develop a VR-based treatment for spatial neglect in stroke patients.  Spacial neglect is a condition that...
By Laura Lovett May 8, 2018
This morning Ascensia Diabetes Care launched the latest version of its Contour Diabetes app in the United States. The upgraded app will offer users a new feature, called My Patterns,  which will give personalized feedback and coaching to users. “The My Patterns feature on the new Contour Diabetes app represents a real advance in the use of data for diabetes management,” Michael Kloss, CEO at...
By Laura Lovett May 8, 2018
US News & World Report has teamed up with Doximity, a social network for doctors, to develop a new tool that lets patients book appointments while they are looking at doctors’ profiles on USNews.com.  “For over 25 years, US News has helped patients in search of reliable health care information find the best hospital to treat their specific needs,” Evan Jones, vice president and general...
By Tom Sullivan May 8, 2018
The Consumer Technology Association and Xcertia, a mobile health app collaborative, are working together to develop guidelines for the market. They will consider topics such as accuracy, transparency, privacy, security, regulatory compliance, interoperability, and user experience. The American Medical Association, American Heart Association, DHX Group, and HIMSS initiated the project. Xcertia was...
By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2018
Buoy Health, which offers an AI-powered tool that serves to help people understand potential health problems, announced a partnership with CVS MinuteClinic. When users go through Buoy Health’s online or app-based chatbot interface, if the suggested possible diagnoses lend themselves to treatment at one of the 1,100 MinuteClinics around the United States, the app will do two things. First, it will...
By Laura Lovett May 7, 2018
Sleep management company Itamar Medical has just launched SleePath, a digital sleep apnea management tool that helps cardiologists monitor patients with atrial fibrillation. The platform allows doctors to check their patients’ sleep apnea management status and compliance with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices.  “Itamar Medical is committed to innovating technologies that allow...

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