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By Laura Lovett February 15, 2018
Yesterday, Redwood City, California-based HeartFlow, a company that specializes in creating computerized heart models to treat coronary diseases, announced that it landed $240 million in series E funding led by Wellington Management Company and Baillie Gifford & Company.  “This financing will enable us to drive commercial success of the HeartFlow Analysis, which is poised to become the global...
February 15, 2018
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb released the agency’s budget requests for fiscal 2018 Tuesday, outlining digital health plans for the year. The budget proposed by the Trump Administration would give the FDA $5.8 billion, an increase of $673 million, and would include an additional $190 million for new user fee funding. The requested budget would support the FDA’s...
By Dave Muoio February 15, 2018
As new technologies and consumer-focused strategies continue their takeover of the healthcare industry, health systems will have to adjust their care models or be left in the dust. Rewiring an incumbent healthcare enterprise is no easy feat, however, and nearly every decision and assumption made along the way is a potential pitfall that requires an open mind. “Team-based, technology-enabled,...
By Laura Lovett February 14, 2018
A small study recently published in Translational Psychiatry showed that people living with schizophrenia could use a video game paired with an MRI scanner to curb verbal hallucinations. Specifically, researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience found that after the training people with schizophrenia were able to better control the verbal region in...
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2018
When Kate Sheridan was 11 years old, a series of complications from Lyme Disease changed her life dramatically. “I went from a straight A student to not being able to read and write, a competitive athlete to wheelchair-bound, and developed an intense pain disorder,” she said. “We very suddenly had a lot to manage — medication schedules, dozens of doctor appointments and conflicting diagnoses,...
By Dave Muoio February 14, 2018
The FDA announced yesterday that it will permit marketing of Viz.ai’s Contact, a clinical decision support (CDS) tool that analyzes CT results and highlights cases that may have experienced a stroke. The CDS application was submitted through the agency’s de novo premarket review pathway, and as such creates a new regulatory classification for similar AI-drived platforms to come. The FDA’s...
February 14, 2018
Since his appointment in early 2017, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, has made modernizing the agency a top priority. Shulkin has taken a number of steps to accomplish this, including the launch of the Anywhere to Anywhere initiative with President Trump in August 2017. The VA aims to use the program to allow agency medical providers to practice telehealth across...
By Dave Muoio February 14, 2018
Digital diabetes care company Glooko announced today that its Mobile Insulin Dosing System (MIDS) — an app-driven tool that recommends insulin dose adjustments using data collected directly from a patient’s blood glucose meter — has been cleared by the FDA. The MIDS module allows clinicians to create a customized treatment plan and send it to Type 2 diabetes patients directly through the company’...
By Dave Muoio February 13, 2018
Clarify Medical will be debuting its handheld, smartphone-connected phototherapy device later this week at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, according to a statement. The technology powering the Home Light Therapy System received FDA 510(k) clearance last June, and is to be used in the treatment of skin diseases including psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema. “The Clarify System...
By Laura Lovett February 13, 2018
Evidation Health just announced the launch of a 10,000 person chronic pain study, called the DisCover Project. The research aims to quantify chronic pain and develop digital biomarkers for chronic pain severity, flare ups and quality of life by using activity trackers, health apps, and other more traditional data points.  "We've designed and built the first ever large-scale digital study in...