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By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2017
There's some technology that has to be seen to be believed. Dr. Brennan Spiegel, director of health services research at Cedar-Sinai Hospital, puts virtual reality technology in that category. And that can make it hard to sell doctors on the idea, at least at first. "What I’ve seen is, talking about therapeutic virtual reality is completely hypothetical until you’ve experienced virtual reality...
By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2017
Glooko, a Mountain View, California-based remote monitoring platform for diabetes, has partnered with Ascensia, a business unit created last year when Panasonic Healthcare Holdings acquired Bayer Diabetes Care. Ascensia makes the Contour Next One and Contour Next Link, a pair of connected glucometers that received FDA clearance last year. Another device, Contour Plus One, is not yet FDA-cleared...
By Bernie Monegain January 31, 2017
Valhalla, New York-based Bon Secours Charity Health System, part of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, has forged a $180 million population health initiative with technology giant Philips to improve quality of patient care. The agreement will make Philips solutions available to BSCHS in support of its goal to transform the delivery of healthcare to the residents of New York’s Hudson...
By Heather Mack January 31, 2017
Rockville, Maryland-based DrFirst, which provides healthcare SaaS offerings ranging from medication management to clinical communications, has acquired clinical trial recruitment provider VisibilityRx. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The aim of the acquisition is to offer VisibilityRx’s patient identification, recruitment and communication capabilities to DrFirst’s 60,000 physician clients...
By Heather Mack January 26, 2017
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with some 5.4 million cases in the United States each year, and it’s also the most treatable as long as it is detected in the early stages. However, not everyone has the same access to dermatologists that could offer such promising prognoses, so a group of Stanford researchers set out to change that by creating an algorithm that can visually detect...
By Jonah Comstock January 26, 2017
After an inaugural class that has led to several full-scale rollouts at the hospital, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles announced its second accelerator class today. The medical center works with Tech Stars to incubate its chosen startups.  “We will help companies accomplish in three months what will otherwise take them two years,” Darren Dworkin, chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai, said in a...
January 25, 2017
Despite major IoT attacks last year, and even though most organizations are extremely concerned about getting attacked, the majority are doing nothing to prevent these attacks, according to Arxan's 2017 Study on Mobile and IoT Application Security Report, independently conducted by the Ponemon Institute. The majority of organizations are instead zeroing in on what is viewed as the biggest threat...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2017
Some of the biggest unsung challenges inherent in disrupting an industry are infrastructure and ecosystem challenges. Lynda Chin, The University of Texas System’s associate vice chancellor for health transformation and chief innovation officer for health affairs, is tackling these problems head on. "If one were to look back at the last decade, since the beginning of when these digital and...
By Heather Mack January 25, 2017
Pediatricians administering vaccines may try direct their young patients’ attention to colorful posters or don a puppet to get them focused on something – anything – other than the shot they were being given. But, this being 2017, a recent pilot study suggests doctor’s office child diversions may start going virtual. In a study of 244 children at Sansum Clinic locations in Santa Barbara and...
By Heather Mack January 24, 2017
Telehealth platform provider Avizia is stepping into new territory: while the company has hitherto offered only a software platform, the technology company will now offer access to a network of providers. By partnering with the physician-run clinical staffing service MLS Telehealth, Avizia will be able to offer customers access to board-certified physicians across 36 clinical specialties. All...