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By Laura Lovett November 8, 2017
Virtual reality can help children to manage pain without the use of drugs, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology in October. The study, which used VR during blood drawing at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, found that using VR significantly reduced acute procedural pain and anxiety in patients compared to using the standard of care. The study also...
By Dave Muoio November 8, 2017
Chicago-based digital healthcare advertiser Outcome Health’s troubles seem to be increasing with each passing month. In the wake of a recent Wall Street Journal investigation alleging that the company’s employees misled clients using inaccurate and manipulated advertisement performance data, a handful of Outcome’s top investors have filed a lawsuit against the startup claiming they were misled by...
By Dave Muoio November 8, 2017
Vancouver and Washington-based Claris Healthcare has launched an orthopedic medical device that allows patients and doctors to monitor recovery after total knee replacement surgery. The Claris Reflex consists of a wearable sensor, attached above and below the knee, and a software platform. Patients are provided a 4G-enabled tablet that includes pre-surgical preparation and post-surgical guidance...
By Laura Lovett November 7, 2017
Wearable technology could be key to reminding smokers looking to quit to put down the cigarette, according to a new study recently published by Oxford University Press’ peer review journal “Nicotine and Tobacco Research.” The study found that Somatix’s SmokeBeat, a wearable body motion detector or BMD, correctly detected more than 80 percent of smoking episodes in a small test group. It also...
By Dave Muoio November 7, 2017
Although most appointment scheduling is still conducted over the phone, the majority of consumers will consult online sources as their primary resource when seeking and choosing a new healthcare provider, according to a recent survey report from Kyruus. This is especially true among younger generations, who are also more likely to book appointments online, place their trust in online reviews, and...
By Dave Muoio November 7, 2017
Fitbit devices will be the first wearables used in the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, an ambitious longitudinal study ultimately aiming to collect the baseline characteristics of 1 million or more Americans. The wearable manufacturer announced that The Participant Center — a unit led by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) tasked with enrolling diverse...
By Laura Lovett November 7, 2017
Monitoring sleep disorders while traveling just became easier this week after the San Diego based company, ResMed announced that the AirMini, a miniature CPAP device, will now to be able to connect to the AirView, a remote patient monitoring platform. The new feature allows clinicians to remotely monitor patients’ nightly data, verify adherence and find therapy issues, according to the press...
By Jonah Comstock November 7, 2017
Existing digital health products, if deployed comprehensively across the country, could save the US $7 billion a year in healthcare spending, according to a new report from IQVIA, which until yesterday was known as Quintiles/IMS Health. “For the first time we’ve sought to create a model that looks across five different patient population groups where there’s been a proven reduction in acute care...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2017
Brown University researchers have announced a partnership with Hasbro to add medication reminders, basic artificial intelligence, and other capabilities to the toymaker’s Joy for All Companion Pets, a collection of animatronic cats and dogs intended to relieve loneliness and improve mental health among older adults. The Affordable Robotic Intelligence for Elderly Support (ARIES) project looks to...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2017
Johnson & Johnson has announced a suite of digital tools designed for patients preparing to undergo or recovering from knee, hip, and weight loss surgery. The Health Partner platform consists of three tools — a website, mobile app, and care portal — all of which are interconnected to provide patients adaptive education and surgery support. Along with offering providers a means to interact...