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By Heather Mack March 29, 2017
San Francisco startup Carbon Health is a lot of things. In a small part, it is a primary care clinic, but that is mainly the testing ground for its much larger ambition: to be the largest virtual health system – 100 percent mobile – by integrating with provider networks and their payers as well as pharmacies, labs and all the backend technology that goes into healthcare delivery. Now, a little...
By Jeff Lagasse March 27, 2017
As lawmakers on Capitol Hill wrangle over the fate of the Affordable Care Act and its would-be replacement, the American Health Care Act, the National Academy of Medicine said its four main priorities for fixing the country's healthcare industry include continuing the shift from fee-for-service to value based payment models; empowering people to be fully engaged in their healthcare decisions;...
By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2017
Two of the biggest digital health patent cases in recent years -- Jawbone versus Fitbit and Teladoc vs American Well -- were ultimately decided based on the precedent set by a 2014 Supreme Court case called Alice v CLS Bank. Two experts at Fenwick & West LLP, writing for the patent law blog IP Watchdog, believe that Alice has led to the rejection of many digital health patent applications as...
By Bill Siwicki March 24, 2017
As the U.S. healthcare landscape transforms and value-based care and other alternative payment models take root, the need to improve the health and care of individuals and subsequently populations of individuals becomes all the more acute. This is why more healthcare organizations are launching population health management programs and investing in technologies to support these programs. “...
By Bill Siwicki March 24, 2017
UCHealth in Denver tested CareLoop’s real-time social feed of information and messages and found that 96 percent of patients responded well to the experience. The feed, which is akin to Facebook for emergency departments, delivers messages from caregivers, questions from patients, test results, explanation of care delivered, what to expect next and more. This way, patients have a live feed giving...
By Heather Mack March 23, 2017
Scientists have developed a method to test for male infertility that doesn't require much more than a smartphone. By building an app and pairing with a custom-made 3D-printed case that can magnify sperm and reveal the number of sperm and their motility, researchers at Harvard Medical School affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General have devised a cheap, quick and...
By Tom Sullivan March 23, 2017
DX: Hospital executives and IT pros might as well get used to those initials, which analyst house IDC and some others use to refer to "digital transformation." While DX is not an entirely new concept, IDC just projected that the overall DX market will blast off toward $20 trillion in short order, representing more than 20 percent of GDP. Global GDP, that is. IDC determined that fewer than 5...
By Heather Mack March 23, 2017
Women recovering from breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy may be just fine checking in with their doctors via their smartphone rather than having to visit in person, a small study published in JAMA Surgery suggested.   Surgeons at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto randomly assigned 65 post-operative women to either attend planned follow-up visits with their doctor at one...
By Heather Mack March 22, 2017
The University of Essex has a plan to save the National Health Services billions of pounds per year: outsource treatment of minor ailments to a fleet of automated, AI-powered general practitioners, available right on a smartphone. Through a partnership with digital and social media company Orbital Media and Innovate UK, a group of developers, data scientists and research will collaborate for 30...
By Jonah Comstock March 22, 2017
A new study from UCSF -- one part of the organizations's extensive Health eHeart study -- shows that geofencing (using cellphone triangulation and GPS data to determine a person's location) can be used to track hospitalization with 65 percent accuracy and reasonable sensitivity. The findings were recently published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and...