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By Laura Lovett February 7, 2018
When Amanda Greene goes to the doctor she is prepared. She has her iPad, email print-outs and her EHR login ready for the physician. Greene has multiple chronic illnesses and sees a variety of doctors for treatment. But there is no way for her different doctors to connect her medical records, forcing Greene to fill in the gaps. “I’m not just a full-time patient but a full-time care manager,”...
By Laura Lovett February 7, 2018
A new study from Cardiogram suggests that ordinary wearables like Fitbit and Apple watches can detect diabetes and other medical conditions when integrated with Cardiogram’s DeepHeart app.  “Twenty-four percent of people with diabetes, and 88.4 percent with pre-diabetes, don't realize they have it,” Brandon Ballinger, CEO of Cardiogram, told MobiHealthNews in an email. “We don't want to turn...
By Dave Muoio February 6, 2018
Wellness program technology firm Vitality Group today announced the launch of its Gateway program, a series of partnerships that brings digital chronic care, mental health care, and other wellness offerings to its US corporate membership. Through the program, employee members will gain access to seven health companies’ offerings: Vida Health, a digital chronic care coaching company; Headspace, a...
By Jonah Comstock February 6, 2018
Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts has launched a new app-based initiative to try to keep patients from coming back to the hospital’s cardiology department. The hospital has teamed up with Twine Health to launch a program that virtually connects patients with a health coach who helps them stick to their goals. “I’ve been a cardiologist for 10 years and in my clinic I’m always frustrated...
By Laura Lovett February 6, 2018
Yesterday the Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a comment broadly criticizing the FDA’s recent CDS draft guidance, noting that the draft would expand the scope of FDA regulations, and that it fails to take a risk-based approach, lumping in many low-risk programs already on the market.  “The resulting overregulation would be to the detriment of patient care,” CDS Coalition Leader...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2018
Empatica's Embrace, the consumer-facing wearable for epileptic seizure detection, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA last month. The wearable, which has already been used in clinical trials by pharma company Sunovion, has a long history that's led it up to this milestone. The clearance is as a prescription, not an over-the-counter device, which means users will have to secure a prescription...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2018
When people think about direct-to-consumer telemedicine, they often think of video visits or phone calls. But Kaiser Permanente Colorado has discovered that, for the integrated system, a simple text chat is an easier sell — as its impressive uptake numbers demonstrate. “We trialed this as a mechanism by which we would be able to help our members avoid unnecessary ER visits, but it has turned into...
By Dave Muoio February 2, 2018
As the calendar turns to February, the beleaguered US healthcare system continues to battle an influenza season considered by Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance officials to be among the worst of this decade. According to the public health agency’s most recent numbers, which include all cases of the disease reported to the CDC by January 20, this year’s flu season has seen a total of 11...
By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2018
The Apple Heart Study — which began enrollment at the end of November — has now begun data collection, with participants receiving prompts over the weekend to sign informed consent documents and initiate data collection. That document also reveals some new details about how Apple plans to use data collected during the study.  “This study is part of the development of a new investigational device...
By Dave Muoio February 1, 2018
Professionals working day to day in care facilities will make an unmatched impact on their patients’ health, but much of that work is driven, for better or worse, by decisions made on Capitol Hill.  While many may feel ineffective when faced with sweeping decrees from lawmakers or health agencies, Jeff Coughlin, senior director of federal and state affairs at HIMSS, said that he wants to remind...