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By Dave Muoio April 26, 2018
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have detailed a wearable device that can better measure muscle-tendon tension during certain activities, such as walking or running. The prototype device, which has so far been tested on the Achilles, patellar, and hamstring tendons, represents a feasible, non-invasive alternative to tendon tension measurement, and with additional work could...
By Laura Lovett April 26, 2018
This morning healthcare AI company Qure.ai announced the launch of its new AI technology which can identify bleeds, fractures, and other critical abnormalities in the head CT scans.  “Qure.ai’s new head CT scan technology rapidly screens scans in under 10 seconds to detect, localize, and quantify abnormalities, as well as assess their severity,” Prashant Warier, cofounder and CEO of Qure.ai, said...
By Dave Muoio April 25, 2018
A study published yesterday in JAMA found that, compared to normal care, a home-based exercise program employing wearables and telephone coaching did not help patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) improve their walking performance over a nine-month period. In fact, those undergoing the interventional program reported increased pain compared to those undergoing normal care. Blood vessel...
By Laura Lovett April 25, 2018
The name Nvidia usually creates a synapse to the video game industry — or more recently the self-driving car business. But now the computer hardware company is looking to get a foothold in the healthcare industry.  Last month at the GPU Technology Conference the company revealed plans for a new AI platform called Clara, which will use AI to create a virtual medical imaging platform.  “What we are...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2018
Researchers at Washington State University have invented a new smartphone-based portable hardware and software platform for detecting 12 common viral and bacterial infections. The work was published in the journal Clinica Chimica Acta. In a trial of 771 patient samples conducted at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, researchers were able to detect infections including mumps, measles...
By Dave Muoio April 25, 2018
An analysis of Doctor On Demand administrative data conducted by the RAND Corporation suggests that patients turning to direct-to-consumer telemedicine services in the days following natural disasters such as hurricanes are most often seeking routine care and guidance, as opposed to treatment for new issues prompted by the storms. Still, the data suggest that the service (which Doctor On Demand,...
By Susan Morse April 25, 2018
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday announced changes to overhaul the meaningful use EHR incentive program, including equipping patients with access to their electronic health records on the day they leave the hospital. Indeed, it starts with a new moniker: meaningful use is being renamed “Promoting Interoperability.” The proposed rules and request for...
By Dave Muoio April 24, 2018
Today, Bothell, Washington-based Steth IO announced the launch of its smartphone-based digital stethoscope. The product, also named Steth IO, is built directly into the protective case of a physician’s iPhone (models 6 and higher), allowing them to listen to and measure heart rates or lung sounds by running an app and holding the phone up to a patient’s chest. The device was cleared by the FDA in...
By Laura Lovett April 23, 2018
San Francisco-based startup Luma Health this morning released its two-way communication chatbot, called Care Pathway Messaging. The new services offers a messaging system for patients and providers.  “I would define it was as the Swiss Army knife of clinical messaging,” Dr. Tashfeen Ekram, cofounder and chief medical officer, told MobiHealthNews. “[The system] allows us to be able to send highly...
By Dave Muoio April 23, 2018
Researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed a low-cost, single-use tattoo-like wearable that measures the user’s glucose levels. According to a release from the institution, this noninvasive technology will be at the center of a newly announced pilot clinical trial designed to test the accuracy and acceptability of the tattoos. “Drawing blood is uncomfortable. No one...

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