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By Laura Lovett January 31, 2018
In a recent case study published in European Radiology Experimental, surgeons at St. Mary’s Hospital in London used Microsoft HoloLens to overlay images of CT scans onto patients' legs during reconstructive lower limb surgery.  "We are one of the first groups in the world to use the HoloLens successfully in the operating theatre," Dr. Philip Pratt, a research fellow in the department of surgery...
By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2018
A new large-scale study shows that interactive, tailored text messages can improve medication adherence by 14 percent. "The program results far exceed our expectations with 44 percent refill rate in the text message group as compared to 30 percent in the non-text group," Rena Brar Prayaga, the paper’s corresponding author and a behavioral data scientist at mPulse Mobile, said in a statement. "In...
By Laura Lovett January 30, 2018
As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate the United States both state and federal agencies are turning to digital health innovators to look for solutions. Most recently, Ohio has hosted the first round of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge, which brought innovators from across the country to the state. All of the winners of the first phase used digital health to address the crisis.  Ohio...
By Laura Lovett January 30, 2018
Communicating with patients can be tough. Reminder pamphlets often go straight into the rubbish and emails are deleted before they are read. But one doctor found that chatbots could be a key to patient outreach.  Brett Swenson, MD, is no stranger to digital health. He runs a concierge practice in Arizona and started working with EMRs about 20 years ago when they were first introduced. He said he...
By Dave Muoio January 29, 2018
In 2016, Opternative, a Chicago-based telehealth startup offering online refractive eye exams, opened a lawsuit against South Carolina’s Board of Medical Examiners and Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation alleging that a newly passed law restricting online eye exams was protectionist, unconstitutional legislation. On Friday, Judge DeAndrea Benjamin of the Fifth Judicial Circuit in...
By Laura Lovett January 29, 2018
Health care technology company Zebra today released its “2022 Hospital Vision Study,” which anticipates the top three trends in the industry will be remote monitoring, telehealth and artificial intelligence.  The study also predicts a growing number of healthcare workers using mobile health — by 2022, 97 percent of bedside nurses and 98 percent of physicians will be using mobile devices, it...
By Dave Muoio January 28, 2018
Omada Health has made plans with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Wake Forest University to conduct the largest randomized controlled study of a digital diabetes prevention tool yet, according to the digital therapeutic company. “What’s really exciting about this clinical trial is that we also are studying how best to integrate effective, scalable preventive services,...
By Laura Lovett January 28, 2018
Answering those very personal questions at the doctors office can seem a little too close for comfort for a lot patients, and doubly so for many teens. But a new app launching today, called Docket, aims to give patients an alternative way to answer those questions, while offering providers an easier way to collect patients’ health data.  “What we really honing in on is the problem of patient-...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2018
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has partnered with South Korean medical device company EOFlow to accelerate the development of EOPatch, the company's wearable insulin pump. "JDRF is working hard to reduce the burden of living with Type 1 diabetes while we search for ways to cure this disease," Jaime Giraldo, Ph.D., research scientist at JDRF, said in a statement. "Innovation in...
By Laura Lovett January 25, 2018
A new augment reality technology will let doctors go a step beyond a normal exam and take a look under their patients’ skin. Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a device called ProjectDR, which lets doctors display CT scans and MRI data directly onto a patient’s body. The images will also move when the patient moves.  “It can be quite difficult to know the internal structure...