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By Heather Mack April 17, 2017
Verily has debuted a new health-tracking wearable designed for use in a series of observational and longitudinal studies. With the aptly dubbed Study Watch – which is not available for consumer purchase – the Alphabet subsidiary formerly known as Google Life Sciences aims to push new boundaries in the size, scope and sophistication of wearable data-gathering. Featuring numerous physiological and...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2017
Nanobiosym, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based digital health company whose Gene-RADAR scanner won the Nokia Sensing X Prize a few years ago, has been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for its Zika Virus Test.  EUA is a special clearance pathway the FDA uses for devices that address an immediate public health crisis like Zika. Devices authorized under EUA aren’t cleared or...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2017
Boston Children’s Hospital held its second Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator Innovator’s Showcase yesterday, inviting more than 20 startups working with the hospital in some capacity to network and share their work with each other. At the event, the company also kicked off its newest open innovation challenge, which focuses specifically on clinical decision support.  “The idea there is we...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2017
Apple has even more secret health aspirations than anyone realized, according to reporting by Christina Farr for CNBC yesterday. Citing sources inside the company, Farr reports that Apple has a small offsite team dedicated to diabetes research that's been working for about five years. The goal is one many other tech companies are working on but no one's close to cracking: noninvasive, continuous...
By Heather Mack April 12, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin-based EnsoData has received FDA clearance for its sleep analysis software called EnsoSleep, which uses machine learning to analyze sleep quality and aide in diagnosis of sleep or respiratory-related sleep disorders. EnsoSleep, which began as a research effort between founders Chris Fernandez and Sam Rusk while they were students at the University of Wisconsin Madison, is...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2017
Hospital wayfinding app company Connexient has deployed its app at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. The hospital is part of Mercy Health, a health system with 180 locations across Ohio and Kentucky. The app, which runs on Connexient's MediNav platform, is called "Right this Way". It offers detailed indoor maps to help patients navigate the hospital which can pinpoint the user's location...
By Heather Mack April 11, 2017
Every death tells a story, both about the deceased and the population around them. But the longer it takes for the Centers for Disease Control to get those details, the more muddled the story gets and the less valuable the vital statistics data at the center of it become. Rather than contend with the lengthy process holding up efficient death reporting, disease surveillance, and prevention, the...
By Heather Mack April 11, 2017
While diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults in the United States – and one of the most common complications from all types of diabetes – early detection and treatment can reduce that risk by up to 95 percent. However, the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy among uninsured safety net patients at the Los Angeles Department of Health Services– which has the...
By Heather Mack April 10, 2017
While there may be considerable variation in telemedicine policies and reimbursement models from state to state, standards in some specialized types of telemedicine should be consistent, according to new practice guidelines from the American Telemedicine Association. The ATA released guidelines based on clinical and empirical research that outline educational basics and operational references for...
By Mike Miliard April 10, 2017
The University of Nebraska Medical Center has broken ground on a new $119 million facility meant to help physicians and nurses train for next-generation care delivery using emerging virtual and augmented reality technology. The Omaha-based Davis Global Center will deploy various simulation platforms to help optimize medical training for clinicians, with an eye toward ultimately improving quality...