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By Jonah Comstock October 23, 2017
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon and Touch Surgery have launched a Virtual Residency Program for surgery students, a new use case for the simulated surgery app launched last fall. The program pre-launched in April and currently has 75 organizations enrolled. "Ethicon is committed to supporting the continuing educational needs of residents and surgeons by providing access to innovative...
By Dave Muoio October 23, 2017
The FDA has cleared Abbott’s Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), an implantable device that continuously tracks patients’ heart rhythms and sends the data to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. With the clearance, Abbott will soon be rolling out the device in the US. The Confirm Rx ICM is placed just under the skin of the chest in a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. Encrypted data...
By Bill Siwicki October 20, 2017
Health IT company Wellbe is expanding its online patient navigation and engagement platform by partnering with Physiotec and Staywell. Physiotec delivers online rehabilitation programs and Staywell delivers a comprehensive library of guidelines-based content. In the face of the converging forces of consumerism and value-based care, hospitals are seeking to enable robust patient participation in...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2017
In the third quarter of 2017, we saw a lot of news from hospitals launching new digital health initiatives. Many hospitals and health systems partnered with digital health startups for pilots or full deployments, and a few launched their own offerings developed in house. Large health systems also participated in research activities to validate digital health technologies. Read on for a round-up...
By MobiHealthNews October 20, 2017
Led by a new commissioner in Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA had a busy few months with a handful of digital and mobile technologies getting cleared in the third quarter of 2017. Consumer-focused diabetes and pain management offerings were prominent, but but by and large the clearances hit a multitude of clinical concerns and, of note, even included the first software-only digital therapeutic....
By Mike Miliard October 19, 2017
Genomic sequencing has come a long way in a short time, and its potential to drive even faster innovations in precision medicine is enormous. To capitalize on that opportunity, however, health systems need data – lots of it, from all sorts of people. Kaiser Permanente has been building a biobank with genomic data and other health information from hundreds of thousands of patients from across its...
By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2017
The Thrive Innovation Center in Louisville, Kentucky opened today. The Center is a nonprofit dedicated to showcasing new aging in place technologies in partnership with tech companies like Samsung, CDW Healthcare, Lenovo, and Aruba, as well as a number of aging tech startups. "We really wanted to create a center that was more of an experiential center, not a tradeshow floor," CEO and Executive...
By Dave Muoio October 19, 2017
A multidisciplinary group of researchers have detailed a novel infectious disease diagnostic platform that relies on the user’s smartphone to provide point-of-care screening. Housed within a portable 3D-printed cradle, the tool uses the smartphone and an app to interpret real-time images of a microfluidic chip embedded on credit card-like cartridge. Researchers say it's the only point-of-care...
By Dave Muoio October 19, 2017
Argentinian ambulance doctors are using WhatsApp to fasttrack their patients’ care. Study data presented at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology’s 2017 conference suggests that using the free messaging app to send diagnostic electrocardiograms (ECGs) directly to a hospital’s catheterization lab allowed heart attack patients to bypass the emergency department and reduce mortality. “We found that...
By Dave Muoio October 18, 2017
Efforts to build artificial pancreas (AP) systems under open protocols will get a boost from JDRF, a multinational group that funds Type 1 diabetes research and other programs. The organization has announced a new initiative to not only provide funds for these DIY and frequently reverse engineered projects, but will also provide the regulatory and liability guidance necessary for a public release...