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By Jonah Comstock June 2, 2017
A new, extensive report from Ericsson predicts that 5G connectivity will be increasingly important in healthcare as patients start to demand more connected care through wearables, apps, and telehealth. The report represents the results of two surveys carried out in Germany, Japan, South Korea, the UK and the US. The first was a survey of 4,500 advanced smartphone users. The sample is not...
By Heather Mack June 2, 2017
It’s been six years since IBM first alluded to plans to build artificially intelligent physician’s assistant. Even as that mission became more concrete with a formal launch of the health-focused Watson and years of near-constant announcements and partnerships, it still hasn’t been clear just exactly what impact the cognitive computing program will have on healthcare. But newly shared data could...
By Jonah Comstock June 1, 2017
Two direct primary care providers have shut down this year, with the latest, Qliance, planning to close its doors on June 15th. Turntable Health shut down in January. A piece in Medical Economics points out that Qliance was one of the pioneers in the field of direct primary care, and quotes experts wondering whether its demise paints a larger picture of the viability of the business model. "As...
By Heather Mack June 1, 2017
Digital diabetes management company Glooko and device maker Dexcom have expanded their partnership, effectively creating on-demand access to continuous glucose monitor data for both physicians and patients who use the two companies’ products. Glooko and Dexcom began working together in June 2015, when Glooko first began integrating CGMs and insulin pumps into its platform. But for the past two...
By Jonah Comstock May 31, 2017
The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI), Canada’s largest cardiac center, is the latest hospital to use SeamlessMD’s mobile patient engagement and care management system. Notably it’s the first cardiac center in North America to use the technology.  Toronto-based SeamlessMD makes a suite of mobile products aimed at patients recovering from surgery. The platform helps patients and providers track a...
By Heather Mack May 30, 2017
Back pain may be one of the most common human afflictions, but treatment for the condition is often unsuccessful due to a number of reasons including backlogs in the healthcare system because of physician shortages or antiquated IT systems, patients who don’t fully understand their condition or how to manage it, and inadequate treatment plans that don’t lend themselves to interventions when they...
May 30, 2017
A recent report from security firm WhiteScope describes more than 8,600 flaws in pacemaker systems and the third-party libraries that power various components of the devices. The broad list of flaws includes a lack of encryption and authentication, simple bugs in the code and poor design that can put patient lives at risk. These vulnerabilities were associated with outdated libraries used in...
By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2017
In the State of Texas, a major piece of telemedicine legislation is sitting on Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. Known as Senate Bill 1107 and House Bill 2697, the bill abolishes the requirement that patient-physician relationships be established with an in-person visit before telemedicine can be used. (Update: As expected, Abbott signed the bill on Saturday.) Texas is the final state of 50 to abolish...
By Heather Mack May 24, 2017
While behavioral health and physical health have historically been thought of (and treated) as completely separate areas of care, the simple fact is there just aren’t as many healthcare professionals who specialize in the mind as there are who treat the body. But nearly 70 percent of American adults who have a behavioral health condition also have a medical co-morbidity, which led the Bronx, New...
By Bernie Monegain May 24, 2017
Salt-Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare has joined American Well’s online care marketplace, best known as “the Exchange.” Through the Exchange, Intermountain will make its nurse practitioners and physician assistants available for patient telehealth visits on Amwell. The offering is available now to patients living in Utah, and soon will also be available to patients in Idaho. Intermountain...