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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...
By Dave Muoio October 18, 2017
As telehealth becomes more prevalent among US healthcare institutions, states are rolling out or modifying their laws to better define regulatory frameworks specifically affecting remote delivery of care. In fact, every state but Connecticut and Massachusetts has made substantive legal changes to how telehealth is delivered in the past year, with some taking specific actions to better define the...
By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2017
Pear Therapeutics announced today that reSET-O, a digital therapeutic for opioid use disorder, has received an Expedited Access Pathway (EAP) designation from the FDA. The EAP designation doesn't mean that the FDA has cleared the product, only that it has committed to fast-tracking it through the clearance process because of its timely public health value.  “The opioid epidemic continues to...
By Bill Siwicki October 18, 2017
The Allscripts EHR now can link with healthcare information and appointment booking app Zocdoc through the latter's participation as an integrator in the Allscripts Developer Program. This will enable a connection by API between Zocdoc’s online scheduling platform and Allscripts’ clinical scheduling software. The integration will improve real-time booking for patients through Zocdoc and will...
By Bill Siwicki October 18, 2017
Remote patient monitoring company Medtronic Care Management Services  is partnering with telemedicine technology and services vendor American Well to enable a complete telehealth system focused on the unique needs of the complex, chronic, co-morbid patient population. The businesses will work together to enable patient access to American Well’s telemedicine services on Medtronic Care Management...
By Jonah Comstock October 17, 2017
Fifty-nine percent of American adults used a website like WebMD to look up symptoms instead of visiting a primary care physician, according to a new survey, while only 12 percent used telemedicine in place of primary care. The data comes from the University of Phoenix College of Health Professionals, which completed an online survey of 2,201 individuals across a range of demographic backgrounds....
By Dave Muoio October 17, 2017
A new iPhone app launched for free by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) looks not only to bring convenient postpartum depression (PPD) screening to more expecting and postpartum women, but also looks to redefine the gold standard for post-partum depression diagnosis. Developed by researchers from MGH’s Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health, the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale (...
By Dave Muoio October 16, 2017
A novel artificial pancreas (AP) system with a smartphone backbone could automatically monitor and adjust patients' glucose levels with little to no hassle, according to a new clinical study published in the journal Diabetes Care. Unlike previously examined AP systems, the newest iteration — which consists of an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring receiver, a Bluetooth-connected...
By Dave Muoio October 16, 2017
Seattle-based Wellpepper, developers of a digital patient engagement service, have been announced the winners of the Alexa Diabetes Challenge for their voice-enabled diabetes support platform Sugarpod. Consisting of a scale, foot scanner, and mobile interface along with a Amazon Alexa voice functionality, Sugarpod is designed to support type 2 diabetes care plans by integrating engagement and...