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By Jeff Lagasse August 1, 2017
Schlegel Villages, which operates 19 longterm care and retirement villages across Ontario, Canada, wanted to deliver top-shelf care and amenities to its residents. So it tapped Aruba. Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, operates the Aruba Gigabit wireless network, which Schlegel Villages now uses not only to bolster its care delivery but improve efficiencies for about 4,800 full- and...
By Jeff Lagasse July 31, 2017
Doctors at The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital are testing a high-tech vest which measures fluid inside the lungs from outside a person’s clothing. It could potentially be a new way to prevent repeated trips to the hospital for the nearly six million Americans living with heart failure.   The SensiVest, created by Sensible Medical, uses radar technology that was first used by...
By Jeff Lagasse July 31, 2017
While the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act imploded last week, that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from introducing bills that would make tweaks to the healthcare system in smaller ways. One such bill, sponsored by Reps. Doris Matsui, (D-California), and Bill Johnson, (R-Ohio), would expand the use of telemedicine to reduce costs.   The bill, the Evidence-Based Telehealth...
By Tom Sullivan July 31, 2017
Hospitals are planning to ramp up the use of robots in the next one to three years -- and the momentum will include clinical applications as well as automating simple tasks. “Robots can deliver value by automating manual and laborious tasks,” IDC Health Insights research director Mutaz Shegewi said. “But they will also be increasingly adopted for direct clinical applications and emergent use...
By Heather Mack July 28, 2017
The second quarter of 2017 was full of news from hospitals and other providers. Read on for our roundup of partnerships, deployments, research projects and more. Hospital news Despite ongoing controversy about data management, DeepMind, the AI-focused, UK-based Google subsidiary, announced this quarter that it would roll out its Streams app in a second hospital. The deployment of the app at...
By Jeff Lagasse July 27, 2017
Cardiogram, a startup working on algorithms to make the Apple Watch’s heart rate data clinically actionable, is launching two new features for the Apple Watch that aim to help people stay more active this summer: Leaderboards and Workout Zones. Leaderboards is geared toward those who want to inject some friendly competition into their active lifestyles. Friends can compete with one another and...
By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2017
The FDA is moving forward surprisingly quickly with its plan to create a pre-certification program for digital health app developers, originally announced in a blog post by new FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb last month. Now the agency has opened up applications for a nine-company pilot program to develop the program. The basic goal of the Pre-Cert program, which sets it apart from previous...
By Jeff Lagasse July 27, 2017
More than 500,000 births occur each year in the state of California, but deciding where to get care can often be a difficult process for consumers. That’s where a new partnership between Yelp and the California Health Care Foundation comes in.   Thanks to the partnership, maternity care measures are now being displayed for the roughly 250 hospitals that deliver babies in the state. These measures...
By Jeff Lagasse July 26, 2017
San Francisco-based digital health coaching startup Vida Health has demonstrated in the past that it’s effective at helping people lose weight, but The Journal of Internet Medicine recently published a study from the University of California San Francisco that quantifies this efficacy. Almost 29 percent of participants lost an average of 9.5 percent of their body weight; 86 percent of those with...
By Jeff Lagasse July 26, 2017
Cochlear Limited, which creates implantable hearing devices, has taken a technological leap forward with a device that syncs up with various Apple products. The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, which was approved by the FDA in June, is the first cochlear implant sound solution made specifically for use with iPhones, iPods and iPads; it also has the distinction of being the smallest and lightest behind-...