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By Dave Muoio April 12, 2018
The FDA has granted diagnostics company IDx’s De Novo request to market its AI-based software system for the autonomous detection of diabetic retinopathy in adults who have diabetes, called IDx-DR. This decision represents the first AI-based diagnostic system authorized by the FDA for commercialization in the US that can provide a screening decision without the need for clinician interpretation,...
By Laura Lovett April 11, 2018
Today, artificial intelligence-powered mobile biometric recognition company Element landed $12 million in a Series A funding round led by PTB Ventures and GDP Ventures, with additional participation from a number of large banks and telecom carriers in South East Asia.  “At Element, our mission is to deliver identity to the billions who need it, to help build more efficient and inclusive societies...
By Mike Miliard April 11, 2018
Engineering students at Rice University have created a new iPhone app they say could help patients with Parkinson's manage a symptom of the disease called "freezing," a temporary and involuntary inability to move when the legs are unable to follow the brain's command. Visual, audio or vibratory cues can help overcome that, research has shown, and the Rice developers say their new app offers a...
By Dave Muoio April 11, 2018
A recent survey of 300 primary care physicians who use EHRs found that half of the respondents wanted better access to patient data. The survey, which was commissioned by electronic prescribing and health information company SureScripts and administered online by ORC International during October of last year, also investigated physicians’ opinions on the availability of medication adherence and...
By Laura Lovett April 11, 2018
More mobile devices equal happier patients, according to a survey commissioned by Jamf, an Apple-focused mobile device management company. The survey, which was conducted by third party research group Vanson Bourne, found that 96 percent of healthcare IT decision makers that implemented a mobile device initiative saw a positive impact on the patient experience.  The survey also revealed that more...
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2018
With discussions on consumer data privacy again reaching a head amongst the lay press and lawmakers, it isn’t too far a stretch to wonder whether the data collected continuously through health and fitness wearables is receiving appropriate scrutiny. During a wearables-focused panel discussion held yesterday at PULSE: The Atlantic Summit on Health Care in Boston, top names from Fitbit, Empatica,...
By Jonah Comstock April 10, 2018
Online refractive eye exam company Opternative has launched a new white-labeled service for eye care professionals (ECPs) called EZRx. "The digital refraction (EZRx) and visual acuity screener are licensed to each ECP individually and [are] white-labeled to match the ECP's branding and website flow," Pete Horkan, Opternative's head of US government affairs, told MobiHealthNews in an email. "The...
By Laura Lovett April 10, 2018
This week has spurred some major patent announcements from digital health companies Akili Interactive and Sonde Health, which are both affiliated with PureTech Health, a cross disciplinary biopharma company. The two companies announced they have been granted the rights to multiple international digital health patents. Akili revealed they are developing a technology aimed at using neural...
By Mike Miliard April 10, 2018
The American Medical Association and Google have launched the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge, looking for new ideas about the ways wearable devices and apps can be more effectively monitored and the data shared.  AMA is looking for new projects that show how patient-generated health data can be captured by mobile monitoring devices, transferred to medical practices and...
By Laura Lovett April 9, 2018
Capturing a patient’s experience outside the doctor’s office has been an ongoing struggle when it comes to treating Parkinson’s disease. But now a new smartphone app can now detect the severity of symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease remotely, according to a recent study published by JAMA.  Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Rochester Medical Center and Aston...

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