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By Jonah Comstock November 3, 2017
Wearables and remote patient monitoring are being used more and more in hospitals, but barriers to their use still persist. At the Connected Health Conference in Boston last week, doctors and industry insiders went back and forth on how useful wearables are today, as well as offering a range of insights on what still needs to happen before they’re more widely deployed. Dr. James Mault, chief...
By Dave Muoio November 3, 2017
Aging care was a frequent topic among the panels and sessions hosted at last week’s Connected Healthcare Conference in Boston. Amidst conversations on remote care, new technology adoption, and other issues of wellness affecting seniors, speakers argued again and again that thoughtfully designed technologies will increasingly be needed to address a patient group that shows no signs of shrinking. “...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2017
Preliminary results from a large clinical trial suggest that Ava Health’s fertility detecting wearable could someday be used to detect pregnancy. The research, conducted at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, was presented this week at the annual conference of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. “We started Ava with the intention of looking at physiological parameters to detect...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2017
On Fitbit’s third quarter earnings call yesterday, the company shared that, between spending cuts and the launch of the its long-awaited smartwatch, the company is pulling out of the earnings slump it’s been experiencing. The call also saw CEO James Park talking more than ever about the fitness wearable’s clinical applications and the ways in which those ambitions are coming to fruition. This...
By Jonah Comstock November 1, 2017
While its easy to think of voice apps as just another platform to develop apps for, voice interfaces offer a whole new way of interacting with consumers and present their own host of design challenges. At the Connected Health Conference in Boston last week, three healthcare developers talked about their experience developing voice apps in healthcare, and where they think the technology is going...
By Jonah Comstock October 31, 2017
Dublin, Ireland-based patientMpower has inked a deal with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to deploy its personal health record and care management app to 30 kidney transplant patients. The announcement was timed with Kidney Week, the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology. “We started with an original idea around medication adherence,” patientMpower CEO Eamon Costello told...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2017
Fitbit’s wearables are at the heart of recent announcements from diabetes self-management platform One Drop and the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Civic Wellbeing. The first reveals an upcoming integration that will allow users to view Fitbit device data from within the One Drop Mobile app, while the latter describes a public health initiative that will provide residents of the city with Fitbit...
By Jonah Comstock October 31, 2017
New York City and Guilford, Connecticut-based Butterfly IQ has received FDA clearance for an iPhone-connected portable ultrasound scanner that uses an easy-to-manufacture semiconductor chip rather than the piezoelectric crystals used by traditional ultrasounds. Because of the semiconductor chip, the device will be offered at a much lower price point than existing ultrasounds, including existing...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2017
Humana has tapped Crestwood, Kentucky-based Revon Systems for a market-wide pilot of the latter’s mobile self-triage platform, the Revon Smart Symptom Tracker. The program aims to help a select population of Medicare Advantage members with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) better assess day-to-day variations in their symptoms. “COPD is characterized by exacerbation, and patients who...
By Tom Sullivan October 30, 2017
The Scripps Research Institute on Wednesday announced a new smartphone app that can calculate a user’s risk of heart disease. Hospitals will want to keep an eye on the research study that Scripps conducts about the effectiveness of giving patients predictions concerning adverse health events and what impact that could have on influencing healthy behaviors and lifestyle changes. Scripps MyGeneRank...