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By Bill Siwicki January 15, 2018
The trend toward healthcare consumerism increasingly is at the forefront of health system decisions. In growing numbers, patients are making healthcare choices based on the ability of providers to bring value in the form of access and experience. This patient-focused mindset is at the heart of Methodist Medical Group's strategic direction, and a key factor in its decision to launch a new...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
A recent study published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telcare, found that obese patients who had a weekly telemedicine session with a clinician lost significantly more weight than their peers who did not.  “Our findings suggest that health coaching using a telemedicine-based weight loss program may be effective at reducing clinically significant body weight (more than 5 percent) in obese...
By Jonah Comstock January 11, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this story mistated the projected timeline for the combined product. It is Q1 this year, not Q1 next year. WellDoc and Voluntis, two companies with FDA-cleared, clinically validated platforms aimed at the management of Type 2 diabetes, have signed a commercial agreement to combine their technologies and offer joint products in the future. “My thought is that a...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
A new app developed by researchers at the University of Utah may be a tool for helping people living with diabetes change their attitude towards physical activity and increase the time they plan to spend exercising. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, shows that users of this app increased their plans to walk for exercise in the next week by 33.5 minutes.  "I...
By Dave Muoio January 11, 2018
For as much promise as technology shows when it comes to healing the body, equally impressive is its potential for the human mind. New therapeutics and devices have shown evidence of repairing damaged nerve passageways, overcoming cognitive disorders, and simply fine-tuning the healthy brain, so it’s no surprise that innovators are rushing to bring these technologies into the mainstream. “There...
By Dave Muoio January 10, 2018
Opioid abuse is among the most pressing issues in healthcare, so it’s no surprise that the epidemic was a major topic of discussion at CES 2018’s Digital Health Summit. Following a lengthy discussion about the national crisis’ societal factors and specific digital-based interventions, a panel comprised of industry experts and academics repeatedly found themselves in agreement that no one approach...
By Laura Lovett January 10, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this text misstated the source of the funding.  There’s no hard and fast rule to measure pain. It can take a long time for a patient to describe his or her feelings to doctors. But a Toronto-based startup, ManagingLife, has created an app that lets patients with chronic pain track their symptoms. This week the company announced that the app, called Manage My Pain...
By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2018
A group of researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have developed a new ingestible sensor for a novel purpose: investigating the microbiome and gasses in the gut. In a new study published in Nature Electronics, researchers display not only the potential of the new ingestible sensor, but new learnings that suggest, among other things, a previously undiscovered defense system in the...
By Laura Lovett January 10, 2018
Preventative telemedicine could play a key role in helping school-aged children with asthma manage their condition. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, reported that kids who used telemedicine and in-school care for their asthma had fewer visits to the ER than children who used enhanced usual care.  “The telemedicine model is one form of connected care that enhances access to medical...
By Dave Muoio January 9, 2018
Reflexion Health, a company that develops a platform for remote physical therapy, will be working with non-profit Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) to bring virtual rehabilitation to seniors in the latter’s care. Reflexion’s “Stand Tall” program — which was initially funded by a grant from the CDC — will bring the guidance of a professional physical therapist to seniors living in LAJH’s in-residence...