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By Dave Muoio January 5, 2018
To achieve the full promises of digital health, the future of healthcare technology will inevitably revolve around unobtrusive monitoring, convenient care, and more efficient management of data, argues Juhan Sonin, director of application design firm GoInvo and a lecturer at MIT. “Humans don’t want to think about health or healthcare in general. They don’t. We’re biologically switched to only...
By Dave Muoio January 4, 2018
Mobile textile company Sensoria Health (an independent strategic partnership between Sensoria Fitness and Genesis Rehab Services) and diabetic mobility garment maker Optima Molliter are collaborating on a smart footwear product capable of measuring diabetes patients’ compliance to prescribed mechanical offloading protocols. “By combining the best innovations in diabetic footwear technology and...
January 4, 2018
The U.S. Senate passed the Veterans in E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act) on Wednesday evening, bipartisan legislation designed to expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ telehealth programs and allow VA providers to cross state lines to practice telemedicine. The legislation is crucial to the VA’s Anywhere to Anywhere telehealth program introduced by VA Secretary Dr....
By Dave Muoio January 3, 2018
Behavioral health startup Quartet Health was at the heart of a bevy of announcements today that included the conclusion of a $40 million Series C funding round, the appointment of three executives to its board of directors, and a collaboration with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey that brings the service into a sixth state. “Making collaboration between primary care physicians...
By Jonah Comstock January 3, 2018
A study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association shows that in one patient population, use or non use of a patient portal had no statistically significant effect on 30-day readmissions or 30-day mortality. The retrospective analysis of more than 17,000 patients is interesting in that it's the first study of patient portals to look for effects on...
By Dave Muoio January 3, 2018
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at HHS announced that will be conducting a challenge competition this fall focused on developing new tools focused on patient-reported outcome (PRO) data. Specifically, the agency hopes to find user-friendly tools that will better enable collection of the data, as well as its integration into EHRs or other health IT products. “The patient's...
By Dave Muoio January 3, 2018
A newly announced collaboration between the Mayo Clinic and Corindus Vascular Robotics may pave the way for off-site coronary procedures. The partnership, backed by a recent grant awarded to the clinic, will take the form of a multi-phase preclinical investigation of the feasibility of telestenting — robotic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures conducted remotely. PCI is a non-...
By Jonah Comstock January 2, 2018
Citing anonymous sources within Apple, reports in Bloomberg and the New York Times over the past weeks continue to add to the pile of leaks and rumors about two of Apple's currently under-development health devices: a wrist-worn glucose sensor and an EKG built into the Apple Watch. Combined with Apple's public efforts like the Stanford Heart study, previously documented conversations with the FDA...
By Bernie Monegain January 2, 2018
MedStar Health announced that it will begin offering expectant mothers a “Mommy Kit” containing an iPhone app, wireless weight scale, and wireless blood pressure cuff.  The not-for-profit health system in Maryland and the Washington, DC area, said it joined forces with startup Babyscripts . The kit can be used to generate patient data that, in turn, is captured and transmitted automatically to...
By Laura Lovett January 2, 2018
Using an artificial pancreas (closed-loop control system) could make it easier for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes to participate in intensive outdoor physical activities, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.  The study, which had participants ski or snowboard for five days, found that subjects who used an artificial pancreas maintained a healthy blood sugar level more of the time...