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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...
By MobiHealthNews April 6, 2018
In the last quarter the FDA gave the nod to 10 digital health devices. Innovations that aimed to help diabetes management were popular, ranging from the first integrated continuous glucose monitor, which was put out by Dexcom, to Glooko’s insulin titration tool.  Not all FDA news this quarter was good news. In February Roche’s Accu-Check Connect Diabetes Management App was recalled by the FDA for...
By Dave Muoio April 4, 2018
Pfizer announced today that it is receiving applications for its Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London competitive grant. This is the second time that Pfizer has held the startup-focused program, which representatives from biopharmaceutical company said had a strong inaugural year in 2017. “Following the success of the 2017 UK Hub, I’m delighted to continue the program again this year,” Erik Nordkamp,...
By Beth Jones Sanborn April 4, 2018
It is no secret that millennials are a driving force in society today, and a new survey shows that their demands and behaviors differ from baby boomer and Gen Xers, and could reshape the healthcare industry especially when it comes to primary care and telehealth. The 2017 Employee Benefit Research Institute/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey was conducted online...
By Laura Lovett April 4, 2018
Last year Katherine Kaiser graduated from Stanford University, incidentally meaning she also “graduated” from the Stanford health system. It was time to shop around for new doctors in her area, but that meant her medical records would potentially be scattered across different healthcare systems.  An analyst at a healthcare consulting firm, Kaiser is always tracking new tech. So she was interested...
By Laura Lovett April 4, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the year Livongo was founded. It has also been updated to accurately reflect the company's funding history.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has secured its place as a digital health player with the announcement that it is launching a new portfolio of digital tools is it calling its Emerging Solutions platform. The initial offerings...
By Bill Siwicki April 3, 2018
The American Academy of Family Physicians and virtual care technology vendor Zipnosis are embarking on a partnership that will offer a virtual healthcare platform to AAFP's 129,000 members. The telemedicine tech provides an online diagnosis and treatment system that would enable AAFP members to offer their patients easy access to care by connecting them virtually with their family physician. AAFP...
By Dave Muoio April 3, 2018
A partnership between Louisville, Kentucky city leaders, a non-profit, and digital respiratory health company Propeller Health has led to clear improvements in local asthmatic residents’ inhaler use and symptoms, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs.  Furthermore, data collected and made available through the digital respiratory health company’s crowdsourced platform offered...

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