Provider

By Jonah Comstock August 22, 2017
Seattle-based Pivot Health launched out of beta today with the mission of using technology to help healthcare providers find jobs — and to help healthcare organizations find qualified clinicians. “On average it takes more than four months for a clinician to change jobs or for a hospital to find talent — and that is the longest time to fill for pretty much any industry,” founder Simon Frey told...
By Jonah Comstock August 21, 2017
Quartet Health, a behavioral health technology company backed by Google Ventures that has worked with major insurers like Humana and Premera Blue Cross, is embarking on a its first large-scale partnership with a provider organization: California’s Sutter Health. The arrangement is part of a larger push on Sutter’s part to better integrate its mental and physical healthcare. “This very archaic way...
By Jonah Comstock August 21, 2017
A new study published today in Annals of Internal Medicine and sponsored by Dexcom shows that a continuous glucose monitor could lower the HbA1c scores of people with Type 2 diabetes, and that acceptance of the technology is high among that group as well. Right now, continuous glucose monitoring is a technology mostly used by people with Type 1 diabetes, many of whom administer insulin via an...
By Jeff Lagasse August 21, 2017
IBM and JDRF, a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research, are joining forces. The collaboration will develop machine learning methods and use them to analyze years of Type 1 research data to pinpoint the factors that can contribute to the onset of the condition in children.   Type 1 diabetes  -- T1D for short -- affects about 1.25 million Americans, and to date does not have a cure....
By Mike Miliard August 21, 2017
Fruit Street Health, a New York City-based telemedicine company, says it's the first organization to be recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deliver its National Diabetes Prevention Program through classes delivered by live video feed. The DPP is based on research that found people at risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the its onset by losing a modest amount of...
August 17, 2017
A recent study from the University of Wisconsin found that encouraging patients to use online care options increases the number of office visits and phone calls and reduces the number of new patients providers can accept. The reason? These providers feel an added obligation to see those patients in person. The study, which covered five years of healthcare encounters for over 140,000 patients with...
By Jeff Lagasse August 16, 2017
Diabetes therapy management software company Glytec has just secured its fourth FDA clearance, adding a slew of capabilities to its Glucommander product, the core of its eGlycemic Management System.   This latest FDA clearance incorporates some of the product enhancements that have been suggested by the company’s user community, including a titration module designed expressly for inpatients...
By Jeff Lagasse August 15, 2017
Parents of growing children have a checklist of things to monitor: ears, eyes, body temperature, the works. Yet aside from scheduling a visit with the doctor, there aren’t a whole lot of ways to check for signs of scoliosis. That’s where SpineScreen enters the picture.   Developed by Shriner’s Hospital for Children, SpineScreen is a free app available from the app store and Google Play. It...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2017
Touchscreen insulin pump maker Tandem Diabetes announced a new clinical trial for an insulin pump with a predictive low glucose suspend (PLGS) algorithm. Another step on the road to an artificial pancreas, PLGS allows Tandem to automatically suspend insulin delivery when it predicts low glucose and resume it when glucose starts to rise again. “The start of this pivotal trial is another important...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2017
Alphabet (the Google parent company formerly known as Google) has acquired a small, Seattle-based startup called Senosis Health, according to Geekwire, which broke the story on Sunday. Senosis, which had only recently come out of stealth mode, may not be a company many have heard of, but its founder Shwetak Patel, a professor at the University of Washington and a visiting researcher at Microsoft...