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By Heather Mack March 24, 2017
A year after receiving FDA clearance for their smartphone-connected glucometer, Israel-based DarioHealth is in good shape, reporting record revenues, an increasing user base and big plans to expand with payers, new markets and partnerships to monetize big data. On an earnings call, DarioHealth CEO Erez Raphael told investors the fourth quarter of 2016 “seriously advanced” the company in the...
By Bill Siwicki March 24, 2017
As the U.S. healthcare landscape transforms and value-based care and other alternative payment models take root, the need to improve the health and care of individuals and subsequently populations of individuals becomes all the more acute. This is why more healthcare organizations are launching population health management programs and investing in technologies to support these programs. “...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2017
In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it would cover continuous glucose monitoring for the first time; specifically it would cover therapeutic CGMs, of which the only one currently recognized is the Dexcom G5. That coverage officially kicks in today, now that CMS has issued the billing codes providers can use to get reimbursed. “This is a new era and a huge win...
By Heather Mack March 24, 2017
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan has launched an app-based, 24/7 telemedicine service to offer patients across Pennsylvania video visits from UPMC emergency room nurses and clinicians. Initially launched on desktop in November 2016 to UPMC Health Plan employees, the app version of AnywhereCare is now available to all patients within the state. Even though emergency...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2017
Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, a division of the global pharmaceutical company, used wearable devices in a "social experiment" that forms part of the marketing efforts for Xyzal, its 24-hour allergy medication that recently became available over the counter. The company used wearables to track the sleep and activity of allergy sufferers in a small non-scientific test in order to demonstrate ways in...
By Bill Siwicki March 24, 2017
UCHealth in Denver tested CareLoop’s real-time social feed of information and messages and found that 96 percent of patients responded well to the experience. The feed, which is akin to Facebook for emergency departments, delivers messages from caregivers, questions from patients, test results, explanation of care delivered, what to expect next and more. This way, patients have a live feed giving...
By Heather Mack March 23, 2017
The Idaho State Senate has voted to amend legislation that banned the use of telemedicine to prescribe medications that induce abortion, a move that comes just two months following the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood condemning the prohibition. House Bill 250 was passed 28-7, repealing a pair of telemedicine bills that worked together to outline overall telehealth policies in...
By Heather Mack March 23, 2017
Scientists have developed a method to test for male infertility that doesn't require much more than a smartphone. By building an app and pairing with a custom-made 3D-printed case that can magnify sperm and reveal the number of sperm and their motility, researchers at Harvard Medical School affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General have devised a cheap, quick and...
By Tom Sullivan March 23, 2017
DX: Hospital executives and IT pros might as well get used to those initials, which analyst house IDC and some others use to refer to "digital transformation." While DX is not an entirely new concept, IDC just projected that the overall DX market will blast off toward $20 trillion in short order, representing more than 20 percent of GDP. Global GDP, that is. IDC determined that fewer than 5...
By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2017
Precision oncology company Syapse, which is working with Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, has hired a new CEO, Ken Tarkoff. Tarkoff was previously chief operating officer at RelayHealth, a healthcare administration software company bought by McKesson in 2006.  “Precision medicine has the power to transform health care, delivering better treatments and better outcomes. I’m excited to join...

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