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By Laura Lovett May 15, 2018
Earlier this month Otsimo, a digital health startup focused on developmental disorders, rolled out an expansion of its app in the US to help kids with autism, down syndrome, and other cognitive learning disorders.  The Turkish startup offers more than 50 different games through its app that target specific areas of development. For example, the app lets kids focus on specific skills such as...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2018
In a survey of 200 healthcare professionals, 80 percent rated their online reputation as very or extremely important and 90 percent expressed concern about the risks of negative feedback. But only 46 percent of respondents were planning to put resources toward improving that reputation in the next year. The survey was commissioned by PatientPop, a digital health company with a vested interest in...
By Dave Muoio May 15, 2018
A recent investigation of seniors with mild cognitive impairment suggested that pairing regular exercise with mental stimuli — in this case, screens depicting a virtual bike ride or an exercise-driven video game — could lead to greater cognitive benefits than prescribed exercise alone. As the final qualifying sample consisted of just 14 seniors, however, the researchers noted that a larger...
By Laura Lovett May 15, 2018
Machine learning helps docs view the brain.  Automated cerebrovascular imaging company iSchemaView has just released its latest product Rapid Aspect, a digital imaging tool that helps clinicians assess early signs of brain ischemia in stroke patients. The technology will automatically generate a standardized score for physicians based on machine learning algorithms. The product is designed to...
By Dave Muoio May 15, 2018
Columbus, Ohio-based PriorAuthNow, maker of an electronic prior authorization platform, has closed a $10.5 million Series A funding round. The investment was led by Atlanta-based BIP Capital, with participation from NCT Ventures and Detroit Venture Partners. According to a statement, the funding will primarily be used to advance the company’s operating capabilities and expand its team, with an...
By Laura Lovett May 15, 2018
Wellness and patient engagement company Sharecare broke the news yesterday that it is teaming up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to offer its personalized health platform to commercial customer groups starting in 2019. This comes just a week after Sharecare announced a seperate partnership with retail giant Walmart that will give employees and their families access to the wellness...
By Dave Muoio May 14, 2018
Verily researchers have built prototype devices for painless blood collection that uses a system of “exploding” micro-needles, magnets, and potentially a blood storage chamber, CNBC reports. Information on the device was received from several anonymous sources, who CNBC said did not want to be named as the project is still unannounced. “Several sources aware of the company's plans say the device...
By Laura Lovett May 14, 2018
Night shifts can give clinicians vampire sleep schedules — up at night, sleeping during the day. But a new telehealth partnership plans to use technology and the world's varying timezones as a way to help provide high-quality care around the clock.  Tech company Royal Philips and US-based Emory Healthcare have teamed up to create a new remote Intensive Care Unit (eICU) monitoring program at the...
By Bernie Monegain May 14, 2018
Many players in the healthcare industry are closely watching how Apple Health Records are performing in this rapidly changing market.  A major shift in what makes up a record of patient care is already underway. EHR vendors are working to transform EHRs into CHRs — Comprehensive Health Records. Couple that with their plans to integrate machine learning and artificial intelligence into their...
By Jeff Lagasse May 14, 2018
Telemedicine technology has been improving steadily over the past several years, and as the tech gets better, so does its reputation.  Much of telemedicine's appeal lies in accessibility. The lack of access to care through telemedicine negatively affects patient engagement and follow-through, according to new research from telehealth provider Teladoc. Treating mental health, in particular,...

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