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By Dave Muoio November 30, 2017
Modernizing Medicine, maker of specialty-specific mobile product suites, announced that it has joined Xcertia, a standards body for mobile apps that launched by the American Medical Association, HIMSS, and others at the 2016 Connected Health Conference. Within the collaboration, the company and other participants will work to develop guidelines and resources to support consumers and clinicians’...
By HP Healthcare November 30, 2017
But more than half of respondents underestimate the risks of improperly sanitized devices. In April 2017, UC Irvine Medical Center reported 10 newborns in one of its neonatal intensive care units tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. While none of the infants died, the medical center was unable to locate the source of the infection, according to the Los...
By Jonah Comstock November 30, 2017
The Apple Heart Study, an Apple Watch-based ResearchKit study using the heart rate sensor to look at potential arrhythmias, is launching today, the Cupertino tech giant told MobiHealthNews. Apple Chief Operations Officer Jeff Williams announced the study, which is being conducted in collaboration with Stanford University and with assistance from American Well, at Apple’s iOS 8 launch event in...
By Jonah Comstock November 30, 2017
AliveCor has launched (and received FDA clearance for) a new ECG sensor built into an Apple Watch strap, as well as an Apple Watch app on which users can see their ECG in near real-time. The strap, called KardiaBand, is an upgraded version of a product that launched in Europe last year. But in addition to the band, AliveCor is launching SmartRhythm, a software that continuously measures heart...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2017
Austin, Texas-based semiconductor producer Silicon Labs has announced a new line of optical biometric sensors that promise more fleshed out heart rate monitoring and lower power consumption for consumer-grade wearables. By combining optical heart rate monitoring alongside ECG measurements within a single unit, the company says their new Si117x and Si118x sensor modules offer an easier way for...
By Laura Lovett November 29, 2017
The medical team at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health system reported a significant increase in the ability to locate staff across fields after a hospital messaging system was implemented.  “What we wanted was a single communication device across the enterprise,” Joseph Wolfgram, chief technology officer at Mission Health said at the Healthcare Messaging Conference and Exhibition at...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2017
A slew of digital diabetes care companies have announced integrations with the upcoming virtual Type 2 diabetes management platform being developed by Onduo, a joint venture of Verily and Sanofi. These announced services include Voluntis’ Insulia, a digital insulin dose recommendation and coaching system; Glytec’s Glucommander Outpatient, cloud-based software that evaluates blood glucose and...
By Susan Morse November 29, 2017
Optum on Tuesday launched the venture fund Optum Ventures, which has $250 million to invest in digital health startup companies. The venture fund will invest in companies that use data and insights to help improve consumers’ access to healthcare services and how care is delivered and paid for, according to a statement from UnitedHealth Group, Optum’s parent company. Optum CEO Larry Renfro is...
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2017
Prognos, the healthcare AI company that was known as Medivo until a major pivot in January, has raised $20.5 million in new funding according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Cigna, Guardian Life Insurance, Hermed, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Maywic, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, and Safeguard Scientifics all contributed to the round, which brings the company's total funding to $42...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2017
National Health Service Trusts located in England’s North East region have announced a partnership focused on broadened implementation of digital health strategies. NHS Health Call was initially established by the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, and relied on technologies developed by Harrogate, England-based remote patient monitoring company Inhealthcare. The Trust has now...

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