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By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2018
The Apple Heart Study — which began enrollment at the end of November — has now begun data collection, with participants receiving prompts over the weekend to sign informed consent documents and initiate data collection. That document also reveals some new details about how Apple plans to use data collected during the study.  “This study is part of the development of a new investigational device...
By Laura Lovett February 1, 2018
Digital health companion app for employees and insured individuals Humanoo recently landed $6.4 million (€5 million) in funding. The investment was led by Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures, and included investments from Creathor Ventures, Rheingau Founders, Rocket Internet, and other investors.  The Berlin-based company plans to use the investment to expand the platform and advance cooperation with...
By Dave Muoio February 1, 2018
Professionals working day to day in care facilities will make an unmatched impact on their patients’ health, but much of that work is driven, for better or worse, by decisions made on Capitol Hill.  While many may feel ineffective when faced with sweeping decrees from lawmakers or health agencies, Jeff Coughlin, senior director of federal and state affairs at HIMSS, said that he wants to remind...
By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2018
In many ways, 2017 was a banner year for digital health funding, according to Rock Health's annual report, which puts funding for the year at a record $5.8 billion. In other ways, however, the year fell short, with a drop in mergers and acquisitions and not a single IPO in the space all year. "2017 saw the greatest amount of funding being poured into digital health to date, with a steady but not...
By Laura Lovett February 1, 2018
Whether you're Tom Brady or Nick Foles, getting a good night's sleep is key for professional athletes. Just days before the Super Bowl, the National Football League announced that it is teaming up with Sleep Number for a multi-year partnership aimed at helping the players get better sleep.  “We are constantly assessing world-class technologies and partners and know this unprecedented partnership...
By Dave Muoio February 1, 2018
Yesterday, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from her position as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following a Politico report that she had purchased shares of a tobacco company within a month of appointment. Since July, Fitzgerald has often been unable to attend several hearings due to conflicts of interest from other holdings, drawing ire from some of her colleagues in...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2018
In a recent case study published in European Radiology Experimental, surgeons at St. Mary’s Hospital in London used Microsoft HoloLens to overlay images of CT scans onto patients' legs during reconstructive lower limb surgery.  "We are one of the first groups in the world to use the HoloLens successfully in the operating theatre," Dr. Philip Pratt, a research fellow in the department of surgery...
By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2018
A new large-scale study shows that interactive, tailored text messages can improve medication adherence by 14 percent. "The program results far exceed our expectations with 44 percent refill rate in the text message group as compared to 30 percent in the non-text group," Rena Brar Prayaga, the paper’s corresponding author and a behavioral data scientist at mPulse Mobile, said in a statement. "In...
By Dave Muoio January 31, 2018
San Francisco- and Zurich-based Ava, which makes a bracelet capable of tracking women’s menstrual cycles, has announced an update that will better allow their device to track when, or even if, the wearer has ovulated, according to a statement from the company. Data collected by the Ava bracelet and companion app will be used to detect biphasic shifts among skin temperature, pulse rate, and other...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2018
Healthcare was a much anticipated topic in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address — in fact, a Politico poll showed that 82 percent of Americans wanted to hear the president address the healthcare system over other divisive discussion points. While he did briefly touch on some healthcare related topics, like making drugs more affordable and getting rid of the Affordable Care Act's...

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