Express Scripts, Propeller partner to make inhaler sensor more widely available

Express Scripts members will now have access to Propeller’s FDA-cleared digital platform for respiratory health. Today, the two companies announced a partnership which they claim is the largest respiratory digital health deployment with a pharmacy benefit manager yet. 

Voluntis gets FDA clearance to add last two basal insulins to app

Medical device software company Voluntis has received an updated FDA clearance (as well as an updated CE mark) for its Insulia app, a "digital companion" app for people with Type 2 diabetes. Insulia offers realtime basal insulin dose coaching, and the new clearance makes the app usable with two additional brands of insulin: Basaglar and Tresiba.

Spire's discreet wearable turns any clothes into continuous health monitors

San Francisco-based Spire is looking to take the work out of wearables. Instead of a device that needs to be regularly removed, recharged, or otherwise adjusted, the company’s newly announced sensor can remain unobtrusively attached to any article of clothing with no need to worry about battery life or the laundry machine.

Software that allows clinicians a "surgical dress rehearsal" gets FDA nod

A new product that allows surgeons to pre-plan endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms was recently cleared by the FDA. EndoVantages’ SurgicalPreview is a cloud-based computer modeling platform that lets surgeons upload individual patient’s CT scans and then creates a 3D model of the brain with anatomical measurements. 

Digital health news briefs for 11/15/2017

More efficacy data for Leaf. A recent analysis of 10,000 patients showed that patients that used the Leaf Patient Monitoring System experienced a significant decrease in the rates of pressure injuries, which fell by 75 percent. Adherence to patient turning protocols, which help prevent pressure ulcers, rose 65 percent. The wireless, wearable sensor developed by Leaf Healthcare will tracks patient’s movements to determine the optimal timing for nurses to turn or reposition patients at risk for ulcers.

FDA clears connected surveillance product Capsule Vitals Plus

The FDA has recently cleared a second generation of Qualcomm Life’s Capsule Vitals Plus, a connected monitoring product. Capsule Vitals Plus records medical device data and continuous vital signs monitoring. It then analyzes the information at the patient's bedside.