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By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2017
AliveCor granted patent. Consumer ECG company AliveCor was granted a patent relevant to its KardiaBand and SmartRhythm system, which launched last week. Specifically, the patent is for using data from a wearable device to detect unusual heart rates and trigger an EKG, like SmartRhythm does to detect heart arrhythmias. Notably, the patent would also describe the work being done by Apple in its...
By Dave Muoio December 7, 2017
Two left feet. The iPhone’s built-in pedometer misses approximately 1,340 steps during a user’s typical day, according to a study from the University of British Columbia that compared the smartphones to a purpose-built accelerometer attached to the waist. While some of these missed steps could be attributed to the study’s 33 participants accidentally leaving their phone behind, the researchers...
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 Bernie Monegain November 22, 2017
A new wave of speculation from industry analysts is putting Apple in the spotlight over its supposed plans for creating a new sort of EHR – the soul of a new device, so to speak. The new speculation is fueled by the patents Apple has recently secured.  Analysts reason that Apple may be poised to enter the mobile healthcare monitoring device, EHR, and healthcare data storage markets. Healthcare IT...
By Laura Lovett November 22, 2017
Mobile Medicaid: Missouri Medicaid members have a new mobile tool when searching for healthcare information. Missouri Care’s mobile app will allow patients to find a doctor or dentist, locate nearby urgent care centers or hospitals, access wellness service, display their Missouri Care Member ID card or send it to provider, and receive member updates. The app is free and can be used on iOS or...
By Laura Lovett November 9, 2017
For some physicians, logging into patient records is going to be as easy as looking at their phone. This week, drchrono became the first medical record company to implement Apple’s facial recognition ID as a way access EHRs. CNBC first reported the news. “The login experience for the doctor adversely affects the patient-doctor experience,” drchrono COO and cofounder Daniel Kivatinos told...
By Dave Muoio October 17, 2017
Weight loss headset a crowdfunding hit. Brain-stimulating weight loss headset Modius has raised more than $1.5 million in its first Indiegogo campaign, beating its funding goal by more than 3,000 percent. Developed by Belfast- and San Diego-based Neurovalens, the wearable device aims to activate a nerve in the brain that controls appetite and, subsequently, body weight. Neurovalens plans to use...
By Dave Muoio October 5, 2017
Digital physical therapy, telehealth, and patient engagement platform Physitrack will seek public listing on alternative stock exchange Nasdaq First North during the first quarter of 2018, cofounder and CEO Henrik Molin told MobiHealthNews this week. The company has not yet set the terms of this IPO, but said in a statement that it plans to use the offering to fund further expansion into new...
By Jonah Comstock September 26, 2017
Just two months after announcing the applications for its pre-certification program pilot, the FDA has announced the nine companies that will be participating. The list includes major tech companies Apple and Samsung; health tech companies Verily, Pear Therapeutics, Tidepool, and Phosphorus; pharmaceutical companies Roche and Johnson & Johnson; and Fitbit — an interesting inclusion insofaras...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2017
Continuous glucose monitoring company Dexcom, which already allows users to monitor their CGM data on their phones and Apple Watch, is now making some patient data available to third parties via an API. "If you look back at the past when our hardware was all proprietary, we’ve evolved from that to an app company where our CGM now works as an app on the phone," Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer told...