Mallory Hackett

By Mallory Hackett 11:59 am September 16, 2020
Garmin released a new fitness smartwatch designed specifically for runners and triathletes, the Forerunner 745. The watch is an update to the Forerunner 735XT and contains training data, on-device workouts and smartwatch features. Key features include fitness tracking data like VO2 max levels, which indicate the maximum level of oxygen a person can consume per kilogram of body weight at maximum...

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By Mallory Hackett 01:09 pm September 15, 2020
Virtual reality opioid overdose prevention programs can be just as effective as in-person training to give people the knowledge and confidence to administer naloxone, according to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Naloxone, also called Narcan or Evzio, is a prescription medication created to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. All...
By Mallory Hackett 11:44 am September 14, 2020
Fitbit’s new electrocardiogram app has officially received regulatory clearance in the U.S. and European Union for its latest smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense, to monitor heart rhythm and detect atrial fibrillation. Now that the app has 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CE marking, Fitbit Sense users can access the ECG app beginning in October. The company conducted a...
By Mallory Hackett 03:13 pm September 10, 2020
Ultrasounds are becoming faster and more accurate due to a collaboration between Samsung Medison and Intel that can deliver fetal measurements in approximately 85 milliseconds with over 97% accuracy. Two of Samsung’s existing ultrasound technologies, the BiometryAssist and LaborAssist, now feature Intel’s Core i3 processor, OpenVINO toolkit and OpenCV library, which can provide almost...
By Mallory Hackett 12:35 pm September 9, 2020
As older adults continue to adopt technology, digital health technologies will play an important role in helping them age in place, a new report from Rock Health predicts. The report notes that although 77% of people over the age of 55 say they want to age in place, only 50% believe they will. Barriers to aging in place can include home maintenance, lack of transportation and mobility, inadequate...
By Mallory Hackett 11:49 am September 8, 2020
In collaboration with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Google Cloud will supply Department of Defense medical facilities with a prototypical artificial intelligence digital-pathology system. The project is intended to help physicians improve the accuracy of cancer diagnoses by providing DoD medical centers with augmented reality microscopes with overlaid AI technology. The prototype will...
By Mallory Hackett 12:20 pm September 3, 2020
The pediatrics care delivery space has long been operating with a gap in innovative health solutions. This week, the KidsX Accelerator program launched with the goal of deploying more digital health technologies in pediatric hospitals across the country to address that gap. “In talking to different leaders of innovation in pediatrics, it was pretty obvious that there’s a ton of need for...
By Mallory Hackett 12:15 pm September 1, 2020
OhanaHealth, a health tech job placement company, today announced its new platform OhanaConnect to connect candidates with companies. The service works specifically to match students and recent graduates with internships and full-time jobs in the health tech industry. “Healthcare is relevant to every person on the planet and frankly, it’s one of the most important opportunities of our lifetime,”...
By Mallory Hackett 12:12 pm August 31, 2020
More people experienced high blood pressure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic compared to before, according to new research from chronic care management company Livongo. The study looked at the proportion of Livongo members who had high blood pressure before and during the pandemic, specifically covering the time between mid-September of 2019 and mid-August of 2020. The data does not support a...
By Mallory Hackett 12:40 pm August 28, 2020
Following a study looking into how adults living with Type 2 diabetes use technology to self-monitor lifestyle and health behaviors, researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that technology-assisted self-monitoring was safe and effective in generating positive health outcomes. The researchers noted several limitations to the study, but say the findings...