Consumer

telehealth, Alan

Credit: Alan

By Sophie Porter 09:09 am November 24, 2020
Leading French independent health insurer Alan has teamed up with data security company Tanker to bring end-to-end encryption to its telehealth chat platform. The service is the first telehealth chat platform available to the general public that is end-to-end encrypted. WHY IT MATTERS The Alan app links users with associated doctors through a messaging service or video-consultations, which enable...
A mother and child during a telehealth video visit
By Dave Muoio 01:37 pm November 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many consumers to telehealth for the first time, but their reactions to these virtual care technologies – namely, how willing they are to continue using them and how much they're willing to pay – greatly vary based on how much each generation values convenience over a trusted provider. These are the major takeaways of the Accelerate Health 2020 Consumer...
irhythm patch
By Dave Muoio 03:17 pm November 18, 2020
Long-term data on ambulatory monitoring patches. Scientists from the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Johnson & Johnson have unveiled three-year study data for iRhythm Technologies' Zio wearable ambulatory monitoring patches at this year's American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. The mSToPS study examined 1,738 participants who were a mean age 73.7 years at the time of...
The Lucira COVID-19 All-in-One Test Kit and its packaging
By Dave Muoio 12:29 pm November 18, 2020
Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test that provides individuals with a result within 30 minutes, in the comfort of their home. As opposed to currently available at-home testing products, which have patients self-collect a nasal swab sample and ship it for processing in a lab, the Lucira COVID-19 All-in-One Test Kit...
Luscii, home monitoring, remote monitoring

Credit: Luscii home monitoring

By Sara Mageit 11:25 am November 18, 2020
Netherlands-based St. Antonius Hospital, together with e-health company Luscii, has developed home monitoring for hospitalised COVID-19 patients. WHY IT MATTERS COVID-19 patients who have not yet fully recovered, but are stable, may voluntarily take early discharge. Once this happens, they receive home monitoring to ease the transition via a program in the Luscii app, where they are able to ...
By Laura Lovett 12:00 pm November 17, 2020
Retail giant Amazon is building up its foothold in the digital pharmacy space by rolling out Amazon Pharmacy, a new digital shop that lets customers order and manage their prescription medications online and get them delivered at home. Patients can access the new store via the Amazon App or on a desktop. They can create a profile, which includes information like insurance and prescription...
An image of the pre-acquisition InPen device and connected app.

The InPen alongside Companion Medical's connected app

By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm November 12, 2020
Shortly after acquiring smart insulin-pen-maker Companion Medical, Medtronic has officially launched the InPen device alongside integration with its Guardian Connect connected glucose monitoring (CGM) system. Of note, Medtronic's InPen is the only smart insulin pen cleared by the FDA for use by people requiring multiple daily injections. It received that 510(k) back in 2016. WHY IT MATTERS With...
By Dave Muoio 10:37 am November 12, 2020
Amazon has rolled out a slew of new features for its Alexa personal assistant that will help U.S. users check in on an aging family member from afar. Called the Care Hub, the features allow users to program a set of activity alerts that are delivered from an in-home Alexa-enabled device to the caregiver's Alexa app. These can include a heads up when a senior first uses their Alexa device each day...
Popit, Almirall, psoriasis

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By Tammy Lovell 01:27 am November 12, 2020
Finnish digital health startup Popit and Almirall, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on skin health are collaborating on a support tool for patients with psoriasis. The solution consists of Popit’s consumer smart device that automatically tracks when medication is taken and reminds patients if a dose has been missed via an accompanying app. It uses a unique piece of hardware which the...
Inrupt, NHS, open source, interoperability,
By Tammy Lovell 06:01 am November 11, 2020
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership in the UK is running a pilot of a web platform which allows users to store their medical data in a Personal Online Data Store - or pod. Startup Inrupt announced the launch of its Enterprise Solid Service (ESS) earlier this week in a blog post, from its chief technology officer, World Wide Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The secure web...