Consumer

By Dave Muoio 01:47 pm February 26, 2019
Alongside its artificial intelligence coach, Apple Health and Google Fit integrations, activity-tracking sensors and language translation functionalities, the Livio AI connected hearing aid has a new slew of feature to brag about — chief among which is automatic fall detection and alerts. As of an update announced yesterday, Minnesota-based Starkey Hearing Technologies’ device can now identify...
By Jonah Comstock 11:51 am February 26, 2019
Apple is testing sleep tracking functionality for the Apple Watch and, if all goes well, intends to add it to the wearable by 2020, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that Apple has been testing the feature at secret sites near Cupertino for several months.  Apple hasn't responded to requests for comment on this matter, but when MobiHealthNews spoke...

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By Jonah Comstock 02:59 pm February 25, 2019
With the addition of FDA clearances for the ECG sensor and irregular heart rate algorithm, the Apple Watch is now technically a medical device. But it is still primarily a consumer product, and its fitness features may still have the greatest impact on people’s health, according to a panel of health professionals — three doctors and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins — who spoke at a recent event...
By Dave Muoio 12:10 pm February 25, 2019
Earlier this month, Hygieia’s d-Nav Insulin Guidance Service — an app that titrates insulin doses for individual Type 2 diabetes patients, regardless of their regimen type — received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The cloud-based service leverages proprietary algorithms, users’ individual blood glucose data and a small team of in-house health professionals to generate and deliver insulin dosage...
By Jonah Comstock 02:02 pm February 22, 2019
It’s fair to say that Apple isn’t just dipping its toe into healthcare anymore. This past year the company announced its first two FDA clearances including a De Novo clearance for a built-in Apple Watch ECG feature that went live in December. It also announced numerous hospital partners for Apple’s Health Records initiative, including, most recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs. And in...
Sepsis

Source: University of Strathclyde

By Leontina Postelnicu 12:01 pm February 21, 2019
What happened Researchers at a university in Scotland have developed a test that they say could save thousands of lives by diagnosing sepsis in two and a half minutes, faster than existing methods, according to a new study published in the Biosensors and Bioelectronics journal.  It uses a biosensor device to test for interleukin-6 (IL-6), one of the protein biomarkers of sepsis, in the blood. “We...
By Dave Muoio 04:13 pm February 20, 2019
Today’s Samsung Unpack 2019 event was headlined by a number of new reveals, including its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S10 and the flexible Galaxy Fold; its new in-ear, Bluetooth Galaxy Buds; and the company’s first 5G smartphone, the S10 5G. However, the latter half of the show also hosted news of the electronics maker’s new fitness-focused wearables: the Galaxy Watch Active, a sportier take...
By Dave Muoio 12:13 pm February 20, 2019
A survey of 164 US adults published last week in npj Digital Medicine suggests that while many individuals seeking psychotherapy for depression would consider a digital treatment with or without supplementary support, a one-on-one in-person visit is still the most popular option due to concerns of efficacy, access and confidentiality. Topline data Forty-nine percent of the survey’s eligible...
virtual reality
By Piers Ford 05:56 am February 20, 2019
Third Eye NeuroTech’s Blue Room immersive virtual reality (VR) technology is in the spotlight following the publication of research which revealed its effectiveness in treating phobias and anxieties for children and adults. The Blue Room was developed by specialists at Newcastle University in the UK in tandem with the Durham-based tech firm and has been made available as an NHS treatment through...

Screengrab of Circle DNA's official website.

By Dean Koh 08:23 pm February 19, 2019
Beijing-headquartered clinical genomics testing company, Berry Genomics and Hong Kong and London-headquartered genetics and digital health company Prenetics announced today key management hires for the new company, Circle DNA, which will be operational for business by the end of Q2 2019. The 3 key management hires for Circle DNA are Joe Yan (CEO), Claire Wan (COO) and Candy Liu (Head of Marketing...