Consumer

By MobiHealthNews June 1, 2018
Telemedicine continues to move from the peripheries of healthcare into the mainstream. Earlier this week, a national review of 145 telemedicine studies conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concluded that the technology likely improves access to care and has clinical benefits in acute and chronic care. This report also found less robust evidence that telemedicine in these...
By Dave Muoio May 31, 2018
Oshi Health, a digital startup focused on digestive health, has launched a mobile app specifically designed to help inflammatory bowel disease patients understand and manage their condition. “What’s interesting about inflammatory bowel disease is that patients have very unique, individualized experiences,” Oshi CEO Daniel Weinstein told MobiHealthNews. “Some patients experience frequent,...
By Laura Lovett May 31, 2018
It's official — Eric Carreel, cofounder of French health tech company Withings, has bought back Nokia’s digital health division two years after it was sold to the Finnish tech giant. Carreel plans to relaunch the Withings brand by the end of 2018, according to a statement. “I am delighted to start working again with the brilliant teams that made the brand such a great success,” Carreel said in a...
By Jonah Comstock May 23, 2018
Buoy Health, an online platform that uses an AI chatbot as a gateway into healthcare treatment, has teamed up with Circulation, a technology startup that helps connect patients in need of medical transport with rides from Lyft, Uber, and other specialized options like wheelchair vans and non-emergency ambulances. The two Boston-based companies will integrate their platforms with the goal of...
By Dave Muoio May 16, 2018
Verily Life Sciences has filed a patent application for a “smart diaper” carrying a sensor for detecting and differentiating between feces and urine. The diaper would also contain a transmitter capable of wirelessly communicating whether waste is present to a separate device via Bluetooth, WiFi, or other means. The patent application, spotted by Jenny Morber (@JRMorber), was filed by Verily in...
By Bernie Monegain May 14, 2018
Many players in the healthcare industry are closely watching how Apple Health Records are performing in this rapidly changing market.  A major shift in what makes up a record of patient care is already underway. EHR vendors are working to transform EHRs into CHRs — Comprehensive Health Records. Couple that with their plans to integrate machine learning and artificial intelligence into their...
By Laura Lovett May 11, 2018
After Amazon inked a deal with JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on employee health in January, it was clear the tech giant would be investigating the healthcare arena. However, it could be that consumers will also see Amazon’s entrance into health, as leaked documents obtained by CNBC suggest the company is building a “health & wellness” team within its Alexa voice assistant division...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2018
A new approach to smart textiles could lead to a host of new use cases and a level of durability that might make the technology much more attractive to adopt.  A team led by John Volakis, director of the ElectroScience Laboratory at The Ohio State University, and Professor Asimina Kiourti is investigating a technology that uses machine embroidery to sew electronics, including circuits and...
By Dave Muoio May 9, 2018
Google has unleashed a tidal wave of product and feature updates through the ongoing Google I/O developers’ conference, and it’s no surprise that the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare was a recurring spotlight among them. Through keynote speeches and simultaneously released online blog posts, the company highlighted a handful of tech-driven healthcare efforts that seem to be...
By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2018
Buoy Health, which offers an AI-powered tool that serves to help people understand potential health problems, announced a partnership with CVS MinuteClinic. When users go through Buoy Health’s online or app-based chatbot interface, if the suggested possible diagnoses lend themselves to treatment at one of the 1,100 MinuteClinics around the United States, the app will do two things. First, it will...