Consumer

By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2019
Direct-to-consumer gene tests like Ancestry.com and 23andMe are increasingly informing consumers about gene alterations that could signal health risks. But those tests look at only a few positions on particular genes, as opposed to medical sequencing that is much more thorough. And, according to a 2018 study by Ambry Genetics in Genetics in Medicine, these results can be wrong — the study showed...
By Dave Muoio March 26, 2019
A recent independent review of askmyGP, an online triage and telehealth consultation service deployed in the UK, suggests that patients seeking care online often behave similarly to those simply calling their practitioner’s office — particularly in terms of when during the day patients most often reach out to make an appointment. Despite this broader trend, feedback from patients using the...
By Laura Lovett March 25, 2019
On Friday, Senseonics, maker of the implantable continuous glucose monitoring system Eversense, announced a new program geared towards patients with high-deductible insurance plans or plans that don’t cover the full cost of the CGM.  The new program, called Eversense Bridge, charges patients $99 for the Eversense CGM system, in addition to the cost of the sensor placement by their provider....
By Dave Muoio March 22, 2019
After creating dummy accounts on highly-rated Android medical apps and analyzing their traffic, an investigation published Wednesday in BMJ found that nearly four in five shared users’ data with outside entities. What’s more, the Australian research team determined that several of those groups receiving the user information would likely be able to aggregate the data and use it to pinpoint a...
By Dave Muoio March 21, 2019
The FDA has lately taken a hard stance on tobacco companies targeting children and teens (thanks in some part to departing FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb), and it certainly seems as if the agency is exploring every avenue in its public awareness campaign — including free-to-play video games. Earlier this month the agency and its partner, marketing communications firm FCB New York, stealthily...
Senior citizens talking.
March 20, 2019
HIMSS Media's information brands Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News, MobiHealthNews and HIMSS TV are diving into one of the most pressing issues facing healthcare today – baby boomers and their swelling demands on our system. We'll look at the challenges, opportunities, emerging technologies, and other tactics hospitals, health systems and payers are deploying to manage the needs of the...
By Dave Muoio March 18, 2019
Over the last week, San Francisco-based Vida Health’s consumer and member digital health coaching programs have seen the rollout of a personalized behavior recommendation and reminder tool powered by machine learning. In addition, the company is announcing later today a new coaching program focused on healthy sleeping, both as a standalone offering and as a module supporting its other services...
Among more than 400,000 participants who enrolled in the study, only 0.5 percent ever received an atrial fibrillation alert from the app.
By Dave Muoio March 18, 2019
This weekend, Stanford Medicine researchers presented the long-awaited results of the Apple Heart Study, which explored the performance of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and an accompanying algorithm in detecting potential arrhythmias. Funded by Apple and launched back in 2017, the research project enrolled 419,297 Apple Watch and iPhone owners. Among these users, 2,161 (roughly 0.5 percent...
By Laura Lovett March 13, 2019
This morning Concepta Diagnostics, maker of the take-home home fertility monitoring system myLotus, announced a deal with the Walgreens Boots Alliance to sell its product. This news marks the first commercial agreement for the system, which was officially launched in December. So far the system has been approved for a CE mark, allowing the London-based company to begin an EU roll out.  “Boots are...
By Dave Muoio March 13, 2019
French consumer health device maker Withings has updated its sleep sensor mat with new capabilities that track breathing disturbances throughout a night’s sleep and could eventually warn users of sleep apnea. Available through a free update, the feature builds on the Withings Sleep’s primary function of monitoring sleep cycles, heart rate and snoring, and then displaying scores and suggestions to...