Consumer

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By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg 02:36 pm July 31, 2019
Currently, more than 26 clinicians are using Streams at the Royal Free Hospital in London, allowing them to detect an average of 11 patients daily who are at risk of AKI, most in fewer than 15 minutes rather than the multiple hours the process usually requires. Streams processes patient test results, rapidly prioritising the patients most at risk and allowing for more immediate treatment to be...
By Jonah Comstock 02:37 pm July 30, 2019
A new patent filing suggests that Microsoft, which seemed to have definitively abandoned health wearables with the shutdown of the Microsoft Band in 2016 (and the decommissioning of its corresponding software program earlier this year) may be at least thinking about getting back in the game. The patent filing, first spotted by Neowin, is for what the writers call a "multidimensional optical...
By Dave Muoio 04:08 pm July 29, 2019
Direct-to-consumer telemedicine services have attracted plenty of attention from investors and patients alike, due in part to their lower costs and ease of use. From a medical standpoint, however, these business models introduce a number of departures from traditional care that deserve serious concern and investigation, argue the authors of an editorial published Friday in JAMA. “DTC telemedicine...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pm July 23, 2019
Pinterest is often a platform synonymous with wedding boards, apartment designs and general inspirational quotes. But often users are looking for answers or support in regard to more serious questions.  Recently, the social media giant teamed up with researchers from Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation to create a tool aimed at giving users more resources.  “Pinterest saw a rise in users...
By Dave Muoio 01:38 pm July 23, 2019
Roughly a year after its launch, Walgreens Boots Alliance announced that its Find Care platform — a mobile and web tool guiding consumers toward curated health services — has added eight new partners including Propeller Health, Dexcom and a handful of regional health systems. The two digital companies’ connected inhaler sensors and CGM devices add new chronic care management options to the retail...

Investment in femtech initiatives has been rising significantly in the past few years.

By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg 10:08 am July 17, 2019
Evaluations made in 2019 suggest that €180bn is being spent on femtech products each year. Despite this, investment has predominantly focused on infertility and reproduction, as opposed to treating female medical issues. As Ridhi Tariyal, co-founder of Nextgen Jane highlights, “We wish we could go out there and say we just want to diagnose women’s diseases. But investors have responded with “...
By Dave Muoio 03:00 am July 17, 2019
Withings announced this morning that it is updating its connected blood pressure cuff product line with two new offerings: a revamped version of its existing at-home cuff, and a premium cardiac monitor with onboard ECG functionality. The former device is the Withings BPM Connect ($99.95/€99.95/£89.95), an FDA-cleared and CE-compliant consumer product for monitoring systolic pressure, diastolic...
By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg 11:27 am July 16, 2019
VitalityHealth and Doctify's new website. Health insurer VitalityHealth has partnered with Doctify, a leading online review and booking platform for medical consultants. They have developed ‘Vitality Specialist Finder’, a website where members can refine their search for doctors by speciality, rating and location, leave reviews and book appointments 24 hours a day. Dr Ali Hasan, clinical...
By Laura Lovett 03:51 pm July 10, 2019
Nurx, the San Francisco-based startup best known for providing contraceptives via telemedicine, has just added a new home STI testing option to its slew of services.  The new offerings, which were first spotted by TechCrunch, will allow potential clients to fill out an online questionnaire to receive an STI test kit in the mail. The kit comes with instructions and tools.  There are three STI...
By Dave Muoio 02:14 pm July 9, 2019
Quip, an online subscription platform that ships dental supplies to consumers, is expanding its service to help members book professional care for their mouths. Called Quipcare, the app-based platform allows those using the company’s service to browse nearby options at set rates, pay for their care and manage treatment notes or reminders. These visits, according to the company, will be offered at...