Consumer

Google phone screen example listing COVID-19 vaccines
By  Laura Lovett 02:18 pm December 10, 2020
Now that several vaccines have come out with promising results, vaccine misinformation is also growing. Tech giant Google is now zeroing in on this potential issue by implementing new strategies to coping with misinformation, according to a new blog post.  Users in the U.K. will now be able to use a new search feature on the platform in order to look up COVID-19 vaccine information, as well as...
The first series, Headspace Guide to Meditation, will premiere globally on January 1, 2021, and will teach users the foundations of meditation.
By  Mallory Hackett 11:43 am December 10, 2020
Mindfulness and meditation app maker Headspace is coming to Netflix next year in the form of three new television shows intended to help viewers take a breath, relax and start the new year off on the right foot. The first series, "Headspace Guide to Meditation," will premiere globally on January 1, 2021, and will teach users the foundations of meditation. Each episode will tackle a different...
Virti, COVID-19, AI, workforce, medical training, NHS

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By  Sophie Porter 12:58 am December 10, 2020
Virti has released a new AI-powered “virtual patient” in an effort to aid remote clinical training for medics and trainees across the NHS and throughout hospitals in the US. The technology, which has been named one of TIME’s best inventions of 2020, creates a realistic patient profile for interactive role-play scenarios to help users develop soft skills remotely.  WHY IT MATTERS  With in-person...
Images of the Google Health Studies app and its Respiratory Health Study
By  Dave Muoio 08:00 am December 9, 2020
In a bid to improve clinical research participation and engagement, the Google Health team announced this morning the launch of a new Android app that streamlines study recruitment for consumers and shows them how survey and sensor data are being employed for health research. Off the bat, the Google Health Studies app allows users to view a list of open studies and review the inclusion criteria...
By  Laura Lovett 04:43 pm December 8, 2020
Apple has landed a new FDA clearance for an updated version of its ECG feature, allowing the tool to add a category called A-Fib with high heart rate. This comes a little over two years after Apple first landed a De Novo clearance for its first version of the ECG reading.  The latest version of the ECG feature will be available when the new software update rolls out. This second generation will...
An Apple Watch Series 5
By  Dave Muoio 12:46 pm December 8, 2020
Roughly two years after Apple brought an ECG monitor to its wrist-worn devices, connected ECG device-maker AliveCor has raised a patent lawsuit against the tech giant. Filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the suit argues that the tools included in the Apple Watch Series 4 and later devices infringe on three patents held by AliveCor, all of which focus on...
By  Dave Muoio 02:28 pm December 7, 2020
The Commons Project announced Friday that its free personal health record system for Android devices is supported by 230 U.S. health systems and is on track to add another 110 or so providers before the end of 2020. Called CommonHealth, the tool was developed and piloted by the University of California San Francisco and other systems as far back as September of last year and picked up an...
Omron, childcare, asthma

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By  Sophie Porter 06:49 am December 7, 2020
Health monitoring solutions company OMRON Healthcare has created the world’s first clinically-validated medical device that accurately detects the presence of wheezing in young children. By providing clear, reliable results, WheezeScan removes the uncertainty of potential misdiagnosis, ensuring children with asthmatic symptoms can access appropriate treatment plans.  The device, which is...
Dementia United, Mersey Care NHS, Healthware, Make Helsinki

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By  Sara Mageit 02:16 am December 4, 2020
NEW DEMENTIA UNITED APP   Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership's dementia programme, Dementia United, has created a new app for people living with dementia. The app also aims to make the region the best place to live if you have dementia, or are caring for someone with the condition. Working in partnership with marketing agency, Social Sense, they have developed the Greater...
Three images of the patient preparation tool
By  Dave Muoio 03:33 pm December 2, 2020
Google Health has teamed up with the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to pilot an online tool that helps patients build a visit plan for their upcoming healthcare visit. The project was detailed in a Google blog post published yesterday, but subsequently removed by the tech company until it was republished this afternoon with no substantial changes. So far only available "to...