Consumer

By  Laura Lovett 01:13 pm March 9, 2021
It’s no secret that periods often come with a whole variety of other symptoms, but data around menstruation is lacking. Apple and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health are looking to change that by collaborating on the Apple Women’s Health Study, which is aimed at understanding more about periods in women across demographics and lifestyles.  This morning the organizations released a...
By  Dave Muoio 01:38 pm March 8, 2021
Abbott announced today that it has updated NeuroSphere, its app-driven neuromodulation therapy platform, with remote programming capabilities that will allow patients to speak with and receive adjustments from their provider via a cellular or WiFi connection. The NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic was recently approved by the FDA and is now available within the Abbott patient controller app for use with...
Vaccination programme, COVID-19, coronavirus
By  Sara Mageit 09:36 am March 8, 2021
In a Cell study, an experimental intranasal vaccine created by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine has shown to bring about an immune response in the mucosa which prevents COVID-19 infection. Researchers have since developed an intranasal biotechnology spray which makes it difficult for the virus to attach to human cells, and when used daily it is able to block transmission...
By  Dave Muoio 04:36 pm March 5, 2021
The FDA has issued its first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test that does not require a prescription and can be used at home. Developed by Cue Health, the Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over the Counter Use was first authorized for point-of-care use last June. It uses a nasal swab sample collected from the lower nose to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, and...
DiGA, health apps, mental health
By  Anna Engberg 08:10 am March 5, 2021
Germany is the first country in the world to prescribe digital apps – DiGAs, as the Germans call them, and reimburse them through the statutory health system as reported in Healthcare IT News. To drive innovation and speed up the regulatory process around those digital health applications, Germany has introduced a 'Fast Track' for approval, testing, piloting and evaluation of these apps – which...
By  Dave Muoio 03:21 pm March 4, 2021
No-cost medications for patients in need. Online prescription discount platform GoodRx has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to kick off a philanthropic program that will support patients in need with free prescriptions and care. With a target goal of more than $5 million in free medications provided during 2021, the company said that it has kick-...
Walgreen's app
By  Laura Lovett 02:43 pm March 4, 2021
Walgreens has tapped some of the biggest names in digital health like Abbott, BetterHelp and Hinge Health to expand its offering on its Find Care platform. The pharmacy retail giant has now included 11 new digital health companies in the Find Care platform, which was first launched in 2018 to help connect customers to healthcare providers. As of today, a total of 45 digital health companies are...
A new app allows seniors enrolled in the Lively Health & Safety offering to access in-home support services through Apple's wearable.
By  Dave Muoio 01:49 pm March 4, 2021
Yesterday Best Buy announced that it has brought a collection of senior-focused emergency-response services to the Apple Watch via its Lively brand, and plans to add fall detection down the line. Apple Watch Series 4 device owners who are signed up with a Lively Health & Safety plan (which starts at $19.99 per month) can download the Lively app for on-the-wrist access to three of the service'...
Screenshots from Apple's hearing study app
By  Jonah Comstock 01:53 pm March 3, 2021
In honor of World Hearing Day today, Apple and the University of Michigan (along with the World Health Organization) have released preliminary data from the Apple Hearing Study announced back in September 2019. "WHO estimates that there's about 450 million people around the world that have a hearing loss. That's a tremendous public health burden – there's not many other conditions that even...
Ro Vaccine Drive
By  Laura Lovett 01:40 pm March 3, 2021
Virtual care provider Ro will now be making house calls to distribute vaccines to older people and those with disabilities in New York. The company teamed up with New York State’s Department of Public Health to launch its efforts called COVID-19 Vaccine Drive. Patients are able to schedule their appointment via the new Vaccine Drive website. The effort is currently focused on individuals 65 and...