Consumer

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

Credit: OMRON Healthcare

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...
A Google office with logo

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By  Laura Lovett 01:44 pm December 1, 2020
Amnesty International is urging the E.U. Commission to halt the much publicized Fitbit-Google merger unless the companies can demonstrate consideration of human rights risks associated with data and surveillance, and the implementation of data safeguards.  In November of 2019, news broke that Google was set to acquire Fitbit for roughly $2.1 billion. However, the merger is yet to be greenlighted ...
Kaia app, COPD

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By  Tammy Lovell 01:58 am November 30, 2020
Digital therapeutics firm Kaia Health is partnering with Italian pharma firm Chiesi Group to commercialise its chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) rehabilitation app in Europe. The Kaia COPD solution consists of a mobile app and an interface for motivational support that aims to deliver a personalised pulmonary rehabilitation experience through education, daily training sessions and...
COVID-19, Unilabs UAE, Dubai Health Authority
By  Rachel McArthur 09:54 am November 25, 2020
Earlier this week, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in the United Arab Emirates announced it is now offering a simple saliva test that can detect COVID-19 for children between the ages of 3-16 years. The test – which costs AED 150 (€34) – is available across all DHA facilities and DHA-run COVID-19 screening centres in the emirate. It is hoped that the new form of testing will eliminate discomfort...