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A mother and child during a telehealth video visit
By Dave Muoio 01:37 pm November 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many consumers to telehealth for the first time, but their reactions to these virtual care technologies – namely, how willing they are to continue using them and how much they're willing to pay – greatly vary based on how much each generation values convenience over a trusted provider. These are the major takeaways of the Accelerate Health 2020 Consumer...
An image of the pre-acquisition InPen device and connected app.

The InPen alongside Companion Medical's connected app

By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm November 12, 2020
Shortly after acquiring smart insulin-pen-maker Companion Medical, Medtronic has officially launched the InPen device alongside integration with its Guardian Connect connected glucose monitoring (CGM) system. Of note, Medtronic's InPen is the only smart insulin pen cleared by the FDA for use by people requiring multiple daily injections. It received that 510(k) back in 2016. WHY IT MATTERS With...
An image of the AutoML Entity Extraction for Healthcare tool
By Dave Muoio 01:55 pm November 11, 2020
Google Cloud pulled back the curtain yesterday on two artificial intelligence tools designed to help healthcare and life science organizations scan and analyze large volumes of unstructured text, the Healthcare Natural Language API and AutoML Entity Extraction for Healthcare. The first of these two offerings looks to automatically extract common trends or other insights from medical records notes...
A deal being signed
By Dave Muoio 12:16 pm November 10, 2020
Yesterday Centene Corporation, a managed care enterprise, announced its plans to acquire unstructured patient data analytics company Apixio. The artificial intelligence company will operate independently underneath Centene's Health Care Enterprises group, according to the announcement. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year. The companies did not disclose any other terms of the...
Images of the NightWare app on Apple Watches
By Dave Muoio 02:47 pm November 9, 2020
The FDA granted Minneapolis-based NightWare a De Novo clearance on Friday for its Apple Watch and iPhone app designed to improve the sleep quality of those experiencing nightmare disorder and nightmares related to PTSD. The digital therapeutic – which received breakthrough designation from the agency last year – uses the Watch's sensors to track the heart rate and movement of users as they sleep...
By Dave Muoio 01:55 pm November 5, 2020
A recently published review of real-world claims data suggests that opioid use disorder patients prescribed Pear Therapeutics' reSET-O digital therapeutic, alongside pharmacotherapy, had fewer clinical encounters and subsequently decreased medical costs over a six-month period. The study was funded by Pear, coauthored by a Pear employee and published in the journal Expert Review of...
Screens and a plate of food
By Dave Muoio 03:26 pm November 3, 2020
New top-line data presented by Omada Health and researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Wake Forest University suggest that the chronic condition-management company's digital diabetes-prevention program can deliver clinically meaningful blood sugar reduction and weight loss over 12 months. The PREDICTS randomized controlled trial was first announced in 2018, and enrolled...
A woman massages her sore back
By Dr. Liz Kwo 11:12 am October 30, 2020
About the author: Dr. Liz Kwo is currently the staff VP of clinical data analytics at Anthem and a faculty lecturer at Harvard Medical School who previously cofounded and served as CEO of telemedicine second opinion company InfiniteMD. She received an MD from Harvard Medical School, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Digital health...
Hands transfer a piece of paper
By Dave Muoio 12:17 pm October 23, 2020
Employer mental health benefits provider Lyra Health has inked a strategic partnership with stress and wellness app Calm, the companies announced Tuesday. With the deal, Lyra's customers may choose to offer Calm's app and digital programs to their employees. Existing Lyra members with mild mental health issues such as stress will have the Calm app recommended. It will be available for direct...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm October 13, 2020
Digital check-in, insurance eligibility and automated patient collections technology company Clearwave today announced that it has purchased Odoro, the maker of a patient-scheduling and check-in tool. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said that they plan to integrate Odoro's scheduling technology into Clearwave's platform so that both the patient and practice can...