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By Dave Muoio 03:35 pm September 17, 2020
The increased adoption of virtual care technologies during the COVID-19 public health emergency is fairly well documented by this point, but a widespread embrace of health technologies is providing a similar upswell on individual niches within the digital health landscape. One such group of beneficiaries are the companies working to develop, validate and distribute digital therapeutics. Speaking...
By Dave Muoio 10:07 am September 17, 2020
Recent investigations of smartphone app-based activity interventions suggested that these approaches have a positive, but not significant, impact on individuals' daily physical activity, according to a recent meta-analysis of published randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Despite the limited gains, the evidence does suggest that the effect differs based on how the interventions are deployed and...
12:59 pm September 16, 2020
Apple and Anthem, along with the University of California, Irvine, and software company CareEvolution, have teamed up to launch a two-year, 900-participant study investigating how digital tools can help patients control their asthma and reduce hospital utilization. “The Digital Asthma Study brings together Apple Watch’s innovative technology with an engaging app-based self-management experience...
By Dr. Liz Kwo 12:00 pm September 11, 2020
About the author: Dr. Liz Kwo is currently the staff VP of clinical data analytics at Anthem, and previously cofounded and served as CEO of telemedicine second opinion company InfiniteMD. She received an MD from Harvard Medical, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. COVID-19 has reshaped the way humans interact with technology in...
By Dave Muoio 03:18 pm September 4, 2020
Connected-care-device and services company VivaLNK has partnered with healthcare engineering and tech firm Mazzetti to supply pop-up hospitals, clinics and senior centers with patient monitoring tools. These include VivaLNK's wearable vitals sensors and a connected provider platform, which the companies say will help reduce unnecessary disease exposures within these settings. “As the pandemic...
By Dave Muoio 11:36 am September 2, 2020
Abbott announced yesterday that its recently cleared FreeStyle Libre 2 integrated continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system is now covered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and available to Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes who meet eligibility criteria. Indicated for diabetes management in patients aged four years or older, the updated version of Abbott's system can...
By Dave Muoio 11:35 am August 26, 2020
Real-world evidence (RWE) technology startup Aetion has extended last year's $63 million Series B with a new $19 million raise. The funds come as strategic investments from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JJDC, EDBI and Greenspring Associates, all three of which are new supporters of the company. WHAT IT DOES Founded in 2013, the company's platform provides insights from RWE to decision-makers...
By Laura Lovett 03:17 pm August 25, 2020
Alphabet’s life science subsidiary Verily is jumping into the health insurance game with the launch of its new venture Coefficient Insurance Company.  The tech-enabled payer will be backed by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, which specializes in data-driven risk assessments.  Coefficient, which is categorized as a Verily subsidiary, is targeted at self-funded employers and is pitched as stop-loss...
By Dave Muoio 01:10 pm August 19, 2020
The United States Postal Service has been at the heart of a bitter partisan divide over the last few months of COVID-19 and the U.S. election season. Prominent Democratic politicians have alleged that recent reforms and administrative changes ushered by recently appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have led to widespread service delays across the country. At the same time, President Donald...
By Dave Muoio 01:35 pm August 18, 2020
U.S. consumers want to understand how and why their personal health data is being used by organizations, and may change their data sharing behaviors if they believe the information is being used to improve health outcomes for themselves or others, according to recent survey from health data intelligence firm W2O. Conducted in two 1,000-person waves in September 2019 and May 2020, the poll...