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By Laura Lovett 03:16 pm January 23, 2020
Wearable sensor company VivaLNK got the FDA nod for its Multi Vital ECG Sensor and software development kit (SDK) this morning.  This comes roughly a month after the technology landed a CE Mark, allowing the product to be marketed in the European Union.  The new product, which includes a light weight reusable sensor and corresponding SDK, allows developers and providers to have direct control...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:55 am January 23, 2020
Patients at Southmead Hospital in England could soon see robots help them recover after surgery in a new partnership between the North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The organisations have announced that they will be working together to explore the potential of healthcare technologies in further improving patient outcomes and hospital experience. NBT said socially...
By Dave Muoio 11:13 am January 22, 2020
Verily, the life sciences research subsidiary of Alphabet, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for an augmented version of its prescription Study Watch wearable that includes some form of arrhythmia monitoring. While specific details on the so-called “Study Watch With Irregular Pulse Monitor” are yet to be published alongside the agency’s premarket notification, the product has been classified as a...
By Laura Lovett 10:00 am January 22, 2020
With an eye on prevention, chronic care management startup Lark Health revealed exclusively to MobiHealthNews that it is launching a new AI-enabled program targeted at keeping at-risk patients healthy.  Dubbed Lark Prevention, the tool was created to help guide Lark Health's members through behavioral coaching to address weight management, smoking cessation, stress and overall general health....
By Jonah Comstock 09:49 am January 21, 2020
One of the biggest digital health success stories of the two decades is in the diabetes space, especially the continuous glucose monitor (or CGM). The first CGM was approved by the FDA in 1999, but in the last decade we've seen CGMs become smaller, longer lasting and more comfortable, and we've seen huge strides in datasharing as CGM-phone connectivity went from novelty to commodity.  Dexcom has...
By Dave Muoio 03:41 pm January 20, 2020
Resting heart rate and sleep duration data collected from Fitbit devices could help inform timely and accurate models of population-level influenza trends, according to a new Scripps Research Translational Institute study published online in The Lancet Digital Health last Friday. “Currently, CDC [influenza-like illness (ILI)] data are typically reported [one to three] weeks late and reported...
By Laura Lovett 12:02 pm January 20, 2020
When it comes to accessing healthcare, patients are faced with a lot of decisions: Do I take the dreaded trip to the emergency room or wait to see a PCP? How long can I wait to be seen? Increasingly, medical centers are looking to ease this stress with chatbots. However, this tech comes with its own set of obstacles and opportunities.  Lisa Mason, senior director of product design, user research...
By Jonah Comstock 11:48 am January 17, 2020
As 2020 gets underway, the federal government has set its sights on bringing innovation to an area of health that affects one in seven Americans and costs the government more than NASA and the Department of Commerce combined, yet hasn’t seen major innovation since the 1970s. That area is kidney disease. Both HHS Chief Technology Officer Ed Simcox and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan addressed the...
By Dave Muoio 02:46 pm January 16, 2020
Data and digital health tech were the focus of Stanford Medicine’s 2020 Health Trends Report. Released late last week, the research survey of more than 700 physicians, residents and medical students found that many of these respondents are looking forward to incorporating these new tools into their practice. “We found that current and future physicians are not only open to new technologies but...
By Dave Muoio 02:00 pm January 15, 2020
Editor's note: The original version of this story claimed that STARS-ADHD Adjunctive enrolled 2016 subjects, instead of 206. We apologize for this error. Digital therapeutic company Akili Interactive has announced the first results of an open-label, multisite pediatric ADHD trial providing some patients with the company’s video game-like treatment alongside a stimulant medication. Called the ...