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By Dave Muoio May 21, 2019
Minneapolis-based NightWare — maker of a smartwatch therapeutic for people with nightmare disorder and PTSD-driven nightmares — has received breakthrough therapy designation for its in-development product. In addition, the company is launching two new placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials for its digital intervention, one of which is being conducted within Department of Veterans Affairs...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2019
New York’s Northwell Health is a few years into the rollout of its digital patient experience, a reinvention of the hospital’s website and patient outreach tools. At the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit last week, an event co-organized by HIMSS, Northwell Chief Experience Officer Sven Gierlinger and Emily Kagan Trenchard, VP of digital and innovation strategy, laid out some of the...

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By Laura Lovett May 21, 2019
Public health departments are now getting a little bit of help from Facebook to map out where diseases are spreading worldwide. The social media giant recently launched three new maps aimed at helping public health officials tackle the problem of pinpointing where diseases are present and spreading. The new additions include high-resolution population density maps with demographic estimates,...

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By Laura Lovett May 20, 2019
Using a smartphone and a paper funnel, researchers from the University of Washington have created a system that can detect fluid in the middle ear, which causes ear infections. According to a new study published by the Science Translational Medicine journal, the smartphone-based machine learning algorithm app can be used to identify pediatric patients with the condition.  Authors of the study...
By Dave Muoio May 20, 2019
On Friday, the FDA issued a warning to patients and providers describing the dangers of diabetes management devices and software that haven’t been assessed by the agency. These include any unapproved or unauthorized continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps and automated insulin dosing systems, whether used as a standalone device or integrated as part of a glucose management system. “These...
By Laura Lovett May 20, 2019
A recent study published in JMIR found that the Ava fertility wearable was able to use biomarkers, including skin temperature and heart rate, to help predict women’s fertility windows.  “By monitoring numerous physiological parameters simultaneously, wearable technology uniquely improves upon retrospective methods for fertility awareness and enables the first real-time predictive model of...
By Laura Lovett May 17, 2019
Listening has always been a critical component to medicine. Increasingly the healthcare world is seeing the value in listening to patients’ stories and helping these narratives drive hospital transformation.  “Patient stories provide rich, qualitative data, and context to the critical texture, which is how are we doing in delivering great patient care and a great patient experience,” Lee Chen Ee...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2019
Patient experience begins well before a patient gets to the hospital. And if a patient’s experience trying to schedule an appointment isn’t a positive one, they may not make it there at all. At the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit this week, Karen Applebaum, executive director of enterprise access operations and technology at Providence St. Joseph Health system, spoke about how her...

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By Laura Lovett May 16, 2019
Without codesign some of the best technologies can be ineffective, or at least not meet their full potential, according Clifford Goldsmith, chief medical officer and national director of US providers at Microsoft Health and Life Sciences.  During the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit, put on in partnership with HIMSS, Goldsmith gave the example of wearables. More...
By Dave Muoio May 16, 2019
Gozio Health, maker of a mobile wayfinding and patient engagement platform for healthcare systems, has signed onto a strategic alliance with AT&T that will scale its service to more hospitals nationwide. To help patients navigate large or complex medical campuses, Gozio deploys an automated robot to traverse the halls and begin constructing a digital map of the facility. From there, the...