July 17, 2019
WebMD’s consumer STD lab tests came under fire this week after Responsible Telemedicine, a nonprofit that bills itself as an "industry watchdog," filed a lawsuit suing the company for mislabeling the tests as FDA approved.
The suit alleges that only three of the nine STD tests sold by WebMD have “undergone the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) premarket approval process through...
July 16, 2019
The stakes are high when it comes to medical device safety, but recall notifications aren’t always easy to find.
With this in mind, a new Boston-based startup called Soom is aiming to target this issue with its new app, called SoomSafety. The app lets users scan the bar code of a medical device to bring up all safety and recall information about the product.
Soom pulls from the FDA’s open-source...
July 15, 2019
Patients who enrolled in a physical activity trial enjoyed a long-term benefit of fewer cardiovascular events and bone fractures up to four years after the intervention was completed.
According to a new review of these patients’ routine primary care records published in PLoS Medicine, the data support further rollout of pedometer-based walking programs among older adults, even if the intervention...
July 12, 2019
Deep in the belly of the University of Helsinki, large metallic cylinders line a basement lab. While the setting is clinical, scientists have added a playful touch with snow-themed name tags on each of the vats. Still, the mission of the lab is serious — inside “snow queen” and “snow castle” lie genetic samples that could potentially help decode genetic variants responsible for disease.
Omada CEO Sean Duffy. Photo credit: Omada
July 11, 2019
Omada Health, the digital health company that recently raised $73 million, came on to the digital health scene in 2011 with a focus on diabetes and chronic conditions. As the company continues to carve out its legacy in the digital health world, it is taking a cue from a more established industry.
“We’re one of the most life sciences-like digital health companies. We don’t fit perfectly into any...
July 11, 2019
The FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program — a three-year, $100 million telehealth initiative that was first proposed last summer — took another step toward fruition yesterday with the commission’s unanimous vote to advance and seek public comment on the project.
Alongside general questions on the program’s budgeting, duration and structure, the new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is searching for...
July 10, 2019
XRHealth, a digital health startup best known for its virtual reality technology, is now opening up its platform to third-party developers, the Boston-based company exclusively announced to MobiHealthNews.
The end goal will be a tool kit for providers, payers and pharmas that will serve as a “one-stop shop” for VR products.
The company, formerly known as VRHealth, is no stranger to developing...
July 8, 2019
Enterprise telehealth company SnapMD has released an updated version of its Virtual Care mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices that, among other things, offers clients new tools to better embed the service within their own digital ecosystem.
Launched today, the white-label app comes with an SDK and APIs that allow provider clients to either customize their own branded telehealth mobile...
July 3, 2019
Telecoms giant Vodafone has launched its 5G network in seven cities across the UK earlier today, switched on by five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton in London.
From expanding virtual reality training to telemedicine or remote monitoring, experts say 5G will accelerate adoption and stimulate innovation in healthcare in the coming years.
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“Everyone talks about speed and...
July 2, 2019
Cedars-Sinai has unveiled its latest accelerator class, which features startups the run the gamut of workflow management systems to remote patient monitoring systems and clinical trial data tools to augmented reality education. The next step for the 11 startups selected is a three-month stint at Cedars-Sinai’s Los Angles hospital to work with clinicians and administration teams.
Each of the...