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By Laura Lovett 04:18 pm October 14, 2019
This morning med tech giant Abbott announced a new deal with chronic care management company Omada Health that will integrate Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with Omada's health coaching platform.  Going forward, eligible users with Type 2 diabetes will have the option to integrate data from their FreeStyle Libre, including glucose reading, trends and patterns, with...
By Dave Muoio 03:49 pm October 14, 2019
A new Stanford University-led study has found behavioral interventions such as activity reminders and education prompts delivered through a mobile app led to a significant increase in daily steps taken. “The results of this study show that minimal interventions delivered in a digital format can have a significant effect on physical activity,” the researchers wrote in The Lancet Digital Health. “...
By Dave Muoio 02:57 pm October 11, 2019
It’s little secret that chronic conditions are a heavy burden on the healthcare system. Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and others can stick with a patient for decades, often leading to increased spending on disease management programs and costly visits when those efforts aren’t making an impact. What’s worse, many of the clinical advances of the past decade or so haven’t substantially moved the...
By Jonah Comstock 02:44 pm October 11, 2019
Partners Health VP of Connected Health Dr. Joseph Kvedar has been giving the keynote for 16 years at the Connected Health Conference in Boston and the Partners Connected Health Symposium, one of CHC’s predecessor events. Each year, the show has focused on up-and-coming technology trends in the world of connected health. “People tell me that — and have told me year after year for almost as long as...
By Dave Muoio 03:43 pm October 9, 2019
Patient engagement has long been a tough nut for healthcare to crack, and it’s not for a lack of trying. New technologies that meet the patient in their home offer a clear opportunity to meet patients throughout the course of their daily lives, but the tools themselves are only half of the solution — making a real connection is just as much about addressing and responding to each individual’s...
By Laura Lovett 11:57 am October 9, 2019
"Data" may well be the buzzword of the early 21st century, but the health field is still trying to figure out how to use it. From claims data to wearables and EHRs, physicians are struggling to incorporate it into practice. This has led to the rise of tech startups looking to tackle this very issue.  “Data is king. The more data we have, the more precise we can be,” Lori Evans Bernstein,...
By Laura Lovett 04:05 pm October 8, 2019
This morning the Dexcom G6 Pro Continuous Glucose Monitoring System got the greenlight from the FDA. The latest technology can gather real-time glucose data over a period of 10 days and has the ability to be switched to blinded mode or unblinded mode.  In blinded mode, patients don’t see their data automatically; instead, the clinician will get the data and then be able to discuss it with the...
By Laura Lovett 03:52 pm October 7, 2019
Apple’s next health move could be smart clothing. Last year the tech giant filed a patent for a stretchable fabric band that could include circuitry sensors to measure blood pressure, respiration rate and ECG signals.   The patent application, published October 3, describes a fabric-based piece of clothing that would be able to wirelessly communicate with external electronic equipment. While it...
By Dave Muoio 03:18 pm October 7, 2019
Proteus Digital Health’s ingestible pill and sensor system could improve medication adherence, and subsequently treatment, for patients with tuberculosis (TB), according to new data from an independent study conducted in California. Published Friday in PLoS Medicine, the trial found Proteus’ system to accurately determine whether or not a medication was taken. Patients using the system at home...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:47 am October 7, 2019
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are launching today a platform that people experiencing signs of poor mental health will be able to use in order to build a personalised action plan and improve their wellbeing. Called Every Mind Matters, the resource, which has received the endorsement of the Royal College of General Practitioners, will offer support in tackling anxiety and stress and...