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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...
By Dave Muoio May 15, 2019
Aidoc, an Israeli provider of artificial intelligence products for radiologists, announced today that it has received FDA clearance for a tool that identifies potential cases of pulmonary embolism — a blockage in one of the lung’s pulmonary arteries — for expert review. “We chose to focus on this product because these are patients who might not necessarily have clear symptoms of pulmonary...
By Laura Lovett May 15, 2019
Digitizing medicine has become a priority all over the world. Driven by needs, budget and priorities, each country and region takes its own approach to integrating these tools.   “Our national agenda is very much digitizing everything. Even if you want to renew your driver’s license you cannot do that at a desk,” Dana Kassissieh, senior director for governance and patient experience at Cleveland...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2019
The American Medical Association has always had an interesting relationship with digital health, vacillating between gadfly and cheerleader as it seeks to fulfill its role as the voice of physicians in industry conversations. At the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit, an event held in Cleveland this week and organized in conjunction with HIMSS, AMA Board Chair Dr....