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the 37 startups building voice applications for healthcare
As the next frontier in human-technology interfaces, voice-enabled and voice-first technologies are leading the way in many innovative applications across industries. Predictions that 50 percent of searches will be voice-based by 2020 and that 55 percent of US households will have a smart speaker by 2022 have entrepreneurs, developers, product managers, and marketers rushing to figure out how...
By Laura Lovett August 2, 2018
Treating a patient who is experiencing domestic abuse can be difficult waters to navigate for physicians. However, it is a common problem impacting one in four women and one in seven men, according to the CDC's numbers.  Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology and nonprofit Resolve Greater Rochester have put their heads together to develop a new app that helps assess a patient's...
By Laura Lovett August 2, 2018
While the term blockchain has populated numerous news feeds and executive board room conversations recently, just how the technology works and what it can do for healthcare has remained somewhat of a mystery for the layperson. At the Digital Healthcare Innovations Congress in Boston yesterday Roger Smith, chief technology officer at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, broke down how the technology...
By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
Dr. Ashish Atreja is an unabashed proponent of digital health. As chief innovation and officer and associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he has contributed to a number of the organization’s digitally-focused initiatives and often speaks of the benefits these technologies can bring to care. However, for digital health and medicines to avoid major pitfalls during its...
Adherium receives additional FDA clearance for OTC sale of inhaler sensors in the US

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By Dave Muoio July 27, 2018
Connected inhaler sensor maker Adherium has received 510(k) clearance for US over-the-counter sales of its Hailie sensor, formerly known as Smartinhaler. Specifically, individual versions of the device have been cleared for use with the asthma inhalers ProAir HFA, Ventolin HFA, and Flovent HFA. “This latest clearance kicks off our official entry into the US consumer market, giving the tens of...
By Dave Muoio July 26, 2018
San Francisco-based Lantern — a web and mobile platform offering cognitive behavioral therapy and mental health coaching to consumers, employers, and payers — will be laying off the majority of its staff as the company moves to taper its current commercial arrangements, CEO and cofounder Alejandro Foung told MobiHealthNews. While a small handful of the team will remain on board to pursue new...
Walgreens launches new a digital platform for connecting customers to healthcare providers
By Jonah Comstock July 26, 2018
Walgreens Boots Alliance has launched a new digital platform, available through its mobile app and website, called Find Care Now. The service is designed to be a curated way to connect customers to a range of healthcare providers that Walgreens has partnered with, including telemedicine companies, digital-enabled house call companies, and more traditional providers. “Find Care Now is ultimately a...
By Dave Muoio July 26, 2018
Proteus Digital Health’ pitch to track adherence using sensor-equipped pills has found another audience in the HIV prevention community. Among the featured data presented at this week’s International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam was a trial that outfitted Gilead Sciences’ preventive HIV drug Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) with the tracking technology. Here, researchers found that the sensor-...

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By Laura Lovett July 25, 2018
Update: The telemedicine scene referred to in this article was cut from the US version of "Sharkwrecked." It will still be in the international version. Correction: The survivalists blew up a boat. A previous version of this article misstated that the divers were in an inflatable boat.  Telemedicine is getting a cameo on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Set to premier tomorrow night, the show "...
By Jonah Comstock July 25, 2018
Correction: Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, this story has been updated to remove the claim that Dip.io is the first FDA-cleared smartphone urine test. We've reached out to Healthy.io for comment on this development and we'll update when we hear more. Tel-Aviv, Israel-based Healthy.io has secured FDA 510(k) clearance for Dip.io, a home-based urinalysis kit that turns a smartphone into a clinical-...