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By Aditi Pai March 24, 2014
A non-randomized, double-blind study of 521 patients with heart failure found that the combination of data from minute ventilation and physical activity sensors could predict 34 percent of heart failure events, according to a study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure. "Monitoring early signs of clinical deterioration could allow physicians to adjust medical treatment for patients...
By Brian Dolan March 21, 2014
By Brian Dolan Four years ago a keynote speaker at the American Medical Informatics Association meeting in Washington D.C. made a provocative prediction about the near-future importance of patient generated health data: "I think it's not that bold to say that in five years the kind of things I was showing you are going to put us in a position where the vast majority of information that a doctor...
By Jonah Comstock March 19, 2014
The InstaMed Go iPad app. Electronic medical payment network InstaMed has launched a mobile app called InstaMed Go. The mobile app will allow providers who use InstaMed to collect payments at the bedside or anywhere in the hospital. "InstaMed Go is our application for healthcare providers, and really what we've done is we've taken everything they could do on our desktop application and...
By Jonah Comstock March 17, 2014
Researchers at Stanford University have developed two new low-cost iPhone adapters for optical photography. In two papers recently published in the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine, first spotted by Medgadget, the researchers suggest that existing smartphone-connected ophthalmoscopes, like Welch Allyn's iExaminer are still larger and more complicated than necessary, especially for...
By Brian Dolan March 13, 2014
As the number of self-tracking health and fitness tools available to consumers continues to climb, a persistent question has been whether the data they collect might be useful to health researchers. Along with that: Are people who self-track comfortable sharing their data with researchers? A new, must-read report from San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2014
Minneapolis-based telemedicine startup Zipnosis has been quietly setting up its online telemedicine service since 2010. The company's concept is simple: provide a low-cost, online avenue for people to get diagnoses and prescriptions for some of the most common and addressable ailments. Now, after five years of validation with Fairview Health in Minnesota (where Zipnosis is based) the company is...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2014
Lead Researcher Dr. Paul Porter dons Google Glass in a video from RI Hospital's website. Rhode Island Hospital has begun a feasability study using Google Glass to provide dermatology consultations to patients in the emergency room. For six months, emergency room patients who require a dermatology consult and consent to the study will be examined by ER physicians wearing a stripped-down version...
By Brian Dolan March 11, 2014
Castlight Health, which is expected to debut on the New York Stock Exchange this coming Friday, just filed another update to its IPO filing with the SEC and now the company is looking to raise  looks to raise more than $191 million in total. The company raised the price of its IPO range to $13 to $15 a share up from its previous expected range of $9 to $11. The company is offering 11.1 million...
By Aditi Pai March 10, 2014
University of California Davis' Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic is launching a study in partnership with mobile health company Ginger.io. The 12-month study follow 120 young people who are in the early stages of psychotic illness. Only youth who are enrolled in the UC Davis or City of Sacramento (EDAPT) clinics are eligible to participate. UC Davis received $588,000 from...
By Jonah Comstock March 10, 2014
A group of Taiwanese researchers has rigged up a smartphone-connected endoscope, which can enable the smartphone's camera to take internal pictures of patients' ears, noses and throats. In a six-patient telemedicine trial that took place in the mountains of Taiwan, the technology enabled remote diagnoses that matched the diagnosis of on-site otolaryngologists 100 percent of the time. The...