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By Aditi Pai 10:36 am February 7, 2014
Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) has launched two new web apps and updated a third to help hospital first responders and hospital planners prepare for emergency situations. The two new apps are Flucast and Surge. Johns Hopkins made the third, EMCAPS, a downloadable program meant for first-responder training and hospital disaster...
By Jonah Comstock 08:29 am February 5, 2014
The promise of Google's glucose-sensing contact lens is non-invasive continuous glucose monitoring: that rather than having to prick themselves with lancets several times a day, the nation's 26 million people with diabetes could take their readings on their phone via passively collected tears. If that sounds too good to be true to you, you're not alone. A number of voices in the diabetes care...
By Aditi Pai 11:19 am February 4, 2014
Ryan McQuaid, a former lead product marketing manager of AT&T's mHealth Platform business, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for his new company, PlushCare, an app-based system that lets users email, call and video chat with doctors for a subscription fee. (Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated McQuaid was Former Head of Product for AT&T mHealth)....
By Jonah Comstock 06:43 am January 30, 2014
Atlanta-based Bioscape Digital has acquired Chattanooga-based Picture Rx to build out its tablet-based patient engagement platform. PictureRx had previously raised $2 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. Although the company did not disclose the terms of the deal, CEO Stuart Bracken told MobiHealthNews that "inherently it makes sense that it would be north of that $2...
By Jonah Comstock 07:29 am January 29, 2014
A team of Dutch scientists has conducted a review of published studies that looked at how electronic communication between doctors and patients -- like email or messaging through a patient-facing EHR portal -- affects care outcomes, health behavior, and patient satisfaction. In the paper, recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers looked particularly at studies...
By Aditi Pai 11:32 am January 27, 2014
Akron, Ohio-based Akron Children's Hospital has launched an app and website for childhood cancer survivors called CancerLateFX created out of a $100,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting the fight against pediatric cancer. CancerLateFX, available on iOS and Android platforms as well as on a website, was created to help childhood cancer survivors ...
By Jonah Comstock 04:00 am January 23, 2014
Dr. Scott Dulchavsky Henry Ford Innovations, a spin-off of Detroit, Michigan's Henry Ford Health System, has received a $3 million, 3-year grant from the William Davidson Foundation to establish a new digital health innovation center, the William Davidson Center for Entrepreneurs in Digital Health. "When we embarked almost four years ago on developing the Innovation Institute as a separate...
By Brian Dolan 07:39 am January 22, 2014
Sunrise, Florida-based MDLive, which offers telehealth services including patient-to-physician remote visits via mobile devices, has raised $23.6 million in nw funding led by Heritage Group with participation from Sutter Health and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The company's first strategic investor and connected care customer was Norfolk, Virginia-based healthcare system Sentara Healthcare,...
By Jonah Comstock 03:27 pm January 21, 2014
Glooko, maker of diabetes management software and glucometer connector cables, is teaming up with the Joslin Diabetes Center to co-develop a "virtual Joslin" remote diabetes management platform to be offered to patients via private or government payors. "Right now patients with diabetes -- or members of health plans with diabetes -- cost the healthcare system anywhere from $7,000 a year to $21,...
By Aditi Pai 05:06 am January 21, 2014
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed wearable sensors, made up of silver nanowires, which can measure strain, pressure, human touch and bioelectronic signals. The technology was built on lead researcher Dr. Yong Zhu's earlier work to create elastic conductors from silver nanowires. To do this, researchers embedded insulating material between two stretchable conductors,...