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By Dave Muoio June 10, 2019
On Friday, the American Diabetes Association kicked off its annual conference in San Francisco, where academics, vendors and other stakeholders congregated to unveil new study results and major announcements related to diabetes management. And while MobiHealthNews already put together a roundup featuring an opening salvo of the show’s announcements, the past few days have seen a tidal wave of new...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2019
Caesarea, Israel-based Itamar Medical received FDA 510(k) clearance last week for a new disposable home sleep apnea test (HSAT) called WatchPAT One. The device is smartphone-connected; patients pair the wearable to their phone before sleeping with the device, which straps around the wrist but also includes a sensor that goes over the tip of the finger and another that affixes to the chest, both...
By Dave Muoio June 10, 2019
The FDA has granted De Novo clearance to a prescription nerve stimulation device for the reduction of functional abdominal pain. The device is intended for use by adolescents and teens with irritable bowel syndrome in combination with other therapies. Developed by Innovative Health Solutions, the IB-Stim devices is a single-use electrical nerve stimulator. When placed behind the patient’s ear, it...

(Left to Right) CVS Chief Digital Officer Firdaus Bhathena, Google Cloud Head of Product for Health & Life Sciences Dr. Joseph Corkery, Iora Health Chief Growth Officer Sonia Millsom, and Oak HC/FT Partner Nancy Brown chat onstage at a recent event in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jonah Comstock)

By Laura Lovett June 7, 2019
When it comes to healthcare, Google is no longer just a tool for searching symptoms at 1 a.m. The tech giant is quickly making its mark in the health industry, from fitness apps to EHR patents, and all eyes are on how the company could be a disruptive force. So far the tech giant has already seen some challenges and successes. While Google has made headlines in health news within the last few...
By Jonah Comstock June 6, 2019
Healthcare enterprises and digital health startups have a symbiotic relationship: startups need enterprise partners to test and validate their technology, and enterprises turn to startups to bolster innovation efforts beyond what they’re equipped to do in-house. According to Rock Health Director of Research Megan Zweig, speaking this week at a Rock Health event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this...
By Laura Lovett June 6, 2019
Looking to the chronic care space, Innomar Strategies, a Canadia-focused arm of AmerisourceBergen, has developed a new mobile app dubbed Chronically Simple. The new tool was designed to help individuals with complex need and chronic conditions manage their care.  The patient-facing tool will allow users to view appointments and communicate with healthcare providers. Patients using the system can...

Quil Health CEO Carina Edwards speaks with Cooley LLP Partner Geoff Starr at BIO 2019 in Philadelphia.

By Dave Muoio June 6, 2019
In April of 2018, Comcast and Independence Blue Cross announced plans to develop a nebulous consumer-focused healthcare platform that would use technology to engage patients in the midst of their care journey. The effort, now an independent joint venture known as Quil Health, might have seen like an unlikely pairing at the time. But according to newly appointed CEO Carina Edwards, the two...
By Dr. Daniel Yazdi June 6, 2019
About the Author: Dr. Daniel Yazdi is an Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School interested in the intersection of digital health and clinical medicine. He can be followed on Twitter @DanielYazdi. Medicine is reaching a problem of epic proportions: without any changes to how primary care is delivered, in 2030 there will be a projected deficit of 14,800 to...
By Dave Muoio June 5, 2019
Department of Veteran Affairs clinics that offered HIV patients telehealth programs found modest improvements in population-level viral suppression despite a low utilization rate of roughly one in eight patients, according to a study published last month in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. “Our findings describe the impact of HIV telehealth programs implemented as quality improvement programs in...
By Laura Lovett June 4, 2019
Digital health is still in many ways the new kid on the block within the healthcare industry. Within a short amount of time, the new field has turned the heads of investors and providers alike. But now the industry is beginning to grapple with questions around how to implement a sustainable economic business model.  “In the next five to six years or so the market is estimated to be $120 billion...