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By Dave Muoio 02:06 pm August 14, 2019
Therapeutic virtual reality is not only an effective approach for hospital inpatients experiencing a wide variety of pain, but likely retains its impact when provided over multiple days under real-world circumstances, according to a new Cedars-Sinai clinical study published today in PLoS One. “There’s been decades of research testing VR in highly controlled environments — university laboratories...
By Laura Lovett 03:44 pm August 13, 2019
Telemedicine access in the state of New Hampshire is expanding thanks to a newly signed bill that will let primary care providers and pediatricians bill Medicaid and private insurances for telemedicine visits, according to a report by the Associated Press. The new legislation is an expansion from previous bills, which restricted reimbursement to specialist visits.  All providers with an already...
By Laura Lovett 03:53 pm August 12, 2019
Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have invented a wearable device designed to help expecting parents keep track of their child’s fetal heartbeat. The lightweight technology uses seismo-cardiogram and gyro-cardiogram recordings collected from a consumer-grade sensor. When placed on the mother’s stomach, it detects vibrations when the baby is moving or its heart is beating.  In the...
By Dave Muoio 03:11 pm August 12, 2019
Last week Experian Health, maker of a healthcare revenue cycle management platform and other health IT enterprise tools, announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Nashville-based digital care coordination company MyHealthDirect. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Experian Health’s mission is to use data-driven insight to connect and simplify healthcare for all,” Jennifer Schulz,...
By Laura Lovett 02:36 pm August 12, 2019
Time is one of a doctor’s most precious resources. But with the increasing emphasis on documentation, doctors are often snowed under with paperwork. Scores of startups and provider innovation organizations are looking for ways that new technologies could help tackle this problem.  Recently, voice technology has come onto the digital health scene as a new tool with the potential to help lighten...
By Dave Muoio 03:08 pm August 8, 2019
Sensors from consumer-grade devices like iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads and Beddit sleep monitors capture enough data to spot mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease dementia, according to a new feasibility study conducted jointly by Apple, Eli Lilly and Company and Evidation Health researchers that was presented today at a research conference held in Anchorage, Alaska. “Over the past few...
By Dave Muoio 02:54 pm August 7, 2019
Medical education and training game maker Level Ex is tackling the final frontier in its latest project for NASA, the startup announced today. With the help of a newly announced grant from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine, Level Ex will be working over the next 12 months to lay the groundwork for virtual simulations and scenarios that...
By Dave Muoio 03:30 pm August 6, 2019
Paris, France-based Voluntis has received FDA marketing authorization for an algorithm-driven digital tool that helps cancer patients manage their symptoms and care teams identify clinical insights, the company announced last week. The Oleena software is a Class II medical device that is prescribed by the patient’s care team. As the user logs their symptoms into the app, it adapts to offer...
By Laura Lovett 01:44 pm August 5, 2019
Fossil’s latest smartwatch is set to integrate Cardiogram, an app that uses deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, preinstalled. The Cardiogram platform has been tested to detect sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension and atrial fibrillation.  Typically, Cardiogram Care is included only in Cardiogram’s premium version, which costs $15 a month. However, the Cardiogram Care...
By Veronika Vartanova 10:42 am August 2, 2019
Veronika Vartanova is a mobility researcher at Iflexion, a software development company based in Denver, Colorado. She writes on the latest trends in mobile app development, AR and VR business integration, and mobile-first digital transformation. Wearables have come a long way from being merely entertaining to bringing in tangible health benefits. Early on, bands with basic functionality were...