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By Laura Lovett February 4, 2019
This morning Google unveiled two new apps aimed at tackling accessibility issues for people living with hearing loss. One focuses on quickly translating everyday speech into text, and the second focuses on amplifying sounds for the user.  The first, called Live Transcribe, is app that uses a phone’s microphone to turn real-world speech into captions, according to a blog post released by Google. ...
By Dave Muoio February 4, 2019
A Google patent application published on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office gives a few more details on a predictive EHR system first highlighted by the tech company last May. The application was filed by Google in July 2017, and has not yet been granted. As described in the application, Google’s system can aggregate and store EHRs for a diverse population, while compiling each...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
This morning diabetes self-management company One Drop announced its platform’s integration with Apple’s Health Records. As part of the integration patients who use the One Drop | Experts are able to share their EHRs with their personal diabetes coach. This gives patients the ability to share their vitals, lab results and medication history with One Drop coaches.  This news coincides with the...

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By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2019
Duke University has received about $500,000 in grant money from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to build an app designed to help doctors and patients work together to prevent opioid abuse. The investment is part of $2 million in grants distributed earlier this week by Blue Cross NC across five organizations tackling the opioid crisis in different ways, which in turn is part of a $10...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
This morning San Francisco-based telemedicine platform HeyDoctor announced that its customers will now be able to receive naloxone, including Narcan, through its website and mobile app.  Users will first go through a text chat-based consultation with a physician on HeyDoctor about how and when to use the medication, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The prescription can then be...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
Fifty-four percent of consumers are willing to try an FDA-approved app or digital tool for the treatment of a medical condition, according to a new report out of PricewaterhouseCoopers compiling survey data and other health trend information from the past year.  “The arrival of digital therapeutics — an emerging health discipline that uses technology to augment or even replace active drugs in...
By Dave Muoio January 30, 2019
Giblib — the maker of a variety of streaming medical education videos that can be viewed the web, on mobile and in virtual reality — has launched a new app on the Oculus Store that features 360-degree VR videos of pre-recorded and live operating room procedures, the company announced yesterday. The app and its videos are available to any consumers with a subscription to Giblib’s service and an...
Sydney Children’s Cloe Benz

Sydney Children’s Cloe Benz

By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2019
Telemedicine doesn’t have to be all or nothing. That’s one lesson the Sydney Children’s Hospital learned from its implementation of a telehealth program for physical therapy, which encompasses both virtual visits and in-person visits. “We are visiting kids in their homes and doing physical therapy treatments in their homes, but we’re also taking their services out of hospital by visiting them via...
By Laura Lovett January 30, 2019
This morning Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses a deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, launched two new features “Family Mode” and “Share with Doctor”, which let users share data across platforms with loved ones or a provider. The new features, which are available on Cardiogram premium, are interoperable between Apple Watches, Garmins and devices running...
Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

Dignity Health's Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

By Jonah Comstock January 29, 2019
Using SMART on FHIR integration, Dignity Health was able to quickly roll out a patient-facing app that delivers education and medication reminders in 20 different languages. “Our leadership was looking for an opportunity to improve the patient experience, by engaging patients more in preventive care to help reduce readmission rates, and by being able to communicate more broadly with our patient...

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