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By Laura Lovett 02:09 pm March 4, 2020
Google made waves in the fall when the WSJ reported that the tech company had been working with Ascension since 2018 on a collaboration involving patient data, called Project Nightingale. While the partnership appears to be HIPAA compliant, the news drew concerns among patients, providers and legislators. Earlier this week, a group of three senators, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard...
By Dave Muoio 11:56 am March 4, 2020
The FDA is warning of new cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Bluetooth Low Energy communications technology used in certain medical devices. According to the agency, the issue could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly crash a device, prevent it from working or access functions limited to its users. The FDA says the vulnerabilities – referred to as "SweynTooth" by the researchers who...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:32 am March 4, 2020
The health service in England has launched a new NHS 111 online tool to help those wanting to get quick advice about the new coronavirus after it saw a surge in the number of queries received about the outbreak. Since its launch last Wednesday, more than 70,000 people have reportedly turned to the service to find out more information and get help, with over 35,000 accessing it in one day over the...
By Laura Lovett 02:48 pm March 3, 2020
As digital becomes the new norm, mothers and expecting mothers are looking for new ways to connect to their healthcare providers, however, the term digital health is still far from a mainstream term, according to a recent Xealth report.  The report found that nearly half of new and pregnant patients expected to interact with their doctors digitally (47%). However, only 27% of those survey-takers...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:53 am March 3, 2020
XRHealth has announced that it is working with Israel’s Sheba Medical Center to offer virtual reality (VR) telehealth services to patients exposed to coronavirus who are quarantined at the hospital, and to monitor their return home. The partnership will see the patients be provided with access to VR headsets equipped with the company’s extended reality technology solutions and data analysis, as...
By Laura Lovett 03:36 pm March 2, 2020
In mid-January an error in the Walgreens app led to the leak of customers' secure messages. Specifically, the error allowed customers to see each other's information, including personal data such as names and prescription drug information.  The company announced the breach late last week, assuring customers that following the breach it disabled the message viewing feature in the app “to prevent...
By Laura Lovett 01:41 pm March 2, 2020
Last week the FDA greenlighted the ultrasound app VistaScan from Emagine Solutions Technology.  The new software app can be used on a doctor's cellphone or tablet. It can also connect with companion ultrasound probes, which are already FDA cleared.  The company previously partnered with the Red Cross to assist women with prenatal scans, according to a video on the company’s website. WHY IT...
By Dave Muoio 03:00 pm February 28, 2020
The year 2019 was good to Teladoc Health. Although still operating at a loss, the virtual care provider enters the new year hot with reports that revenue and visits — domestic and international, paid membership and visit fee — all outpaced the company’s projections. Teladoc said during a Wednesday afternoon earnings call that it is expecting that growth to continue. Part of this is due to the...
By Paul Wicks 04:04 am February 28, 2020
Paul Wicks is a scientific advisor for digital health company Ada Health. At Ada, Paul works on strategy, rare diseases and scientific communications. A rare diseases expert, Paul is a neuropsychologist and independent consultant for digital health, clinical trials, and patient centricity. Previously, he spent 13 years leading the R&D team at PatientsLikeMe, an online community for over 700,...