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By Laura Lovett July 17, 2018
VitalConnect and physIQ are teaming up with the Haga Teaching Hospital in the Netherlands to conduct a study on how wearable biosensors and artificial intelligence can augment care for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Specifically, the study — which is funded by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals — is looking to see how the technology can detect adverse events in cancer...
By Dave Muoio July 17, 2018
CyberMDX, a connected medical device and clinical network security firm, announced today that it has closed $10 million in Series A funding. The financing round was led by Pitango Venture Capital, with additional backing from OurCrowd Qure. The company’s MDefend software product is deployed to a provider’s network, CyberMDX CEO Amir Magner told MobiHealthNews. The tool is non-intrusive, and doesn...
By Laura Lovett July 17, 2018
Blockchain is in vogue this year in the healthcare space as innovators find new uses for the technology, which makes information easy to verify and difficult to falsify.  Emerging out of stealth mode today is New York-based startup Embleema, which is launching its block chain personal health record platform designed to help link patients to life science researchers. “We focus on real data from...
By Dave Muoio July 16, 2018
To expand beyond the small- and mid-size employer market, digital physical therapy, telehealth, and patient engagement platform Physitrack has launched two new enterprise-focused offerings for new or current customers. The first of these, called PhysiApp 2.0, is a revamp of the company’s patient-facing physical therapy app that is better suited for long-term treatment and guided patient education...
By Dave Muoio July 16, 2018
A new study published in npj Digital Medicine suggests that walking data collected from hip-worn accelerometers is viable for assessing the risk of falls in older women. While this specific investigation employed a medical-grade triaxial accelerometer (the ActiGraph GT3X+), the researchers noted in their writeup that the success of these sensors bode well for population-level analyses of fall...
By Laura Lovett July 16, 2018
While the use of mental health apps has been on the rise, researchers of a recent analysis published by the Annals of Family Medicine, which is broadly critical of these platforms, worry that these apps could lead to unnecessary diagnoses and misinformation about mental illness.  “Mental health apps may promote medicalization of normal mental states and imply individual responsibility for mental...
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By Jonah Comstock July 16, 2018
Last week’s announcement of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new fee schedule could mean a big increase in the amount of care given via telemedicine that’s reimbursed by Medicare. But for its state-funded cousin Medicaid, the availability of telemedicine services varies greatly based on where you are. A new survey out last week from Manatt Health looks at Medicaid fee-for-service...
By Laura Lovett July 13, 2018
The US government has never been known for its easy-to-use web platforms. At one point getting Medicare or Medicaid information could turn into hours of navigating an antiquated platform. But some of these websites are getting a facelift and becoming faster, simpler, and easier to use. In part, that’s thanks to the brain power of the US Digital Service (USDS), a team of technologists that come to...
By Jonah Comstock July 12, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its new proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Program updates for 2019, and the announcement includes some big strides forward in promoting digital health technology, including widened telemedicine coverage, an overhaul of documentation requirements, and a new focus on interoperability. "Today is a huge win for patients and...
By Dave Muoio July 12, 2018
An investigation published yesterday in The Lancet Psychiatry found that automated cognitive intervention delivered via sessions with a consumer-grade virtual reality headset effectively reduced individuals’ fear of heights, and was generally well received by those participating in the study. The results, researchers wrote, suggest that similar automated VR treatments could potentially be viable...