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By Jonah Comstock July 12, 2018
Healthcare data platform company Innovaccer has launched ACO Advisor, a new free online tool that uses publicly available data to advise Accountable Care Organizations on how to reduce costs and increase revenues. “It has been six years since the ACO program was started, but still most of them are leaving money on the table by not assuming enough risks,” Abhinav Shashank, CEO cofounder at...
telehealth pilot announced from FCC for rural providers

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By Laura Lovett July 12, 2018
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr have teamed up to propose a new telemedicine initiative that aims to support people at home and prevent hospital readmission, specifically among low-income individuals. The pair are seeking $100 million for the new initiative, called the “Connected Care Pilot Program.” The program is designed to help people who are low-income, veterans...
By Dave Muoio July 11, 2018
Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel-based deep learning startup Zebra Medical Vision announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for an algorithm that helps physicians quantify a patient’s coronary artery calcification. From a ECG-gated computed tomography (CT) scan, the Coronary Calcium Scoring algorithm automatically calculates a calcification rating equivalent to those derived using the Agatston...
By Laura Lovett July 11, 2018
Alphabet subsidiary Verily is teaming up with well-known sleep company ResMed to form a new venture that will focus on developing sleep apnea treatments and connected health products.  The latest venture will look at the health and financial impacts of sleep apnea. The companies plan on developing new software that will have advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities, Dr. Carlos Nunez,...
By Dave Muoio July 10, 2018
A team of researchers from Tufts University, Harvard Medical School, and Purdue University, have presented academia’s latest take on the smart bandage. Recently described in the journal Small and so far tested only in vitro, the novel wound dressing is flexible, monitors the wearer’s wound in real time, and can administer a drug either on demand or in accordance to individual treatment protocols...
fitbit study for patient health outcomes
By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2018
Wearable activity monitors could be useful in assessing the health of cancer patients and making predictions about mortality and adverse events, according to a study published last week in Nature's Digital Medicine partner journal. "An objective evaluation of patient performance status (PS) is difficult because patients spend the majority of their time outside of the clinic, self-report to...
By Laura Lovett July 10, 2018
A take-home wearable ECG could be key in detecting undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute used the iRhythm Zio patch, an ECG screening wearable, to monitor patients with a risk for the condition.  Researchers discovered that patients who immediately began monitoring were significantly more likely to...
Seema Verma CMS
By Bernie Monegain July 10, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is promoting the idea of paying home health agencies for monitoring patients remotely. Remote monitoring enables the collection of patients’ health data, such as vital signs, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen levels, heart rate and electrocardiogram readings. In a statement Monday, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said more use of remote...
By Laura Lovett July 9, 2018
Keeping weight off after a successful diet has traditionally posed a difficult challenge for dieters, but researchers in Oulu Finland have just published a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine that highlighted how a hybrid web-based intervention could help for the long run.  The study's authors found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) counseling combined with an online health behavior...
By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2018
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) will launch a new wide-ranging app in December that allows all patients to book appointments, consult their medical records, and more, the government agency announced last week. Though many of the features are already available online, the new app will bring them together into one mobile access point. "I want this innovation to mark the death-knell of the 8...