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Among more than 400,000 participants who enrolled in the study, only 0.5 percent ever received an atrial fibrillation alert from the app.
By Dave Muoio March 18, 2019
This weekend, Stanford Medicine researchers presented the long-awaited results of the Apple Heart Study, which explored the performance of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and an accompanying algorithm in detecting potential arrhythmias. Funded by Apple and launched back in 2017, the research project enrolled 419,297 Apple Watch and iPhone owners. Among these users, 2,161 (roughly 0.5 percent...
By Dave Muoio March 18, 2019
New technologies focused on communication, cognitive health and healthcare access are core to addressing the US’ ballooning senior demographic, according to a report recently published by The White House’s Task Force on Research and Development for Technology to Support Aging Adults. These areas — along with transportation, personal mobility and independent living activities — should be among the...
An older woman using telemedicine.

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By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare will expand its longtime Homecare & Hospice program into a new technology-supported initiative called Intermountain at Home, the health system announced last week. Intermountain at Home will use telemedicine and remote monitoring along with homecare visits to expand the program from palliative care and dialysis, which the system already offers at home, to include home...

A HaptX glove.

By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2019
Two virtual reality companies focused on surgery, Osso VR and FundamentalVR, announced major partnerships this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Palo Alto, California-based Osso VR announced a partnership with medical device technology company Smith & Nephew. Osso VR will build a custom training module Smith & Nephew’s NAVIO Surgical System...
By Dave Muoio March 14, 2019
Over the past few years, video game development studio Level Ex has put out a small handful of educational mobile games designed to simulate complex patient cases and procedures for doctors. So far, these games have been designed for physicians practicing pulmonology, airway intubation, anesthesia and gastroenterology, leaving some of the company’s biggest fans itching for a game focused on their...

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By Laura Lovett March 13, 2019
Figuring out the right questions to ask a doctor during a short visit can be stressful, but the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is attempting to help remedy this issue with a new app called Question Builder. The app is free and lets patients figure out the appropriate questions and medical information for them when they take a trip to their doctor. The technology was developed with...
By Laura Lovett March 12, 2019
Four months after landing FDA clearance POPS! one, a diabetes management system, is now commercially launching.  The system uses an algorithm to give users real-time personalized diabetes coaching. It also includes small glucose meter that attaches to the back of a user’s smartphone. Users can check their glucose levels on the meter and the results will automatically transfer to the app. The...
By Dave Muoio March 12, 2019
RapidSOS and Israel-based Carbyne, two companies focused on digitizing emergency response systems, announced this morning an integration that will further streamline the flow of actionable data to first responders. Carbyne’s end-to-end platform incorporates source-agnostic digital data collection technology, algorithm-driven information prioritization and other tools to extract information about...
By Dave Muoio March 11, 2019
New research set to be presented next week at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session describes how the camera on a smartphone could be used to screen for Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is associated with changes to how blood flows through a person’s blood vessels, an effect that researchers from UCSF suggest could be used to detect early changes. By applying a deep...
By Dave Muoio March 8, 2019
Facebook has detailed its new strategy to curb the spread of vaccine misinformation on both its primary social media platform as well as Instagram. Broadly, these include efforts to reduce the prominence of (but not outright ban) certain flagged groups, pages and search results, as well as the adoption of a firm stance against advertising content including false statements about vaccination. “...