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By Laura Lovett May 13, 2019
Miscommunication and misinterpretation have long plagued text and email messaging. But when it comes to healthcare communication the stakes are high. Balancing efficiency and empathy in text communications can be a difficult task for medical teams.  “There are many ways in which we communicate digitally,” Dr. Richard Frankel, of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said this morning during...
By Jonah Comstock May 13, 2019
The Ontario Telemedicine Network, a nonprofit telemedicine company that provides telemedicine services to the provincial government of Ontario, has laid off 44 of its 265 employees in the wake of apparent cuts to government spending with the organization, the CBC reports. The layoffs are notable, the CBC said, both because Premier Doug Ford previously promised that funding cuts would not lead to...
By Dave Muoio May 13, 2019
Mobile consumer ECG maker AliveCor announced today that its long-teased six-lead ECG device has been cleared by the FDA and will be available to customers in June of this year. “[The KardiaMobile 6L clearance] is a big deal for us, and it’s important for patients and physicians because they will be able to get a materially improved view into patients’ hearts,” Dr. Jacqueline Shreibati, chief...
By Laura Lovett May 10, 2019
It’s no secret digital health is iterating and evolving at breakneck speed. But many are starting to ask the question, "Are those technologies made with all in mind?" Industry players have warned that many patients groups are being left behind— namely, people of color, underserved communities, members of the LGBTQ population and women.  The problems and opportunities  “I would say communities of...
By Dave Muoio May 9, 2019
Aging adults living in care homes who are given and engage with robotic pets often experience health and quality of life benefits, according to a recent meta-analysis of 19 studies examining the devices. These findings are primarily based on qualitative responses collected during the included studies. While most quantitative data obtained in the review generally supported this trend, all but an...
By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2019
Harris Computer Systems, through its healthcare group, has acquired Uniphy Health, a startup focused on clinical communications and physician workflow software. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Uniphy works with healthcare organizations to build each one a single app that brings together many different workflow needs for physicians. Depending on the platform's needs, the app can...

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By Laura Lovett May 8, 2019
While digital tools may help individuals curb a sweet tooth habit, gamifying those tools doesn’t improve results, according to a recent study published by the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.  In the study, researchers developed multiple versions of a platform, including two gamified versions, designed to help overweight individuals cut out sweets.  Researchers found that participants who had an...
By Dave Muoio May 8, 2019
A randomized controlled trial recently published in npj Digital Medicine found Kaia Health’s app-based exercise therapy for lower back pain (LBP) to be an effective treatment for multidisciplinary patients, and could be more effective than a standard strategy of individual physiotherapy sessions paired with online education. TOPLINE DATA In the investigation — which was sponsored by Kaia Health...
By Dave Muoio May 7, 2019
The FDA has cleared eMurmur ID, a software screening device that uses a smartphone, third-party digital stethoscope and machine learning to automate the detection of heart murmurs. According to Ottawa, Canada-based eMurmur, the cloud tool identifies and classifies both dangerous and healthy heart murmurs, as well as the absence of a murmur and S1 or S2 heart sounds. The platform includes a mobile...
By Dave Muoio May 6, 2019
The NIH’s All of Us Research Program celebrated its one-year anniversary today with new updates on enrollment progress, previews of its upcoming cloud-based data platform for health researchers and the public beta launch of an online tool for viewing aggregated, de-identified information about the program’s enrollees. “I hoped [one year ago] that many would share this vision and help us achieve...