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By Laura Lovett June 27, 2018
Every patient experiences mental illness differently, but as technology becomes more ingrained in people’s lives, it’s easier to track behavior and how that correlates to mental health, John Torous, MD, co-director of digital psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said today at Mad*Pow's Health Experience Design (HXD) Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “In some ways the first...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2018
At Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the approach to fostering internal and external innovation is deliberate, thought out, and informed by years of experience. At HXD 2018 in Cambridge yesterday, Julia Jackson, managing director of Massachusetts General’s Healthcare Transformation Lab and Josie Elias, program manager for Brigham’s Digital Health...
By Laura Lovett June 27, 2018
On Monday, the FDA granted connected health company Fresca Medical a de novo authorization to market its Curve device, a positive airway pressure delivery system that treats obstructive sleep apnea.  "Fresca Medical is committed to developing disruptive and effective technologies for sleep apnea sufferers who cannot tolerate the currently available therapies," John Cox, president and CEO of...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Babylon's total funding. Babylon Health, one of a number of companies working on triage chatbots for health, has already made a name for itself with a high-profile partnership with the UK’s National Health Service, as well as with investment rounds totalling $85 million. Now the startup says its AI can pass England’s GP exam and go head-to-...
By Dave Muoio June 27, 2018
Pfizer has announced the three winning startups it has selected to participate in the second year of Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London, a foster program for innovative startups able to demonstrate clear benefits to patients or clinicians. Medopad, an app platform for patients to log and share data during clinical trials or care; Inhealthcare, a remote patient monitoring company; and Perfect Ward, an...
By Laura Lovett June 26, 2018
New York is looking to tech as one of the keys to unlocking generational health inequities. Specifically, the city is zeroing in on how it can use human-centered technology design to help tackle the problem.  “What we are hoping to do is use design thinking to disrupt the intergenerational cycles of health inequities, of opportunity inequities, of wellbeing inequities affecting the most...
By Laura Lovett June 25, 2018
Two years after originally announcing it, Medtronic and IBM Watson have launched their joint platform the Sugar.IQ, a digital diabetes assistant.  “It is designed for people who are currently using Guardian Connect; so made for people on multiple daily injections. It is a personal assistant a little bit like Alexa or Siri,” Huzefa Neemuchwala, global head of digital health solutions and AI at...
By Dave Muoio June 25, 2018
This weekend saw the kickoff of the American Diabetes Association’s 78th annual conference, and with it a slew of new data from diabetes management players. The meeting included presentation on studies covering a range of technologies, such as continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps, apps, and other digital-backed management strategies. Among the studies highlighted by the association was an...
By Jonah Comstock June 25, 2018
A prospective cohort study of 33 adolescent cancer patients suggests that providing a Fitbit activity tracker and an iPad equipped with specialized health apps at the time of diagnosis can increase at least subjective measures of quality of life. In the study, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, patients at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard...
By Dave Muoio June 25, 2018
Babyscripts, a virtual care platform specializing in obstetrics management, announced today the acquisition of the provider-delivered pregnancy app iBirth in an effort to flesh out its enterprise offering and further drive patient engagement. As part of the deal, the iBirth team will be joining Babyscripts’ team with the app’s CEO and cofounder Judith Nowlin taking on the new role of chief growth...