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By Laura Lovett 03:16 pm September 17, 2020
For digital therapeutics companies, the FDA has often been viewed as the gatekeeper to getting products to the patients. However, today the conversation around efficacy and research is branching beyond just what ticks the FDA boxes, into what kinds of studies are needed to meet the expectations of stakeholders and end users. This morning at DTx East, a group of panelist discussed the current...
By Dave Muoio 10:07 am September 17, 2020
Recent investigations of smartphone app-based activity interventions suggested that these approaches have a positive, but not significant, impact on individuals' daily physical activity, according to a recent meta-analysis of published randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Despite the limited gains, the evidence does suggest that the effect differs based on how the interventions are deployed and...
By Laura Lovett 02:45 pm September 16, 2020
Over the last five years we’ve seen Apple Watch progressively move into the healthcare space. For the most part the tech has been a vessel for consumers to find out insights about their bodies. However, as was referenced during Apple’s September 2020 keynote address, its use case has rapidly expanded, and the company has worked with startups to include provider-facing tools.  In fact, Notable, an...
12:59 pm September 16, 2020
Apple and Anthem, along with the University of California, Irvine, and software company CareEvolution, have teamed up to launch a two-year, 900-participant study investigating how digital tools can help patients control their asthma and reduce hospital utilization. “The Digital Asthma Study brings together Apple Watch’s innovative technology with an engaging app-based self-management experience...
By Mallory Hackett 11:59 am September 16, 2020
Garmin released a new fitness smartwatch designed specifically for runners and triathletes, the Forerunner 745. The watch is an update to the Forerunner 735XT and contains training data, on-device workouts and smartwatch features. Key features include fitness tracking data like VO2 max levels, which indicate the maximum level of oxygen a person can consume per kilogram of body weight at maximum...
By Dave Muoio 03:15 pm September 15, 2020
A new survey conducted among consumers and IT professionals by data security company SecureAge Technology suggests that the clear majority of these groups believe COVID-19 contact-tracing technologies put individuals' personally identifiable information at risk. Despite this, both groups generally believed that these types of tools could help cut down the impact of the disease, and would support...
By Jonah Comstock 03:04 pm September 15, 2020
Apple announced today at a virtual event that its upcoming Series 6 Apple Watch will include a blood oxygenation sensor, a first for the Apple Watch (but not for the wearable space). As it did with the ECG, Apple is launching a set of partnered research studies using the new capabilities of the Watch. Additionally, WatchOS7 will use existing sensors to measure a lower range of VO2 Max values....
By Laura Lovett 02:49 pm September 15, 2020
Capsule Technologies, a medical device-maker (not to be confused with digital pharmacy Capsule), has just landed FDA 510(k) clearance for its new connected capnography-monitoring technology.  Called Vitals Plus monitoring solution, it was created to incorporate Masimo's NomoLine ISA CO2, and designed to keep track of a patient's end-tidal carbon dioxide, respiratory rate, and fractional inspired...

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By Mallory Hackett 01:09 pm September 15, 2020
Virtual reality opioid overdose prevention programs can be just as effective as in-person training to give people the knowledge and confidence to administer naloxone, according to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Naloxone, also called Narcan or Evzio, is a prescription medication created to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. All...
By Laura Lovett 02:40 pm September 14, 2020
Silicon Valley tech giant NVIDIA, which is best known as a hardware company for graphic processing units, is one of the latest companies to look into the telemedicine space.  Researchers at the company are working on an automated speech recognition and natural language processing technology that can transcribe and organize information from a telemedicine visit both for the patient and clinicians...