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By Laura Lovett 03:09 pm November 17, 2020
Over the last decade, digital mental health has come into the spotlight, raising large amounts of venture backing, gaining interest from policymakers and seeing wider adoption. However, unclear efficacy standards, poor engagement and user trust have been obstacles that the community has often faced, according to panelists at WISH 2020 this morning.  “I’ll start by just saying that one of the main...
 The cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia program is designed to be an end-to-end virtual experience.
By Mallory Hackett 11:18 am November 17, 2020
Pear Therapeutics announced today the availability of its prescription digital therapeutic for chronic insomnia in adults over the age of 22, called Somryst. Somryst uses cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi) to train the brain and body to sleep. Over the course of the patient’s program, the therapy guides them through lessons and challenges, including algorithm-driven sleep...
By Dave Muoio 10:30 am November 17, 2020
It's little exaggeration to say that the college experience of 2020 is unrecognizable from that of years past. With the COVID-19 pandemic refusing to dissipate, many students are earning their credits through their computers. Those who are attending classes on campus are navigating social distancing requirements and frequent testing protocols. All of this comes with the normal stressors young...
Lookout, cybersecurity, cyberthreat, pharmaceutical, incident response, malware, contact tracing apps, phishing
By Sara Mageit 05:10 am November 17, 2020
A 2020 Pharmaceutical Threat Report by mobile cybersecurity specialists, Lookout, has examined the challenges healthcare providers are facing. They have revealed company and employee-owned endpoint devices are providing the gateway for cybercriminals to exploit these services through mobile phishing, application threats, and network-based attacks. WHY IT MATTERS Collated from Lookouts customer...
Vorvida’s virtual cognitive behavioral therapy services displayed on smartphone screen
By Mallory Hackett 11:46 am November 16, 2020
Swedish pharmaceutical and digital therapeutic company Orexo has launched its digital solution for alcohol use disorder, vorvida, through the help of Accenture’s INTIENT Patient platform. The INTIENT Patient platform, which is powered by Google Cloud, supports vorvida’s virtual cognitive behavioral therapy services by providing secure data storage and artificial intelligence-enabled analytics. "...
Two people laughing while holding tablet device
By Mallory Hackett 02:13 pm November 13, 2020
The U.S. population is getting older every year as more adults from the Baby Boomer generation hit the 65-and-older milestone. Since 2010, the 65-and-older population has grown by over a third (34.2%), according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and by more than 3% between 2018 and 2019. This growth means that by 2030, one in every five Americans will be of retirement age. As the U.S. population becomes...
women's health, fertility app, Apricity
By Sara Mageit 09:02 am November 13, 2020
Virtual fertility clinic, Apricity has launched an online fertility predictor tool designed to predict a woman's chances of conceiving naturally based on information input about her lifestyle choices. The tool combines a woman’s age with questions about her lifestyle choices via a short quiz in order to predict her chances of conceiving naturally, with the result displayed as a percentage. Users...
coronavirus efforts
By Laura Lovett 03:11 pm November 12, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, hospitals were tasked with quickly finding ways to provide PPE to their workers, connecting doctors to vulnerable patients at home and getting coronavirus testing to the community at large.  This gave rise to new innovations and ways of working, not just in the US, but around the world. MobiHealthNews sat down with Pothik Chatterjee, the executive director of...
An image of the pre-acquisition InPen device and connected app.

The InPen alongside Companion Medical's connected app

By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm November 12, 2020
Shortly after acquiring smart insulin-pen-maker Companion Medical, Medtronic has officially launched the InPen device alongside integration with its Guardian Connect connected glucose monitoring (CGM) system. Of note, Medtronic's InPen is the only smart insulin pen cleared by the FDA for use by people requiring multiple daily injections. It received that 510(k) back in 2016. WHY IT MATTERS With...
Popit, Almirall, psoriasis

Credit: Popit

By Tammy Lovell 01:27 am November 12, 2020
Finnish digital health startup Popit and Almirall, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on skin health are collaborating on a support tool for patients with psoriasis. The solution consists of Popit’s consumer smart device that automatically tracks when medication is taken and reminds patients if a dose has been missed via an accompanying app. It uses a unique piece of hardware which the...