Mother consults doctors via telehealth with her baby
By  Mallory Hackett 12:53 pm May 27, 2021
The pandemic led to an explosion in the use of remote models of care, from telehealth to remote patient monitoring and more. Many providers have adopted these modalities for the first time as a result of COVID-19. But those at UVA Children’s Hospital were ahead of the trend and have utilized remote patient monitoring for about seven years under the guidance of pediatric cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey...
Business people shaking hands in a meeting
By  Emma Murphy 09:05 am May 27, 2021
PicnicHealth and Komodo Health are placing an emphasis on real-world evidence research of complex illnesses like multiple sclerosis and hemophilia.  Earlier this week the two companies announced a partnership to use their products jointly to create a deep real-world patient data pool using de-identified data from payers, providers, labs and electronic health records. Specifically, PicnicHealth, a...
Ada Health
By  Sara Mageit 04:15 am May 27, 2021
Berlin-based digital health company Ada Health has announced a $90 million (€74m) Series B funding investment led by Leaps by Bayer, the impact investment arm of Bayer AG, which will support the company with its expertise in scientific innovation and consumer healthcare. Other investors in the round include Samsung Catalyst Fund, Vitruvian Partners, Inteligo Bank, F4 and Mutschler Ventures.  This...
Doctor's visit in COVID-19
By  Hannah Song 07:18 pm May 26, 2021
As the worst remnants of the coronavirus pandemic come to a close in the United States with waves of vaccinations, there is still a distinct need for conversation and action regarding modern public health data infrastructure according to Ed Simcox, former HHS CTO and current CSO at LifeOmic.  On May 17, Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC) announced that it will implement...
Person with pills at computer
By  Dr. Liz Kwo 07:07 pm May 26, 2021
The Internet of Things (IoT), also known as the ecosystem of connected devices that collects and transmits data from users and their environments, is impacting the world. Smart phones, laptops and any equipment in general owned by a user can help various industries understand consumer behaviors and develop better technology. This network of devices is leaving its footprint in healthcare. In the...
Mother kissing baby
By  Mallory Hackett 01:36 pm May 26, 2021
Digital mental health company Woebot Health has landed FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for its postpartum depression digital therapeutic, WB001. WB001 combines cognitive behavioral therapy and elements of interpersonal psychotherapy with the company’s conversational chatbot, Woebot, to deliver treatment directly through patients’ phones. Designed as a prescription digital therapeutic, the...
Medical devices, European Commission, MDR, Medical Devices Regulation, COCIR
By  Tammy Lovell 11:50 am May 26, 2021
The EU’s new regulation on medical devices finally came into full application today, following a year’s delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the European Commission, the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) seeks to ensure a high level of public health and patient safety taking into account scientific progress. The regulation entered into force in May 2017, replacing the Medical Devices...
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By  Mallory Hackett 10:50 am May 26, 2021
Grand Rounds Health and Doctor On Demand, following their recent merger, announced today they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Included Health, a health concierge platform for the LGBTQ+ community. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal will add Included Health’s LGBTQ+ care navigation services – which include assistance for finding physical and behavioral healthcare,...
Health Equity Tracker dashboard on a laptop computer
By  Mallory Hackett 09:00 am May 26, 2021
The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine today launched its Health Equity Tracker, a data platform that highlights the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Built with support from Gilead Sciences,, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the CDC Foundation, the tracker is a data visualization tool that displays the scale of COVID-19 cases..., DiGA
By  Sara Mageit 07:49 am May 26, 2021
Vienna and Berlin-based, a startup that creates an interface between private health insurers and customers by digitally enabling the reimbursement for health services, is launching Europe's first digital health expense account. The app allows customers of private health insurances to submit their bills and prescriptions for medical services digitally to their insurance company...