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By Laura Lovett 12:27 pm August 27, 2020
Abbott has scored yet another Emergency Use Authorization for rapid coronavirus testing – this one, named BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card, come in the form of a card and can provide results in 15 minutes. The other notable difference in this test is the price point. Abbott said it will sell the tests for $5 each.  Users will also be able to link their results to Abbott’s app dubbed NAVICA, which will...
By Mallory Hackett 11:35 am August 27, 2020
Amazon entered the wearable health-device market today with the release of Amazon Halo, an on-wrist health tracker with an accompanying app. The device itself has a fabric band, is screenless and includes a compact sensor that tracks activity, temperature and heart rate. It is water-resistant and has a seven-day battery life. The Halo app uses five health metrics designed to give users a...
By Dave Muoio 02:26 pm August 26, 2020
Stasis Labs announced today that its mobile-connected remote patient monitoring platform for hospital and outpatient use has launched in the U.S. The Stasis system is made up of a smart device, traditional vital sign sensors, a bedside monitor and supporting cloud platform. Through mobile, tablet or desktop apps, care teams can monitor their patients' conditions, review trends and receive...
By Mallory Hackett 12:15 pm August 26, 2020
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and BehaVR have teamed up to offer moms-to-be NurtureVR, a virtual reality program that supplies prenatal education, pain management, mindfulness strategies and support after giving birth. The system will launch at Hoag in September as a pilot program before becoming available to healthcare providers and health plans in November. “We are delighted to partner...
By Laura Lovett 12:04 pm August 26, 2020
Digital respiratory health company Propeller Health is expanding its geographical footprint to Japan thanks to a partnership with pharma giant Novartis.  Patients living in Japan who take one of Novartis’ drugs to help with uncontrolled asthma, the Enerzair or Atectura Breezhaler, will be able to enroll in Propeller’s digital-management program.  Those that opt in can attach the Propeller’s...
By Dave Muoio 02:28 pm August 25, 2020
Sonde Health, a PureTech Health spinout focused on vocal biomarkers for various health conditions, has acquired voice-based survey-platform-maker NeuroLex Laboratories, the companies announced this morning. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the companies noted that NeuroLex CEO Jim Schwoebel will be stepping into Sonde's executive team as its new VP of data and research. Sonde's...
By Dave Muoio 11:33 am August 25, 2020
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced this morning a new group of 24 technology and digital health companies aiming to develop industry-wide standards for digital therapeutics use. Headlined by big names like Google Health, Doctor on Demand, HP, Livongo and ResMed (see below for the full list), the initiative is tackling the amorphous definitions and terminologies that abound within...
By Mallory Hackett 11:28 am August 25, 2020
Fitbit announced today three new wearables – the Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Inspire 2 – to its product pipeline. The Fitbit Sense marks the company’s first “advanced health” smartwatch, including an electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor, an electrocardiogram app, a heart rate tracker and an on-wrist skin temperature sensor with more than six days of battery life. It costs $329 and...

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By Sara Mageit 07:47 am August 24, 2020
UK-based clinical communications app Pando will be working with the British Army to keep deployed medical staff from the Defence Medical Services connected whilst in the field.  The app was designed by NHS clinicians and is used to speed up communications in healthcare settings. For deployed medics, the app connects them to their seniors and specialists in the UK. This enables them to seek advice...
By Mallory Hackett 11:56 am August 21, 2020
Artificial intelligence-enabled in vitro diagnostics company Renalytix AI announced today a research partnership with AstraZeneca to develop and launch medical strategies for cardiovascular, renal and metabolic diseases. The first stage of the collaboration will use KidneyIntelX, an AI-enabled in vitro diagnostic platform that gathers patient data from electronic medical records to generate a...