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By Jonah Comstock 06:01 pm June 22, 2020
In addition to the features announced today at the WWDC opening keynote, Apple has also made some additional updates to health-tracking features in iOS14 and Watch OS7. The company unveiled the features — related to hearing health and functional capacity — in a press release today. The first feature is an update to the Noise app, originally launched in Watch OS6. Based on World Health...
By Mallory Hackett 02:40 pm June 22, 2020
Nearly 90% of people managing chronic conditions in the U.S. surveyed for Sony’s mSafety Wearable Platform Division said they could better manage their conditions with remote monitoring. The study was published in time for the American Telemedicine Association's virtual conference today. It looked at the rate of adoption and interest in remote health-monitoring technology targeted at people...
By HIMSS Media 05:02 pm June 19, 2020
Following up on last week's episode, host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio chat with Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. As well as picking up on the thread of COVID-19's effect on the burgeoning field of virtual medicine, Speigel also talks about some of his own experiences with therapeutic VR, lays...
By Laura Lovett 04:00 pm June 19, 2020
When it comes to the diabetes space, Dexcom is one of the heavy hitters. Its work in the continuous glucose monitoring space has put it on the map. In 2018, its Dexcom G6, an integrated continuous glucose monitoring system, got the greenlight from the FDA, making it the first interoperable CGM to get the designation. This means that it could be part of an integrated system compatible with other...
By Ahmed El Sherif 09:00 am June 19, 2020
Bahrain and Kuwait are using their COVID-19 contact tracing apps as mass surveillance tools, it has emerged. According to a new report released by Amnesty International, the two Gulf states, along with Norway, have released “some of the most invasive COVID-19 contact tracing apps around the world, putting the privacy and security of hundreds of thousands of people at risk.” In its investigation,...

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By Piers Ford 08:25 am June 19, 2020
Finnish health tech businesses have enjoyed a pandemic lift with more than half reporting a positive impact during the spring as the crisis unfolded, according to a survey carried out by Health Capital Helsinki, the alliance that supports growth, collaboration and international investment in the country’s innovator community. The alliance asked the 57 SMEs on its list of Finnish COVID-19-related...
By Sara Mageit 04:06 am June 19, 2020
UK CONTACT TRACING APP SWITCH In a major U-turn, the UK is switching from its existing centralised contact tracing app to the technology provided by Google and Apple. At the Downing Street briefing, health secretary, Matt Hancock said the new app is months from being ready however said the government would not “put a date” on when the app will be launched. In a joint statement from Baroness Dido...
By Mallory Hackett 02:57 pm June 18, 2020
AARP Innovation Labs announced the winners of its Hacking Menopause Challenge, which aimed to create noninvasive tools to combat common menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, fatigue and sleep disorders. EloCare won the top prize of $5,000 for the best two-system solution. Pride Chill and NYX Systems each collected $4,000 for the best one-system solution and the best retail-directed one-system...
By Laura Lovett 11:35 am June 18, 2020
It’s been a rocky road for the UK’s contact-tracing app. The U.K. is now turning back to using Apple and Google’s tracing model, BBC first reported. This news comes a little over a month after the U.K. announced its plans not to use Apple and Google’s much-anticipated contact-tracing tool, as originally planned, according to the BBC. At the time, the NHSX – which works on the UK’s digital health...

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By Sara Mageit 03:56 am June 18, 2020
Sweden-based, digital healthcare company, KRY (known as Livi outside of the Nordics) has announced that it has merged with healthcare company Helsa, which operates fourteen health centres across five regions in Sweden. WHAT’S THE IMPACT From mid-August, the merger will combine the benefits of digitalisation with physical health centres and enable KRY to treat more symptoms, whilst continuing to...