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By  Dave Muoio 02:06 pm February 25, 2021
The digital health ecosystem has swelled to encompass a broad range of products over the years. On one end of the spectrum is software-as-medical-devices (SaMD) and prescription digital therapeutics, product categories for which a comprehensive regulatory strategy and engagement with the FDA are mandatory. On the other are wellness apps and other low-risk digital tools that likely spend more time...
Respiray’s wearable device

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By  Sophie Porter 12:59 am February 25, 2021
Estonian UV technology company Respiray launched a wearable air purifier that the company claims can kill more almost 100% of bacteria and viruses, this week. The device, which is worn around the neck, disinfects air coming towards the wearer through an internal filter and a germicidal UV-C light before it is ventilated towards their face. WHY IT MATTERS The device, which was developed with...
A person uses an AppliedVR-branded virtual reality headset
By  Dave Muoio 02:56 pm February 24, 2021
New research on therapeutic virtual reality reports that an in-home, interactive program for chronic pain appeared superior to a non-interactive sham app experience for reducing multiple measures of pain among participants with self-reported chronic low back pain. Published earlier this week in JMIR, the study was funded by therapeutic VR company AppliedVR and conducted by its employees alongside...
NHSX, NHS
By  Tammy Lovell 11:03 am February 24, 2021
NHSX has launched a new process to help give staff, patients and the public confidence that the digital health tools they use meet NHS standards. The digital technology assessment criteria (DTAC) is a rapid process that can be completed in days.  It will apply to all digital health technologies, from public facing health apps to systems used within hospitals such as electronic patient records....
Researchers conducted a study comparing traditional care with the digital intervention from Joint Academy to find outcome differences for knee osteoarthritis.

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By  Mallory Hackett 12:36 pm February 23, 2021
Digitally treating osteoarthritis through clinical, evidence-based programs can be more effective at reducing pain and improving physical function than routine self-managed care, according to research from JAMA Network Open. Researchers from the University of Nottingham conducted a randomized control trial comparing traditional care with the digital intervention from Joint Academy to find...
Google Care Studio
By  Laura Lovett 12:03 pm February 23, 2021
Google is looking to tackle EHR navigations issues with the creation of Care Studio, a clinician-facing search tool that helps organize patient’s medical records. The tool is meant to be used alongside the EHR in order to streamline workflows. Caregivers can use the platform to look through patients' records across different EHRs. The tool is also able to synch up data from various health systems...
Popit, personalised patient support

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By  Tammy Lovell 11:49 am February 23, 2021
Finnish digital health startup Popit and global healthcare engagement firm Ashfield Engage have announced a collaboration to improve patient adherence. Popit’s monitoring technology, and Ashfield Engage’s patient support programme have been brought together to provide personalised support to patients on oral solid dosage (OSD) treatments. The Popit Sense device is attached to a pill sheet and...
COVID-19, artificial intelligence, Laipac Technology, YAS Pharmaceuticals, Pure Health, IOMT

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By  Ahmed El Sherif 08:42 am February 23, 2021
Two UAE-based health companies have partnered with Canada’s Laipac Technology to launch the “world’s first” artificial intelligence (AI)-powered rapid COVID-19 antigen test. YAS Pharmaceuticals and Pure Health will be working with the Ontario-based Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) specialist to provide an “intelligent and innovative way to deploy technologies to better protect the health of...
By  Dave Muoio 02:43 pm February 22, 2021
University Health Network (UHN), a research collaborative supported by Toronto-area health organizations, is spinning up its academic study on heart-health monitoring via the Apple Watch. Conducted in collaboration with the tech giant and first name-dropped last fall, the project looks to determine whether or not blood oxygen, mobility and other types of data collected through the smartwatch's...
Pulse oximeter
By  Laura Lovett 01:47 pm February 22, 2021
Pulse oximeters, devices used for estimating blood oxygen levels, may be less accurate in people with darker skin pigmentation, the FDA warns. The tools are often used by patients at-home to monitor conditions, however the FDA cautioned that the technology have limitations and a risk of inaccuracy under certain conditions. Today many pulse oximeters are digitally connected, which has made the...