July 2, 2015
At the beginning of 2015, CMS began reimbursing physicians for the care they provide to a particular group of their Medicare patients remotely and between visits. This new billing code, called Chronic Care Management (CCM), required that this remote care meet a few criteria, like patients must have two or more chronic conditions; the physician must establish a comprehensive care plan for the...
July 2, 2015
Proteus Digital Health has received an update to its FDA 510(k) clearance for its digital medicine platform, adding a new indication to the clearance. The system is now, to the company’s knowledge, the first technology to have an indication in its FDA clearance for measuring medication adherence.
“We are delighted that our collaborative work with the FDA continues to enable positive progress,”...
June 25, 2015
Video doctor visits have the potential to help many different kinds of patients, but elderly patients, who are sometimes homebound or have trouble driving, would seem like a natural fit -- including the more than 50 million Americans on Medicare. However, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use video visit technology, owing mostly to a...
June 25, 2015
An oral appliance for treating sleep apnea, with an embedded wireless compliance sensor, has received FDA clearance. The device is from Australian company SomnoMed and the tracker is from Braebon Medical Corporation, a company based in Ontario, Canada.
The tracker, called DentiTrac, can be embedded in a number of different oral appliances to track compliance with continuous open airway therapy (...
June 22, 2015
The National Cancer Institute has awarded Jonathan Bricker, a behavioral scientist and faculty member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, with a five-year, $3.1 million grant to conduct a randomized controlled trial of SmartQuit, a smoking-cessation app.
SmartQuit is based on acceptance and commitment therapy, or an ACT-based program, that "focuses on increasing one’s willingness to accept...
June 17, 2015
Australia-based Analytica has received FDA 510(k) clearance for PeriCoach, its smartphone-connected device that helps women monitor their pelvic floor exercises. The goal of PeriCoach is to reduce or stop urinary incontinence. It will commercially launch in the US next week.
According to the company's website, one in three women experience a bladder leak at some point in their lives. And although...
June 17, 2015
NHS England and the National Information Board (NIB) have announced that they will consider equipping all NHS facilities in England with free WiFi.
The NIB was created by the Department of Health to develop initiatives that use data and technology in healthcare. It is chaired by NHS England National Director for Patients and Information Tim Kelsey.
NHS England explains that offering free WiFi in...
June 14, 2015
A study last year found that many people reported adverse drug events on Twitter.
Online patient community PatientsLikeMe has found another partner for its massive repository of patient-generated data on health conditions and treatments, but it's not another pharma company or retail pharmacy. PatientsLikeMe has announced a research partnership with the FDA: The agency will assess the platform'...
June 10, 2015
Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has allocated $1 million for Minnesota-based Canvas Health's suicide prevention texting program, called Txt4Life.
The state is providing $500,000 per year for the next two years on top of $625,000 in base funding per year to expand the program statewide, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota Executive Director Sue Abderholden told...
June 5, 2015
Medtronic has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its MiniMed Connect device, which allows users of Medtronic's continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and insulin pump to view data from those devices on their smartphone. At the same time, Medtronic announced a partnership with Samsung to optimize the viewing of this CGM and pump data.
The MiniMed Connect device is a keychain-sized device that users of...