Dave Muoio

September 20, 2017
BioSensics, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based developer of wearable health sensors, has received more than $2.5 million in NIH grant funding for its Huntington’s disease (HD) monitoring device. The device, called HDWear, provides real-time quantitative motor symptom scores that can assist with managing the hereditary neurological disease. These measures usually require in-clinic assessments such...
September 20, 2017
San Francisco-based Doximity announced today a collaboration to enable one-touch dialing of patients from directly within Haiku, Epic’s mobile platform for electronic health records. The new integration will allow doctors to easily make calls while they are viewing a patient’s medical records, and will not display the caller’s personal cell phone number. Instead, patients’ caller IDs will display...
September 19, 2017
Healthcare is becoming more decentralized every day thanks to new technologies and a growing emphasis on consumer-focused services, according to presentations at the Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Boston today. But even as telehealth, wearables, virtual reality, and other technologies disrupt familiar models of health care delivery, a greater shift in culture and policy will be...
September 18, 2017
Engineers participating in a hackathon last weekend demonstrated an artificial intelligence that they say could someday detect cancerous moles, TechCrunch reports. Although the program is currently in its infancy, the team hopes that enough user submissions could allow Doctor Hazel to predict skin cancer with at least 90 percent accuracy. After one day and thousands of image downloads, the AI is...
September 18, 2017
New research shows users of fitness tracker wearables are more active when their fitness apps include frequent social network activity, and will take an average of 20 percent to 25 percent more steps after receiving prompts from a digital coach. According to a recent study — which was designed and conducted in joint by VSP Global, maker of the Level wearable used in the investigation, and the...
September 15, 2017
Update: This story has been updated to include additional quotes from the study's researchers. Heart disease patients visiting mobile health clinics outfitted with pocket-sized, smartphone-connected ECGs and other point-of-care medical devices are more quickly referred for therapy, and less frequently experience hospitalization or death. According to a recent study, published in the Journal of...
September 15, 2017
Care1st Health Plan Arizona has launched a pilot program offering Pacify Health’s live video chat app to new and soon-to-be mothers enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. The Pacify service, which is also available to consumers on Android and iOS platforms, quickly connects users to lactation consultants, dietitians, and other pregnancy management specialists. The video chat service is now...
September 15, 2017
DreamJay, a San Francisco- and Warsaw, Poland-based sleep app developer, announced today that it has raised $2.3 million in Series A funding. Investors include the Joint Polish Investment Fund (JPIF), Poland’s largest life science venture capital fund, and Nordic Makers, a Swedish fund. The newly acquired capital will be used to continue development of Nightly, DreamJay’s unreleased app, and...
September 14, 2017
Accreditation proposals target telehealth. The Joint Commission has proposed changes to its accreditation standards related to telehealth, which would apply to all accredited hospitals and organizations offering these services as well as their telehealth contractors. The proposals, Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP writes, require hospitals to confirm patients’ locations when...
September 14, 2017
Despite early interest and clinical potential, a recently published literature review suggests that additional research into adherence and engagement is still needed to confirm whether diagnoses of mood disorders using smartphone voice recording strategies have a place in healthcare. In the study, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers...