Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 03:46 pmOctober 16, 2017
A novel artificial pancreas (AP) system with a smartphone backbone could automatically monitor and adjust patients' glucose levels with little to no hassle, according to a new clinical study published in the journal Diabetes Care. Unlike previously examined AP systems, the newest iteration — which consists of an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring receiver, a Bluetooth-connected...
By Dave Muoio 12:14 pmOctober 16, 2017
Seattle-based Wellpepper, developers of a digital patient engagement service, have been announced the winners of the Alexa Diabetes Challenge for their voice-enabled diabetes support platform Sugarpod. Consisting of a scale, foot scanner, and mobile interface along with a Amazon Alexa voice functionality, Sugarpod is designed to support type 2 diabetes care plans by integrating engagement and...
By Dave Muoio 11:23 amOctober 13, 2017
Employees of Chicago-based digital healthcare advertiser Outcome Health allegedly misled the company’s clients by providing inaccurate and manipulated advertisement performance data, according to an investigation published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal. Citing interviews with former employees, advertisers, and internal documents, the Journal wrote that Outcome employees had intentionally...
By Dave Muoio 04:05 pmOctober 12, 2017
Atlanta-based Azalea Health, a health IT software firm focused on rural practices and mobile tools, has acquired Houston-based EHR company Prognosis Innovation Healthcare. While the terms of the acquisition were not included in the announcement, the companies said in a letter to Prognosis clients that the EHR company will continue to operate underneath Azalea with no major interruptions in...
By Dave Muoio 01:28 pmOctober 12, 2017
Lyndhurst, New Jersey-based Vitals, maker of online healthcare transparency resources for patients, has acquired MedHelp’s online community business for an undisclosed sum. Vitals plans to merge its consumer-focused websites with MedHelp’s Patient-to-Patient Communities to form a new digital property, Vitals Consumer Services. MedHelp has been at the forefront of the news this week, as StayWell...
By Dave Muoio 11:19 amOctober 12, 2017
Service members unwilling to open up about their PTSD in person may be more likely to speak with computer-generated virtual interviewers, newly published research suggests. Due to their anonymity and rapport-building capabilities, these virtual interviewers could be uniquely positioned to break through soldiers’ fears of discrimination and career-affecting stigma and improve mental health care,...
By Dave Muoio 03:47 pmOctober 11, 2017
Patient, provider atrial fibrillation apps launch. Two new smartphone and tablet apps targeting atrial fibrillation and designed by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the University of Birmingham have launched for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play store. My AF provides patients with information about the condition, treatments, and tips on improving lifestyle, and allows patients...
By Dave Muoio 01:59 pmOctober 11, 2017
Fitness chain Gold’s Gym has launched a digital personal training app that features pre-recorded video trainer routines and a built-in music streaming service. The service, which costs $9.99 monthly, offers members and non-members of the gym hundreds of trainer-led workouts. These workouts are spread across 10 different exercise modalities, and range from six to 60 minutes long. According to Gold...
By Dave Muoio 11:24 amOctober 11, 2017
Telehealth platform provider Avizia announced yesterday that it has acquired Seattle-based virtual care provider Carena to further strengthen its position as a system-wide telehealth partner for US healthcare systems. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This acquisition combines two of the nation’s leading virtual care platforms,” Mike Baird, CEO of Avizia, said in a statement. “With...
By Dave Muoio 04:48 pmOctober 10, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is taking its asthma alert messaging to the masses, as the longtime digital respiratory health company announced today that it is releasing Air, a free and open API that provides information on local asthma conditions. Air makes asthma forecasts by pulling geographic data on humidity, wind direction, temperature, and other pollutants collected by the...