Dave Muoio

By  Dave Muoio 11:52 am March 14, 2018
A study of more than 500 children in rural India suggests that pairing SMS reminders with incentives more effectively produces desired health outcomes than the mobile reminders alone. Published today in Pediatrics, the study was a collaboration between researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Indian nonprofit child health organization Bal Umang Drishya Sanstha (BUDS) that sought to improve...
By  Dave Muoio 03:40 pm March 13, 2018
A recently released analysis report from the Deloitte Center for Government Insights that examines the US’s current and proposed software as a medical device (SaMD) regulatory landscape, and includes suggestions on how the FDA’s pre-certification pilot program and other initiatives could better serve this fast-moving industry. “The exponential advancement of digital health technologies presents a...
By  Dave Muoio 01:28 pm March 13, 2018
Patients at increased risk for atrial fibrillation wearing iRhythm’s Zio patch — a  continuous ECG monitoring wearable — were more likely to have their atrial fibrillation diagnosed early and receive subsequent preventive care, according to one-year results from a late-breaking study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting.  The mHealth Screening to Prevent Strokes (...
By  Dave Muoio 10:52 am March 13, 2018
Gothenburg, Sweden-based Visiba Care announced that it has secured $3.8 million (3.1 million euros) in a new share issue. The funding round was led by Swedish investor Blue, with additional participation from investors Mattias Weinhandl and Lars Svensson alongside existing owners Simon Josefsson and Björn Mattson. “Over the past year, we have seen a 23 percent month-on-month increase in digital...
By  Dave Muoio 04:03 pm March 8, 2018
It’s still the early days, but the FDA’s approval of Proteus Digital Health and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals’ Abilify MyCite has changed the discussion of digital technology in healthcare. The first approval of drug delivery via a sensor-equipped pill sparked debates over the tradeoff of privacy for medication adherence, and whether these types of technologies would find a role in future healthcare....
By  Dave Muoio 01:31 pm March 8, 2018
Sleep tracking tech company Eight (formerly known as Luna) has raised $14 million is Series B funding, according to a statement from the company. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator and Yunqi Partners. This latest round will be used to expand distribution of the company’s products, according to the company, and bring’s Eight’s total funding to $27 million....
By  Dave Muoio 05:37 pm March 7, 2018
A cadre of Canadian digital health startups were at the forefront of a special HIMSS session organized by the Canadian government’s department of foreign affairs, trade, and development.   Each of the six featured startups was a graduate of the Canadian Technology Accelerator for Health IT in Philadelphia, and tackled healthcare challenges ranging from medication adherence to inelegant data...
By  Dave Muoio 05:19 pm March 7, 2018
Teams looking to AI and machine learning as a solution to their system’s problems should be reminded that the technologies are not a magic bullet, Leonard D’Avolio, cofounder of Cyft and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, said on Monday at HIMSS18.   In fact, he said, the success of these technologies within the industry will dependent on focused...
By  Dave Muoio 03:24 pm March 7, 2018
As virtual and augmented reality technologies continue to improve, researchers and entrepreneurs continue to investigate the role these tools may play in healthcare. In an educational session at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas Tuesday, presenters described the technologies’ current roadmap, highlighting persisting roadblocks and novel strategies incorporating other technologies. After describing the...
By  Dave Muoio 04:19 pm March 6, 2018
A trio of presenters at HIMSS 2018 shared data from practical machine learning and AI-focused studies that demonstrate how the technologies could reduce costs and improve patients’ outcomes.  These studies, conducted by teams at the Grady Health System, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, primarily focused on flagging adult and pediatric patients whose EHRs...