Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 03:11 pm October 23, 2017
The FDA has cleared Abbott’s Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), an implantable device that continuously tracks patients’ heart rhythms and sends the data to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. With the clearance, Abbott will soon be rolling out the device in the US. The Confirm Rx ICM is placed just under the skin of the chest in a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. Encrypted data...
By Dave Muoio 04:49 pm October 19, 2017
Health at Hand, a telehealth startup targeting Middle East markets, announced that it has received $3.1 million in seed funding and will be launching its platform this Sunday in the United Arab Emirates. An unnamed regional family office anchored the funding round, which brings the company to approximately $4.1 million in total funding. Founded in 2016, Health at Hand is a Dubai Multi Commodities...
By Dave Muoio 02:57 pm October 19, 2017
A multidisciplinary group of researchers have detailed a novel infectious disease diagnostic platform that relies on the user’s smartphone to provide point-of-care screening. Housed within a portable 3D-printed cradle, the tool uses the smartphone and an app to interpret real-time images of a microfluidic chip embedded on credit card-like cartridge. Researchers say it's the only point-of-care...
By Dave Muoio 11:21 am October 19, 2017
Argentinian ambulance doctors are using WhatsApp to fasttrack their patients’ care. Study data presented at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology’s 2017 conference suggests that using the free messaging app to send diagnostic electrocardiograms (ECGs) directly to a hospital’s catheterization lab allowed heart attack patients to bypass the emergency department and reduce mortality. “We found that...
By Dave Muoio 04:39 pm October 18, 2017
Efforts to build artificial pancreas (AP) systems under open protocols will get a boost from JDRF, a multinational group that funds Type 1 diabetes research and other programs. The organization has announced a new initiative to not only provide funds for these DIY and frequently reverse engineered projects, but will also provide the regulatory and liability guidance necessary for a public release...
By Dave Muoio 03:36 pm October 18, 2017
As telehealth becomes more prevalent among US healthcare institutions, states are rolling out or modifying their laws to better define regulatory frameworks specifically affecting remote delivery of care. In fact, every state but Connecticut and Massachusetts has made substantive legal changes to how telehealth is delivered in the past year, with some taking specific actions to better define the...
By Dave Muoio 05:00 pm October 17, 2017
A new iPhone app launched for free by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) looks not only to bring convenient postpartum depression (PPD) screening to more expecting and postpartum women, but also looks to redefine the gold standard for post-partum depression diagnosis. Developed by researchers from MGH’s Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health, the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale (...
By Dave Muoio 04:35 pm October 17, 2017
Weight loss headset a crowdfunding hit. Brain-stimulating weight loss headset Modius has raised more than $1.5 million in its first Indiegogo campaign, beating its funding goal by more than 3,000 percent. Developed by Belfast- and San Diego-based Neurovalens, the wearable device aims to activate a nerve in the brain that controls appetite and, subsequently, body weight. Neurovalens plans to use...
By Dave Muoio 03:32 pm October 17, 2017
A new skill for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will direct New York patients to convenient emergency and urgent care locations with the shortest waits. The voice-powered Northwell Health skill can be downloaded for free by anyone using an Alexa-enabled device. By addressing the Alexa, the skill responds to users with the address of the closest Northwell hospital emergency department or GoHealth...
By Dave Muoio 03:46 pm October 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...