Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 11:04 am October 24, 2017
To improve its efforts to bring digital technology to clinical research, Bracket announced today the acquisition of mProve Health, a provider of various mobile technologies for life science-focused customers. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. "We are excited to announce the acquisition of mProve as we take a major step forward in our support of tech-enabled clinical trials," Jeff...
By Dave Muoio 04:57 pm October 23, 2017
Teens and adults battling severe acne now have a new tool to follow their transition toward unblemished skin. Sun Pharma, makers of severe acne medication Absorica (isotretinoin), have released a companion mobile app to help dermatological patients manage their treatment and assist with medication adherence. In addition, the app’s “My Progress Tracker” feature uses the phone’s camera to regularly...
By Dave Muoio 03:56 pm October 23, 2017
Mental health-focused video consultation platform LARKR has launched in the Apple App Store. The service employs state-certified therapists across the country, and supports multi-user, multi-location conferences to enable group therapy sessions. “When I learned of the massive void leaving 60 percent of the 50 million Americans who suffer from mental illness without care, I felt compelled to...
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 (...