Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 01:07 pm September 21, 2017
Fitbit’s wearable devices and services will soon be included in Japanese tech company Fujitsu’s corporate wellness program. The program will offer 10,000 employees of Mitsubishi Motors Health Insurance Society a chance to earn redeemable fitness points using the Fitbit Charge 2 and a cloud-based data system, thereby making it one of Fitbit’s largest corporate wellness agreements in Japan....
By Dave Muoio 04:48 pm September 20, 2017
Correction: Due to a lack of clarity in the original SEC filing, this article originally overstated Analyte's new funding. The $26.8 million we originally reported included exchanged securities from prior investments into the company. Analyte Health, a Chicago-based lab networking platform active in telehealth, has raised just over $3 million, according to a recent SEC filing. The document lists...
By Dave Muoio 03:52 pm September 20, 2017
Basic health information and advice provided by the Mayo Clinic is now available on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. Owners who have downloaded the Mayo Clinic First Aid skill (Amazon’s version of apps) need only voice their concerns to receive answers to dozens of everyday health issues or other self-care instructions. “Mayo Clinic produces trusted, evidence-based health guidance to empower people...
By Dave Muoio 11:50 am 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...
By Dave Muoio 09:00 am 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...
By Dave Muoio 02:10 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 04:46 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 12:35 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 04:39 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 02:37 pm 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...