Digital health news briefs for 10/11/2017

By Dave Muoio
03:47 pm

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 to record symptoms and quality of life within a digital diary. AF Manager imports information shared by patients while allowing healthcare providers to amend details and enter additional information, and then suggests individualized treatment based on ESC guidelines.

Virtual coach comes to telemedicine. TeleHealth Services has launched iCare Navigator, an AI-driven interactive patient engagement platform. The service’s virtual health coaches will provide greater patient connections, the company says, and is being piloted at several hospitals. The concept is built upon patient engagement research conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine.

Drug delivery by bandage. Newly published research from Harvard and Brigham and Women’s researchers describes novel textiles capable of carrying and administering drug treatments. This technology, visualized as a new form of wound dressing, eliminated bacterial infection and induced angiogenesis in vitro, and was also shown to improve healing in a murine model of diabetic wounds.

Data collection for all. EVŌ, a provider of predictive analytics technology for healthcare, will be providing academic and non-commercial researchers access to its wearable device and engagement platform. Combining behavioral economics’ “Nudge” theory with data analytics, the company’s platform is able to provide in-depth longitudinal data for researchers collected through the wearable devices while encouraging users to achieve their health goals. “EVO-BCA” is available now for download on the iOS App Store and Google Play store, and researchers can enter the code “INOV8” to begin registering their subjects.

m.Care mobile health platform launches website. Leawood, Kansas-based LifeScience Technologies, whose m.Care platform has powered a virtual care hospital for Mercy Virtual in St. Louis, has announced the launch of its service’s dedicated website. The mobile care platform and its 50-plus applets were shown to reduce readmissions by more than 50 percent at Mercy Virtual, along with a 32 percent overall cost savings. It is also used in the research arms of Kansas University Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


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