Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 09:25 amFebruary 27, 2018
This year at HIMSS18, InterSystems will be launching a new fast healthcare interoperability resource (FHIR) sandbox, which acts as a virtual testing environment. The technology is designed to enable developers to connect to multi-source health records when they are testing and developing their apps. The technology specifically targets app platforms that let inventors create SMART on FHIR apps in...
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pmFebruary 26, 2018
It looks like a simple fire alarm, but instead of detecting smoke the Kardian Contactless Health Monitoring System is designed to detect falls. The wireless system uses impulse radio ultra-wideband radar technology and can scan a room one million times per second. The system scans for slips and falls, including sliding falls, and also for when someone sits up quickly, which could alert hospital...
By Laura Lovett 12:57 pmFebruary 26, 2018
Samsung’s latest phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, will incorporate a new digital health app that will track users' blood pressure and stress level while helping researchers collect data. Seoul-based Samsung Electronics teamed up with the University of California San Fransisco to develop the research app, called My BP Lab.  “At Samsung, we have a firm commitment to the health and well-being of our...
By Laura Lovett 05:02 pmFebruary 23, 2018
As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies take off in a gold rush-like fashion, players in the digital health field have jumped on board the cryptocurrency wagon. Some companies, like Nobel Prize contender George Church’s brainchild Nebula, are finding ways for the consumer to monetize their personal genetic data. Still others are using the digital currency in more traditional ways, like...
By Laura Lovett 03:14 pmFebruary 21, 2018
Nokia’s dive into the digital health industry may be coming to a halt, reveals a memo leaked to The Verge earlier this week. This comes less than two years after the Espoo, Finland-based company created its digital health unit through the acquisition of French digital health company Withings for $191 million.  “[R]ather than only falling in love with our technology, we must be honest with...
By Laura Lovett 10:30 amFebruary 21, 2018
This morning San Luis Obispo-based wellness platform Mindbody announced the acquisition of FitMetrix, a performance tracking engagement platform, for an undisclosed sum.  "Together, FitMetrix and Mindbody create a broader offering of services for class-based boutique fitness businesses, and further expands our reach into the broader fitness market," Monica Dioda, CEO and co-founder of FitMetrix,...
By Laura Lovett 03:40 pmFebruary 20, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Medicine has been an active player in the telehealth game for sometime with multiple telehealth units, but last week it went a step further to announce that it will be centralizing its telemedicine activities into the Penn Medicine Center for Connected Care.  “Patients today increasingly expect to engage with health care providers with the same clickable...
By Laura Lovett 01:35 pmFebruary 20, 2018
Researchers from Microsoft are aiming to transform the world of virtual reality from a primarily visual experience to a tactile and auditory one for people with visual impairments.  “Traditional [VR] mainly focuses on visual feedback, which is not accessible for people with visual impairments,” the authors of a research paper on the technology wrote. “We created Canetroller, a haptic cane...
By Laura Lovett 10:44 amFebruary 20, 2018
With so many innovative ideas circulating, conference attendees are hard-pressed to cover all of it. To help provide more knowledge in a shorter time span, the Innovation Live exhibit area will be hosting a new format. Lightning Sessions are 20-minute presentations that will cover some of the most pressing issues in the industry from using analytics in the real world to dealing with...
By Laura Lovett 03:32 pmFebruary 19, 2018
A new elastic electrode sensor paired with a wireless communication module can noninvasively monitor a patient’s biometric data and send it to a doctor via the cloud. The technology also allows for the monitoring to be displayed on the patient’s body — for example, electrocardiogram waves can visually appear on the transparent wearable in real-time.  It may sound — and look — like something...