Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:29 pmMarch 14, 2018
The uses of augmented reality have moved well beyond just catching Pokémon — now the technology has found its way into the operating room. Earlier this month surgeons from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center became the first in the country to use AR during a minimally invasive sinus procedure.  "[AR], which uses 3D mapping and imagery...
By Laura Lovett 12:24 pmMarch 14, 2018
Two different perspectives. A recent study found that doctors and nurses, by and large, use different terminology when talking about patients. A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago used computer science technology to compare individual-level patient care provided by doctors and nurses using information routinely documented by EHRs. The algorithm was used to identify the...
By Laura Lovett 04:02 pmMarch 13, 2018
As the US government continues its push to make data more accessible and give patients control of their EHRs, private companies are stepping up hoping to fill the gap.  Today Boston-based 1upHealth, a health data aggregation and centralization platform, was named one of the two phase 2 winners of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's “Oh the Places Data Goes:...
By Laura Lovett 01:18 pmMarch 13, 2018
Come this spring adults won’t be the only ones with their own line of Fitbit trackers. The company recently announced a new set of products including the Fitbit Ace, which is a tracker designed for children 8 years old and up, as well a much anticipated new smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa.  “As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to empower the entire family to...
By Laura Lovett 10:42 amMarch 13, 2018
Fitbit has just announced its latest set of fitness wearables, alongside which will come a new platform that lets women track their menstrual and ovulation cycles.  "Female health tracking will empower women with a greater understanding of their menstrual cycles in conjunction with their physical and mental health, as they start to recognize what are normal trends over time versus what could be...
By Laura Lovett 04:29 pmMarch 12, 2018
A team of researchers at Michigan State University have developed a smartphone-based blood pressure monitoring system that could be an alternative to the traditional blood pressure cuffs.  Researchers created a 3D-printed phone case with a sensor, data acquisition and transmission circuitry, and a power supply that links onto the back of a smartphone. With the new technology instead of putting a...
By Laura Lovett 03:06 pmMarch 12, 2018
Worldwide there are 422 million people living with diabetes, according to World Health Organization estimates. The condition can lead complications, including diabetic retinopathy, which can result in blindness. However, a recent study suggests artificial intelligence can help identify diabetic retinopathy early. Researchers at the Medras Diabetes Research foundation in Chennai India found that a...
By Laura Lovett 10:56 amMarch 12, 2018
Over the weekend AliveCor announced that its technology was validated in two studies. The first found that its KardiaBand, which works as a personal electrocardiogram device, can accurately detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) when used with the Apple Watch. The second study, which was a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic found that its ECG device, when paired with AI, could detect hyperkalemia.  “...
By Laura Lovett 04:50 pmMarch 9, 2018
Compliance is important to any developer looking to create a healthcare app. But sometimes getting the right compliance for multiple products in several different countries can be a bit like running through an obstacle course.  Cloud-based platform for digital health Datica has recently announced its next generation platform to manage HIPAA compliance on top of AWS and Microsoft Azure.  “I’ve...
By Laura Lovett 04:05 pmMarch 9, 2018
Food based app Zipongo has just announced that Dr. Dexter Shurney will be joining the company as chief medial officer and senior vice president of clinical affairs. In his new role he will responsible for clinical aspects of Zipongo products and overseeing clinical research and analytics.  Prior to this position Shurney was the chief medical director of the employee health plan for Vanderbilt...