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By Jonah Comstock May 13, 2019
The Ontario Telemedicine Network, a nonprofit telemedicine company that provides telemedicine services to the provincial government of Ontario, has laid off 44 of its 265 employees in the wake of apparent cuts to government spending with the organization, the CBC reports. The layoffs are notable, the CBC said, both because Premier Doug Ford previously promised that funding cuts would not lead to...
By Victoria Betton May 13, 2019
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13 until 19 May and the theme this year is body image – how we think and feel about our bodies, based on research undertaken by the foundation. The MHF research shows that just over one in five adults (22%) and 40% of teenagers worry about their body image as a result of social media. Another piece of...
By Dave Muoio May 13, 2019
Mobile consumer ECG maker AliveCor announced today that its long-teased six-lead ECG device has been cleared by the FDA and will be available to customers in June of this year. “[The KardiaMobile 6L clearance] is a big deal for us, and it’s important for patients and physicians because they will be able to get a materially improved view into patients’ hearts,” Dr. Jacqueline Shreibati, chief...
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By Leontina Postelnicu May 13, 2019
The Duke of Cambridge unveiled last week the launch of text messaging helpline Shout in the UK, a digital mental health service aiming to provide help for people in moments of crisis. Shout is part of a series of initiatives supported and launched by the royal family in recent years to break the stigma around mental health conversations, following the Heads Together campaign. The service is...
By Leontina Postelnicu May 13, 2019
There are plenty of health apps out there, but recent studies continue to indicate that only a small number are backed by evidence. In March, an analysis published in the Nature Digital Medicine journal found that only two out of 73 mental health apps studied offered “direct evidence associated with app use” – and even these fell short “of high-quality evidence obtained, for example, from...
By Laura Lovett May 10, 2019
It’s no secret digital health is iterating and evolving at breakneck speed. But many are starting to ask the question, "Are those technologies made with all in mind?" Industry players have warned that many patients groups are being left behind— namely, people of color, underserved communities, members of the LGBTQ population and women.  The problems and opportunities  “I would say communities of...
By Laura Lovett May 9, 2019
This morning a private equity firm by the name of Warburg Pincus merged DocuTAP, maker of a tablet-based EMR and practice management software, with Practice Velocity, an urgent care EHR company. The firm plans on uniting the two companies under the name Experity.  WHAT’S THE IMPACT After the merger, the company promises existing clients that it will continue to support all platforms and service....
By Dave Muoio May 9, 2019
At-home lab test startup LetsGetChecked has brought in a $30 million Series B raise headed by health IT investment firm LTP. Optum Ventures and Qiming Venture Partners USA also returned to participate in the round. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2014, the New York City-based company offers consumers a range of lab tests that can be ordered through an online site or partner retailers. Customers receive a...
By Dave Muoio May 9, 2019
Aging adults living in care homes who are given and engage with robotic pets often experience health and quality of life benefits, according to a recent meta-analysis of 19 studies examining the devices. These findings are primarily based on qualitative responses collected during the included studies. While most quantitative data obtained in the review generally supported this trend, all but an...
By Jonah Comstock May 9, 2019
Physician Compare, a CMS-operated website mandated by the Affordable Care Act, isn't providing a whole lot of information on most doctors, according to a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from the University of Michigan used statistical software to estimate the quality and quantity of data available on the platform based on a sample of more than a million physician profiles...

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