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By Dave Muoio November 26, 2018
Monitoring and automatically identifying the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients can be achieved using just a single soft wearable sensor placed on the back of the hand, according to an investigation recently published in NPJ Digital Medicine that sought to optimize such methods of data collection. According to the researchers — who employed 20 participants, six different sensors and...
By Dave Muoio November 26, 2018
As the healthcare industry’s relationship with data becomes increasingly sophisticated, executives, supervisors and other key decision makers have more tools than ever to measure and guide the performance of their organization. Collecting and surfacing new streams of raw data can only help to a certain extent, however, as even the most insightful individuals will struggle to identify actionable...
By Leontina Postelnicu November 26, 2018
Data science and AI are opening up new opportunities to optimise resources and improve quality of care, experts argued at the recent World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar. With more data than ever before now available, machine learning that can interpret large datasets stored and processed more cheaply, compared to a decade ago, the "next wave of progress” in healthcare could be generated...

Screengrab of the ClinMAPS PRO app.

By Dean Koh November 21, 2018
The first known digital scar assessment app will soon be available for clinicians and therapists working with burns patients. Senior Occupational Therapist with the Adult Burn Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) in Australia, Ms Tanja Klotz, said the ClinMAPS PRO app will be used for patients and in research to accurately assess the severity of burn scars at any point in time. “The app...
By Dave Muoio November 21, 2018
Livongo’s DPP recogized by the CDC. Digital chronic care company Livongo Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program has received full recognition from the CDC, according to a release from the company. The designation implies that the digital offering meets the agency’s standards as a Type 2 diabetes prevention and lifestyle change intervention, and is listed within the CDC’s online referral tool. “CDC...
By Laura Lovett November 21, 2018
Medtronic has announced that it will acquire long-time partner Nutrino, an AI powered personalized nutrition platform for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal Medtronic will be integrating Nutrino’s AI-driven personalized insights and food database. The acquisition is set to specifically boost Medtronic’s offerings for people living with diabetes and offer the company’s predictive glycemic...

Novartis' recently-opened digital health innovation lab in San Francisco. Photo courtesy Novartis on Twitter.

By Jonah Comstock November 21, 2018
Last month, Novartis announced that it would be cutting 2,200 jobs as part of a restructuring of the company focusing on particular priorities. “The overall strategy we have is to focus the company as a leading medicines company powered by digital technologies,” CEO Vas Narasimhan told STAT News last month. “What that has meant is to exit certain health care sectors or segments … — so we exited...
By Laura Lovett November 21, 2018
When Apple launched Apple Health Records, a feature that lets users upload their health records from participating health systems onto their phone, in the spring, it sparked conversations about consumers’ access to health records and the entrance of major tech companies into the healthcare space.  Now the Department of Veterans Affairs is in talks with the Silicon Valley tech giant about the...
By Dave Muoio November 21, 2018
Ascensia Diabetes Care’s Contour Diabetes app — a mobile tool to monitor trends in blood glucose levels that connects to the Contour Next One glucometer — has received yet another update. As of Monday, iPhone users can transfer blood glucose and carbohydrate data from their app to records kept within the Apple Health platform. After opting in, data collected through Ascensia’s app will...
By Dave Muoio November 21, 2018
Papa, a startup that schedules companion visits for lonely seniors, has partnered with Humana to support those covered under Medicare Advantage. The Florida-based company trains and provides college-aged assistants to meet and spend time with seniors in their home, and bills itself as a “grandkids on demand” service. “At Humana, we know if we truly want to impact the health of our Medicare...

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