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By Jonah Comstock July 23, 2018
The United States Patent Office has published a patent from Apple, filed December 18 of last year and not yet granted, for a "sunscreen detector" that could be incroporated into the Apple Watch or the iPhone and could even include augmented reality functionality. "Disclosed herein is a [ultraviolet-ifrared (UV-IR)] spectrometer for mobile and/or wearable devices," Patent Application 0202927,...
By Dave Muoio July 23, 2018
Anthem plan members who own a Samsung Galaxy device are now able to use American Well’s LiveHealth Online telehealth service through the Samsung Health app, the companies announced today. LiveHealth Online facilitates video consultations with US-based, board certified providers who can diagnose users’ non-emergency medical conditions and submit a prescription if necessary. The service is...

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By Laura Lovett July 23, 2018
Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new wearable capable of measuring a patient’s cortisol levels from their sweat. Cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, typically takes several days to test. A paper outlining the early development and use of the technology was recently published in Science Advances.  "We are particularly interested in sweat sensing, because it offers...
By Dave Muoio July 23, 2018
Suicide attempts were less frequent, albeit nonsignificantly, among adolescents who received an inpatient suicide intervention supported in the following weeks by a specialized app, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. Both the three-hour As Safe As Possible (ASAP) in-person intervention and the app, called BRITE, look to educate patients on various coping...
By Jonah Comstock July 23, 2018
Plano, Texas-based MediLynx, the US subsidiary of Poland's Medicalgorithmics, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its PocketECG CRS Mobile Cardiac Rehabilitation System. The product is a new application of the company's existing (and previously FDA-cleared) PocketECG technology, which can monitor cardiac patients for arrhythmias remotely for up to 30 days. The device captures the full ECG...
By Laura Lovett July 23, 2018
This morning, prescription digital therapeutic developer Click Therapeutics closed a $17 million funding round led by Sanofi Ventures, a subsidiary of pharma giant Sanofi.  “We’ve evaluated many companies in this space, and we believe Click Therapeutics’ mobile patient engagement platform positions the company to be a leader in the field of prescription digital therapeutics,” Bernard Davitian,...
a mobile app for digital dermatology
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2018
Alexander Börve’s company FirstDerm offers online consultations with board-certified dermatologists and a free product that uses AI to give users ideas about what their skin condition might be. But Börve’s background isn’t in dermatology. In fact he’s an orthopedic surgeon by training. He had the idea to build his app because he realized how pervasive the need is for dermatological consultation...
By Dave Muoio July 19, 2018
Earnings reports shared by neurostimulation and digital medicine company NeuroMetrix during a Q2 investors’ call showed a slight drop in total revenue as the company is preparing to place its marketing weight behind the launch of its updated wearable pain relief product, Quell. However, the company remained profitable during the quarter thanks to sales of its other product, DPNCheck. Dr. Shai N....
US Army triage training

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By Dave Muoio July 19, 2018
The US Army’s medical division has been building a mobile technology platform that will streamline triage and communications in the event of medical evacuations, and is now looking for units to pilot the technology according to a recent release from the service’s public affairs division. The Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast, or MEDHUB, initiative looks to leverage wearable sensors,...
Consumerism tips for healthcare
By Jeff Lagasse July 19, 2018
Healthcare organizations aren't making significant strides in adapting to consumerism, even despite increasing demand, competition for patient loyalty and plenty of lip service to the idea.  That's true across the range of hospitals, payers and pharmaceutical companies, according to new research by branding and marketing consultancy specialist Prophet. Along with identifying the problem, Prophet...

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