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By Leontina Postelnicu May 3, 2019
Fibre optic internet for the NHS and a new unit for health innovation. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has announced this week that fibre optic broadband will be rolled out across all hospitals and GP practices in England in a new bid to improve access to digital services. "(...) We need clinicians and other healthcare professionals to feel confident they can access fast, reliable...

Screengrab of the PainChek app.

By Dean Koh May 3, 2019
The federal government of Australia recently announced that it will invest A$5M to facilitate the implementation of PainChek’s pain recognition app in Australian residential aged care centres (RAC’s). The PainChek app was originally conceived at Western Australia’s Curtin University and further developed by listed Australian digital health company PainChek Ltd. It provides caregivers and health...
By Laura Lovett May 2, 2019
Facebook Groups were a hot topic at the social media company’s Facebook F8 conference earlier this week, and health was one of the main focuses. The social media platform announced that it has created a “Health Support” tool that will help users find groups to fit their health concerns and needs.  “Different communities have different needs. From communities that are built around specific...
By Dave Muoio May 2, 2019
A study conducted by pharmacy and outpatient telepsychiatry provider Genoa Healthcare found that rural, Medicaid-covered behavioral health patients received quicker and more frequent care when their in-person visits were supplemented with a telepsychiatry appointment. These results from 242-patient investigation, published in the Journal of Rural Mental Health, suggest that this hybrid approach...
By MobiHealthNews May 2, 2019
Health tech startups and innovators are invited to apply for two opportunities to showcase their company and technology at the Health 2.0 Annual Conference in Santa Clara, California this fall. These two opportunities are a chance for entrepreneurs and startups to gain visibility for their products with potential investors, partners and peers. The conference — scheduled from September 16 to 18 —...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2019
Yesterday, Optima Health, the health plan division of Virginia integrated delivery system Sentara Healthcare, launched the first rollout of CareLink, a collaboration with MDLive to use telehealth to improve population health and quality measure scores. "The way the workflow goes is that we identify members who have gaps on certain quality metrics," Dr. Sam Basta, Optima Health's senior director...
By Laura Lovett May 2, 2019
In the tech world, the name Theranos creates a direct synapse with scandal and fraud. Once a Silicon Valley darling, the biotech company, which focused on blood tests, was exposed for its fraudulent claims and brought down in disgrace.  As the health and tech sectors continue to fuse, it is important to remember the ethics behind the tech, Erika Cheung, a key whistleblower in the Theranos scandal...
By Dave Muoio May 2, 2019
The FDA has granted 510(k) clearance to Biofourmis’ RhythmAnalytics, a cloud-based software product that uses deep learning to read and interpret cardiac arrhythmias. According to a statement from the company and the FDA’s clearance letter, RhythmAnalytics collects single-lead ECG data from a range of FDA-cleared devices, and from these scan for more than 15 types of cardiac arrhythmias,...
By Laura Lovett May 1, 2019
From reducing pain in childbirth to helping train new doctors, new uses for virtual reality are sprouting up all over the healthcare industry. Now VR is going to be used to show hospital patients relaxation videos thanks to a new partnership between XRHealth (formerly VRHealth) and Healing Healthcare Systems.  As part of the deal participating hospitals will gain access to XRHealth’s VRHealth...
By Jonah Comstock May 1, 2019
In April, MobiHealthNews and our sister publications focused our theme month coverage on the consumerization of healthcare. As patients take on more and more financial responsibility for their own care, the industry is responding by turning healthcare into a consumer experience. For May, we're continuing on with the same narrative thread: As hospitals look to earn the loyalty of consumer-patients...

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