Global Edition news

By Dave Muoio 03:12 pm 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 Laura Lovett 03:40 pm May 8, 2019
This morning integrated EHR platform MedHost announced that Ken Misch will serve as its next president, in addition to his current role as CFO. In this position Misch will oversee innovation projects and the growth of the company’s hosted, managed and cloud-based platforms.  Before joining MedHost in 2013, Misch served as CFO and CIO at Dyna Vox.  “Ken’s leadership and commitment to our customers...
By Dave Muoio 03:39 pm May 8, 2019
Google goes big on AI for accessibility. A substantial portion of yesterday’s Google I/O developer conference keynote was devoted to the tech giant’s efforts on increasing device accessibility for those with speech, vision and hearing impairments. During its onstage presentation, the company demonstrated how artificial intelligence could record, interpret and ultimately transcribe the speech of...

Photo credit: Drexel University

By Laura Lovett 02:10 pm May 8, 2019
While digital tools may help individuals curb a sweet tooth habit, gamifying those tools doesn’t improve results, according to a recent study published by the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.  In the study, researchers developed multiple versions of a platform, including two gamified versions, designed to help overweight individuals cut out sweets.  Researchers found that participants who had an...
By Dave Muoio 11:32 am May 8, 2019
A randomized controlled trial recently published in npj Digital Medicine found Kaia Health’s app-based exercise therapy for lower back pain (LBP) to be an effective treatment for multidisciplinary patients, and could be more effective than a standard strategy of individual physiotherapy sessions paired with online education. TOPLINE DATA In the investigation — which was sponsored by Kaia Health...
By Dave Muoio 11:33 am May 3, 2019
Remote monitoring data management firm Validic has partnered with digital chronic disease management company WellDoc to help BlueStar users connect their wearables, apps and other home health monitoring devices to the platform. According to the companies, the integration will allow for more streamlined aggregation of users’ health data and more precise digital coaching. "Today's healthcare...
By Laura Lovett 03:22 pm 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 Laura Lovett 02:00 pm 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 Laura Lovett 01:49 pm May 1, 2019
When it comes to engaging patients in their health, it’s a balancing act between offering the latest technology and providing the personal touch of face-to-face care, according to panelists at the Atlantic’s Pulse event in Boston yesterday.  It’s not always about uprooting the system, but about changing the experience to address the pain points, according to Dr. Michael Richardson, medical...
By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm April 30, 2019
Garmin is the latest to throw its hat into the mobile women’s health ring, as this morning the company announced new menstrual cycle tracking to its app-based online fitness service alongside a slew of new Forerunner fitness smartwatches. Starting today, Garmin Connect users can record their cycle type, symptoms and notes about their personal health. By doing so, the service will begin to predict...

Editor's Pick