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By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2018
Health systems, startups, and other stakeholders are banding together to create a series of standardized frameworks for innovators, starting with a standardized security assessment for business associate agreements. The all-volunteer group, currently called the Digital Health Collaborative (the group plans to adopt an official name next year), was conceived at and first met at the HIMSS18 Global...

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By Laura Lovett October 19, 2018
Yesterday morning Helix, an early player in the consumer genomics field, announced the launch of its DNA Product Studio. The tool aims to boost the development of new genomics apps and tests for Helix’s partners.  Helix’s model uses third party partners that are experts in a specific arena to develop products. Meanwhile Helix provides sample collection, DNA sequencing, and secures data that the...

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By Dave Muoio October 18, 2018
The NIH’s All of Us Research Program launched in May with a daunting task ahead of it — collecting demographic, health, behavior and genomic data from a 1 million person cohort comprised of demographics often underrepresented in biomedical research. Speaking this morning at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, All of Us’ chief engagement officer, said that the...
By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2018
Mountain View, California-based Beddr has launched Sleep Tuner, its first health wearable. The device is an FDA-registered sleep sensor, worn on the forehead, which measures blood oxygenation, heart rate, and sleep position, as well as stopped breathing events. “The device affixes to the forehead with a medical-grade adhesive, and the adhesive is changed each test night so it’s easy to apply and...

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By Laura Lovett October 18, 2018
The uses for artificial intelligence have been sprouting up all over the healthcare field, from reading images to automating work flows. Now some researchers are looking to use that technology to move beyond the analytical tasks and move into providing a more human touch.  “There is one view that we can allow these AI [tools] to deal with data and analytics and we let people deal with the caring...

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By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is the child of two doctors. So for him, the FCC's role in providing healthcare services, via telehealth, to rural communities is personal. "When I was a kid in the late 1970s and 1980s, my dad, who was a urologist in the small town of Parsons, Kansas would often hit the road," Pai said today in an address to the Connected Health Conference in Boston. "He would drive 45...
By Dave Muoio October 18, 2018
Xcertia, a standards and guidelines body for mobile apps, today announced the draft release of  its updated Privacy and Security Guidelines, a document consisting of practical and descriptive advice for health app designers. The group has opened the draft up for comment from stakeholders and industry members for the next 45 days, Chuck Parker, managing director at Xcertia, said here at the...
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By Tom Sullivan October 18, 2018
BOSTON — Voice technology is growing out of its first wave of reactive information services and becoming more proactive in ways that can help clinicians and consumers more effectively manage their health. After the first takeaway that 2018 is the year of voice tech pilots, that’s another impression from Monday’s Voice.Health Summit, hosted by Boston Children's, here at the Connected Health...
By Dave Muoio October 17, 2018
OptimizeRx, a software company focused on pharma-provider digital health messaging, has completed a $9 million deal to acquire medication adherence and care coordination messaging company CareSpeak Communications, OptimizeRx told MobiHealthNews. With this deal, OptimizeRx will be able to expand its EHR-embedded messaging platform so that phrama and providers can communicate directly with patients...
By Laura Lovett October 17, 2018
Both the clinician and the patient hold an important piece to the care puzzle, according to Kristina Sheridan, head of the enterprise strategy and transformation department at the nonprofit MITRE Corporation.  The physician has expertise in treating illness, whereas the patient is the authority on living with the condition, she explained at the Society for Participatory Medicine in Boston this...

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