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By Laura Lovett February 26, 2019
Digital health has been around for a little over a decade, meaning it is one of the newest—and arguably hottest—emerging trends in healthcare. But like any new industry it is working out the ethics.  Last week Stanford Libraries released a statement of guiding principals for digital health. The document was created based on input from 30 participants from across disciplines including the former...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2019
Apple is testing sleep tracking functionality for the Apple Watch and, if all goes well, intends to add it to the wearable by 2020, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that Apple has been testing the feature at secret sites near Cupertino for several months.  Apple hasn't responded to requests for comment on this matter, but when MobiHealthNews spoke...
By Dave Muoio February 26, 2019
This morning Doctor On Demand announced the launch of a multicomponent virtual primary care platform designed to integrate with US health plans’ and employers’ existing networks. Called "Synapse by Doctor On Demand", the platform offers new clinical capabilities and smart, in-network service referrals to better stitch together gaps in patients’ care and increase their overall access to healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2019
Crossover Health, which provides medical services to large employers, Apple and Facebook among them, has acquired Sherpaa, an asynchronous telehealth company that has also mostly focused on serving employer populations. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Sherpaa founder Dr. Jay Parkinson and his team will all become part of Crossover Health. “Our physicians work in designated care...
By Laura Lovett February 25, 2019
Google has been busy recently. Just in the past week it has closed down its Google Fit website,  launched a new drug disposal tool and announced the first clinical use of Verily’s machine learning tool for diabetic related diseases.  Below is a look at three of the company’s digital health announcements in the last week.  Addressing the opioid crisis  It started last Wednesday when Google...
By Dave Muoio February 25, 2019
In a stage event kicking off Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft pulled back the curtain on revamped versions of its enterprise-focused mixed reality headset and computer vision technology. Much like its predecessor, the HoloLens 2 headset is a self-contained device that projects messages, icons and other images on a clear glasses-like display. However, the second version of the headset...

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By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2019
With the addition of FDA clearances for the ECG sensor and irregular heart rate algorithm, the Apple Watch is now technically a medical device. But it is still primarily a consumer product, and its fitness features may still have the greatest impact on people’s health, according to a panel of health professionals — three doctors and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins — who spoke at a recent event...
By Laura Lovett February 25, 2019
This morning Spirosure, a health tech company focused on respiratory conditions, announced that its latest product the Fenom Pro Asthma Monitor has landed FDA clearance. The provider-facing technology enables clinicians to measure the fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), an indicator of airway inflammation, in their patient’s breath. The technology uses proprietary algorithms to detect the...
By Dave Muoio February 25, 2019
Earlier this month, Hygieia’s d-Nav Insulin Guidance Service — an app that titrates insulin doses for individual Type 2 diabetes patients, regardless of their regimen type — received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The cloud-based service leverages proprietary algorithms, users’ individual blood glucose data and a small team of in-house health professionals to generate and deliver insulin dosage...
By Dave Muoio February 22, 2019
AT&T and mobile healthcare software maker OneLife Technologies have developed a medical-grade smartwatch with LTE-M certification, allowing the monitoring device to stay connected for up to five days. Along with its onboard movement, sleep, heart rate, location, and fall tracking capabilities, the OnePulse smartwatch can connect to and collect data from medical devices like blood pressure...

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