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By Dave Muoio December 18, 2018
The FDA has approved an app-based smart programming device used to discreetly and easily control implants treating for overactive bladder (OAB), chronic fecal incontinence (FI) and non-obstructive urinary retention, medical device maker Medtronic announced yesterday. Called the InterStim smart programmer and designed for use with Medtronic’s InterStim system, the product consists of a Samsung...
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2018
Wearable data is becoming more integrated into clinical practice, but there is one caveat, explains Sense2beat CEO Natalia Glazkova — those devices can be contaminated by a glut of data. Sense2beat is a Russian company working on technology that eliminates interference and analyzes ECG data. “Data that comes from wearable devices is always contaminated by noise, which can make the analysis and...

Above photo: Dr. Snehal Patel, CEO & Co-founder of MyDoc. Photo: MyDoc

By Dean Koh December 18, 2018
The digital managed care platform MyDoc has been tapped to digitally deliver health screening results of AIA Vitality members in Singapore, creating the first digitally integrated corporate health screening programme for the global insurer. As a digital healthcare provider, MyDoc is part of Singapore’s Ministry of Health's (MOH) regulatory sandbox for telemedicine, allowing it to offer digital...
By Dave Muoio December 17, 2018
CVS Caremark and health data management company Sharecare last week announced the launch of a digital pharmacy savings card for under-covered individuals. Accessed through an app, the Sharecare Rx program will provide discounts on CVS Caremark network drugs as well as search for lower drug prices. The digital card will be accepted at more than 68,000 in-network pharmacies. “Whether treating strep...
By Laura Lovett December 17, 2018
Last week MassChallenge HealthTech unveiled the 30 digital health startups that will make up its 2019 cohort. The program gives the startups co-working office space and a tailored curriculum, with the primary goal of connecting startups to advisors, investors, pilots and research opportunities. Startups can also apply for need-based scholarships for no cost and no equity. Eventually, the...
By Jonah Comstock December 17, 2018
According to IDC, 20 percent of healthcare organizations will be using blockchain by 2020. So should startups in the healthcare space be using it now? Well, not necessarily. While many digital health startups are putting blockchain to good use, for others it might be premature, or even extraneous. “I think companies over the last couple years have been asking the question ‘I want to use...

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By Dave Muoio December 17, 2018
With roughly a week to go before thousands of devices are unwrapped under the tree, Fitbit has pushed out a bevy of updates to its smartwatches that make it easier for wearers to quickly grasp their individual health performance. Specifically, Fitbit OS 3.0 expands the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Ionic: adidas edition and Fitbit Versa’s dashboards to include new data on a wearer’s sleep, exercise and...
By Dave Muoio December 17, 2018
K Health, maker of an artificial intelligence-powered app for consumer health education and linkage to primary care, announced this morning that it has closed $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by 14W, with additional participation from Comcast Ventures, Mangrove and other unnamed angel investors. This latest gain brings the company’s total funding to $37.5 million. In addition, K...
By Mike Miliard December 14, 2018
Could distributed ledger technology offer the promise of real-time EHR updates, seamless interoperability and protection from from ransomware?
By Diana Manos December 14, 2018
European Union Blockchain Observatory & Forum says that, while there are tensions and some uncertainty about how to protect data and use blockchain under GDPR, there are still ways to accomplish it.

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