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By Dave Muoio November 15, 2018
Tattoo circuits. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Coimbra have unveiled a method of printing thin circuits that could better enable wearable computation. The low-cost alloy is attached to a stretchable tattoo paper that adheres to the skin when wet, similarly to the decorative tattoos worn by children. "This is a breakthrough in the printed electronics area,"...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2018
Computer vision has great promise for helping to democratize fields like wound care, dermatology and more. However, as companies explore this potential, they’re also discovering a number of challenges to overcome. The data problem “Getting the data is really the biggest challenge, not the AI,” Karen Panetta, IEEE fellow and dean of graduate engineering at Tufts University who studies AI use cases...
By Dave Muoio November 14, 2018
De Novo clearance for urinary incontinence wearable. The FDA has granted De Novo clearance to Atlantic Therapeutics’ Innovo therapy device, an externally worn electrical muscle stimulator for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. The wearable is intended for adult women as a front-line or second-line therapy, and in a multi-center randomized controlled trial recorded an 87 percent rate of...
By Dave Muoio November 14, 2018
Starting this month, UnitedHealthcare members enrolled in the insurer’s incentive-based “Motion” program are able track their daily activity using their personal Apple Watch, or one purchased and earned through the program. This comes roughly half a year after UnitedHealthcare first announced the availability back in March, and a few months after the July rollout planned at the time. Through the...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2018
Diabetes management company Virta Health announced today that the company will offer its service to employers and health plans at 100 percent risk — that is, customers will only pay if the company succeeds in its goal of reversing Type 2 diabetes and getting patients off of expensive diabetes medications. “Whoever pays the healthcare bill today, we say to them, 'Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could...
By Dave Muoio November 14, 2018
Virtual care provider Teladoc Health recently highlighted two major collaborations with academic institutions focused on the advancement of telehealth delivery and practices. The first of these, conducted with Pennsylvania-based Jefferson Health, launched what the pair consider to be “the industry’s first academic fellowship program in the field of telehealth.” The program, which launched during...
By Laura Lovett November 14, 2018
This morning Withings announced the latest addition to its product line: the Pulse HR, a connected wearable that can track a user's heart rate using photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors that can measure pulse in 10-minute intervals while offering continuous heart rate measurements for each workout session. This comes only months after Withings was bought back from Nokia by its original cofounder...
By Jonah Comstock November 13, 2018
Meditation app Simple Habit has raised $10 million in Series A venture funding. Foundation Capital, which also led the company's $2.8 million seed round last May, led the round. “The world desperately needs better ways to manage stress and anxiety,” Steve Vassallo, general partner at Foundation, said in a statement. “That’s why Simple Habit is growing at a critical time. My partners and I believe...
By Dave Muoio November 13, 2018
Switzerland-based MindMaze announced yesterday its acquisition of fellow neuro-rehabilitation tech company Neuro Motor Innovations Corporation (NMI) for an undisclosed sum. According to the announcement, MindMaze will acquire a perpetual license to NMI’s rehabilitation technology and pick up NMI cofounder Dr. John Krakauer as its now chief medical and chief scientific advisor. Krakauer and...

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By Jonah Comstock November 13, 2018
One promising area in which artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing is computer vision, algorithms which process images. Healthcare entrepreneurs are in the midst of turning this technology toward healthcare, where algorithms can identify rashes and lesions, measure and analyze wounds, and bring colorimetric testing into the home — all using photos or short videos snapped by our smartphones...

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