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By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett December 13, 2018
Owkin, the predictive analytics startup backed by Alphabet’s GV, has announced the launch of its AI-powered medical research network. Comprised of 44 US and EU hospitals and research institutions, the Owkin Loop Network looks to help researchers train their predictive health models on a greater scale of real-world data, as well as share any insights gained between participating researchers and...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett December 12, 2018
Ride share company Lyft has brought on Megan Callahan as its first VP of healthcare to advance its business as a non-emergency medical transportation supplier for hospitals. Callahan’s resume includes a chief strategy officer position at Change Healthcare and an SVP of corporate strategy and business development role at McKesson. “During this time of incredible growth, we have a unique...
By Dave Muoio December 12, 2018
A Stanford study recently published in npc Digital Medicine suggests that the iPhone’s step measurement capabilities are sufficient enough to monitor and measure patients’ activity remotely. However, the device’s built-in walking distance measurement algorithm is inconsistent, and should not be used when gauging a patients’ activity or building a patient monitoring app for conditions such as...
By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2018
When Mango Health announced last month that CEO Jason Oberfest was stepping down, the company didn't mention where Oberfest was going. Now, according to his LinkedIn, first spotted by CNBC, he has joined Apple's health team in an unspecified role.  Mango Health, which launched in 2012, has achieved success, or at least longetivity, as a gameified, incentive-based medication adherence app. He's...
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2018
It looks like Apple's not yet done with Beddit, the sleep-tracking device startup it acquired in May 2017. An FCC filing uncovered by VentureBeat suggests strongly that the company is planning to launch a new version of the device, likely with more traditional Apple design but retaining the Beddit brand. Launched in 2013, Beddit's under-the-sheets strap leverages ballistocardiography (BCG), a...
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2018
As predicted, the Apple Watch's version 5.1.2 update went live today, giving anyone in the United States with an Apple Watch Series 4 the ability to take an ECG reading on the wrist. Alongside the active ECG, the Watch's passive irregular rhythm detection feature launched today as well. "We are confident in the ability of these features to help users have more informed conversations with their...
Jeff Williams shows off the Apple Watch ECG in September.
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2018
Apple made big waves at its last September special event by announcing — concurrent with FDA's announcement of its clearance — an ECG reader built into the Apple Watch Series 4. Now, according to a leaked training document obtained by MacRumors, that feature is set to go live in the next WatchOS update, version 5.1.2, due out before the year's end. While the Watch itself has been on sale since...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2018
A Vitality Group wellness program that allowed participants to pay off the cost of an Apple Watch with regular activity incentives yielded a roughly 34 percent increase in regular physical activity, or an additional 4.8 “activity days” per month, according to a three-year study recently released by RAND. This gain outpaced that of a similar program run by the group that did not employ a “loss-...
By Laura Lovett November 21, 2018
When Apple launched Apple Health Records, a feature that lets users upload their health records from participating health systems onto their phone, in the spring, it sparked conversations about consumers’ access to health records and the entrance of major tech companies into the healthcare space.  Now the Department of Veterans Affairs is in talks with the Silicon Valley tech giant about the...
By Dave Muoio November 21, 2018
Ascensia Diabetes Care’s Contour Diabetes app — a mobile tool to monitor trends in blood glucose levels that connects to the Contour Next One glucometer — has received yet another update. As of Monday, iPhone users can transfer blood glucose and carbohydrate data from their app to records kept within the Apple Health platform. After opting in, data collected through Ascensia’s app will...