June 25, 2020
Cancelled conference data trickles out. Digital respiratory-health company Propeller Health recently shared new study data that were accepted for presentation at the now cancelled Society of Behavioral Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting.
The first of the three abstracts described a sample of 617 adults with asthma or COPD, in which older patients engaged with Propeller's app for longer periods of time...
May 8, 2020
SWISS ARMY TESTS TRACING APP
A COVID-19 contact tracing app is being trialed by 100 soldiers at the Chamblon army base near Lausanne, Switzerland. The Bluetooth-enabled app logs if users have spent more than 15 minutes within two metres of another user. Then, when one uploads a positive test result for COVID-19, the system and alerts users to the contact. In order to test its efficacy, the...
May 14, 2019
Governments, industry and regulators worldwide are trying to make the pharmaceutical supply chain more bullet-proof and the use of blockchain based track and trace technology has been hailed as a possible solution. Blockchain is an electronic cryptographic ledger which creates an immutable record of all events throughout the supply chain, allowing digital information to be distributed without...
March 29, 2019
A new blockchain-enabled platform aiming to curb doctor’s appointments no-shows with redeemable incentives launched in beta yesterday.
Dubbed Healthereum Life Portfolio, the system will give patients tokens for showing up to appointment, answering surveys and completing other health-related activities. The healthcare provider can specifically create a value for the tokens. Then the tokens can be...
March 25, 2019
Nashville, Tennessee-based Change Healthcare, a health IT company currently owned by a joint venture of McKesson, Blackstone and Hellman & Friedman, has filed to raise $100 million in an upcoming IPO. The company has hired Barclays, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as its underwriters, and plans to list its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange.
In the filing, Change Healthcare wrote that it will...
March 11, 2019
Rally’s new benefits platform. This weekend at SXSW, Rally Health announced the launch of a new digital, consumer-focused wellness platform. The system helps users view, access and manage their employee benefits within a single interface, while offering employers a tool to drive health engagement.
“Today we’re taking our Rally platform to a new level by making traditionally disparate elements of...
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February 26, 2019
FDA draft guidance on BCI devices. The FDA signaled its interest in the development of implanted brain-computer interface (BCI) devices on Friday with the release of a new draft guidance focused on the emerging technology. The new document suggests that non-clinical testing of the devices could precede clinical testing as a means to identify and prevent potential risks prior to use by patients.
February 7, 2019
Yesterday Embleema, a healthcare blockchain startup that lets patients share their data with stakeholders, announced that it landed $3.7 million in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Pharmagest and Techstars.
The news coincides with the announcement that Embleema will be joining the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator, a three-month program that gives startups access to...
January 15, 2019
You might soon be able to add “preventing death from snake bites” to the list of things the blockchain can do.
BTG, a British specialty pharma company, has tapped OMNY to pilot a distributed ledger-based platform to help track the supply of CroFab, the company’s antivenom.
“We have the only antivenom for management of all North American pit viper envenomations,” Amanda Goltz, VP of digital at BTG...
December 31, 2018
The healthcare industry has seen waves of hype around an array of technologies over the last century or so — each one promising to be revolutionary in its own way. Most recently blockchain has become the go-to topic in the future of healthcare. Industry players are promising the technology can link patients' medical records, verify medications and more, but like many new tools it has been met...