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By Laura Lovett 12:09 pm October 18, 2019
The life science industry is making moves in the digital health space. In fact, within the last two years Sanofi, Novartis and GSK have all recently inked deals with digital health companies.  However, the relationship between pharma companies and digital health has not always been infallible. This week Novartis division Sandoz broke ties with its digital therapeutic partner Pear Therapeutics. ...

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By Laura Lovett 01:34 pm October 17, 2019
As the medical community increasingly researches the dangers of screen time, many Americans say they are looking to unplug and engage in digital detoxes. However, Chris Dancy, health and wellness consultant and author of "Don't Unplug - How Technology Saved My Life and Can Save Yours Too!," tapped into digital devices to hack his unhealthy behaviors. “About 12 years ago I was 320 pounds, I smoked...
By Laura Lovett 04:06 pm October 16, 2019
In 2004 PatientsLikeMe emerged as one of the early players on the digital health scene. Its platform was designed to connect patients with different symptoms and conditions, and collects patients' voluntarily submitted data for research. Today the company is still focusing on participatory patient involvement but has seen major changes, namely its summer acquisition by UnitedHealth Group.  ...
By Laura Lovett 01:30 pm October 16, 2019
With thousands of dieting and fitness apps on the market, it’s clear technology is increasingly becoming a part of weight loss for many Americans.  At this year’s Connected Health conference in Boston, Sherry Pagoto, director of UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, reminded attendees that each dieter comes from a unique social structure and has a certain skill set that will impact their...
By Jonah Comstock 02:44 pm October 11, 2019
Partners Health VP of Connected Health Dr. Joseph Kvedar has been giving the keynote for 16 years at the Connected Health Conference in Boston and the Partners Connected Health Symposium, one of CHC’s predecessor events. Each year, the show has focused on up-and-coming technology trends in the world of connected health. “People tell me that — and have told me year after year for almost as long as...

Fitbit Medical Director John Moore. Photo by Christopher Huang.

By Jonah Comstock 03:58 pm October 19, 2018
Part of the value — and fun — of conferences like Connected Health Conference is seeing all the newest technologies debuting in the space, but sometimes tech evangelists need to be reminded of the limits of technology. That’s what speakers from both Fitbit and Johnson & Johnson shared this morning at the show. “When I started in this space, there was a tremendous amount of excitement about...
FDA Pre-Cert panel at Connected Health Conference

(L to R) Moderator Scott Thiel, Pear Therapeutics' Dan Amor, Verily's Afia Asamoah, Tidepool's Howard Look, and Johnson & Johnson's Eduardo Sanchez (photo by Jonah Comstock)

By Jonah Comstock 03:15 pm October 19, 2018
Attendees to the Connected Health Conference in Boston this week got a sneak peek into the workings of the FDA's much-discussed Pre-Cert program. In a panel discussion at the event, representatives from Verily, Pear Therapeutics, Tidepool, and Johnson & Johnson candidly discussed their experiences so far with the program, describing an evolving process that is collaborative and rigorous.  "...

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By Jonah Comstock 02:32 pm October 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is the child of two doctors. So for him, the FCC's role in providing healthcare services, via telehealth, to rural communities is personal. "When I was a kid in the late 1970s and 1980s, my dad, who was a urologist in the small town of Parsons, Kansas would often hit the road," Pai said today in an address to the Connected Health Conference in Boston. "He would drive 45...
A woman conducts a telemedicine visit.
By Jonah Comstock 03:27 pm October 12, 2018
Telemedicine, whether offered by insurers, hospitals or direct-to-consumer, continues to grow with more and more organizations offering virtual visits to patients. It’s a technology with broad support, one of the few things that seem to be able to unite both sides of the political aisle, for instance. But that doesn’t mean everyone is in agreement about the particulars of the technology: how and...
By Jonah Comstock 04:22 pm September 10, 2018
Connected Health Conference’s 2018 theme of “technology and the human element” wasn’t just chosen out of a hat, Program Chair Dr. Joseph Kvedar, told MobiHealthNews. It’s an effort to offer reassurance and a helpful reframing for those who are concerned about the pace at which technology is moving. “With all of the surge in interest, and hype on artificial intelligence, and the corresponding...