December 19, 2019
ECG algorithm picks up Breakthrough Device status. Eko, the maker of tools for monitoring heart function, announced yesterday that a novel ECG-based algorithm for detecting lowered left ventricular ejection fraction has received Breakthrough Device designation from the FDA. By analyzing a 15-second clip of ECG data collected via the company’s other products, the algorithm aims to assist with...
June 6, 2019
Healthcare enterprises and digital health startups have a symbiotic relationship: startups need enterprise partners to test and validate their technology, and enterprises turn to startups to bolster innovation efforts beyond what they’re equipped to do in-house.
According to Rock Health Director of Research Megan Zweig, speaking this week at a Rock Health event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this...
April 4, 2019
Earlier this morning, Amazon announced in a blog post that its voice-based Alexa platform now supports the development of software that communicates HIPAA-protected health information through an invite-only Alexa Skills Kit program.
To kick off the new capability, the company also highlighted the launch of six new Alexa skills built by healthcare providers and other stakeholders. Each is designed...
November 8, 2018
Looking to the mental health arena, Cigna has teamed up with Happify Health and Prevail in order to give clients new digital platforms that aim to tackle stress, anxiety and depression. In January 2019, the payer plans to roll Happify and iPrevail into its Cigna Total Behavioral Health program.
Happify helps users maintain well-being and targets preventing diagnosable mental health conditions,...
November 5, 2018
Digital health-focused news involving payers during the third quarter of 2018 comprised a number of different focus areas, ranging from chronic condition management strategies to member engagement to high-profile deals. Read below for MobiHealthNews’ coverage of this sector through July, August and September.
Diabetes management and prevention
A handful of payer news during this period...
September 20, 2018
RapidSOS’ latest deal with Google will allow emergency communication centers using RapidSOS’ platform to more quickly and accurately pinpoint Android users’ location when
they dial 911. Specifically, the system will utilize Android Emergency Location Service (ELS), a feature supported on 99 percent of Android devices, and comes after a January pilot conducted by the two companies.
September 18, 2018
Cigna and digital diabetes prevention program Omada Health are once again expanding their relationship, offering Omada's services to all of Cigna's regional and national employer customers, representing a significant portion of Cigna members.
"We will be expanding in January of this year to our national and regional clients, which is a large percentage of Cigna’s book of business, but it will be...
August 8, 2018
Voice assistants are finding their way into a growing number of consumer homes, leading an ever-increasing number of healthcare companies to investigate how these connected technologies can be used to improve patients' health and deliver pertinent information directly to the individual.
Unsurprisingly, building a successful consumer voice app comes with a number of challenges and considerations...
May 8, 2018
As technology increases in the healthcare arena more and more venture firms are turning their attention to digital health.
Healthcare focused venture firm 7wireVentures has recently closed on a $100 million fund and formed a coalition with eight major healthcare organizations including several large health systems and insurers. The 7wire Connected Consumer Health Fund has invested in 12 digital...
January 16, 2018
Connected thermometers track flu season. Smart thermometer company Kinsa told the New York Times that its flu tracking data is more accurate and more granular than that of the CDC. Kinsa's data -- based on 25,000 readings a day from thermometers in 500,000 households around the country -- suggests that California's flu outbreak is the worst in five years, while the Northeast, including New York...