digital health briefs

By Dave Muoio 02:24 pm November 15, 2019
The increased spotlight on Google’s healthcare privacy practices doesn’t seem to be letting up, with the Washington Post publishing a story this morning detailing a botched arrangement between the tech giant and the National Institutes of Health back in 2017. The two groups had a research arrangement centered on more than 100,000 chest X-ray images provided to Google by the NIH. However,...
By Jonah Comstock 04:05 pm August 16, 2018
Google rumored to be working on wearable coach. Sourcing an anonymous tip, Android Police is reporting that Google is working on a wearable health and fitness coach called "Google Coach". Internally referred to as Project Wooden, it will be an app for Wear OS, the operating system that powers Google Smartwatches and will expand the devices' existing monitoring capabilities to also include data-...
By MobiHealthNews 04:07 pm August 6, 2018
Google Glass system assists children with autism. A pilot exploratory study recently published in Nature suggests that a novel system running on Google Glass and an Android smartphone can assist with social-affective learning for children with autism. Conducted among 14 families using the tool three times a week for an average of 72 days, the researchers report improved scores among the children...
By Dave Muoio 04:05 pm February 15, 2018
Insulin dose tool gains CE Mark. DreaMed Diabetes has received a CE Mark for its Type 1-focused clinical decision support (CDS) platform, Advisor Pro. The tool’s algorithms process data from a number of connected diabetes management devices to provide a personalized insulin dosing treatment plan. The software achieved similar glycemic control when compared to medical experts during pilot studies...
By Dave Muoio 12:10 pm January 15, 2018
Smartwatches, size extra-small. Fitbit may be looking into a version of its wearable device designed specifically for children, according to a rumor report from Bloomberg. Such a line of products has been the subject of internal discussion for the last several months, anonymous sources said, although there was no information on just what kid-friendly features might be included in the devices....
By Dave Muoio 04:29 pm December 14, 2017
Another telemedicine player enters. Careington International Corporation, an aggregator of non-insurance discount programs, announced that it will be launching a telemedicine company in January. DialCare will operate as an affiliate of Careington, and will offer employers, organizations, and consumers 24-7 access to health professionals over the phone or through video chat. “Telemedicine has...
By Dave Muoio 02:37 pm December 7, 2017
Two left feet. The iPhone’s built-in pedometer misses approximately 1,340 steps during a user’s typical day, according to a study from the University of British Columbia that compared the smartphones to a purpose-built accelerometer attached to the waist. While some of these missed steps could be attributed to the study’s 33 participants accidentally leaving their phone behind, the researchers...
By Laura Lovett 02:09 pm November 22, 2017
Mobile Medicaid: Missouri Medicaid members have a new mobile tool when searching for healthcare information. Missouri Care’s mobile app will allow patients to find a doctor or dentist, locate nearby urgent care centers or hospitals, access wellness service, display their Missouri Care Member ID card or send it to provider, and receive member updates. The app is free and can be used on iOS or...
By Dave Muoio 03:16 pm November 7, 2017
Virtual dermatologists on call. Telemedicine provider MDLive has added dermatology consultations to its collection of virtual medical services. Through a deal with Iagnosis, customers who select the “dermatology” category within MDLive’s platform will be taken to partner site DermatologistOnCall, and then asked to provide a brief medical history and photos of their skin, nails, or hair. Users...
By Dave Muoio 02:27 pm October 9, 2017
Launchpad’s new arrivals. San Francisco-based accelerator Launchpad Digital Health has added eight new digital health startups to its 12-month program: Agathos, a care variation and cost measurement platform; Addicaid, a virtual addiction recovery program; Elemeno Health, virtual coach software for healthcare teams; Happy Couple, a daily relationship bonding app; Mentia, a therapeutic support...