digital therapeutics

By Laura Lovett 03:17 pm April 4, 2019
Figuring out the best user experience can be a tricky process for any platform. But its particularly important in digital therapeutics, which some view as a disruptor to traditional pharmaceuticals.  Unlike medical drug makers, digital therapeutics companies have UX design to consider during the development of their products, Madhavi Jagdish, director of product designer at Pear Therapeutics,...
By Dave Muoio 02:43 pm April 3, 2019
A staggering number of health apps are being released with each passing year, many of which could have a lasting impact on patients entering the health system with stress, anxiety or depression. That sheer volume of options comes at a cost, however, as many therapists and clinicians who are interested in recommending a digital tool or service to their patients simply don’t have the time to comb...
By Laura Lovett 03:28 pm March 28, 2019
Within the last few years the FDA has undergone a metamorphosis when it comes to digital health regulations. Though many of these are not yet solidified, a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) predicts that these changes could open new doors for pharmaceutical companies looking to jump into the digital arena.  “Changes made by the FDA have made it easier for digital health products to be...
By Dave Muoio 03:38 pm March 7, 2019
Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs, maker of video game-like treatments for children with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, has found a partner to help promote its digital therapeutic products in eastern Asia. Thanks to a new strategic partnership announced this morning, Osaka, Japan-based pharmaceutical company Shionogi will take over the commercialization, marketing, clinical development and...
Novartis
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:11 am March 4, 2019
Pharma giant Novartis and O2 innovation arm Wayra UK revealed last week that Virtue, TestCard and ExSeed would join its nine-month Health Hub accelerator programme. “After a rigorous judging day, I believe the innovations these three startups offer will make a significant difference to patients and the NHS,” said Novartis Market Access Director Fiona Bride. “I look forward to supporting them over...

Credit: Kaiku Health

By Leontina Postelnicu 05:28 am March 4, 2019
Helsinki-based health data science company Kaiku Health, which offers digital patient monitoring and patient-reported outcome services, has announced that is teaming up with Amgen to roll out digital symptom tracking for multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. In collaboration with Turku University Hospital’s hematology unit in Finland, Kaiku Health developed in 2017 an adaptive algorithm...
By Dave Muoio 03:57 pm January 24, 2019
The acceptability, safety, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of Meru Health’s digital therapeutic for depression will be evaluated in a new two-year investigation conducted by Stanford Medicine and VA Palo Alto Health Care System researchers. According to a clinicaltrials.gov listing, the research program will enroll older adults aged at least 40 years with depressive symptoms in two studies...
By Dave Muoio 12:34 pm January 17, 2019
In conjunction with Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health, Proteus Digital Health unveiled plans to pair its sensor-equipped digital pills with an oral oncology therapeutic. According to an announcement from Proteus, the new care model is currently being used to treat stage 3 and stage 4 colorectal cancer patients receiving care at Fairview. There, clinicians are prescribing...

Left to right: Dr. Daniel Kraft, Fitbit's Any McDonough, Verily's Dr. Jess Mega and Akili's Eddie Martucci chat on stage at CES 2019’s Digital Health Summit

By Dave Muoio 12:05 pm January 9, 2019
Digital therapeutics are a nascent corner of the healthcare technology industry. With few precedents available outside of novel drugs or medical devices, it would make sense that Pear Therapeutics, Proteus and other digital therapeutics companies furthest along the regulatory pipeline align themselves with industry partners well versed in selling and supporting a medical product. As such, it came...
By Dave Muoio 03:51 pm January 3, 2019
A small feasibility study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia suggests that Project: Evo, the digital medicine developed by Akili Interactive Labs that is delivered via a video game, continually engaged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and reduced their ADHD symptoms, although more objective measures of cognitive control were mixed. Topline data Nineteen children aged...