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By Jonah Comstock May 9, 2019
Physician Compare, a CMS-operated website mandated by the Affordable Care Act, isn't providing a whole lot of information on most doctors, according to a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from the University of Michigan used statistical software to estimate the quality and quantity of data available on the platform based on a sample of more than a million physician profiles...
By Laura Lovett April 22, 2019
When it comes to privacy and data transparency, smoking cessation and depression apps fall short, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. The study, which zeroed in on 36 apps, found that 33 of those apps transmitted data to a third party. However, 17 of those apps either “lacked a privacy policy, failed to disclose the transmission policy in text or said that the transmission...
By Laura Lovett November 29, 2018
When it comes to telemedicine, comprehensive reimbursement and coverage state mandates and a dearth of local psychiatrists were key factors in adoption, according to the a research letter about the trends in telemedicine published in JAMA yesterday.  The letter, which examines trends of telemedicine uptake in a large commercially-insured population between 2005 and 2017, found that while...
By Dave Muoio September 25, 2018
What happened A new dual-arm randomized trial published this morning in JAMA Psychiatry found that use of Big Health’s Sleepio app as a digital cognitive behavioral therapy (dCBT) led to significant improvements in self-reported functional health, psychological wellbeing, and sleep-related quality of life among those with symptoms to insomnia. The trial, which included 1,711 participants...
By Jonah Comstock August 6, 2018
iRhythm Technologies reported a promising second quarter from a financial standpoint, citing a revenue of $35.5 million, up 55 percent from this time last year. But CEO Kevin King's major focus on the call was not earnings, but a pair of scientific studies published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Cardiology. These studies and what they represent could crack...
By Laura Lovett July 10, 2018
A take-home wearable ECG could be key in detecting undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute used the iRhythm Zio patch, an ECG screening wearable, to monitor patients with a risk for the condition.  Researchers discovered that patients who immediately began monitoring were significantly more likely to...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2017
A new study of 1,500 patients casts doubt on the effectiveness of several promising medication adherence technologies and strategies, including connected pill bottles and lottery-based incentives. The study, called the HeartStrong Study, was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. It was a year-long single-blind study of heart failure patients taking some combination of statins, aspirin,...
By Heather Mack June 16, 2017
Diabetes management is among the most active, well-funded and rapidly-evolving areas of digital health. Connected tools that allow people living with diabetes to monitor their own blood glucose levels and work with digital coaching platforms to choose the best lifestyle practices to stay healthy abound, as do analytics platforms that enable remote monitoring and more detail-rich data...
By Jeff Lagasse March 27, 2017
As lawmakers on Capitol Hill wrangle over the fate of the Affordable Care Act and its would-be replacement, the American Health Care Act, the National Academy of Medicine said its four main priorities for fixing the country's healthcare industry include continuing the shift from fee-for-service to value based payment models; empowering people to be fully engaged in their healthcare decisions;...
By Heather Mack January 25, 2017
While most wearable baby monitors are designed with the intention to give parents peace of mind, some experts warn they may do just the opposite. In a recent JAMA article, researchers outlined how the proliferation of baby wearables that monitor vital signs and alert parents of abnormalities via a companion app can cause undue alarm to parents. Moreover, the researchers point out, the devices...