December 28, 2020
Last New Year’s Eve, the first COVID-19 case was reported in Wuhan, China. Since then, the virus has spread all over the world. Today, more than 70 million coronavirus cases and nearly 1.6 million deaths associated with the virus have been reported, according to the World Health Organization.
By February, health systems were quickly responding and rethinking their care-delivery model. Over the...
May 1, 2020
With the incidence of new COVID-19 cases growing by the day, healthcare stakeholders are continuing to search for tools and medications to help stem the tide.
We have seen the digital health community release a slew of new tools aiming to monitor the spread of the disease and facilitate better treatment. And it sounds as if there's still more to come, as just this morning CNBC reported that tech...
March 20, 2019
Vixiar, a Johns Hopkins spinout marketing a tablet-based point of care system for assessing cardiac filling pressure, has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding. This brings the company’s total funding to $3 million.
New investors Emerald Development Managers and MMG Opportunities contributed to the round, along with existing investor The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO),...
December 10, 2018
Researchers from Penn State and Johns Hopkins, backed by a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are developing technology that could read peoples' vital signs from up to four feet away using only a cellphone camera.
The team has published a detailed account of the work in the open access journal Biomedical Optics Express. But the funding from the foundation will allow the...
April 27, 2018
Replacing the frequent home visits often necessary for tuberculosis treatment with video visits facilitated by an app appears to be a cost-effective, well-received means of ensuring adherence throughout therapy, according to a recently published pilot study.
Because TB is, airborne, highly infectious, and increasingly resistant to antibiotics, treatment and prevention of the disease often...
April 9, 2018
Capturing a patient’s experience outside the doctor’s office has been an ongoing struggle when it comes to treating Parkinson’s disease. But now a new smartphone app can now detect the severity of symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease remotely, according to a recent study published by JAMA.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Rochester Medical Center and Aston...
March 8, 2018
A recent Johns Hopkins study found that prediabetic patients who used the interactive mobile coaching program Sweetch lost weight and increased physical activity.
The study, published in JMIR, found that participant lost a mean 3.5 pounds and significantly improved weekly physical activity over the course of the three-month trial. Participants also saw a decrease in HBa1C or glycated hemoglobin...
February 27, 2017
EpiWatch, the Apple Watch-based ResearchKit study on epilepsy led by Johns Hopkins, shared some early results at a conference last week. The results shared were of 598 participants over 10 months who used the app to track their seizures and provided information to researchers about what was happening before the seizure struck. The most common trigger, named in 37 percent of cases, was stress....
December 16, 2015
Pairing contextual texts and activity tracking leads to people moving more, according to a small study of 48 outpatients of an academic CVD prevention center in Baltimore, Maryland that was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The study, which was conducted in three phases, looked into whether activity tracking and texting interventions among smartphone users aged 18 to 69...
October 28, 2015
Researchers from Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery have developed an app for the Hydrocephalus Association, called HydroAssist.
People with hydrocephalus, which is a condition caused by an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, can use the app, available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets...