September 18, 2017
Medtronic has received FDA clearance for a new implantable pain management device that can be programmed wirelessly via a Samsung tablet.
The Intellis system is designed to treat chronic pain by delivering neurostimulation at the spinal cord. Using a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, the patient's caregiver can adjust the neurostimulation according to a workflow designed by Medtronic called Evolve.
June 27, 2017
Diabetes data management company Glooko has raised $35 million in new funding. The company already had strategic investments from Samsung and Medtronic; in this new round the Mayo Clinic and insulin pump maker Insulet join those ranks. Toronto-based Georgian Partners led the round, with participation from existing investors Canaan Partners and Social Capital, in addition to the aforementioned...
June 15, 2017
Late last week we did a pre-conference roundup of news from the 77th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. Now that the show has concluded, here’s a few more notable stories from the show:
Care4Life texting lowers A1C, but not as consistently as personal intervention
One study presented at the conference looked at 166 Medicaid patients with Type 2 diabetes and an average HbA1c...
June 9, 2017
Diabetes management is a focus area for a number of digital health companies, and increasingly large medical device companies like Medtronic and Dexcom are turning to smartphone apps and connected devices for their consumer offerings. So it’s no surprise that at the 77th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, which start today, there is a significant health tech presence.
March 31, 2017
In the first quarter of 2017, we tracked seven digital health-related FDA clearances. While the list isn’t long, it’s varied and relatively novel – from app and device integrations for diabetes treatment to a vest that maps cardiac rhythms. The beginning of this year also rang in some big changes, as the Trump Administration took root and nominated Dr. Scott Gottlieb as FDA deputy commissioner....
February 21, 2017
Bringing digital tools into health systems may be welcomed for the improved continuity of care and patient engagement, but adding value in a way that improves the financial bottom line is an unavoidable necessity as well.
On a panel discussing the business case for digital and connected health at HIMSS 17 in Orlando, speakers from various backgrounds and specialties shared how their organizations...
February 17, 2017
In a head-to-head comparison of sensor-augmented insulin pumps, the touchscreen device from Tandem Diabetes Care outperformed that from Medtronic, according to new data presented at the Annual Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes conference in Paris.
The self-reported data from San Diego-based Tandem comes from a retrospective study analyzing de-identified data from 3,046 Tandem SAP...
February 9, 2017
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health, has given out $41 milion in grants to four studies that will hopefully make the artificial pancreas – a long-sought, fully automated, closed-loop system for insulin regulation – a reality. Two of the studies are underway and two more are slotted to begin recruiting in the next two...
February 8, 2017
The remote patient monitoring market saw a big jump in the last year, with 7.1 million patients in 2016 enrolled in some form of digital health program featuring connected medical devices as a core part of their care plan, according to new data.
Swedish market research firm Berg Insight, which specializes in IoT verticals, tracked a 44 percent jump in remotely monitored patients last year. While...
February 6, 2017
Figuring out what is causing an irregular heartbeat typically means an invasive procedure: most often, electrophysiologists insert a catheter to the heart via an artery or vein to get a cardiac “map” and identify the origin of the arrhythmia. But a new device from Medtronic takes the process outside, in the form of a sensor-enabled vest.
Dubbed the CardioInsight Noninvasive 3D Mapping System, the...