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By Dave Muoio 12:05 pm July 20, 2020
Sustained engagement is a key metric when determining whether a digital health-based intervention is finding its mark, but the industry has been anything but uniform in determining objective measures of user behavior and their relationship to clinical outcomes. A study published Friday in JAMA Network Open takes another approach and employs machine learning techniques to better describe...
By Mallory Hackett 03:06 pm July 1, 2020
Walgreens Boots Alliance expanded its partnership with Microsoft and Adobe to launch a digital platform that will deliver personalized healthcare and shopping offerings. It will give Walgreens and Boots customers the ability to access products and services from its pharmacy and retail businesses wherever and whenever they want. This marks WBA’s second phase of its digital transformation. “At WBA...
By Laura Lovett 02:51 pm June 11, 2020
The future of digital health could be a move from 2-D remote care to immersive 3-D experiences, according panelist at BIO Digital.  “When it comes to immersive technologies, we need to think about the whole range of technologies … from augmented reality to virtual reality. That is the first thing that comes to mind, but it really is anything that is spatial computing – meaning that it is located...
By Laura Lovett 03:43 pm May 27, 2020
For quite a while now, tech titans Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple have been quickly gaining prominence in the healthcare industry. In a new report, CB Insights dives into what each of the companies are up to and possible next moves.  First, Facebook, the report shines light on the fact that it has the ability to look at huge swaths of user data and behaviors. It also looks at how...
By Dave Muoio 02:54 pm April 22, 2020
Real-world evidence platforms Aetion and HealthVerity are playing to their strengths with the joint launch of new tools to support biopharmas and regulators gauging new COVID-19 treatments. The first, called the Real-Time Evidence Platform, is built on an instance of Aetion's platform and focuses on up-to-date usage, safety and effectiveness data. The Real-Time Trend Reporting and Interactive...
By Laura Lovett 03:25 pm April 20, 2020
Microsoft has developed a new chatbot to help folks who have recovered from the COVID-19 virus determine if they can donate plasma to help with clinical research and treatment.  Dubbed the CoVIg-19 Plasma Bot, it is part of CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance, a group of scientists, pharma companies and other stakeholders in an effort to recruit donations for plasma research.   The chatbot was designed to...
By Dave Muoio 03:40 pm March 18, 2020
A collaboration between government organizations, research institutions and major tech companies has put out the call for artificial intelligence experts interested in generating new insights about coronavirus. As of Monday, a collection of machine-readable literature on the coronavirus group of viruses is now freely available for review on the Allen Institute for AI's SemanticScholar.org website...
By Dave Muoio 03:53 pm March 9, 2020
On Friday, Microsoft announced a handful of new capabilities coming to its Microsoft 365 platform that are designed to improve communications among care teams and facilitate low-friction telehealth visits with patients. Chief among the new tools already rolled out to providers is targeted communication within both the mobile and desktop versions of Microsoft Teams, Kristina Behr, general manager...

Jennifer Goldsack speaks at the Patient Saftey in a Digital World symposium on Tuesday. Photo credit: FIDHS 

By Laura Lovett 03:32 pm January 29, 2020
Patient safety is an age-old concern in the healthcare industry. However, as the latest tech-enabled tools begin to emerge in medicine, new questions around patient safety begin to arise as well.   “When we think about the use of these tools in healthcare, we think about what is the same and what is different [from traditional care],” Jennifer Goldsack, executive director of the Digital Medicine...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 03:25 pm October 17, 2019
This morning chronic care management company Livongo Health inked a deal with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, expanding its partnership with the payer to offer its diabetes program to every fully covered Blue KC member. Livongo will also be available to Blue KC Administrative Services Only (ASO) clients.  “We are very excited to expand our partnership with Blue KC to offer their fully...