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By Laura Lovett 11:29 am March 5, 2019
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new wearable sensor for newborns that is being pitched as an alternative to the traditional wire technology, which can prevent babies from being held.  The system's two sensors also work differently than the wire sensors. One attaches to the baby’s chest and the other to the baby’s foot, allowing clinicians to have a view of opposite ends of...
By Dave Muoio 11:40 am November 14, 2018
Virtual care provider Teladoc Health recently highlighted two major collaborations with academic institutions focused on the advancement of telehealth delivery and practices. The first of these, conducted with Pennsylvania-based Jefferson Health, launched what the pair consider to be “the industry’s first academic fellowship program in the field of telehealth.” The program, which launched during...
By Dave Muoio 02:52 pm October 25, 2018
A new three-way partnership between device design firms and academia is looking to bring new wearables into dermatology research. The collaboration between LEO Science & Tech Hub, LEO Pharma’s R&D unit; Northwestern University’s Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics; and Wearifi Inc., a Northwestern spinout that builds tiny, battery-free wearable devices; and will explore whether it is...
By Dave Muoio 04:07 pm April 25, 2018
A study published yesterday in JAMA found that, compared to normal care, a home-based exercise program employing wearables and telephone coaching did not help patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) improve their walking performance over a nine-month period. In fact, those undergoing the interventional program reported increased pain compared to those undergoing normal care. Blood vessel...
By Dave Muoio 04:30 pm March 20, 2018
Gatorade’s efforts to conquer dehydration have again entered the digital realm. Twice reports that the sports drink company and Northwestern University have developed a low-cost wearable skin patch that displays various colors to conveniently let the wearer know when they need to take a drink. The patches were developed and introduced in 2016 by Northwestern University McCormick School of...
By Dave Muoio 12:34 pm February 19, 2018
A connected sensor patch developed by Northwestern University engineers and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a research hospital in Chicago, could allow clinicians to better monitor stroke patients as they recover at home. The sensor is comprised of stretchable electronic technology that is both comfortable for patients to wear and accurate enough for use during rehabilitation, according to...
By Heather Mack 03:21 pm September 29, 2016
Beginning this fall, Aetna will combine Apple’s consumer tech offerings with its analytics-based wellness and care management programs by integrating several iOS-exclusive health initiatives. First off, the company will make the Apple Watch available to some of its large employers and individual members during open enrollment season, and will be subsidizing part of the cost. Aetna will also be...
By Jonah Comstock 05:03 pm September 16, 2016
There are two pieces to making apps for mental health that work, according to David Mohr, director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine: a human element and making the app as low-touch as possible. At the HIMSS Pop Health Forum in Chicago this week, Mohr shared data from a number of studies to demonstrate his point. He...
By Jonah Comstock 11:05 am June 23, 2015
What constitutes a successful patient portal? Is it enough that patients engage with the portal, or do they actually need to demonstrate that they've learned new information from it? These are questions hospitals are grappling with as they seek to deploy patient portals and meet Meaningful Use guidelines. One study, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Society,...
By Aditi Pai 08:51 am February 3, 2015
Researchers from Northwestern University have launched a study that will analyze how monitoring the physical activity of patients who underwent spine surgery, using Fitbit activity trackers, could help them predict the patient's recovery time. Mayo Clinic published results of a similar study that used Fitbit devices to track recovery time of cardiac patients back in 2013. Northwestern is ...