January 15, 2019
A 12-week, 177-participant trial of Hinge Health’s at-home digital program for chronic pain relief significantly reduced users’ lower back pain, disability and interest in surgery. The study, led by employees of the company, was published last week in npj Digital Medicine.
Hinge Health’s digital care program (DCP) is designed for numerous musculoskeletal conditions, and consists of app-based...
September 27, 2018
VRHealth has partnered with Oculus on a range of healthcare-focused virtual reality applications to be delivered via the latter’s hardware, the companies announced yesterday at the Oculus Connect event in San Jose, California.
The two VR companies are planning pain management offerings designed for mothers experiencing pain in labor and for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as well as...
September 10, 2018
Kiio, maker of an app-based back pain therapy program for health systems and employers, today released data from a one-year pilot of its product. Conducted within the Quartz Health Solutions health plan system, the results suggest that patients who are provided with and use Kiio’s platform experienced decreases in medical spending, visits, filled opioid prescriptions, and other spinal pain-...
August 16, 2018
WellBrain, a Bay Area meditation-focused addiction prevention and chronic pain management platform, announced yesterday that it has acquired Mevoked, a behavioral analytics platform that currently offers a digital program for management of perinatal and postpartum mental health conditions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Inspired by the meditation practices of Tibetian monks, WellBrain’...
August 16, 2018
Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify FDA classification of the Sprint Peripheral Nerve Stinulation system.
Cleveland, Ohio-based SPR Therapeutics announced today that it has received FDA clearance for a new version of its percutaneous, wearable pain management device.
With this 510(k) approval, the Sprint Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) system is now available as a single...
May 18, 2018
Although it hasn’t yet established its place as a mainstream treatment modality, virtual reality has grown from an interesting diversion into a frequent topic of conversation within digital health. As researchers continue to dig their teeth into the immersive technology, it’s becoming clear that this new tool, often associated with video gaming and entertainment, could play a role in addressing...
January 10, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this text misstated the source of the funding.
There’s no hard and fast rule to measure pain. It can take a long time for a patient to describe his or her feelings to doctors. But a Toronto-based startup, ManagingLife, has created an app that lets patients with chronic pain track their symptoms. This week the company announced that the app, called Manage My Pain...
October 9, 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Hollywog, makers of wearable pain relief devices, have announced the launch of their newest smartphone-controlled product, the WiTouch Pro Bluetooth TENS Therapy device.
Priced at $49.95 for over the counter consumer purchase, the WiTouch Pro adheres to the user's lower back underneath clothing to deliver stimulation pain therapy. The device is paired with the WiTouch...
October 5, 2017
Purdue Pharma and Geisinger announced today that the first patient has been enrolled in the companies’ upcoming trial of medical wearables as an alternative therapy for chronic pain.
The ResearchKit study looks to see how wearables (in this case, the Apple Watch) can alleviate pain without relying on pharmaceutical painkillers, a commendable goal for a company whose painkilling opioid OxyContin...
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.