November 6, 2017
As the Quality Payment Program enters its second year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued its 1,653-page final rule on Nov. 2, with an array of implications for the ways physician practices use information technology in 2018.
Among the biggest provisions is to allow doctors to use either 2014 or 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology in Year 2 of the program...
September 30, 2017
Qualcomm Life is working with electronics company Benchmark to create low-cost, disposable biometric patches that will help hospitals to monitor patients inside and outside the hospital.
“Basically, we’ve had demands from a lot of different customers for a lower-cost connected disposable patch sensor technology to use for a number of different cases and a number of different reasons,” Qualcomm...
September 13, 2017
Researchers from the Duke University School of Nursing have launched a five-year study on pressure ulcer reduction powered by the Leaf Patient Monitoring System.
The wireless, wearable sensor developed by Leaf Healthcare will track patient’s movements to determine the optimal timing for nurses to turn or reposition patients at risk for ulcers.
"We need this information to decide how to deliver...
August 2, 2017
Fruit Street Health, a digital health and telemedicine company currently focused on delivering a digital diabetes prevention program, has raised $3 million in new funding from physician investors. Dr. Jeremy Tucker, a senior emergency medicine physician on the board of directors of Fruit Street, led the round, which brings the company's total funding to $8.4 million.
Raising money from physicians...
June 29, 2017
Life sciences consulting firm Parexel is teaming up with Sanofi to research the role of wearables in clinical trials. While sensor-enabled devices have increasingly featured in a variety of research projects and studies, their efficacy and accuracy remains a point of debate, and Parexel and Sanofi hope to investigate that question.
Together, Sanofi and Parexel are leveraging their respective...
June 20, 2017
Across the consumer wearable landscape, many devices seem to be designed, first and foremost, for those who are already healthy and looking to get healthier. While a growing number of researchers are tapping things like fitness trackers or sophisticated sweat and heart rate monitors for use in clinical studies, the primary audience for many consumer devices remains those who want to take their...
June 7, 2017
Berkeley, California-based Eko Devices has received FDA clearance for Duo, a smart heart monitor that is a combination of a digital stethoscope and portable electrocardiogram.
Duo is intended as a prescription-only screening tool as part of an at-home monitoring plan, and it works with a companion app for remote monitoring or diagnosis. The idea is to keep continuous tabs on patients at risk for...
May 30, 2017
Back pain may be one of the most common human afflictions, but treatment for the condition is often unsuccessful due to a number of reasons including backlogs in the healthcare system because of physician shortages or antiquated IT systems, patients who don’t fully understand their condition or how to manage it, and inadequate treatment plans that don’t lend themselves to interventions when they...
May 23, 2017
San Jose, California-based VitalConnect, a maker of wearable sensors for remote monitoring, has raised $33 million in Series C financing in a round led by MVM Life Science Partners and Baxter International.
The company, which last raised money in June 2016, plans to use the funding to move forward with commercializing its remote monitoring platform and medical-grade wearable sensor system. The...
May 12, 2017
Healthcare technology company HealthReveal, which equips payers and providers with data analytics and remote monitoring to ensure patients receive guideline-directed medical care, has added another $500,000 to its Series A funding with an investment from Northwell Ventures. Along with the $10.8 million HealthReveal raised a few months ago (led by GE Ventures, Greycroft Partners and Flare Capital...