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By Dave Muoio 04:18 pm May 22, 2019
ECG, eh? The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification functions have received approval from Canada’s health product regulator, according to listings on Health Canada’s website that were recently spotted by iPhone in Canada. With these in hand, its likely that devices owners living in the Great White North will soon have access to features that have so far been activated...
By Dave Muoio 03:36 pm May 16, 2019
Help from above. The Department of Justice has taken the side of tech-enabled insurer Oscar Health in a federal antitrust suit it filed in November of last year against Florida Blue, Crain’s New York Business reports. While Oscar’s motion for a temporary injunction was rejected by a federal judge back in February, the DOJ filed a statement in April arguing that Florida Blue had incorrectly...
By Jonah Comstock 02:55 pm January 25, 2018
Yesterday, Apple made a big, long-awaited announcement in healthcare: the company is entering the personal health record space with Apple Health, a new feature that will interface with EHRs at 12 hospitals.  The news prompted immediate and vibrant feedback on Twitter, much of it centered on whether or not Apple could succeed where numerous others have failed. WeGo Health Chief Strategy Officer...
By Jonah Comstock 12:48 pm October 17, 2017
Google briefly tested, but has either removed or planned to remove, a feature in Google Maps that automatically added calorie counts to walking routes, and even expressed the number of calories as an equivalent number of "mini-cupcakes." The feature was rolled out on a test basis to some iOS users, but was rapidly panned on Twitter. In addition to a general feeling that the app was shaming or...
By Heather Mack 06:18 pm June 21, 2017
Headspace, maker of the eponymous meditation and mental well-being app, has hired Ross Hoffman as the company’s chief business officer. Hoffman joins Headspace after six years at Twitter, where he most recently held the post of SVP of global partnerships. The appointment comes at a time of change for Headspace, which recently laid off 13 staff positions in the marketing department but also...
By Heather Mack 04:12 pm February 28, 2017
The power of social media for spreading information, creating community and growing business is undeniable, and it has also proven to be a valuable tool in healthcare in instances like sharing resources between research organizations, taking a pulse on consumers’ experiences with a new device, or recruiting participants for a clinical trial. But how do healthcare practitioners approach the...
By Heather Mack 03:48 pm February 22, 2017
Digital diabetes management company Omada Health has brought on federal policy veteran Lucia Savage as their new Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer. Savage, who previously worked as Chief Privacy Officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for IT, will lead Omada’s legal and compliance team. In her new role, Savage will lead Omada’s regulatory strategy and ensure the privacy and security...
By Jonah Comstock 03:03 pm November 14, 2016
It's been two years since the FDA passed its social media guidance for pharmaceutical advertising in limited-character formats -- that is, primarily, Twitter and Google sponsored links. Among other things, that guidance stipulated that, if a company wants to tweet about the benefit of a drug, they must include the "most serious risks" of that drug in the same tweet and that tweets must contain...
By Aditi Pai 10:43 am January 20, 2016
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced on Twitter yesterday -- by posting screen shots from his Apple Notes app -- that he is planning to launch a digital health company focused on fitness. He also announced he would be working as a venture partner at Index Ventures. In the note, Costolo said he is working with Bryan Oki, currently the cofounder and CEO of Fitify, a health consulting firm that...
By Jonah Comstock 12:48 pm October 5, 2015
MedWatcher, from Epidemico. We've written before about Epidemico, a startup that grew out of the Boston Children's Hospital's work on combing social media for medical and health data. Today at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Greg Powell, director of pharmacovigilance at GlaxoSmithKline, talked about how the pharma company uses the data it collects from its partnership...