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By Dave Muoio March 25, 2019
Phone-based workouts. Workout app maker Kaia Health has expanded its service from squat support to full-body fitness with the launch of a new version of its app. Like its predecessor the Kaia Perfect Squat Challenge, the Kaia Personal Trainer app uses smartphone camera motion tracking to monitor and log the user’s reps, while helping users develop personalized fitness plans. Of note, the company...
By Jonah Comstock March 18, 2019
The Mayo Clinic has entered into a partnership with LA-based medical and surgical streaming service Giblib, the latter announced today. Giblib will digitize and host some of Mayo Clinic’s existing educational videos as well as produce new content on its own platform. The deal will include both standard video and 360-degree VR videos of Mayo Clinic’s teaching facility. After remastering existing...
By Dave Muoio and Jonah Comstock February 28, 2019
Livongo previews hypertension chatbot. Chronic condition management company Livongo unveiled a new feature it plans to add to its hypertension offering: a voice-enabled chatbot, powered by Amazon Lex. Livongo announced new feature at the company’s SIGNUM conference for clients and members, which begins today. With the new system, the voice assistant will deliver “Health Nudges”— such as nutrition...

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By Dave Muoio February 26, 2019
FDA draft guidance on BCI devices. The FDA signaled its interest in the development of implanted brain-computer interface (BCI) devices on Friday with the release of a new draft guidance focused on the emerging technology. The new document suggests that non-clinical testing of the devices could precede clinical testing as a means to identify and prevent potential risks prior to use by patients. “...
By Laura Lovett February 21, 2019
Two month after VRHealth unveiled its new virtual reality product aimed at curbing hot flashes, called Luna, the company has exclusively released results of its pilot study to MobiHealthNews. The small study found that breast cancer patients and survivors in the trial reported feeling 50 percent fewer hot flashes and night sweats than at baseline.  The way the product works is that when a patient...
By Laura Lovett February 19, 2019
Last week Vicarious Surgical, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that combines virtual reality with surgical robotics, announced that it closed a $10 million funding round. Gates Frontier led the round with participation from Khosla Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, AME Cloud Ventures and Marc Benioff.  What they do  The company said that by using its VR and surgical robotic technology,...

(L to R) Dr. Nick Patel, an audience volunteer, and Dr. Robert Louis demonstrate the system (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

By Jonah Comstock February 15, 2019
Dr. Robert Louis, director of the skull base and pituitary tumor program at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute, didn’t set out to use virtual reality as a tool for patient engagement.  Originally, Louis explained during a session at HIMSS19, his department was using the technology — which turns two-dimensional radiology images into a three-dimensional virtual reality flythrough — for surgical...
By Dave Muoio January 30, 2019
Giblib — the maker of a variety of streaming medical education videos that can be viewed the web, on mobile and in virtual reality — has launched a new app on the Oculus Store that features 360-degree VR videos of pre-recorded and live operating room procedures, the company announced yesterday. The app and its videos are available to any consumers with a subscription to Giblib’s service and an...
By Dave Muoio January 8, 2019
VRHealth, a tech company focused on virtual reality products for various healthcare implementations, has launched a new set of apps that look to better facilitate remote monitoring and family caregiving. Developed in collaboration with AARP’s Innovation Lab and announced at CES 2019, the app-based platform employs in-home VR for a range of different use cases and capabilities, according to the...
By Jonah Comstock December 19, 2018
Another year gone by, another flurry of activity in the digital health space. Hospitals and health systems around the world worked with startups or in house to launch and develop new programs and increasingly digitize their care.  One thing we've left out here is Apple, which partnered with a number of health systems this year to roll out its Health Records system. You can read more about that...