Digital Health

 Digital health acceleration shows no signs of slowing down
By Mallory Hackett 12:21 pm November 19, 2020
This year has been like no other for many reasons, one of which was the unprecedented acceleration of digital health. The year 2020 has been marked with record-breaking fundings, mega-mergers and a wave of companies going public. In fact, the third quarter of this year brought in more than $6.6 billion in health innovation funding, making the total funding for the year to date around $16 billion...
irhythm patch
By Dave Muoio 03:17 pm November 18, 2020
Long-term data on ambulatory monitoring patches. Scientists from the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Johnson & Johnson have unveiled three-year study data for iRhythm Technologies' Zio wearable ambulatory monitoring patches at this year's American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. The mSToPS study examined 1,738 participants who were a mean age 73.7 years at the time of...
By Mallory Hackett 12:00 pm November 18, 2020
Olive Union has released its latest smart wearable, the Olive Pro, which doubles as hearing aids and wireless earbuds. The Olive Pro looks like a set of traditional Bluetooth earbuds, but it comes equipped with artificial intelligence to isolate unwanted noises and enhance music, conversations, TV and other sounds. Users create their own hearing profiles through the Olive Union app, where they...
By Laura Lovett 03:09 pm November 17, 2020
Over the last decade, digital mental health has come into the spotlight, raising large amounts of venture backing, gaining interest from policymakers and seeing wider adoption. However, unclear efficacy standards, poor engagement and user trust have been obstacles that the community has often faced, according to panelists at WISH 2020 this morning.  “I’ll start by just saying that one of the main...
Person with white jacket with AllianceRx logo speaks to another
By Laura Lovett 02:27 pm November 16, 2020
Home-delivery pharmacy AllianceRx Walgreens Prime is jumping into the oncology space with its new clinical assessment feature that lets cancer patients digitally manage their self-administered therapies. Specifically, the new feature lets patients with oncology conditions refill their prescriptions online as opposed to over the phone. The way it works is patients can log in to their account and...
Two people laughing while holding tablet device
By Mallory Hackett 02:13 pm November 13, 2020
The U.S. population is getting older every year as more adults from the Baby Boomer generation hit the 65-and-older milestone. Since 2010, the 65-and-older population has grown by over a third (34.2%), according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and by more than 3% between 2018 and 2019. This growth means that by 2030, one in every five Americans will be of retirement age. As the U.S. population becomes...
An image of the pre-acquisition InPen device and connected app.

The InPen alongside Companion Medical's connected app

By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm November 12, 2020
Shortly after acquiring smart insulin-pen-maker Companion Medical, Medtronic has officially launched the InPen device alongside integration with its Guardian Connect connected glucose monitoring (CGM) system. Of note, Medtronic's InPen is the only smart insulin pen cleared by the FDA for use by people requiring multiple daily injections. It received that 510(k) back in 2016. WHY IT MATTERS With...
By Dave Muoio 10:37 am November 12, 2020
Amazon has rolled out a slew of new features for its Alexa personal assistant that will help U.S. users check in on an aging family member from afar. Called the Care Hub, the features allow users to program a set of activity alerts that are delivered from an in-home Alexa-enabled device to the caregiver's Alexa app. These can include a heads up when a senior first uses their Alexa device each day...
By Dean Koh 01:46 am November 12, 2020
KT Corp., Korea’s largest telecommunications company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sibel Health, a US company which specializes in ICU-grade biosensors, to boost its competence in artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data-based digital health. Sibel is currently working towards commercializing its ANNE system, which consists of two linked, soft and flexible sensors for...
Delirium is common among older adults after undergoing an operation and has an incidence rate of up to 87%.
By Mallory Hackett 11:32 am November 11, 2020
Playing brain games during the lead up to surgery can prevent postoperative delirium in older adults, according to new research from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. These brain games are called "neurobics," and they're intended to create new neural pathways and increase cognition, which could lead to better postoperative outcomes. TOP-LINE DATA Patients who practiced neurobics...