Digital Health

By Mallory Hackett 11:24 am September 23, 2020
Dexcom’s G6 continuous glucose monitoring system will now be available at no cost for qualifying veterans through all U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pharmacies, the company announced Tuesday. To qualify for a Dexcom G6 completely covered by the VA, patients must have diabetes mellitus, subscribe to an insulin regimen that requires three or more injections a day and four or more blood glucose...
By Laura Lovett 03:23 pm September 22, 2020
The health systems of tomorrow could look a lot more inclusive, according to a group of panelists at Rock Health’s annual summit. In particular, panelists focused on how the health tech space could be revamped for more diverse populations with diverse needs.  “When I think about the healthcare system of tomorrow I’m very much focused on the lessons we can learn from this year of dual crisis....
By Laura Lovett 03:28 pm September 18, 2020
When Colette Courtion, founder and CEO of Joylux, which makes health tech products aimed at curbing vaginal atrophy, began to advertise, she quickly started getting ad rejections from social media giants. Her product, which was developed to help women with incontinence, vaginal dryness and other conditions related to aging and giving birth, is an intervaginal tool that bears resemblance to a...
By Dave Muoio 10:07 am September 17, 2020
Recent investigations of smartphone app-based activity interventions suggested that these approaches have a positive, but not significant, impact on individuals' daily physical activity, according to a recent meta-analysis of published randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Despite the limited gains, the evidence does suggest that the effect differs based on how the interventions are deployed and...
By Dave Muoio 03:35 pm September 16, 2020
Israeli "digital X-ray" company Nanox is fielding increased scrutiny and a sizable hit to its share prices following the publication of a scathing report and commentary that referred to the company as "Theranos 2.0." The criticism was posted yesterday by activist short seller Andrew Left's Citron Research, an online stock analysis and commentary blog that has focused on identifying overpriced or...
By Laura Lovett 02:45 pm September 16, 2020
Over the last five years we’ve seen Apple Watch progressively move into the healthcare space. For the most part the tech has been a vessel for consumers to find out insights about their bodies. However, as was referenced during Apple’s September 2020 keynote address, its use case has rapidly expanded, and the company has worked with startups to include provider-facing tools.  In fact, Notable, an...
By Mallory Hackett 11:59 am September 16, 2020
Garmin released a new fitness smartwatch designed specifically for runners and triathletes, the Forerunner 745. The watch is an update to the Forerunner 735XT and contains training data, on-device workouts and smartwatch features. Key features include fitness tracking data like VO2 max levels, which indicate the maximum level of oxygen a person can consume per kilogram of body weight at maximum...

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By Mallory Hackett 01:09 pm September 15, 2020
Virtual reality opioid overdose prevention programs can be just as effective as in-person training to give people the knowledge and confidence to administer naloxone, according to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Naloxone, also called Narcan or Evzio, is a prescription medication created to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. All...

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By Sara Mageit 08:32 am September 15, 2020
Smart health tech company Alcidion has launched Miya Precision technology for the NHS in order to alleviate the pressure faced by healthcare professional. WHY IT MATTERS The new platform aims to provide hospitals and regions with a way to move beyond static electronic record systems to technology that engages healthcare professionals. Miya Precision will integrate information from the NHS trusts...
By Laura Lovett 10:52 am September 10, 2020
Historically, women’s health has not been a dinner conversation topic, especially when talking about sexual health and pleasure. However, the panellists at the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Conference argue that it's important to have conversations in order to advance the femtech industry. Today we are seeing the emergence of tools that help women better understand and improve their...