Digital Health

By Mallory Hackett 03:14 pm July 17, 2020
A parable used in public health goes, if there is a group of people who’ve fallen into a river that need saving, the traditional treatment method would be to rescue them from drowning downstream. However, going upstream to find the cause of why these people were falling into the river in the first place would follow the preventative method. The story is used to illustrate how addressing social...
By Dave Muoio 02:24 pm July 14, 2020
Decentralized digital therapeutic trial. Pear Therapeutics has enrolled the first participant in the DREAM study, an open-label trial of its Somryst prescription digital therapeutic for chronic insomnia. Conducted as a decentralized trial, the effort will recruit U.S. adults aged 22 to 75 years who have an Insomnia Severity Index score of 8 or higher, as well as at least three months of insomnia...
By Laura Lovett 02:20 pm July 13, 2020
VR for pain. A new study published by JMIR found that virtual reality was a feasible and scalable means of treating chronic pain. The study, which used AppliedVR’s technology, split participants into two groups: a VR cohort and an audio one.  Participants in the VR group were mailed a headset, with accompanying software, speakers and microphone. Participants in this group were asked to complete...

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By Sara Mageit 06:05 am July 13, 2020
Swedish medtech startup, Doccla, has announced a partnership with Northampton General Hospital NHS trust (NGH) to trial remote smart patient monitoring, which will aim to free up NHS capacity. Doccla is providing virtual wards, built around the use of connected medical wearables in the home, to allow NGH clinicians to remotely monitor the vital signs of recovering COVID patients and those living...
By Stephanie Nieman 10:56 am July 10, 2020
About the author: Stephanie Nieman is a principal at SJF Ventures based in Durham, N.C. SJF Ventures is a venture capital fund investing in high-growth, positive-impact companies across the U.S. and an active healthcare investor. The current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting need for schools and universities to close, and for families to socially distance and practice remote learning, have only...

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By Sara Mageit 06:55 am July 6, 2020
In response to findings showing concern about mental health issues linked to social distancing measures and lockdown easing, Superdrug is partnering with My Online Therapy, the UK's leading online therapy platform, to provide access to qualified mental health services to people in the UK.  WHY IT MATTERS New research conducted among over 3,000 Superdrug customers has revealed that 65% of people...
By Sara Mageit 05:09 am July 3, 2020
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Health Wild Card programme will bring together 45 participants to find solutions in areas of high unmet need within women’s health and digital therapeutics. The annual hackathon goes online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and will run from 1– 10 July. Beginning with two challenges set by EIT Health, the annual Wild Card programme...
By Mallory Hackett 03:06 pm July 1, 2020
Walgreens Boots Alliance expanded its partnership with Microsoft and Adobe to launch a digital platform that will deliver personalized healthcare and shopping offerings. It will give Walgreens and Boots customers the ability to access products and services from its pharmacy and retail businesses wherever and whenever they want. This marks WBA’s second phase of its digital transformation. “At WBA...
By Mallory Hackett 05:12 pm June 25, 2020
Health agencies now have better access to the Department of Health and Human Services’ data following a year-long data initiative focused on information sharing. The HHS partnered with the Center for Open Data Enterprise to hold a series of roundtable discussions aimed at improving the ways agencies within the department share, integrate, analyze and visualize federated data to better inform...
By Anthony Pannozzo 04:20 pm June 25, 2020
About the author: Anthony Pannozzo is chief design officer (for North American and Asia) and global healthcare lead at frog, a design consultancy and a company of the Altran Group. Healthcare has often been accused (fairly and unfairly) of being too slow to change or adapt to new technologies and the ideas they inspire. While change is hard for everyone, in a space like healthcare change meets...