Digital Health

A mock-up of the Nanox.ARC prototype.
By  Dave Muoio 02:45 pm December 3, 2020
Put your X-ray where your mouth is. After fielding accusations of fraud that temporarily damaged the value of its stock, digital X-ray-imaging company Nanox gave a highly publicized live (but virtual) demonstration of its imaging technology at the Radiology Society of North America's annual meeting. The demo – a recording of which Nanox said will be available to the public later today from the...
Three images of the patient preparation tool
By  Dave Muoio 03:33 pm December 2, 2020
Google Health has teamed up with the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to pilot an online tool that helps patients build a visit plan for their upcoming healthcare visit. The project was detailed in a Google blog post published yesterday, but subsequently removed by the tech company until it was republished this afternoon with no substantial changes. So far only available "to...
More than 11 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes, making up 29% of the country’s population.
By  Mallory Hackett 11:47 am December 2, 2020
Abbott’s continuous glucose monitoring system, the FreeStyle Libre 2, has been approved in Canada for adults and children four years and older with diabetes. The FreeStyle Libre 2 system continuously measures glucose data every minute and can automatically alert users when their glucose is high or low without needing to scan the sensor. It is worn on the back of the user’s upper arm for up to 14...
Person observes Fitbit watch on wrist
By  Mallory Hackett 11:56 am November 24, 2020
Using heart rate variability (HRV) data, wrist-worn health trackers can provide a range of predictive cardiovascular health metrics, according to a new study published in The Lancet. The study, which was funded by Fitbit and used its smartwatches, looked at how devices continuously gathering data from the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system could derive and describe diverse...
 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...