Innovation

By Dave Muoio 03:09 pm February 21, 2020
Health research studies conducted using health research apps are capable of recruiting a large number of participants, but these efforts often see early dropouts and do not enrolls samples representative of the larger population, according to a study published this week in NPJ Digital Medicine. The investigation, headed by the science research-focused nonprofit Sage Bionetworks, reviewed user...
By Dave Muoio 04:26 pm February 14, 2020
A sample of low-income patients engaged with Omada Health’s digital diabetes prevention program (DPP), achieved weight loss but no major difference in HbA1c levels after a year of use, according to study data recently highlighted by the company. The results — published late last year in the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease journal and first previewed at a 2018 public health conference — suggest...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:23 am February 14, 2020
Alzheimer’s Research UK is launching a project to improve early detection of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's through the use of technology, the charity announced on 11 February. Having already secured funding from Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, as well as the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation, the plan is for the initiative to attract up to £100m over the course...
By Dave Muoio 04:08 pm February 11, 2020
The accuracy of wearables employing photoplethysmography (PPG)-based heart rate sensors may vary significantly between specific devices and activity types, but these sensors’ performances do not appear to be significantly affected by the skin tone of the wearer, according to a new study published in NPJ Digital Medicine. The investigation, conducted by Duke University researchers among 53...
By Tammy Lovell 08:02 am February 11, 2020
Researchers from Israel and Italy are collaborating on a space project to examine the resistance of bacteria that cause human diseases. The study, planned for March, will see four experiments conducted remotely on a nanosatellite, provided by Israeli company SpacePharma. Scientists will examine the influence of antibacterial materials on bacteria in zero-gravity conditions. It is hoped the...
By Leontina Postelnicu 02:40 am February 10, 2020
There’s no denying that Finland is one of the go-to areas in Europe when looking at digital health. With a vibrant startup scene and an appetite for innovation, the Finns have built an ecosystem that many look to for learning and inspiration. The Kanta services, for instance, have grown to become one of the country’s most valued online brands, according to chief architect Dr Konstantin Hyppönen, ...
By Ian Chiang 11:21 am February 7, 2020
About the Author: Ian Chiang is a principal at Flare Capital Partners, a healthcare technology and services-focused VC firm. Prior to joining Flare, he was the SVP of product and innovation and a founding member of CareAllies, Cigna’s family of multi-payer provider services, population health management, value-based care enablement and home-based care businesses. Previously, he was a digital...
By Dave Muoio 03:36 pm February 5, 2020
Nearly half of US workers say they would have greater confidence in a new digital health solution if it was provided by their employer, and more than a quarter said that the provision of digital health tools would have a positive impact on their decision to stay with their employer, according to data featured in a recent Mercer Marsh Benefits, Mercer and Oliver Wyman report. To determine the...

The Division of Digital Psychiatry team at Beth Israel. 

By Laura Lovett 04:13 pm January 31, 2020
Walking down the halls of the research wing at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, it’s hard to miss the bright orange biohazard warnings on the door of nearly every lab — except one. Formed in 2018, the Division of Digital Psychiatry is focused on technology’s role in improving mental health care.  Led by Dr. John Torous, the division’s first digital tool, dubbed mindLamp, is focused on examining "...

Jennifer Goldsack speaks at the Patient Saftey in a Digital World symposium on Tuesday. Photo credit: FIDHS 

By Laura Lovett 03:32 pm January 29, 2020
Patient safety is an age-old concern in the healthcare industry. However, as the latest tech-enabled tools begin to emerge in medicine, new questions around patient safety begin to arise as well.   “When we think about the use of these tools in healthcare, we think about what is the same and what is different [from traditional care],” Jennifer Goldsack, executive director of the Digital Medicine...