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By Laura Lovett January 8, 2019
This morning, consumer genomic giant 23andMe revealed that it is teaming up with Lark Health, an AI platform that helps users manage chronic conditions, on a new initiative that will integrate a user’s 23andMe genetic information into Lark’s Wellness Program and Diabetes Prevention Program. The idea is that Lark’s AI weight loss and wellness coach will be able to access a user’s genetic...
By Dave Muoio January 8, 2019
VRHealth, a tech company focused on virtual reality products for various healthcare implementations, has launched a new set of apps that look to better facilitate remote monitoring and family caregiving. Developed in collaboration with AARP’s Innovation Lab and announced at CES 2019, the app-based platform employs in-home VR for a range of different use cases and capabilities, according to the...
By Laura Lovett January 7, 2019
CES is upon us and some of the biggest digital health announcements of the year are beginning to emerge. Babyforyou.net.ua is keeping a running list of the technology being announced in Las Vegas this week, and we will update this as the week goes on.  RxPense is a smart medication dispenser. The technology is aimed at helping seniors and elder care facilities manage therapies and adherence. The...

Ping An Good Doctor's first One-minute Clinic in Wuzhen, outside of Shanghai. Credit: Ping An Good Doctor.

By Dean Koh January 7, 2019
Last year, Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform from China, piloted unstaffed clinics that employ artificial intelligence called “One-minute Clinics” in the Wuzhen Scenic Area outside of Shanghai, which connect patients with a clinician on Ping An Good Doctor’s in-house medical team. Just last week, the company announced that it had placed its One-minute Clinics across 8...
By Laura Lovett January 3, 2019
Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions, Lifesum, a Swedish health tracking app, will now be available to Google Assistant users. This integration will allow users to keep a record of their meals, water consumption and weight by talking to their Google Assistant.  Users can access the system by saying “Hey Google, talk to Lifesum,” according to a press release. Once opened the user can tell...
By Dave Muoio January 3, 2019
Sugar.IQ — the digital diabetes assistant for Guardian Connect system users that is jointly supported by Medtronic and IBM Watson — has a new feature that uses artificial intelligence to predict future low glucose events. Called IQcast, the feature tells users whether they have a low, medium or high chance of dropping below the target blood glucose range within the next one to four hours. These...
By Laura Lovett December 21, 2018
Money is a motivator. Recently, digital health companies have starting to tap into blockchain-backed cryptocurrency as a way to motivate users to workout, take medication and stay sober. Most of the currencies can be cashed-in for goods like workout gear, or a paid service the platform offers like coaching. Other companies are also using the digital currency as an incentive for patients to...

Sebastien Gaudin, co-founder of StartupCare at the launch event in Shanghai, China. Credit: StartupCare

By Dean Koh December 20, 2018
Yesterday, Shanghai-based insurtech startup CareVoice (who launched their AI voice-based virtual health assistant for insurers and employers in Greater China in May 2018) announced the official launch of StartupCare, the first health benefit and insurance for startups in China. StartupCare combines a premium medical insurance with fully digitalised health and insurance services. Ahead of the...

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By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2018
It seems like Apple gets more involved in healthcare every year, and 2018 was no exception. The two big stories of the year — the Apple Watch ECG and Apple Health Records — were both the culmination of years of rumors and reports. And the company made health news in myriad smaller ways as well. Read up for a roundup of Apple’s 2018, including a taste of what we might expect in 2019 and beyond....
By Dave Muoio December 20, 2018
This morning, Omron Healthcare announced that the HeartGuide wristwatch — a wearable oscillometric wrist blood pressure monitor unveiled earlier this year at CES 2018 — has received FDA clearance and will be available at retail on January 9, 2019. The device is currently available for preorder for $499. The key feature of the product is a flexible synthetic band that is designed to inflate and...

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