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By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
A group of consumer genetic and personal genomic testing companies have released a set of best practices for handling consumers’ personal genetic data. Designed to ensure privacy and promote transparency, the guidelines include a requirement for separate express consent before a company can transfer genetic data to a third party, such as an insurer or employer. “Supporting strong and transparent...
teen using digital health app while exercising
By Jonah Comstock August 1, 2018
Just under two-thirds of U.S. teens and young adults have used a health-related mobile health app, according to a new survey of more than 1,300 US teens and young adults aged 14 to 22 years. The survey, sponsored by Hope Lab and Well Being Trust, was designed and analyzed in part by Susannah Fox, a former HHS chief technology officer who also conducted similar surveys in the past as a part of the...
Calfornia's doctor license status app
By Dave Muoio July 30, 2018
Editor's note: This story has been updated with comments from the Medical Board of California regarding the app and its criticisms from a consumer advocacy group. Last week, the Medical Board of California launched an iOS app that aims to help consumers more easily learn of any changes to a practitioner’s license status, location of practice, or other records made available by the organization....
Adherium receives additional FDA clearance for OTC sale of inhaler sensors in the US

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By Dave Muoio July 27, 2018
Connected inhaler sensor maker Adherium has received 510(k) clearance for US over-the-counter sales of its Hailie sensor, formerly known as Smartinhaler. Specifically, individual versions of the device have been cleared for use with the asthma inhalers ProAir HFA, Ventolin HFA, and Flovent HFA. “This latest clearance kicks off our official entry into the US consumer market, giving the tens of...
Walgreens launches new a digital platform for connecting customers to healthcare providers
By Jonah Comstock July 26, 2018
Walgreens Boots Alliance has launched a new digital platform, available through its mobile app and website, called Find Care Now. The service is designed to be a curated way to connect customers to a range of healthcare providers that Walgreens has partnered with, including telemedicine companies, digital-enabled house call companies, and more traditional providers. “Find Care Now is ultimately a...

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By Laura Lovett July 25, 2018
Update: The telemedicine scene referred to in this article was cut from the US version of "Sharkwrecked." It will still be in the international version. Correction: The survivalists blew up a boat. A previous version of this article misstated that the divers were in an inflatable boat.  Telemedicine is getting a cameo on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Set to premier tomorrow night, the show "...
By Jonah Comstock July 25, 2018
Correction: Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, this story has been updated to remove the claim that Dip.io is the first FDA-cleared smartphone urine test. We've reached out to Healthy.io for comment on this development and we'll update when we hear more. Tel-Aviv, Israel-based Healthy.io has secured FDA 510(k) clearance for Dip.io, a home-based urinalysis kit that turns a smartphone into a clinical-...
By Dave Muoio July 24, 2018
Mountain View, California-based sleep tech company Beddr has closed $5.6 million in Series A funding and unveiled its flagship product, the Beddr SleepTuner. The funding round was led by Three Leaf Ventures, with additional participation from the Stanford-StartX Fund, Delta Dental Washington Seed Fund, IT Farm, and other unnamed individuals. Beddr CEO and cofounder Michael Kisch told...
By Jonah Comstock July 23, 2018
The United States Patent Office has published a patent from Apple, filed December 18 of last year and not yet granted, for a "sunscreen detector" that could be incroporated into the Apple Watch or the iPhone and could even include augmented reality functionality. "Disclosed herein is a [ultraviolet-ifrared (UV-IR)] spectrometer for mobile and/or wearable devices," Patent Application 0202927,...
By Dave Muoio July 23, 2018
Anthem plan members who own a Samsung Galaxy device are now able to use American Well’s LiveHealth Online telehealth service through the Samsung Health app, the companies announced today. LiveHealth Online facilitates video consultations with US-based, board certified providers who can diagnose users’ non-emergency medical conditions and submit a prescription if necessary. The service is...