Consumer

By Laura Lovett February 21, 2018
Nokia’s dive into the digital health industry may be coming to a halt, reveals a memo leaked to The Verge earlier this week. This comes less than two years after the Espoo, Finland-based company created its digital health unit through the acquisition of French digital health company Withings for $191 million.  “[R]ather than only falling in love with our technology, we must be honest with...
By Dave Muoio February 21, 2018
Palo Alto, California-based Cognoa’s machine learning app for pediatric behavioral health has received categorization from the FDA as a Class 2 diagnostic medical device for autism, according to an announcement from the company. By analyzing parent-provided information and videos of a child’s natural behavior, the company’s app uses machine learning to provide an assessment of whether that child...
By Dave Muoio February 20, 2018
Roche’s Accu-Chek Connect Diabetes Management App has hit yet another snag with the FDA. On February 15, the agency issued a Class 2 Device Recall for certain software versions of the app due to a bug that could lead users to self-administer inappropriate doses of insulin. Roche issued an update correcting the bug back in June, and has posted notices on the Accu-Chek website urging users to...
By Dave Muoio February 20, 2018
Optra Health, which produces AI-driven iPhronesis analysis platform for healthcare and life sciences clients, today announced the launch of a new genetics-focused product specially designed for consumers, genetic counselors, and other genomics researchers. The OptraGURU platform combines the AI tech of iPhronesis with the language capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa. Users can speak directly to...
By Laura Lovett February 20, 2018
With so many innovative ideas circulating, conference attendees are hard-pressed to cover all of it. To help provide more knowledge in a shorter time span, the Innovation Live exhibit area will be hosting a new format. Lightning Sessions are 20-minute presentations that will cover some of the most pressing issues in the industry from using analytics in the real world to dealing with...
By Dave Muoio February 19, 2018
Virtual reality and mobile app-enabled caregiver screening were among the winners of the Caregiving for Dementia Innovation Challenge, a recently concluded contest run by AARP Services, Inc. (ASI) and UnitedHealthcare. After receiving 254 contest entries, participants attended three in-person events run by design challenge company OpenIDEO in which they fine-tuned a product designed to support...
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2018
When Suneel Gupta founded Rise Health in 2013, his inspiration was his father. He shared with Babyforyou.net.ua that he started the digital health company after seeing his father struggle with making lifestyle changes after a triple bypass surgery. But for Gupta's latest endeavor — a Democratic run for Michigan's hotly-contested 11th District — it's his mother who serves as his inspiration. "My mom...
By Dave Muoio February 13, 2018
Clarify Medical will be debuting its handheld, smartphone-connected phototherapy device later this week at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, according to a statement. The technology powering the Home Light Therapy System received FDA 510(k) clearance last June, and is to be used in the treatment of skin diseases including psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema. “The Clarify System...
By Laura Lovett February 12, 2018
nOCD, a new app that helps users manage their obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) just landed $1 million in seed funding from 7wire Ventures. The Chicago-based startup aims to help people living with OCD by providing cognitive behavioral therapy through the platform. The free app also connects people to support groups and others who also are living with OCD.  Users can access educational material...
By Laura Lovett February 9, 2018
Last night the Olympic Games kicked off in Pyeongchang South Korea. For many, the road to the games was filled hard work, training, and, increasingly, gadgets. Olympic teams have turned to the latest technology to enhance performance and keep competitors safe. With athletes pushing their bodies to the limit, the event can be notoriously dangerous — in fact, the Olympics Committee and GE...

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