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By Jonah Comstock August 23, 2018
Online patient community PatientsLikeMe, which connects patients with different symptoms and conditions and collects patients' voluntarily submitted data for research, has teamed up with the FDA on a research study that could point the way toward a new channel for patient-generated health data for the agency. The study was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Right now...
By Laura Lovett August 22, 2018
Smartphone and computer cameras have opened up new possibilities for dermatology: there is now a whole field dedicated to the world of teledermatology, and a plethora of companies sprouting up for both physician and patient-facing dermatology apps and platforms. But despite early promise, not all of these looking to strike it big in the smartphone dermatology market stuck around for the long haul...
By Dave Muoio August 22, 2018
Y Combinator’s biannual Demo Day is winding to a close after presentations from dozens of tech entrepreneurs. The Silicon Valley-based accelerator has historically had a hand in the development of numerous healthcare tech startups, and this week’s event seems to be no exception. According to TechCrunch, 28 percent of the 122 startups that presented at Demo Day fell within the healthcare vertical...
By Laura Lovett August 21, 2018
As social media becomes more ingrained in everyday life it has also become increasingly a part of the digital health space. Even governments have taken notice of the potential of the platforms, creating partnerships and initiatives centered around social media aiming to keep its populations healthy. For example, in January the Canadian government announced an initiative to use artificial...
By Dave Muoio August 21, 2018
The Google Fit exercise app is getting a facelift this week with new activity and heart health tracking goals based on recommendations from leading health organizations, the tech giant announced today. “There’s a lot of talk out there about how to stay active and healthy: ‘get your steps in,’ ‘sitting is the new smoking,’ ‘no pain, no gain.’ It can feel overwhelming,” Margaret Hollendoner, head...
By Jonah Comstock August 21, 2018
European online fitness startup Freeletics has raised a new round of funding from US investors that will bring the company deeper into the US market. Courtside Ventures, Elysian Park Ventures (created by the LA Dodgers), Causeway Media Partners, JAZZ Venture Partners, and ward.ventures contributed to the round. The amount of the investment wasn’t disclosed. This is the first round of funding for...
By Jonah Comstock August 20, 2018
Fitbit has unveiled the third device in the Fitbit Charge family, the Fitbit Charge 3, and the new version adds SpO2 tracking among other health tracking improvements. The device will be available starting in October. “With Charge 3, we are building on the success of our best-selling Charge franchise and delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable, and premium...
By Laura Lovett August 16, 2018
A recent study published in JAMA Surgery found that when it comes to reporting conflicts of interest in regards to compensation from medical device companies, doctors aren’t always completely forthcoming.  Researchers discovered that only 37.3 percent of publications written by a sample of doctors receiving the greatest compensation from device companies declared all relevant conflicts of...
Edinburgh, Scotland
By Leontina Postelnicu August 15, 2018
Former Skyscanner Chief Technology Officer Dr Alistair Hann has joined NHS Scotland to help build a national digital platform aiming to improve access to information for both citizens and health and care staff and remove interoperability barriers.   In his new role as CTO of the NHS Digital Service, based within NHS Education for Scotland, Dr Hann will work with Geoff Huggins, Director of Health...
Health tracking microchip.
By Susan Morse August 15, 2018
Apple is looking to hire engineers to develop a custom chip for more sophisticated health information tracking and applications, according to a CNBC report. CNBC said it got the information from a job posting from Apple's Health Sensing hardware team. The July 10 job summary is for sensor ASIC architects to design, develop and launch next generation sensor technologies to enable interaction with...