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By Laura Lovett March 25, 2019
There are scores of mental health related digital tools available on any of the major app stores. However, a recent study published in Nature Digital Medicine found that a majority of the apps studied do not provide evidence or peer-reviewed studies to back up their products.  “Scientific language was the most frequently invoked form of support for use of mental health apps; however, high-quality...
By Dave Muoio March 22, 2019
After creating dummy accounts on highly-rated Android medical apps and analyzing their traffic, an investigation published Wednesday in BMJ found that nearly four in five shared users’ data with outside entities. What’s more, the Australian research team determined that several of those groups receiving the user information would likely be able to aggregate the data and use it to pinpoint a...
By Dave Muoio March 21, 2019
The FDA has lately taken a hard stance on tobacco companies targeting children and teens (thanks in some part to departing FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb), and it certainly seems as if the agency is exploring every avenue in its public awareness campaign — including free-to-play video games. Earlier this month the agency and its partner, marketing communications firm FCB New York, stealthily...
By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2019
This article has been updated with a new photo and additional information from Omron. Omron has apparently finally received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Blood Pressure Monitor + EKG device, which was originally announced in January 2018 at CES. The device was created in partnership with AliveCor. This is a separate product from Omron's HeartGuide watch, which also incorporates AliveCor ECG...

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By Laura Lovett March 21, 2019
Augmented reality combined with robotics could enable people with physical disabilities to be more independent, according to a study recently published in PLOS ONE.  Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed a new augmented reality system that lets people with severe motor disabilities control a human-sized robot to help with self care through a mouse or small assitive device.  “Our results...

Gene Gilmer, 90, participates in an online video chat clinical trial to see if regular conversation can stave off dementia, Feb. 6, 2019. Credit: OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff.

By Dave Muoio March 21, 2019
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are conducting a clinical trial that explores whether regular tech-enabled conversations might fend off dementia or other cognitive conditions related to cognitive decline among socially isolated seniors. According to a release from the school, the Internet-based Conversational Clinical Trial (I-CONECT) has been running at full steam...

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By Laura Lovett March 20, 2019
As more big names in tech are jumping into the healthcare arena, the industry is getting a makeover. Now Nvidia, a hardware company best known for creating consumer and professional-grade graphics processing units (GPUs) as well as chip units for mobile computing, sees an opportunity to carve out a bigger name for itself in the space. “I think that computational biology is the future,” Kimberly...
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March 20, 2019
HIMSS Media's information brands Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News, Babyforyou.net.ua and HIMSS TV are diving into one of the most pressing issues facing healthcare today – baby boomers and their swelling demands on our system. We'll look at the challenges, opportunities, emerging technologies, and other tactics hospitals, health systems and payers are deploying to manage the needs of the...
By Dave Muoio March 20, 2019
Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s Jefferson Health will soon explore whether a digital patient monitoring platform could help its patients during postoperative recovery, according to an announcement released this morning. The upcoming pilot will use MegesHealth’s iPostOp, which consists of a mobile app and web application that aims to engage patients in their recovery through the month after surgery...
By Jonah Comstock March 20, 2019
Chronic disease management platform Hello Heart will now integrate with LifeScan OneTouch meters as part of its program for diabetes management. The Redwood City, California-based company started out in hypertension, but has been expanding into diabetes for the past year. OneTouch meters, formerly owned by Johnson & Johnson, are the first of a handful of glucometer brands the company intends...
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