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By Laura Lovett January 17, 2018
WellDoc’s digital diabetes management therapeutic BlueStar will now be available on the Solera network as a diabetes management option. Phoenix, Arizona-based Solera Health, a platform which offers a marketplace for chronic disease management programs, and digital therapeutic maker WellDoc announced the partnership today, and said that the partnership aligns both companies' goals to improve the...
By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2018
According to American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg, telemedicine regulation is something of a paradox: Everyone in government agrees it’s a good thing, yet it’s challenging to actually get laws passed. “I think there is growing critical mass in Washington that understands that telehealth is one of those rare rare things that even for politicians end up being a tremendous asset,” Schoenberg told...
By Laura Lovett January 16, 2018
Remote patient monitoring is one of the hot topics in digital health and has grown increasingly popular in the last decade. But a recent data analysis questions whether or not remote patient monitor is effective in improving clinical outcomes.  A meta analysis published in the inaugural issue of Nature's Digital Medicine found that remote patient monitoring had no statistically significant impact...
By Laura Lovett January 15, 2018
Getting medical attention to sick infants has been a longtime issue in many remote sections of the world. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that 21,000 children under the age of five die everyday from treatable diseases, such as diarrhea and malaria.  But researchers at the University of Suffolk in the UK are working on creating an affordable, wearable sensor that could fit into a...
By Jonah Comstock January 15, 2018
A Danish AI system that can identify cardiac arrest from a 911 call 95 percent of the time might soon be coming to the US, according to a report in Fast Company.  Corti, which launched from the company of the same name in 2016, is an example of how AI can augment, not supplant, human healthcare workers. The AI runs in the background of an emergency dispatch call, analyzing not only the caller's...
By Bill Siwicki January 15, 2018
The trend toward healthcare consumerism increasingly is at the forefront of health system decisions. In growing numbers, patients are making healthcare choices based on the ability of providers to bring value in the form of access and experience. This patient-focused mindset is at the heart of Methodist Medical Group's strategic direction, and a key factor in its decision to launch a new...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
A recent study published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telcare, found that obese patients who had a weekly telemedicine session with a clinician lost significantly more weight than their peers who did not.  “Our findings suggest that health coaching using a telemedicine-based weight loss program may be effective at reducing clinically significant body weight (more than 5 percent) in obese...
By Jonah Comstock January 11, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this story mistated the projected timeline for the combined product. It is Q1 this year, not Q1 next year. WellDoc and Voluntis, two companies with FDA-cleared, clinically validated platforms aimed at the management of Type 2 diabetes, have signed a commercial agreement to combine their technologies and offer joint products in the future. “My thought is that a...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
A new app developed by researchers at the University of Utah may be a tool for helping people living with diabetes change their attitude towards physical activity and increase the time they plan to spend exercising. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, shows that users of this app increased their plans to walk for exercise in the next week by 33.5 minutes.  "I...
By Dave Muoio January 11, 2018
For as much promise as technology shows when it comes to healing the body, equally impressive is its potential for the human mind. New therapeutics and devices have shown evidence of repairing damaged nerve passageways, overcoming cognitive disorders, and simply fine-tuning the healthy brain, so it’s no surprise that innovators are rushing to bring these technologies into the mainstream. “There...
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