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By Laura Lovett June 18, 2018
Medical tech company Medtronic has just landed FDA clearance on its Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinical Programmer and ActivaProgramming application. "This marks a new era of innovation from the only partner with a 25-year DBS legacy, and paves the way to our vision of the future of DBS with a fully integrated system from planning to programming," said Mike Daly, vice president and general...
DreaMed Diabetes tool gets FDA approval
By Dave Muoio June 18, 2018
The FDA has granted Isreal-based DreaMed Diabetes a de novo request for its artificial intelligence-powered software for providers managing patients with Type 1 diabetes. “This is an innovation that can improve people’s lives and the FDA decision confirms what we believe is an important step in making a more meaningful connection between the healthcare provider and their type 1 diabetes patients...

Scientist working in the lab at Helix. Photo courtesy of Helix. 

By Laura Lovett June 15, 2018
In the last few years consumer genomics has grown in both its offerings and legitimacy. The industry that was once best known for telling clients if they were Italian or Hungarian is now securing its foothold within the healthcare space.    Whether it is uniting women switched at birth 72-years prior or settling neighborly feuds, consumer genomics have caught the public’s interest. The highest...

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By Dave Muoio June 14, 2018
DyAnsys, a medical device company specializing in the autonomic nervous system, announced this week that it has received FDA approval for a wearable auricular neurostimulation device designed to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The device, called Drug Relief, is now available to providers in the US, and is distributed in the EU by the DyAnsys’ European branch. "This device offers hope to...
By Dave Muoio June 14, 2018
The past month has seen a succession of publications offering support for Click Therapeutics’ digital offering for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). The studies, published in npj Digital Medicine, the Journal of Affective Disorders, and presented at the Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Scientific Convention in New York, showed the therapeutic to reduce symptoms, pair well with...
By Laura Lovett June 13, 2018
A little bit of cash paired with a wearable activity tracker could be key in motivating people with ischemic heart disease to stay active. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that participants who were given a $14 cash incentive to meet physical activity goals, that were tracked by a wearable, had significantly more steps than their counterparts who...
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By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2018
Patients of doctors who participated in a Veteran Affairs-run telemedicine consultation program were 54 percent more likely to survive chronic liver disease than a matched cohort of patients of non-participating doctors, according to a new retrospective study from the University of Michigan. “It seems that primary care providers who participated in [the program] were more likely to follow the...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will reverse a longstanding unpopular position on reimbursement for smartphone-connected continuous glucose monitors, CMS announced yesterday. "CMS heard from numerous stakeholders who shared their concerns that Medicare’s CGM coverage policy limited their use of CGMs in conjunction with their smartphones, preventing them from sharing data with...
By Dave Muoio June 12, 2018
When healthcare communications firm Spok first began investigating the prevalence of mobile strategies in 2012, only a third of survey respondents reported that their organization had a formalized strategy in place. While this number has generally increased over time, the company’s most recent annual survey of US healthcare professionals found, for the first time, a decrease in the year-to-year...
By Laura Lovett June 12, 2018
A clinical review, published in Evidence Based Mental Health Month, suggests numerous issues, including poor app design and privacy concerns, have contributed to a low engagement rate for mental health apps. The article goes on to suggest that more patient engagement during the app design process and the creation of standards could help remedy these issues.  “The potential of smartphone apps to...