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By Laura Lovett March 5, 2019
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new wearable sensor for newborns that is being pitched as an alternative to the traditional wire technology, which can prevent babies from being held.  The system's two sensors also work differently than the wire sensors. One attaches to the baby’s chest and the other to the baby’s foot, allowing clinicians to have a view of opposite ends of...
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By Tammy Lovell March 5, 2019
Under reforms to the GP contract published in January, all patients will have the right to “digital-first” primary care, including web and video consultations by April 2021. But Dr Helen Atherton, who leads a digital health research group at Warwick Medical School, said the plans meant surgeries had to offer virtual consultations “even where they have decided this can’t be safely done with the...
By Laura Lovett March 4, 2019
A new study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in partnership with The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health will be using eTectRx’s ingestion event monitoring system to research adherence of the HIV prevention drug Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  PrEP is a preventative drug designed to be taken by people who do not have HIV but are at risk for the condition. and must...
By Dave Muoio March 4, 2019
Sword Health has highlighted data from two recently published studies indicating that its artificial intelligence-powered digital physical therapy tool more effectively improved recovery among patients recuperating from total knee arthroplasty. Both investigations were conducted by researchers with affiliations with the Portuguese company, and suggest that the intervention could improve patient...

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By Leontina Postelnicu March 4, 2019
A&E departments in the UK should introduce AliveCor’s KardiaMobile device into standard care, researchers have said, for patients presenting with heart palpitations or feeling lightheaded, after a study found it was five times more effective than current tests used to diagnose heart rhythm problems. Although often harmless, if patients fully recover before getting to A&E, detecting the...
By Dave Muoio March 4, 2019
San Jose-based mobile healthcare device maker Vocera Communications has shipped the first order of its updated wearable for clinicians, the Vocera Smartbadge, to a nearly 700-bed Georgia hospital. The company’s prior device, the Vocera Badge, has long offered secure, hands-free, wireless communications support to practitioners. The newer Smartbadge will offer Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital many...
By Laura Lovett March 1, 2019
Adorned with balloons and celebratory flowers, the maternity ward is often seen as the beacon of hope at a hospital. But for many families, childbirth is a challenging, dangerous and sometimes even fatal process for both moms and babies.  This is particularly true in the US where women are more likely to die of a childbirth or pregnancy-related cause than any other affluent country in the world, ...
By Laura Lovett February 28, 2019
For folks managing their diabetes with Dexcom, Siri can now answer one more question: What is my glucose level? This morning Dexcom announced a slew of new companion app features for the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitoring system, including the ability for Siri to read a user’s glucose level out loud and display graphs directly on the lock screen.  The app, which was released in 2018, will...

Nutrimedy's Director of Nutrition Services and Engagement Mallory Franklin. Photo courtesy of Boston Scientific.

By Dave Muoio February 28, 2019
Patient engagement and purposeful data implementation were common discussion points during the finals of a digital health pitch competition held last night inside Google’s Cambridge, Massachusetts offices. First kicked off in October, the fourth annual Connected Patient Challenge — cosponsored by Boston Scientific and the tech giant — featured six startup finalists whose offerings were...
By Jonah Comstock February 28, 2019
Toronto-based CardioComm, a longtime player in the handheld personal ECG space will finally make data available on consumers' smartphones with a new 510(k) clearance for its GEMS Mobile smartphone app, which works on both iOS and Android devices. The company also received clearance for a new ECG device called HeartCheck CardiBeat.  Notably, these are over the counter clearances, allowing the app...