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By Laura Lovett February 27, 2019
Yesterday the University of Virginia announced a new effort to expand its telehealth program, with a special focus on chronic disease care.  The initiative, funded by a $750,000 grand from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, is set to expand or pilot six new telemedicine initiatives.  Two will focus on diabetes, including a remote blood sugar monitoring program for people with Type 2...
By Dave Muoio February 27, 2019
Stroke patients who received in-home rehabilitation therapy from a tablet-based app had similar outcomes to those completing the same treatment with physician guidance, suggesting that the digital treatment could be effective without provider supervision, according to a paper recently published in Frontiers in Neurology. The study’s 3,686 patients each had post-stroke aphasia affecting their...
By Laura Lovett February 26, 2019
Yesterday Babyscripts, a virtual obstetrics care management platform, announced that it is teaming up with Penn Medicine on a new initiative designed to improve postpartum health. The pair plan on combining Babyscripts’ remote monitoring system with the knowledge gleaned from Penn Medicine’s Heart Safe Motherhood (HSM) program, a text-based intervention for pregnancy-related hypertension.  The...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2019
CareLinx, a digital health company focused on in-home care, has acquired Optimal Aging, a fledgling startup still being incubated at Providence St. Joseph Health. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. What’s the impact Optimal Aging is a program that coordinates non-clinical services like home care, transportation and meal support for accountable care organizations and Medicare Advantage...
By Laura Lovett February 26, 2019
Digital health has been around for a little over a decade, meaning it is one of the newest—and arguably hottest—emerging trends in healthcare. But like any new industry it is working out the ethics.  Last week Stanford Libraries released a statement of guiding principals for digital health. The document was created based on input from 30 participants from across disciplines including the former...
By Laura Lovett February 25, 2019
Google has been busy recently. Just in the past week it has closed down its Google Fit website,  launched a new drug disposal tool and announced the first clinical use of Verily’s machine learning tool for diabetic related diseases.  Below is a look at three of the company’s digital health announcements in the last week.  Addressing the opioid crisis  It started last Wednesday when Google...
By Dave Muoio February 25, 2019
In a stage event kicking off Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft pulled back the curtain on revamped versions of its enterprise-focused mixed reality headset and computer vision technology. Much like its predecessor, the HoloLens 2 headset is a self-contained device that projects messages, icons and other images on a clear glasses-like display. However, the second version of the headset...

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By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2019
With the addition of FDA clearances for the ECG sensor and irregular heart rate algorithm, the Apple Watch is now technically a medical device. But it is still primarily a consumer product, and its fitness features may still have the greatest impact on people’s health, according to a panel of health professionals — three doctors and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins — who spoke at a recent event...
By Laura Lovett February 25, 2019
This morning Spirosure, a health tech company focused on respiratory conditions, announced that its latest product the Fenom Pro Asthma Monitor has landed FDA clearance. The provider-facing technology enables clinicians to measure the fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), an indicator of airway inflammation, in their patient’s breath. The technology uses proprietary algorithms to detect the...
By Dave Muoio February 22, 2019
AT&T and mobile healthcare software maker OneLife Technologies have developed a medical-grade smartwatch with LTE-M certification, allowing the monitoring device to stay connected for up to five days. Along with its onboard movement, sleep, heart rate, location, and fall tracking capabilities, the OnePulse smartwatch can connect to and collect data from medical devices like blood pressure...