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By Dave Muoio April 25, 2019
The last couple of months saw a pair of regulatory clearances from mobile ECG maker AliveCor surface on the FDA’s 510(k) premarket notification database — the first in March for something called KardiaAI, and the latter a dual-update for the company’s existing KardiaMobile and KardiaStation platforms for consumer and point-of-care use. With AliveCor keeping mum at the time, Babyforyou.net.ua...

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By Laura Lovett April 25, 2019
A seafaring mobile game could be a key to early Alzheimer’s detection, according to a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  In the study a users’ gaming performance results were able to predict whether or not the participant had the gene linked to a predisposition for Alzheimer’s, called APOE4. This is in contrast to the neuropsychological episodic memory...
By Dave Muoio April 24, 2019
In February, Edinburgh, Scotland-based Current Health (formerly snap40) received FDA clearance for clinical use of its artificial intelligence-enabled device and platform for remote patient monitoring in the hospital. Taking things one step further, the company announced this morning that it has also received the regulator’s blessing for use in post-acute care — what Current Health is calling “...
By Tammy Lovell April 24, 2019
London Ambulance Service is enabling its medics to securely view patient medical data on the move via iPads. A 16-week pilot being run by NHS Digital, launched the mobile summary care record system (Mobile SCRa) to around 60 ambulance service staff in Camden last week. Medics will be able to use the NHS Identity authentication system to remotely access summary care records (SCRs), electronic...
By Laura Lovett April 23, 2019
Voice-analyzing technology combined with artificial intelligence could offer a new way to detect post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study published recently in the journal of Depression and Anxiety. The research team found that the technology was able to use 18 speech features to identify subjects with the condition.  Researchers said that this type of technology has the potential to...
By Laura Lovett April 23, 2019
Once a promising futuristic industry, digital health is merging into mainstream medicine. Now in the limelight, conversations around how these digital tools should be validated are starting to take place.  But for startups, getting validation often means securing money and partners, creating potential barriers for young startups. Last night at Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs digital health event,...
By Dave Muoio April 22, 2019
Much like any other industry in the digital age, the healthcare sector is exploding with new technologies. Novel tools from health systems, IT vendors and startups are looking to tackle physician burnout, patient engagement, workflow efficiency, data management and other longstanding issues plaguing care. Unlike many of its contemporaries, however, healthcare’s technology platforms have been...
By Laura Lovett April 22, 2019
When it comes to privacy and data transparency, smoking cessation and depression apps fall short, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. The study, which zeroed in on 36 apps, found that 33 of those apps transmitted data to a third party. However, 17 of those apps either “lacked a privacy policy, failed to disclose the transmission policy in text or said that the transmission...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2019
Door closes on drug discovery. IBM is tapering off sales of its Watson for Drug Discovery product in favor of other healthcare offerings using the AI technology, STAT reported this morning. The decision was made in response to weak demand and purchases from customers. "We are focusing our resources within Watson Health to double down on the adjacent field of clinical development where we see an...
By Laura Lovett April 18, 2019
While smartphones are yet to replace the eyes as the window into the soul, there is a budding conversation around the technology serving as window into an individual’s wellbeing. Biomarkers from smartphones, such as GPS, usage and physical activity, are now being used by providers and employers as an indicator of mental health. Patients' willingness to share passive smartphone data varies...