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By Dave Muoio December 20, 2017
Telehealth adoption may be increasing with each year, but the majority of consumers still aren’t onboard with the technology in healthcare, according to a recent report backed by telehealth provider Avizia. Nearly half of these consumers reported that they would be less comfortable during a telehealth visit in comparison to an in-person visit, and two-thirds said that they were unsure whether the...
By Bill Siwicki December 19, 2017
Dr. Manish Naik recently examined a patient in his office who was reluctant to get a flu vaccine because of a history of egg allergy. Naik conducted a quick search through his medical reference app and reviewed study data with the patient on the safety of flu vaccination in patients with egg allergy.   After seeing the latest study data and guidelines, the patient agreed to get both the flu and...
By Jonah Comstock December 19, 2017
Brisbane, Australia-based ResApp is planning to re-do its big US trial soon, but in the meantime the smartphone respiratory diagnosis company is continuing to collect data in its native country. The company released data yesterday from a clinical study of more than 1,300 adult patients at Joondalup Health Campus in Perth and Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. While the company’s previous studies have...
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2017
Social media, and Facebook groups in particular, could be a helpful tool for increasing patient engagement and satisfaction, according to a study published in Surgery.  “In this qualitative pilot study, we have found that incorporation of [social media] into clinical practice using Facebook is not only feasible but can provide a substantial benefit to patients, with 95 percent of survey...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2017
Santa Monica, California-based GoodRx is giving consumers a new way to access the company’s database of drug prices: asking Alexa. With a new skill that's due to launch soon, users can find out the cheapest place to obtain a given drug and get a coupon texted to their phone, all just by using voice interaction. “We want to give GoodRx in whatever the shape or form people need it,” CEO Doug Hirsch...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2017
[email protected], the pre-series B digital health startup accelerator that launched last year with the backing of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a number of industry supporters, has announced the 32 startups in its second class, which will launch tonight at an event in Boston. Pulse works a little differently than many other accelerators. It takes no equity in the startups and doesn't...
By Laura Lovett December 14, 2017
Eating disorders are traditionally tough to treat. At least 30 million people in the US have some type of eating disorder, but even with treatment only about 60 percent of patients recover from these disorders.  Researchers at the University of Kansas are currently developing a smartphone app for clinical use to help this unmet issue, and recently landed a $50,000 award from the National Eating...
By Laura Lovett December 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are currently developing a “virtual child”  for professionals and students working with kids living with autism spectrum disorder. The learning tool will allow these caregivers an opportunity to practice behavioral interventions outside of a real-world situation.  “The biggest challenge educators face — especially those who train employees in...
By Laura Lovett December 13, 2017
With mounting pressure in emergency rooms, doctors need to be able to make a quick, accurate triage of patients’ needs. But that doesn’t always happen. In non-acute trauma centers, 30 percent of severely injured patients are not transferred as recommended by clinical practice guidelines.  A new video game aims to tackle this problem by helping emergency room doctors figure out the level of care...
By Dave Muoio December 13, 2017
San Diego-based Xenco Medical, a provider of disposable, sterile-packaged spinal implant systems, is releasing an app that will allow medical teams to easily request and track new shipments of the company’s products on demand. “Though each hour is critical, healthcare providers eager to operate on [traumatic injury] patients often wait for more than five hours because of the internal logistics of...