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By Dave Muoio December 12, 2017
International real estate franchise Keller Williams announced today that it will be incorporating Fitbit wearables into its employee national US wellness program. This will allow more than 157,000 of Keller Williams’ employees to purchase the devices at a special pricing and participate in organized fitness challenges. “The integration of Fitbit to our wellness program will allow our associates...
By Laura Lovett December 12, 2017
For many women their monthly period can mean a few days of debilitating cramps or at least some discomfort. But last month a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that app-based self acupressure could be an effective way to help with menstrual pain compared to usual care.  By the end of the study women who were instructed to use the acupressure reported...
By Mike Miliard December 11, 2017
Royal Philips has acquired VitalHealth for its cloud-based population health management technology. Founded in 2006 by Mayo Clinic and the Netherlands-based Noaber Foundation, VitalHealth develops tools — for outcome measurement, patient engagement, care coordination and analytics — to help manage chronic disease. Its products are deployed at more 100 healthcare networks in the US and abroad....
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2017
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's third accelerator class held its demo day last week as the 10 companies announced a slew of pilots, deployments, and other deals. Nine out of the 10 companies has a pilot or commercial deal with Cedars-Sinai itself, but a number of companies also have deals with other hospitals, payers, or pharma companies. One, Tasso, has a $6 million grant contract with the...
By Dave Muoio December 11, 2017
Workplace wellness program company Provant will be adopting Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Twine Health’s AI-assisted health coaching platform for its employee health programs, the companies announced today. “We’re always looking at ways to better engage our members and help them understand their health risks, and reinforce information that makes them aware and constantly working on their health...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2017
Last week, the HHS' opioid crisis code-a-thon concluded with presentations by nine of the 50 teams that participated. Three of these teams were chosen as the competition's winners, and will receive $10,000 to further develop their ideas. “When the government holds a code-a-thon, there’s an admission in society that we have hit a roadblock, that we need help, and we go out to the polity to help us...
By Laura Lovett December 11, 2017
Emojis may mostly be used as playful add-ons to text messages, but they could be key to helping providers track patients' overall wellbeing.  Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that using emojis instead of the traditional emotional scales helped asses patients’ physical emotional and overall quality of life. The abstract, which was presented at the American Society of Hematology, also found...
By Dave Muoio December 8, 2017
Heads of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) recently penned a blog post describing their previous and ongoing efforts with closed-loop artificial pancreas manufacturers to ensure proper testing and validation of the devices.  In it, Courtney Lias, director of the Division of Chemistry and Toxicology Devices at CDRH, and Stayce Beck, chief of the Diabetes Diagnostics...
By Dave Muoio December 8, 2017
Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical Eli Lilly and Company announced this week that the first Type 1 diabetes patient has been dosed in a feasibility study of the company’s investigational Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) system. The company’s hybrid closed-loop platform consists of an insulin pump with a dedicated controller for system inputs, a dosing algorithm, and a continuous glucose monitor (...
By Jeff Lagasse December 8, 2017
Encouraging patients to help write and add notes to their personal medical charts -- a task typically handled only by medical professionals -- may help patients feel more involved with their own care and improve relationships with their doctors, a new study has found. In research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, doctors at UCLA Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found...