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By Dave Muoio April 17, 2019
Adoption and interest in telehealth technology for patient consultations has increased substantially over the past few years, according to a new physician survey released by telehealth provider American Well. The survey, which was conducted by M3 Global Research, polled 800 US physicians in late 2018. Of these, 62.5 percent were primary care physicians and the remainder were specialists....
By Laura Lovett April 17, 2019
From drones delivering blood in Rwanda, to blockchain health records in Estonia it is clear to see that digital health tools have spread worldwide. But how these systems are being implemented varies greatly depending on the government, region and resources.  Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released 10 guidelines for how countries can use digital health tools to improve patient care. The...
Healthcare professionals believing that the Apple Watch is going to be a clinically useful tool edged out those seeing it as a consumer fad — but just barely in the new 2019 Venrock Healthcare Prognosis report. The report, conducted by the venture capital firm Venrock, surveyed 250 industry players, including health IT startups, large employers, insurance companies, healthcare providers,...
By Laura Lovett April 16, 2019
Zipnosis, maker of white-labeled telemedicine products for providers, launched a new platform called ZipPlus, which helps providers using the company's telemedicine services carve out an integrated “roadmap.”  “We continue to hear from our health system customers that virtual care deployment is narrow and integration is a challenge, and in many cases prohibiting widespread adoption,” Jon Pearce,...
By Laura Lovett April 15, 2019
This morning, PointClickCare announced a new mobile app dubbed the PointClickCare Companion, designed to help senior living providers track and manage the delivery of their services and medications. It is also aimed at making the billing process easier.  The new tool, which lets caregivers access patient information on an iPhone or iPad, is intended to be integrated with the PointClick Care EHR....
By Dave Muoio April 15, 2019
Another recent update to the FDA’s 510(k) premarket notification database suggests that AliveCor is inching closer and closer to its next volley of smartphone-connected ECG products. According to the agency, the digital health company received clearance related to its consumer KardiaMobile platform, as well as the clinician-facing KardiaStation, on Friday. The application for the device or...
By Dave Muoio April 13, 2019
In a recent survey conducted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), about two-thirds of physician respondents said they “strongly intend” to employ continuous and remote patient monitoring technologies in future treatment, with just over half of consumers reporting that they would use such devices if recommended by their physician. "Remote patient monitoring technology has the potential to...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2019
Philips Global Innovation Leader Kirk Elder doesn’t like to wear watches. “If you were to approach me with a digital health experience or a chronic care program that requires a watch, I probably wouldn’t be very compliant in that program,” Elder said at an event in Tel Aviv earlier this month. “It’s just a quirk. And I admit it’s weird, but all of us have quirks. And the story here is that...
By Leontina Postelnicu April 12, 2019
The Newcastle Surgical Training Centre in England has started using Osso VR’s technology to help prepare surgeons for complicated procedures, marking the Palo Alto, California-based startup’s move into the European healthcare market. The centre, based at the Freeman Hospital, part of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, currently provides more than 275 training courses. The trust...

Sam Shah speaks on stage at MEDinIsrael in Tel Aviv earlier this month. Photo by Roy Habani.

By Jonah Comstock April 11, 2019
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has set its sights on digital innovation, announcing a digital-focused long-term plan in January of this year as well as rolling out a nationwide app. But that doesn’t mean innovation in the NHS is easy. At MEDinIsrael in Tel Aviv earlier this month, NHS Director of Digital Development Sam Shah laid out several barriers to innovation the system faces. “Our...