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By Dave Muoio April 30, 2018
Fitbit and Google have entered a partnership focused on better leveraging wearables and cloud-based technologies for digital health, the companies announced this morning. The effort will be largely focused on refining EHRs to give medical practitioners a comprehensive look into a patient’s health during treatment, according to a statement from Fitbit. “Over the past decade, we have built an...
By Laura Lovett April 30, 2018
Correction: A former version of this article incorrectly stated that "Telemedicine School-Based Health Centers" is an organzation. This has since been removed along with any guidlines listed as part of it.  When it’s the flu season, the line at the school nurse’s office is usually backed up to the door. As telemedicine continues to reduce the burden on clinics and other healthcare settings, more...
By Mike Miliard April 30, 2018
At AcademyHealth’s 2018 Health Datapalooza on Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration offered a vote of confidence for artificial intelligence in healthcare, promising more refined strategies for regulation, touting its tech incubator for AI innovation, and announcing a new machine learning partnership with Harvard. "We’re implementing a new approach to the review of artificial intelligence...
By Laura Lovett April 30, 2018
This morning telehealth company American Well announced that it will be acquiring fellow telemedicine company Avizia in late Q2 for an undisclosed sum.  The deal is expected to help American Well grow its acute care capabilities, which Avizia specializes in. The deal will give American Well access to Avizia’s hospital-based cart lineup and custom software workflows for over 40 clinical...
By Dave Muoio April 27, 2018
Replacing the frequent home visits often necessary for tuberculosis treatment with video visits facilitated by an app appears to be a cost-effective, well-received means of ensuring adherence throughout therapy, according to a recently published pilot study. Because TB is, airborne, highly infectious, and increasingly resistant to antibiotics, treatment and prevention of the disease often...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2018
This morning, the FDA published its 17-page first draft of a working model for its pre-certification program for software as a medical device (SaMD). Though still preliminary (the agency is asking for comments by the end of May), the publication comes with some long-awaited details about how the program might work. The document lays out five "excellence principles" on which companies applying for...
By Dave Muoio April 26, 2018
Novartis announced yesterday that it has launched an app specifically designed for eye patients to participate in ophthalmic clinical trials. Built with ResearchKit, the FocalView app looks to improve data captured by allowing patients interested in participating to conveniently self-report their conditions through their smartphone, thereby providing researchers with a greater wealth of time-...
By Dave Muoio April 26, 2018
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have detailed a wearable device that can better measure muscle-tendon tension during certain activities, such as walking or running. The prototype device, which has so far been tested on the Achilles, patellar, and hamstring tendons, represents a feasible, non-invasive alternative to tendon tension measurement, and with additional work could...
By Laura Lovett April 26, 2018
This morning healthcare AI company Qure.ai announced the launch of its new AI technology which can identify bleeds, fractures, and other critical abnormalities in the head CT scans.  “Qure.ai’s new head CT scan technology rapidly screens scans in under 10 seconds to detect, localize, and quantify abnormalities, as well as assess their severity,” Prashant Warier, cofounder and CEO of Qure.ai, said...
By Dave Muoio April 25, 2018
A study published yesterday in JAMA found that, compared to normal care, a home-based exercise program employing wearables and telephone coaching did not help patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) improve their walking performance over a nine-month period. In fact, those undergoing the interventional program reported increased pain compared to those undergoing normal care. Blood vessel...

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