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By Dave Muoio December 21, 2018
The last few months of 2018 have been fairly active for digital health regulation, with the US FDA roughly a dozen noteworthy devices and consumer health products. But the bigger news out of the agency this quarter comes in the form of its market guidance. For instance, the very beginning of October saw the release of the Medical Device Cybersecurity Regional Incident Preparedness and Response...
By Laura Lovett December 20, 2018
2018 revealed some of Amazon’s biggest moves into the healthcare space. The year kicked off with the major announcement that the retail and tech giant was teaming up with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase to build its own nonprofit healthcare entity. As the year unfolded the public would hear more details about the leadership and location of the venture.  In addition to the venture, Amazon...
By Jonah Comstock December 19, 2018
Another year gone by, another flurry of activity in the digital health space. Hospitals and health systems around the world worked with startups or in house to launch and develop new programs and increasingly digitize their care.  One thing we've left out here is Apple, which partnered with a number of health systems this year to roll out its Health Records system. You can read more about that...
By Dave Muoio December 19, 2018
For healthcare, blockchain is continually transitioning from an obscure technology to a viable tool for various administrative and data-focused use cases. But while players big and small might be curious about its potential, they’ll also need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to pilots and partnerships dedicated to the distributed ledger technology. Plenty of healthcare...
By Laura Lovett December 19, 2018
A pair of washable and reuseable socks with a special sensor could be key to continuously monitoring foot temperature in patients with diabetic neuropathy, according to a study in JMIR sponsored by Siren, maker of the socks. Researchers found that the socks were able to report temperature within 0.2 degrees Celcius of the reference standard, and that patients found the technology useable.  “The...
By Matthew Holt December 18, 2018
About the Authors: Matthew Holt is Co-Chair of Health 2.0 conferences (now owned by HIMSS), publisher of The Health Care Blog, where this piece originally appeared last month. He also serves as co-chair of Catalyst @ Health 2.0 and president of SMACK.health. Olivia Dunn, an associate at Healthy Communities Institute, and Kim Krueger, a Venture Associate at Plug and Play, also contributed to this...
By Jonah Comstock December 18, 2018
When health tech companies turn to distributed ledger technology, security is one of the key reasons they do it. But to say that blockchain is inherently more secure than other technologies would be a dangerous oversimplification. In reality, blockchain is a novel technology for solving certain security problems. But to be truly useful in healthcare, it will need to be approached smartly and...

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