By Dave Muoio December 18, 2018
The FDA has approved an app-based smart programming device used to discreetly and easily control implants treating for overactive bladder (OAB), chronic fecal incontinence (FI) and non-obstructive urinary retention, medical device maker Medtronic announced yesterday. Called the InterStim smart programmer and designed for use with Medtronic’s InterStim system, the product consists of a Samsung...
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2018
Wearable data is becoming more integrated into clinical practice, but there is one caveat, explains Sense2beat CEO Natalia Glazkova — those devices can be contaminated by a glut of data. Sense2beat is a Russian company working on technology that eliminates interference and analyzes ECG data. “Data that comes from wearable devices is always contaminated by noise, which can make the analysis and...
By Jonah Comstock December 17, 2018
According to IDC, 20 percent of healthcare organizations will be using blockchain by 2020. So should startups in the healthcare space be using it now? Well, not necessarily. While many digital health startups are putting blockchain to good use, for others it might be premature, or even extraneous. “I think companies over the last couple years have been asking the question ‘I want to use...
By Mike Miliard December 14, 2018
Could distributed ledger technology offer the promise of real-time EHR updates, seamless interoperability and protection from from ransomware?
By Diana Manos December 14, 2018
European Union Blockchain Observatory & Forum says that, while there are tensions and some uncertainty about how to protect data and use blockchain under GDPR, there are still ways to accomplish it.
By Jonah Comstock December 13, 2018
Credentialing is a complicated but rarely discussed problem for doctors, health systems, and health plans. When a doctor wants to start a new job or enter a new payer’s network, their prospective hirer needs to gather a wide variety of certificates and credentials, a process that can take months or even a year. Anthony Begando, CEO of the Professional Credentials Exchange (ProCredEx), is looking...

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