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By Dave Muoio December 12, 2018
A Stanford study recently published in npc Digital Medicine suggests that the iPhone’s step measurement capabilities are sufficient enough to monitor and measure patients’ activity remotely. However, the device’s built-in walking distance measurement algorithm is inconsistent, and should not be used when gauging a patients’ activity or building a patient monitoring app for conditions such as...

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By Laura Lovett December 12, 2018
VRHealth has exclusively unveiled to Babyforyou.net.ua a virtual reality product called Luna that was designed to help patients manage hot flashes.  The new VR product, which can be used by patients going through menopause or chemotherapy treatment, employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It also gives users a data analysis of their treatment.  When a user puts on the VR headset, they are...
By Dave Muoio December 12, 2018
This morning, Garmin and medical-grade monitor maker ActiGraph announced a new partnership that will focus on wearables for medical research and patient care. Specifically, the pair will be applying ActiGraph’s CentrePoint data analytics platform to Garmin’s consumer-grade wearables. CentrePoint is a web-based, cloud-enabled service offering automated activity monitor assignments, data...
By Laura Lovett December 11, 2018
A new company called LunaDNA has created an avenue for people to donate their health data in exchange for shares in the company. The novel platform seeks to serve the needs of nonprofit and for-profit researchers as well as everyday people willing to share their health data.  “What we aim to do is create a human health database, inclusive of DNA data, clinical, medical, contextual information....
By Dave Muoio December 11, 2018
Mobile app analytics firm App Annie has released a list of the telemedicine apps most frequently downloaded through the Apple and Google marketplaces. The five services, in descending order, are: American Well (which currently holds a 4.7/5 star user rating on the App Store), Doctor on Demand (4.9 stars), Teladoc (4.8 starts), MDLive (4.6 stars) and HealthTap (4.3 stars). To reach its conclusion...
By Laura Lovett December 11, 2018
Organization and efficiency has always been Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Health System Dr. Subha Airan-Javia’s strong suit. So when she started her medical residency it was easy for her to spot where different system just weren’t working — or where bureaucracy was taking up too much time. These gaps were the impetus for her to innovate.  “I started at...
By Laura Lovett December 10, 2018
The FDA has officially cleared reSET-O — a digital therapeutic to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) jointly developed by Pear Therapeutics and Sandoz, a division of Novartis — a little over a year after it was granted an Expedited Access Pathway designation from the agency.  This announcement makes reSET-O the first digital therapeutic to treat patients with OUD. Patients will need a valid...

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