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By Dave Muoio February 20, 2019
Delving into device data. This year UnitedHealthcare will be expanding its Navigate4Me service for Medicare Advantage plan participants using data collected through digital devices, the payer announced today. Specifically, these data will be processed through the UnitedHealthcare Nerve Center and used to flesh out patient profiles, allowing navigators to provide support for congestive heart...
By Laura Lovett February 20, 2019
A year after Microsoft, Takeda and Eurordis announced that they were teaming up on an innovation initiative to solve the issue of diagnosing children with rare diseases, the partners have unveiled an actionable recommendation report and three new digital health pilots.  “The too often long road to diagnosis presents one of the greatest challenges affecting the health, survival, well-being and...
By Dave Muoio February 20, 2019
Today’s Samsung Unpack 2019 event was headlined by a number of new reveals, including its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S10 and the flexible Galaxy Fold; its new in-ear, Bluetooth Galaxy Buds; and the company’s first 5G smartphone, the S10 5G. However, the latter half of the show also hosted news of the electronics maker’s new fitness-focused wearables: the Galaxy Watch Active, a sportier take...
By Jonah Comstock February 20, 2019
Patient feedback processing company Narrative Dx has raised a strategic funding round led by Christiana Care Health System, Summation Health Ventures (founded by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and MemorialCare Health System) and The Texas Medical Center, with additional participation from existing investors HealthX Ventures and Cultivation Capital. The company didn’t disclose the amount of the...
By Dave Muoio February 20, 2019
A survey of 164 US adults published last week in npj Digital Medicine suggests that while many individuals seeking psychotherapy for depression would consider a digital treatment with or without supplementary support, a one-on-one in-person visit is still the most popular option due to concerns of efficacy, access and confidentiality. Topline data Forty-nine percent of the survey’s eligible...
By Laura Lovett February 20, 2019
Looking to innovate in the research space, pharma giant Pfizer inked a deal with Ochsner Health System, a Louisiana academic healthcare system, to develop digital tools for clinical trials. The partners will be using Ochsner’s innovation lab, innovationOchsner, and Ochsner Research.  The multi-year strategic alliance revolves around a goal of improving “access and connectivity to clinical trials...
Novo Nordisk insulin pens
By Jonah Comstock February 20, 2019
Novo Nordisk’s connected insulin pens will integrate with the Abbott Freestyle Libre system, allowing Freestyle Libre users to see data about their insulin alongside their glucose readings, the companies announced this morning. "Lack of reliable information is a cause of huge frustration for many people with diabetes and their doctors," Anders Dyhr Toft, CVP of commercial innovation at Novo...
virtual reality
By Piers Ford February 20, 2019
Third Eye NeuroTech’s Blue Room immersive virtual reality (VR) technology is in the spotlight following the publication of research which revealed its effectiveness in treating phobias and anxieties for children and adults. The Blue Room was developed by specialists at Newcastle University in the UK in tandem with the Durham-based tech firm and has been made available as an NHS treatment through...

Prof. Boaz Lerner of Ben-Gurion University with the new platform for predicting ALS progression​. Credit: BGU

By Dean Koh February 19, 2019
BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), today unveiled an artificial intelligence (AI) platform for monitoring and predicting the progression of neurodegenerative diseases for the purpose of identifying markers for personalised patient care and improved drug development. Developed by Prof. Boaz Lerner of the Department of Industrial Engineering and...

Screengrab of Circle DNA's official website.

By Dean Koh February 19, 2019
Beijing-headquartered clinical genomics testing company, Berry Genomics and Hong Kong and London-headquartered genetics and digital health company Prenetics announced today key management hires for the new company, Circle DNA, which will be operational for business by the end of Q2 2019. The 3 key management hires for Circle DNA are Joe Yan (CEO), Claire Wan (COO) and Candy Liu (Head of Marketing...

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