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By Laura Lovett April 23, 2019
Voice-analyzing technology combined with artificial intelligence could offer a new way to detect post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study published recently in the journal of Depression and Anxiety. The research team found that the technology was able to use 18 speech features to identify subjects with the condition.  Researchers said that this type of technology has the potential to...
By Laura Lovett April 23, 2019
Once a promising futuristic industry, digital health is merging into mainstream medicine. Now in the limelight, conversations around how these digital tools should be validated are starting to take place.  But for startups, getting validation often means securing money and partners, creating potential barriers for young startups. Last night at Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs digital health event,...
By Jonah Comstock April 23, 2019
Deep learning for runners. UC San Diego researchers have developed an AI tool called FitRec which uses deep learning to make personalized fitness recommendations for runners based on past performance data. The algorithm was trained on a public dataset from Endomondo, an Under Armour subsidiary, that included 250,000 workout records for more than 1,000 runners. "Personalization is crucial in...
By Dave Muoio April 23, 2019
Forefront Telecare, a virtual care company specifically focused on behavioral health, has closed out a Series A funding round announced earlier this year with the addition of two new investors: Tech Council Ventures and Boston Millennia Partners. They join the round’s prior investors Spring Lake Equity Partners and the Ziegler Link●Age Fund. Forefront has sized the funding round at a total of $15...
By Dave Muoio April 23, 2019
San Diego-based GreatCall, a seller of aging in place technologies purchased by Best Buy last year, is launching an updated version of its retail personal emergency response system. Called the Lively Mobile Plus, the new 4G LTE wearable can automatically urgent response agents when detecting a fall, or with the push of a button. To start, changes to the device’s internal chipset and...
By Dave Muoio April 22, 2019
Much like any other industry in the digital age, the healthcare sector is exploding with new technologies. Novel tools from health systems, IT vendors and startups are looking to tackle physician burnout, patient engagement, workflow efficiency, data management and other longstanding issues plaguing care. Unlike many of its contemporaries, however, healthcare’s technology platforms have been...
By Dave Muoio April 22, 2019
Chicago-based ExplORer Surgical, developer of a software platform for surgical teams and device makers, has raised $5 million in a follow-on round to its 2017 Series A. Aphelion Capital led the investment, with additional participation from prior backers as well as new, unnamed investors. WHAT THEY DO ExplORer Surgical’s provider-facing platform looks to help surgical teams better coordinate...

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By Leontina Postelnicu April 22, 2019
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in England is expanding an initiative to use robot technology for improving administration of medicines after a trial started on the Pendleton Suite before the end of last year indicated it could free up time for staff. The project centres around the PillTime dispensary that features a robot and an optical checker, installed in the pharmacy department. It uses...
By Dave Muoio April 22, 2019
Recovery Force will be testing out its upcoming wearables for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention at Tufts Medical Center and Eskenazi Health thanks to a $1.8 million NIH grant, according to a recent release from the company. The Mobile Active Compressions (MAC) device is a light, wireless device worn on the calf that replaces tethered pumps or other tools often used to prevent clotting. “While...
By Laura Lovett April 22, 2019
When it comes to privacy and data transparency, smoking cessation and depression apps fall short, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. The study, which zeroed in on 36 apps, found that 33 of those apps transmitted data to a third party. However, 17 of those apps either “lacked a privacy policy, failed to disclose the transmission policy in text or said that the transmission...

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