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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 Tammy Lovell December 12, 2018
A new government-funded initiative officially launched in Belgium this year to help medtech and eHealth projects get access to the support needed to advance their work, called HealthTech.Belgium. The project is a collaborative effort of three industry associations: the Belgian Federation of Technology Companies (Agoria), the Belgian Federation of the Medical Technology Industry (beMed-Tech), and...
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...

Novo Nordisk opened a new research centre in Oxford, UK earlier this year, located on the third floor of a new building at Oxford University; illustration: Novo Nordisk

By Leontina Postelnicu December 12, 2018
Oxford, UK-based e-therapeutics has announced this week that it is entering a research partnership with Novo Nordisk that will see them use its proprietary Network-Driven Drug Discovery (NDD) platform to identify potentially new biological mechanisms and therapies for a “specific area” of type 2 diabetes. According to the International Diabetes Federation, around 425 million people are estimated...
By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2018
Aspen RxHealth, a Tampa-based company using a gig economy model to connect patients with pharmacists, has raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Flare Capital Partners. An additional investor was an undisclosed strategic partner, a health plan in the United States. What they do The company plans to connect licensed, vetted pharmacists with health plan members in need of pharmacological...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio December 11, 2018
In an effort to boast patient engagement, last week Hospital Sisters Health System announced that it will be integrating its SeamlessMD system with Epic’s new SMART on FHIR technology. According to a statement, the new technology will enable providers to enroll, receive alerts and monitor patients on SeamlessMD without leaving the EHR. “SeamlessMD has been an instrumental partner in helping us...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2018
New York City-based FoodMarble officially launched its FoodMarble AIRE device last week. The device allows individuals to test hydrogen levels in their breath, a method that can be used to identify foods they have trouble digesting. “Everyone knows some things you shouldn’t be eating; You don’t eat a bowl of M&Ms for lunch,” Dr. James Brief, a gastroenterologist and FoodMarble’s chief medical...
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...

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