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By Laura Lovett February 5, 2019
This morning PerfectServe, a Tennessee-based medical communication and collaboration platform, announced two new acquisitions in the digital health space. The first is CareWire, which is a mobile patient communication platform. The second is Lightning Bolt Solutions, an artificial intelligence-run physician shift scheduling technology designed for hospital and healthcare system.  CareWire can...
By Dave Muoio February 5, 2019
New York City-based Aetion, which makes an analytics platform to assess real-world evidence from a range of sources, has raised $27 million in a funding round supported by new backers Sanofi, UCB, McKesson Ventures and Horizon Health Services, according to a release. Prior investors including NEA, Flare Capital and Lakestar also participated. An add-on to prior funding from last year, today’s...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2019
Ahead of HIMSS19, Teladoc Health has launched two new features for health system customers: Clinical WorkScope, which allows hospitals to virtualize their existing workflows, fee structures, and referral networks; and Integrated Diagnostic Testing, which makes it easier for physicians to order imaging and lab tests in virtual visits. “The status quo right now for most vendors is a minor medical...

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock; Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images

By Leontina Postelnicu February 5, 2019
Instagram head Adam Mosseri will meet UK health and social care secretary Matt Hancock this week amid increasing concerns over children and young people's exposure to content glorifying suicide and self-harm on social media platforms, according to the BBC. Hancock warned social media firms last month that "more action is urgently needed" after the family of a teenager that took her own life...
By Dave Muoio February 4, 2019
Verily's prototype smart shoe. Verily is shopping for partners to develop a smart shoe with embedded sensors for movement, weight and fall monitoring, according to a CNBC report citing three anonymous sources. The company allegedly has a prototype design of the footwear that it has been showing off in private meetings, and is envisioning the shoe as a health product. … MRIs are A-OK. Senseonics’...
By Laura Lovett February 4, 2019
This morning Google unveiled two new apps aimed at tackling accessibility issues for people living with hearing loss. One focuses on quickly translating everyday speech into text, and the second focuses on amplifying sounds for the user.  The first, called Live Transcribe, is app that uses a phone’s microphone to turn real-world speech into captions, according to a blog post released by Google. ...
By Dave Muoio February 4, 2019
A Google patent application published on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office gives a few more details on a predictive EHR system first highlighted by the tech company last May. The application was filed by Google in July 2017, and has not yet been granted. As described in the application, Google’s system can aggregate and store EHRs for a diverse population, while compiling each...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 4, 2019
Researchers test the accuracy of activity trackers. A BBC Wales programme saw researchers from the Aberystwyth University test the accuracy of the Fitbit Charge 2, Letscom HR and Letsfit activity trackers this week. Results showing the number of calories burned by 12 participants while walking and running on a treadmill were compared, and Dr Rhys Thatcher, from the Institute of Biological,...
By Dave Muoio February 4, 2019
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, formerly an acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services and the chief of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has joined digital venture platform LRVHealth as an executive advisor. “My entire career has been focused on improving the health of people and communities by catalyzing solutions to address...

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By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2019
In 2009, the iPhone was a year and a half old. The iPad was just a rumor. The Apple Watch wasn’t even that. There was no such thing as a Fitbit. CMS didn’t have an innovation center and the FDA didn’t have any guidelines about apps. Telemedicine had been around for a while, but it was something that involved bulky carts. No one thought that Apple, Google, or Amazon would ever be thought of as a...

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