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By Laura Lovett April 18, 2018
As the opioid epidemic continues to make its mark on the nation, healthcare professionals, innovators, and government officials are trying to come up with solutions. An article recently published in NEJM Catalyst suggests that using a texting system could help reduce opioid relapses, as well as keep costs down.  The article — which was coauthored by Epharmix's chief medical officer, a Preferred...
By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2018
San Francisco-based PeerWell has added an augmented reality feature to its app, which helps post-surgical patients manage their recovery. The tool, called PeerWell's Trip and Fall Hazard Detector, uses the phone's camera to analyze a user's home environment and provide suggestions about how to minimize the risk of falls. “Falling is a top driver of injuries in older adults, and of special concern...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden-based respiratory monitor maker NuvoAir (formerly Pond Healthcare Innovation) has unveiled the newest version of its home-use spirometer. Dubbed the Air Next, the small and portable device is connected to users’ smartphones or tablets via Bluetooth LE. In contrast, the company’s previous offering, the Air Smart Spirometer, required a hard connection through a device’s audio jack...
By Laura Lovett April 18, 2018
Digital health appears to be making its way onto the national stage. Yesterday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb gave the field a shout-out in his remarks to the US House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development concerning the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for the FDA.  “The Budget requests new resources for the FDA to make significant investments in advancing critical areas of science,...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2018
Novo Nordisk and San Francisco-based Sempre Health have announced their collaboration on a pilot program that will offer diabetes medications through the latter company’s monetary incentive and SMS-driven prescription refill platform. The partnership is hoping to engage 10,000 diabetes patients on Sempre’s platform within 2018. “Looking at some of the metrics that Sempre has been able to provide...
By Laura Lovett April 18, 2018
Depression among college students has become a hot topic on university campuses as the number of students seeking treatment for this condition continues to grow.  Now Finnish Student Health System, Meru Health and eClinicalHealth are teaming up to study the efficacy and feasibility of a digital therapeutic intervention for depression in a randomized-controlled clinical trial.  “The number of...
By Mike Miliard April 17, 2018
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $5.1 million contract to Kryptowire, for technology that can gather and aggregate smartphone sensor data. The Department of Defense hopes to deploy predictive analytics to track the health of U.S. service members with their phones. The technology is being developed as part of DARPA's Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health program...
By Laura Lovett April 17, 2018
A new clinical validation study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology CCI, found that Medial EarlySign’s artificial intelligence tool flagged about 8 percent of patients in a large trial group that were later diagnosed with cancer or precancerous lesions.  “The implementation of machine-learning based algorithms to risk stratify populations at risk is commonly feared by many clinicians...
By Jonah Comstock April 17, 2018
Digital health companies raised $2.5 billion in VC funding in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. Mercom says the quarter, with 187 deals, is only the second since 2010 to top $2 billion. “Digital Health VC is off to a record start in 2018 with $2.5 billion beating the previous record of $2.4 billion from Q2 2017. Several large deals over $100 million...
By Bill Siwicki April 17, 2018
Miramont Family Medicine, a group practice in Fort Collins, Colorado, has four offices with staff and patients in each location. For physicians, finding the time to be physically present where and when they are needed can be difficult. Dr. John Bender, Miramont's CEO and a diplomat for the American Board of Family Medicine, was looking for a better means to connect with patients and staff when he...

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