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By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
A recent study published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telcare, found that obese patients who had a weekly telemedicine session with a clinician lost significantly more weight than their peers who did not.  “Our findings suggest that health coaching using a telemedicine-based weight loss program may be effective at reducing clinically significant body weight (more than 5 percent) in obese...
By Dave Muoio January 11, 2018
At CES 2018 this week, Samsung Electronics America and MobileHelp, a maker of home and wearable medical alert devices, announced a collaboration that would bring mobile personal emergency response capabilities to Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches. Called MobileHelp Smart, the devices integrate MobileHelp’s platform into a modified version of Samsung’s watch, taking advantage of its fitness-monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock January 11, 2018
At long last, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has named a new chief privacy officer. The post has been vacant since Deven McGraw left the acting chief privacy officer post in October, and some in the industry speculated the Trump administration would not fill the post at all. Instead, Kathryn Marchesini, the agency’s Senior Advisor and Deputy Director for Privacy, is being...
By Jonah Comstock January 11, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this story mistated the projected timeline for the combined product. It is Q1 this year, not Q1 next year. WellDoc and Voluntis, two companies with FDA-cleared, clinically validated platforms aimed at the management of Type 2 diabetes, have signed a commercial agreement to combine their technologies and offer joint products in the future. “My thought is that a...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
A new app developed by researchers at the University of Utah may be a tool for helping people living with diabetes change their attitude towards physical activity and increase the time they plan to spend exercising. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, shows that users of this app increased their plans to walk for exercise in the next week by 33.5 minutes.  "I...
By Dave Muoio January 11, 2018
For as much promise as technology shows when it comes to healing the body, equally impressive is its potential for the human mind. New therapeutics and devices have shown evidence of repairing damaged nerve passageways, overcoming cognitive disorders, and simply fine-tuning the healthy brain, so it’s no surprise that innovators are rushing to bring these technologies into the mainstream. “There...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
Today patient financing company AccessOne announced that it has acquired HealthFirst Financial, a software-enabled service provider of patient financing programs to healthcare organizations, for an undisclosed sum.  "HealthFirst's focus on highly tailored solutions for healthcare systems complements AccessOne's commitment to offering flexible financing options for all patients, regardless of...
By Dave Muoio January 10, 2018
Opioid abuse is among the most pressing issues in healthcare, so it’s no surprise that the epidemic was a major topic of discussion at CES 2018’s Digital Health Summit. Following a lengthy discussion about the national crisis’ societal factors and specific digital-based interventions, a panel comprised of industry experts and academics repeatedly found themselves in agreement that no one approach...
By Laura Lovett January 10, 2018
App-based physician house call service, Heal, just announced the launch of its new product Wellbe, a device which serves as a data hub for connected health devices. The company claims Wellbe can link and track data from more than 100 disconnected, siloed medical tools. The data is then connected to Heal's physicians.  "We are humbled that Heal's house calls have shown great potential to improve...
By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2018
London-based Amiko Digital Health, which makes connected inhaler and app suite Respiro, has raised a new round of funding. The amount was not disclosed. Sanner Ventures and Breed Reply (a previous investor) led the round. Amiko Digital Health’s flagship product, Respiro, consists of two parts. The first part is a connected inhaler for respiratory disease patients, which measures compliance, lung...

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