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By Laura Lovett January 10, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this text misstated the source of the funding.  There’s no hard and fast rule to measure pain. It can take a long time for a patient to describe his or her feelings to doctors. But a Toronto-based startup, ManagingLife, has created an app that lets patients with chronic pain track their symptoms. This week the company announced that the app, called Manage My Pain...
By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2018
A group of researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have developed a new ingestible sensor for a novel purpose: investigating the microbiome and gasses in the gut. In a new study published in Nature Electronics, researchers display not only the potential of the new ingestible sensor, but new learnings that suggest, among other things, a previously undiscovered defense system in the...
By Laura Lovett January 10, 2018
Preventative telemedicine could play a key role in helping school-aged children with asthma manage their condition. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, reported that kids who used telemedicine and in-school care for their asthma had fewer visits to the ER than children who used enhanced usual care.  “The telemedicine model is one form of connected care that enhances access to medical...
By Laura Lovett January 9, 2018
CES has begun and innovators from all over the globe have flocked to Las Vegas to show off their latest products. While news of smart cities and self driving cars seems to be taking over the Internet coverage of the event, digital health innovators have a few tricks up their own sleeves hoping to disrupt the industry. From a mouthguard that can detect concussions to a cuddly AI duck that...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2018
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the mid-Atlantic region’s largest health insurer, has made a strategic investment in Sharecare, as well as signing a contract to provide CareFirst members with access to ShareCare's suite of digital services. "We are committed to providing our members with the tools and information they need to take an active role in improving their health,” CareFirst President and...
By Dave Muoio January 9, 2018
Reflexion Health, a company that develops a platform for remote physical therapy, will be working with non-profit Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) to bring virtual rehabilitation to seniors in the latter’s care. Reflexion’s “Stand Tall” program — which was initially funded by a grant from the CDC — will bring the guidance of a professional physical therapist to seniors living in LAJH’s in-residence...
By Laura Lovett January 9, 2018
Sometimes knowing what is good for you and doing what is good for you are two very different stories. Dieters looking to lose a pound or two know that having a piece of chocolate cake isn’t the best idea. However, when the dessert list comes around its easier said than done. In the end often times the allure of chocolate wins out—despite the long term weight goal.  There’s a reason for this, says...
By Dave Muoio January 8, 2018
Pleasanton, California-based Spirosure (previously known as Spirometrix) has raised $15 million in Series C-2 financing for its breath analysis device, according to a statement. The funding round was led by returning investor NGK Spark Plugs Co. Ltd. of Japan, as well as other unnamed investors. According to the statement, the money will be used to fund sales and regulatory processes in Europe,...
By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2018
Digital health has come a long way over the past decade. From clinical communication and care coordination, to patient entertainment and education, to virtual visits and AI-based triage tools, there are more ways for hospitals to leverage the smartphone for care transformation than ever before.  These technologies aren't just pilots or prototypes — they've arrived, at least at the forward...
By Mike Miliard January 8, 2018
Allscripts continues to be in acquisition mode, further building out its client base in the ambulatory space by buying Practice Fusion for $100 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, officials said. The addition of San Francisco-based Practice Fusion, whose cloud-based electronic health record is aimed primarily at small, independent physician practices, will...

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