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fitbit study for patient health outcomes
By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2018
Wearable activity monitors could be useful in assessing the health of cancer patients and making predictions about mortality and adverse events, according to a study published last week in Nature's Digital Medicine partner journal. "An objective evaluation of patient performance status (PS) is difficult because patients spend the majority of their time outside of the clinic, self-report to...
By Laura Lovett July 10, 2018
A take-home wearable ECG could be key in detecting undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute used the iRhythm Zio patch, an ECG screening wearable, to monitor patients with a risk for the condition.  Researchers discovered that patients who immediately began monitoring were significantly more likely to...
Seema Verma CMS
By Bernie Monegain July 10, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is promoting the idea of paying home health agencies for monitoring patients remotely. Remote monitoring enables the collection of patients’ health data, such as vital signs, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen levels, heart rate and electrocardiogram readings. In a statement Monday, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said more use of remote...
By Dave Muoio July 9, 2018
Prying eyes. Polar now joins Strava in the list of fitness app makers accidentally betraying military information. According to a report from the Dutch publication De Correspondent, an opt-in feature within the app posts users’ routes to an online map can become a gateway to their private information with diligent searching and a simple modification of the browser’s web address. Working with the...
Adrian Zai, director of research at Partners HealthCare, talks about healthcare innovation at Big Data Forum
By HIMSS TV July 9, 2018
Adrian Zai, director of research at Partners HealthCare, says healthcare organizations should start by identifying the innovation already taking place and then forge plans to adopt cutting-edge approaches.
By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2018
WellDoc has expanded its BlueStar digital diabetes management platform to include a weight loss feature and a feature for those with both diabetes and hypertension. A standalone product for hypertension is also coming from the company later this year. “The American Diabetes Association reports that nearly one in three American adults has hypertension, and two in three people with diabetes have...
By HIMSS TV July 9, 2018
Matt Menning, data products director at the American Medical Association, speaks about an initiative at the industry group to create a framework for physicians to capture and organize data from remote monitoring devices to drive outcomes.
Fitbit, Immersion settle lawsuit
By Dave Muoio July 9, 2018
After filing a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California roughly a year ago, San Jose-based Immersion has settled its beef with Fitbit, the former announced in a statement. The terms of the settlement and license agreement reached by the two companies were not disclosed in the announcement.   Immersion took issue with the haptic feedback technology featured in...
By Laura Lovett July 9, 2018
Keeping weight off after a successful diet has traditionally posed a difficult challenge for dieters, but researchers in Oulu Finland have just published a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine that highlighted how a hybrid web-based intervention could help for the long run.  The study's authors found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) counseling combined with an online health behavior...
By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2018
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) will launch a new wide-ranging app in December that allows all patients to book appointments, consult their medical records, and more, the government agency announced last week. Though many of the features are already available online, the new app will bring them together into one mobile access point. "I want this innovation to mark the death-knell of the 8...

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