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By Jonah Comstock December 27, 2017
Digital health in pharma definitely had a milestone moment in the fourth quarter with the FDA approval of Abilify MyCite, a new, sensor-enabled version of Otsuka’s drug for schizophrenia powered by Proteus Digital Health’s ingestible sensor technology. In addition to that, the quarter saw numerous other moves by pharma companies around clinical trials, chronic disease management, mental health,...
By Jonah Comstock December 26, 2017
Member engagement was the watch word for health insurers in the fourth quarter, as we saw consumer-facing app launches or related moves from Humana, Anthem, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare. The quarter also saw some big moves from CMS and some interesting developments in the realm of employee wellness. Check out our roundup of Q4 payer news below. If you want to take a look at the whole year, check...
By Jonah Comstock December 21, 2017
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) introduced a new bill to the US House of Representatives that would change the way HIPAA applies to health data clearinghouses. Versions of the bill, called the "Ensuring Patient Access to Healthcare Records Act," has been introduced in previous sessions but has never made it to the floor. Healthcare clearinghouses are organizations that receive...
By Dave Muoio December 21, 2017
Beyond fielding an ever-increasing number of digital health clearances, the FDA had a full plate in 2017 as it sought to revise its regulatory processes for the shifting healthcare landscape. The beginning of the year saw a new administration take the reins, and with it the nomination and appointment of a new commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb. By the year’s end, the new guard already had announced...
By Jonah Comstock December 21, 2017
While many of its health-related efforts have been shunted into Verily, Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google) actually made health-related moves across its business this year. From search engine updates to massive research studies to M&A, read on for a timeline of Alphabet subsidiaries’ biggest digital health moves this year. January 26: Verily, Alphabet’s main healthcare subsidiary...
By Laura Lovett December 21, 2017
A small study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that passive sensor data collected from smartphones and Fitbits could be linked to the severity of symptoms cancer patients experienced during their chemotherapy treatment.  "We found that on days when the patients reported worse-than-average symptoms, they tended to spend more time being sedentary, moved the phone more...
By Babyforyou.net.ua December 21, 2017
In 2017, Babyforyou.net.ua covered 51 devices that received clearance from the FDA. Along with a handful of diagnostic devices, disease management platforms, and novel monitors, this year boasted a few surprises from the agency, such as the approval of a direct-to-consumer genetic tests for disease risk and a purely digital intervention. The year also hosted its fair share of regulatory news and...
By Bernie Monegain December 21, 2017
Intermountain Healthcare researchers have created a new app to monitor heart failure patients and identify when their condition becomes advanced.  The app monitors medical tests and health status and quickly alerts clinicians that the heart patient’s care needs have changed. When computer monitoring indicates a patient likely has advanced heart failure, the app automatically sends a secure email...
By Laura Lovett December 21, 2017
On Tuesday patient engagement platform, HealthLoop announced a partnership with health analytics platform, Sherbit. The partnership aims to combine HealthLoop’s automated care plans and check-ins with Sherbit’s patient activities and behaviors insights.  “To be successful, it is critical to provide access to actionable data on a regular basis, not just what’s collected when someone goes to the...
By Dave Muoio December 21, 2017
Adherence reports self-generated by bowel surgery patients through an engagement and care management app strongly agreed with those recorded more traditionally by clinical auditors, according to a study recently published in Surgical Endoscopy. In addition, researchers from the McGill University Health Centre noted that 89 percent of study patients in an enhanced recovery program (ERP) who used...

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