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By Laura Lovett December 11, 2018
Organization and efficiency has always been Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Health System Dr. Subha Airan-Javia’s strong suit. So when she started her medical residency it was easy for her to spot where different system just weren’t working — or where bureaucracy was taking up too much time. These gaps were the impetus for her to innovate.  “I started at...
By Dave Muoio December 11, 2018
Myia Labs, maker of a platform that applies AI health monitoring to consumer wearables, has raised $6.75 million in seed funding. BootstrapLabs and Zetta Venture Partners led the round, with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and The Boston Consulting Group also participating. Myia’s tech outfits Apple Watches, Fitbits and other devices with monitoring capabilities designed for patients...
By Laura Lovett December 10, 2018
The FDA has officially cleared reSET-O — a digital therapeutic to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) jointly developed by Pear Therapeutics and Sandoz, a division of Novartis — a little over a year after it was granted an Expedited Access Pathway designation from the agency.  This announcement makes reSET-O the first digital therapeutic to treat patients with OUD. Patients will need a valid...

Conrad Tucker, Penn State associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, compares VideoVitals' reading against that of a Masimo Rad-97 patient monitoring device. (Photo courtesy Penn State)

By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2018
Researchers from Penn State and Johns Hopkins, backed by a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are developing technology that could read peoples' vital signs from up to four feet away using only a cellphone camera.  The team has published a detailed account of the work in the open access journal Biomedical Optics Express. But the funding from the foundation will allow the...
By Laura Lovett December 10, 2018
Hospital beds may soon be another resource to help medical teams continuously monitor patients. This morning Hill-Rom, a medical technology company best known for its hospital beds, announced that it is integrating EarlySense’s free monitor into its Centrella model bed.  Early Sense’s heart rate and respiratory rate sensing technology will now be integrated into Centrella, a smart...
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Pedestrians walk by a T-Mobile store on April 24, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2018
As part of a larger Department of Defense contract, wireless carrier T-Mobile will be providing 70,000 lines of wireless service to the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase the availability of telehealth services to veterans, the company announced today. “Deploying this type of service across all of our locations not only connects VHA staff with the people and data they need, it makes them...
By Laura Lovett December 10, 2018
Austin, Texas-based Enzyme Health, a startup focused on staffing telehealth positions through a “gig economy” model, has landed $1.7 million in seed funding. The new money comes from Silverton Partners and private investors.  What they do The company, which was founded in 2018, employs machine learning to match doctors and nurse practitioners to jobs that fit their skillset and desired schedule...

Photo credit: POPS! Diabetes Care

By Laura Lovett December 10, 2018
Last week, the FDA granted a 510(k) clearance to POPS! Diabetes Care for its latest product, the POPS! one blood glucose monitoring system.  The system is made up of a diabetes coaching app and a small glucose meter that attaches to the back of a user’s smartphone. Users can check their glucose levels on the meter and the results will automatically transfer to the app. Users can track their...
By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2018
When Mango Health announced last month that CEO Jason Oberfest was stepping down, the company didn't mention where Oberfest was going. Now, according to his LinkedIn, first spotted by CNBC, he has joined Apple's health team in an unspecified role.  Mango Health, which launched in 2012, has achieved success, or at least longetivity, as a gameified, incentive-based medication adherence app. He's...

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