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By Dave Muoio April 24, 2019
Onera Health, an at-home sleep diagnostics startup spun out of research center imec, has raised $9.3 million in Series A funding. The round led by Jazz Pharmaceuticals and imec.xpand, with additional participation from imec, BOM and other unnamed investors. WHAT THEY DO Onera’s in-development diagnostic platform is centered on disposable monitor patches. The product is pitched as an alternative...
By Dave Muoio April 24, 2019
In February, Edinburgh, Scotland-based Current Health (formerly snap40) received FDA clearance for clinical use of its artificial intelligence-enabled device and platform for remote patient monitoring in the hospital. Taking things one step further, the company announced this morning that it has also received the regulator’s blessing for use in post-acute care — what Current Health is calling “...
By Laura Lovett April 23, 2019
Voice-analyzing technology combined with artificial intelligence could offer a new way to detect post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study published recently in the journal of Depression and Anxiety. The research team found that the technology was able to use 18 speech features to identify subjects with the condition.  Researchers said that this type of technology has the potential to...
By Laura Lovett April 23, 2019
Once a promising futuristic industry, digital health is merging into mainstream medicine. Now in the limelight, conversations around how these digital tools should be validated are starting to take place.  But for startups, getting validation often means securing money and partners, creating potential barriers for young startups. Last night at Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs digital health event,...
By Dave Muoio April 22, 2019
Recovery Force will be testing out its upcoming wearables for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention at Tufts Medical Center and Eskenazi Health thanks to a $1.8 million NIH grant, according to a recent release from the company. The Mobile Active Compressions (MAC) device is a light, wireless device worn on the calf that replaces tethered pumps or other tools often used to prevent clotting. “While...
By Laura Lovett April 22, 2019
When it comes to privacy and data transparency, smoking cessation and depression apps fall short, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. The study, which zeroed in on 36 apps, found that 33 of those apps transmitted data to a third party. However, 17 of those apps either “lacked a privacy policy, failed to disclose the transmission policy in text or said that the transmission...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2019
For the over-65 population, falling can be a serious health risk. Three million older people each year are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, according to the CDC, and one in four older adults falls each year. But the options for guarding against falls are limited. For a long time, the standard of care has been a “personal emergency response system” or PERS device — a pendant...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2019
Door closes on drug discovery. IBM is tapering off sales of its Watson for Drug Discovery product in favor of other healthcare offerings using the AI technology, STAT reported this morning. The decision was made in response to weak demand and purchases from customers. "We are focusing our resources within Watson Health to double down on the adjacent field of clinical development where we see an...
By Laura Lovett April 18, 2019
While smartphones are yet to replace the eyes as the window into the soul, there is a budding conversation around the technology serving as window into an individual’s wellbeing. Biomarkers from smartphones, such as GPS, usage and physical activity, are now being used by providers and employers as an indicator of mental health. Patients' willingness to share passive smartphone data varies...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2019
Editor's note: This story has been updated to specify that the telehealth app downloads ranked in the report do not necessarily reflect the entirety of those companies' businesses. Consumers worldwide are downloading and spending money in medical apps more than ever, suggests a market behavior analysis released this week by mobile data and analytics company App Annie. Global downloads of these...

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