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Jeff Williams shows off the Apple Watch ECG in September.
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2018
Apple made big waves at its last September special event by announcing — concurrent with FDA's announcement of its clearance — an ECG reader built into the Apple Watch Series 4. Now, according to a leaked training document obtained by MacRumors, that feature is set to go live in the next WatchOS update, version 5.1.2, due out before the year's end. While the Watch itself has been on sale since...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2018
A Vitality Group wellness program that allowed participants to pay off the cost of an Apple Watch with regular activity incentives yielded a roughly 34 percent increase in regular physical activity, or an additional 4.8 “activity days” per month, according to a three-year study recently released by RAND. This gain outpaced that of a similar program run by the group that did not employ a “loss-...
By Laura Lovett November 29, 2018
When it comes to telemedicine, comprehensive reimbursement and coverage state mandates and a dearth of local psychiatrists were key factors in adoption, according to the a research letter about the trends in telemedicine published in JAMA yesterday.  The letter, which examines trends of telemedicine uptake in a large commercially-insured population between 2005 and 2017, found that while...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2018
Bright Health has topped off its already impressive fundraising with a $200 million oversubscribed Series C funding round, the Minnesota-based integrated health insurance startup announced this morning. Support came from new investors Declaration Partners and Meritech Capital, as well as from returning backers Bessemer Venture Partners, Cross Creek Advisors, Flare Capital, Greenspring Associates...
Mycrosft's open source Mark II voice assistant
By Diana Manos November 28, 2018
Mycroft is pitching its new platform as more secure and customizable than voice assistants currently on the market.
By Laura Lovett November 28, 2018
nOCD, a digital health startup focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) management, has inked a deal with Actify Neurotherapies, a service that treats depression with ketamine.  As part of the deal, nOCD will be using the home section of its app platform to present users with information and resources for ketamine treatment. Alongside this education the app will also  connect people to the...
By Dave Muoio November 28, 2018
Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based medical device maker Electrocore has received a 510(k) clearance expanding the label of its non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) therapy device to include cluster headache prevention. According to a release from the company announcing the news, no other devices or pharmacologic treatments have received this indication from the agency. Therapy using the...
By Laura Lovett November 28, 2018
Users of the digital health platform Open Health Network are now getting a chance to cash in on their health data with the platform’s new feature, called PatientSphere.  The new feature employs blockchain technology to let patients monetize their health data. The idea is to connect companies or research institutions with folks who fit the criteria they need for different studies or analytics....
By Dave Muoio November 28, 2018
Amazon Web Services has unveiled a new machine learning tool that looks to help healthcare industry developers process bodies of unstructured medical text. Called Amazon Comprehend Medical, the HIPAA-eligible service is able to pull out medically-relevant information such as patient diagnoses, symptoms, medical test details, treatments and dosages, while simultaneously highlighting any protected...
By Jonah Comstock November 27, 2018
Smart sock maker Sensoria is teaming up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and independent research group Neuroscience Research Australia to launch a 100-patient clinical trial looking at what smart textiles in socks can do for Parkinson’s disease patients. The trial, called Standing Tall-PD, is supported by a grant from MJFF. The first part of the study will test the potential for smart textiles...

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