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By Dave Muoio April 9, 2019
Although still in its earliest chapters, the story of digital thherapeutics is beginning to pick up steam. Just six months ago, that the first software-only therapeutic cleared by the FDA, Pear Therapeutics’ reSET, kicked off a commercial launch driven by the sales channels expertise of an established pharmaceutical partner. Proteus, meanwhile, recently expanded dealings with its long-time pharma...
By Jonah Comstock April 9, 2019
Smart glasses company Vuzix and telemedicine technology supplier VSee have teamed up to create a smart glasses offering for telemedicine, the two companies announced today ahead of the American Telemedicine Association conference. The product will be a HIPAA-compliant software offering for Vuzix's M300XL and Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, with potential applications for first responders, telesurgery ...
By Jonah Comstock April 9, 2019
A recent report from Morgan Stanley estimates that Apple’s market opportunity in healthcare could be as high as $313 billion in 2027 — or as low as $15 billion. The 50-page report, aimed at investors, makes the case for the various ways in which Apple could become an even more serious player in the healthcare sector, in light of trends like value-based care and the consumerization of healthcare...
By Dave Muoio April 9, 2019
Concerto HealthAI, the maker of a clinical insight generation platform that employs real-world data in its analyses, is racking up the pharma partnerships as of late. Just weeks after the artificial intelligence company agreed to a multi-year deal with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Concerto announced this morning a similar project with Pfizer that will support the latter’s research on precision oncology...
By Laura Lovett April 9, 2019
The stakes are high when it comes to implementing artificial intelligence in healthcare, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker reminded the audience at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston yesterday.  While the technology has the ability to shape the future of health, Baker — who previously served as the CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care — urged the industry to be mindful about data...
By Dave Muoio April 8, 2019
Last year when Microsoft announced the end of HealthVault Insights, an app-based project applying machine learning to personal health records, it came with the assurance that users’ data would remain housed on the HealthVault website. However, it seems the time has come to officially bid farewell to Microsoft’s decade-spanning health management service. In an email letter sent to users late last...
By Jonah Comstock April 8, 2019
Connected fitness company Tonal has raised $45 million in Series C funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $90 million. The Growth Fund of L Catterton led the round. Additional investors included Evolution Media, Shasta Ventures, Mayfield, and Sapphire Ventures, as well as tennis star Serena Williams’ new venture fund Serena Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Tonal offers a special connected...
By Dave Muoio April 8, 2019
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced more than 30 organizations collaborating in a newly launched initiative focused on AI in healthcare. Comprised of Google, Fitbit, IBM, Livongo, Samsung, Verizon and others, the effort seeks to develop common terminology and a set of best practices regarding data use with the new technology. “AI will boost our wellness and health care by...
By Laura Lovett April 8, 2019
Come 2020, Medicare Advantage (MA) members will have more access to virtual care visits, according to a new ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that was finalized on Friday. The new ruling will expand geographical areas covered and the way the services are paid for.  “Under this final rule, MA enrollees may have great opportunities to receive healthcare services from places...
By Jonah Comstock April 8, 2019
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published two new related patents from Apple that suggest the company might be working on chemical smell sensors, which could have a variety of uses within healthcare. One patent even suggests that by analyzing sweat particles in the air the sensor could deduce blood sugar levels. The patent applications were submitted in late 2018 but were just published on...

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