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By Laura Lovett April 9, 2018
Apple’s heart rate monitoring technology has come under fire after Anne Arbor, Michigan-based Omni MedSci filed a lawsuit against the tech giant for patent infringement. The suit — which was filed in US District Court, Eastern District Texas, Marshall Division — alleges that Apple willfully infringed on patent pending laser technology developed by Omni MedSci’s principal, Dr. Mohammed Islam, that...
By Mike Miliard April 2, 2018
DrChrono, developer of electronic health records, practice management, revenue cycle and other ambulatory software for Apple devices, is introducing leasing bundle plans to help medical practices replace their outdated computer hardware with new Apple machines. DrChrono says it's the first such hardware concierge from an EHR company, and it aims to help ambulatory providers modernize and...
By Jonah Comstock March 29, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Dr. Paul Testa's title. That has since been corrected.  Just two months after announcing the beta, Apple is now launching its Apple Health Records feature into the wild, the company announced in a blog post today. The feature will aggregate existing patient-generated data in a user's Health app with data from their EHR — if the user is a...
By Laura Lovett March 21, 2018
Smartwatches were able to detect atrial fibrillation when paired with a deep neural network, according to a study published today in JAMA. While the technology had the ability to passively detected atrial fibrillation, there was some loss of sensitivity and specificity against the gold-standard ECG.  “Given the broad and growing use of smartwatches and ready accessibility of downloadable mobile...
By Jonah Comstock February 28, 2018
On Apple’s most recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook didn’t talk much about the company’s various healthcare overtures. But he did make a passing mention of the company’s working with LensCrafters, a division of Luxottica that sells eyeglasses — and eye doctor visits. “LensCrafters, one of the largest optical retail brands in North America, will be using over 7,000 iPad Pros to enable digital eye...
By Dave Muoio February 27, 2018
Apple will launch a group of internal health centers alongside a push to improve the health and wellness of its employees. The major consumer tech company quietly published a webpage for the program, called AC Wellness Network, which includes a description of the company’s goals as well as information about a number of open positions. “AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible...
By Dave Muoio February 7, 2018
Stephen Friend, a key driver of Apple’s recent healthcare efforts, appears to have quietly left the company in November 2017, according to a LinkedIn profile in which he refers to himself as “an independent entrepreneur.” Friend had been at the company for less than two years, and according to Apple Insider was providing security, privacy, and consent expertise to the company’s various healthcare...
By Laura Lovett February 1, 2018
The road to FDA clearance for medical devices may change radically in the next year.  Last summer, initial discussion began around implementing a pre-certification program for medical device companies, which would allow certain companies that the FDA has deemed responsible and safe in their development to build products without each new device undergoing the FDA clearance or approval process....
By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2018
The Apple Heart Study — which began enrollment at the end of November — has now begun data collection, with participants receiving prompts over the weekend to sign informed consent documents and initiate data collection. That document also reveals some new details about how Apple plans to use data collected during the study.  “This study is part of the development of a new investigational device...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2018
Yesterday, Apple made a big, long-awaited announcement in healthcare: the company is entering the personal health record space with Apple Health, a new feature that will interface with EHRs at 12 hospitals.  The news prompted immediate and vibrant feedback on Twitter, much of it centered on whether or not Apple could succeed where numerous others have failed. WeGo Health Chief Strategy Officer...

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