Digital health news briefs
Zocdoc proposes controversial pricing changes, Facebook vets addiction ads, and other digital health briefs
August 13, 2018
Bankrupting docs? Patient booking platform Zocdoc is putting providers in a sticky situation, CNBC reports. The platform, which lets patients book and cancel appointments, is changing its business model. Now instead of charging providers a flat annual rate per doctor, it proposes to charge a lower annual rate as well as a booking fee for each new customer. Not only would this dramatically...
Gupta's run ends at Michigan primary, plastic surgeons warn of 'Snapchat dysmorphia,' and more digital health briefs
August 9, 2018
Call9 launches data analytics plaform for nursing homes. Nursing home care technology company Call9 has launched a data analytics platform for nursing home administrators and operators. Dubbed SNF Assist, the platform integrates with a facility’s EHR to deliver insights that will help inform users’ operational and medical decisions. “When we founded Call9 the idea was to be with patients at the...
Apple's wearables drive strong Q3, researchers contest 'brain training' games' benefits, and more digital health news briefs
August 1, 2018
Wearables do well for Apple. Apple posted strong numbers in its most recent quarterly financial report. Of the $53.3 billion it generated in quarterly revenue (a 17 percent increase over last year), more than half came from international sales. Of note, the company’s wearable revenue — which includes the Apple Watch as well as AirPods and Beats headphones — has brought in more than $10 billion in...
Motiv's fitness ring comes to Android, teens experience Alzheimer's through VR, and other digital health news briefs
July 24, 2018
Putting yourself in someone else's shoes. High school students are learning about living with Alzheimer's disease in a new VR experience that simulates the experience for teens. The program, which was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference yesterday, has multiple different storylines for students to explore. The experience lets students see what it is like to live with...
Digital health briefs: Sophia Genetics acquires Biosoftware, Garmin improves sleep tracking, Yaoshibang gets $66M
June 18, 2018
Sophia Genetics acquires CDS software company. Genomics AI company Sophia Genetics has acquired Interactive Biosoftware, a maker of Alamut, a clinical decision support software for clinical genomic data interpretation. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are very excited about the acquisition of Interactive Biosoftware," Jurgi Camblong, CEO and cofounder at Sophia Genetics, said in a...
May 30, 2018
Practice, practice, practice. Touch Surgery, a mobile surgical training platform, is collaborating with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy to convert some of the society’s procedural videos into interactive mini-simulations at the Digestive Disease Week. ASGE members will get the chance to try out the mobile platform during the conference. The technology is a blend of digital...
April 27, 2018
Good omens for Good Doctor. Ping An Good Doctor, China’s largest online healthcare platform, has priced its initial public offering at $1.12 billion (8.77 billion Hong Kong dollars), according to the South China Morning Post. This flotation, the largest in Hong Kong of the year, was overbought 653 times by retail investors, making it Hong Kong’s most sought after IPO in nearly a decade. The...
April 23, 2018
Telemedicine reduces gender-based barriers to health. A study showing that telemedicine improves access to care for women and girls in Nepal has won an Atlas Award. The study, originally published in May 2017, shows that telemedicine, delivered via video conferencing or mobile apps, reduces gender-based barriers to accessing care by eliminating the need for travel and reducing the cost to the...
April 12, 2018
Lending an ear. Planned Parenthood recently announced that it’s Chat/Text program, which connects young people with sexual or reproductive health questions to trained health educators, has facilitated more than one million text or instant message conversations. The program is designed to offer personalized guidance in the form of a live, responsive conversation and, according to data presented in...
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