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By Leontina Postelnicu April 12, 2019
The Newcastle Surgical Training Centre in England has started using Osso VR’s technology to help prepare surgeons for complicated procedures, marking the Palo Alto, California-based startup’s move into the European healthcare market. The centre, based at the Freeman Hospital, part of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, currently provides more than 275 training courses. The trust...
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2019
VR cardiac care training. Healthcare training and education firm Health Scholars has launched a VR training simulation to help clinicians practice their advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills. The app was built to follow the American Heart Association’s guidelines and programs and incorporates a voice recognition component. “Our mission is to improve patient safety, and by virtualizing ACLS...
By Laura Lovett April 10, 2019
There is a new way to explore gene-environment interaction (GxE) thanks to a new virtual reality prototype. The new technology was born out of a partnership between the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and PreviewLab, who will be developing the technology.  GxE refers to the combination of our genes and environmental factors including mold,...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2019
Giblib, a medical education streaming service with offerings including both VR and traditional videos of medical lectures and surgeries, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, with participation from some notable strategic investors. Those include Mayo Clinic, the Venture Reality Fund, Wavemaker 360, USC Marshall Venture Fund and Michelson 20MM. “With our partners’ support, Giblib is uniquely...
By Leontina Postelnicu April 2, 2019
London-based Oxford Medical Simulation has announced that it is partnering with NHS England’s diabetes team to provide training for doctors using virtual reality. Dr Jack Pottle, NHS clinical entrepreneur, medical director and co-founder of OMS, told Babyforyou.net.ua that a pilot overseen by Health Education England Wessex is set to start this week at the Portsmouth and Southampton Hospitals....
By Dave Muoio March 25, 2019
Phone-based workouts. Workout app maker Kaia Health has expanded its service from squat support to full-body fitness with the launch of a new version of its app. Like its predecessor the Kaia Perfect Squat Challenge, the Kaia Personal Trainer app uses smartphone camera motion tracking to monitor and log the user’s reps, while helping users develop personalized fitness plans. Of note, the company...
By Jonah Comstock March 18, 2019
The Mayo Clinic has entered into a partnership with LA-based medical and surgical streaming service Giblib, the latter announced today. Giblib will digitize and host some of Mayo Clinic’s existing educational videos as well as produce new content on its own platform. The deal will include both standard video and 360-degree VR videos of Mayo Clinic’s teaching facility. After remastering existing...
By Dave Muoio and Jonah Comstock February 28, 2019
Livongo previews hypertension chatbot. Chronic condition management company Livongo unveiled a new feature it plans to add to its hypertension offering: a voice-enabled chatbot, powered by Amazon Lex. Livongo announced new feature at the company’s SIGNUM conference for clients and members, which begins today. With the new system, the voice assistant will deliver “Health Nudges”— such as nutrition...

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By Dave Muoio February 26, 2019
FDA draft guidance on BCI devices. The FDA signaled its interest in the development of implanted brain-computer interface (BCI) devices on Friday with the release of a new draft guidance focused on the emerging technology. The new document suggests that non-clinical testing of the devices could precede clinical testing as a means to identify and prevent potential risks prior to use by patients. “...
By Laura Lovett February 21, 2019
Two month after VRHealth unveiled its new virtual reality product aimed at curbing hot flashes, called Luna, the company has exclusively released results of its pilot study to Babyforyou.net.ua. The small study found that breast cancer patients and survivors in the trial reported feeling 50 percent fewer hot flashes and night sweats than at baseline.  The way the product works is that when a patient...
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