Consumer

By Laura Lovett February 15, 2019
Getting to a doctor’s office for a diagnosis can take days if not weeks — but getting a Google "diagnosis" takes seconds. Accessing information, both accurate and inaccurate, is easy today, opening new doors for consumers of healthcare.  “We are in a world where consumers have a lot of information and we need to give them a system to figure out how do we use that information appropriately and how...
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2019
Smartphone-connected ECG maker AliveCor has officially named an interim CEO, shortly after securing $20 million in debt funding from Oxford Finance. Ira Bahr, the new interim CEO and former chief commercial officer, told Babyforyou.net.ua that the company is gearing up for a big year in 2019. “I think we’re going to do more in the next six months than we have in the last six years,” he said. “That...
By Dave Muoio February 12, 2019
Samsung’s inroads into healthcare have taken numerous forms over the years, but often the international electronics company is happy to serve as the technological backbone of its partners’ novel health products. The company's HIMSS19 showing suggests that the coming year will be little exception, with Samsung showcasing a number of health assessment tools and provider workflow products supported...
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By Bradley Merrill Thompson February 8, 2019
About the Author: Bradley Merrill Thompson is a member of the firm at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. There, he counsels medical device, drug, and combination product companies on a wide range of FDA regulatory, reimbursement, and clinical trial issues.  In January, FDA released version 1.0 of its Working Model for the agency’s Precertification Program for Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) (i....
By Dean Koh February 7, 2019
Digital therapeutics company Kaia Health has unveiled a feasibility study to examine the impact of its digital therapeutic treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) on Japan’s ageing population. This follows a German pilot study which successfully decreased symptoms. COPD is an umbrella term to describe chronic lung diseases that cause limitations in lung airflow. According to the...
By Dave Muoio January 30, 2019
Giblib — the maker of a variety of streaming medical education videos that can be viewed the web, on mobile and in virtual reality — has launched a new app on the Oculus Store that features 360-degree VR videos of pre-recorded and live operating room procedures, the company announced yesterday. The app and its videos are available to any consumers with a subscription to Giblib’s service and an...
By Dave Muoio January 28, 2019
A recent paper published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics describes the design, safety and basic efficacy of a device-agnostic smartphone app that can interface with continuous glucose monitors, insulin pump devices and dosing algorithms from various manufacturers. Run on an unlocked smartphone, the interoperable Artificial Pancreas System (iAPS) smartphone app was reliable and generally...
By Dave Muoio January 28, 2019
To complement its catalogue of connected hearing aids, New York City-based Lively has launched a telehealth service that will allow users to complete an online hearing assessment, conduct a virtual video consultation with an audiologist and have their device remotely tuned. According to Lively’s website, device owners in need of an appointment can now request a virtual consultation and receive a...

From left to right: (Ying Tang, Vice President, Head of Business Operation, Healthcare, Merck China; Rogier Janssens, Managing Director and General Manager, Biopharma, Merck China; Chris Round, Executive Vice President, Head of International Operation & Global Core Franchise, Healthcare, Merck; Meng Zhang, Vice President, Tencent Medical; Jordan Liu, Strategy and Business Development Director, Tencent Medical)​. Photo credit: Merck

By Dean Koh January 24, 2019
Yesterday, Merck, a German multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company, and Tencent, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate, signed a strategic collaboration agreement. The collaboration will primarily focus on increasing public disease awareness and providing more accessible healthcare services via digital platforms in China. “In this collaboration with...
By Jonah Comstock January 23, 2019
Digitimes, a supply side electronics publication with a mixed track record on Apple rumors, is reporting that Apple plans to launch next-generation AirPods in 2019 which will include health monitoring features. Giving credence to the rumor is an older report from November that Apple had updated certain trademarks pertaining to the AirPods to include health sensors. The rumor doesn't include...

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