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By Jonah Comstock July 25, 2016
Looking ahead, the Veterans Health Administration is increasingly focusing on bringing care into veterans' homes, VA higher-ups said at the mHealth and Telehealth World Conference in Boston.  "I think that the number one thing we see for where telehealth is going in the organization is increasingly into the home and into patients’ daily lives," said Neil Evans, Chief Officer in the Office of...
By Jonah Comstock July 25, 2016
Those working in digital health should be careful not to mix up technology and innovation, speakers at the mHealth and Telehealth World Congress advised attendees in Boston this week. Technology by itself won’t affect culture change, and technology won’t achieve positive outcomes unless it’s deployed in a smart way that re-imagines care, with an emphasis on ease of use for the patient. “Some...
By Heather Mack July 25, 2016
Rick Lee takes the helm at MeYou Health: Nashville-based employee wellness company Healthways has divested itself from MeYou Health, its Boston-based innovation and digital health subsidiary. Rick Lee, a serial entrepreneur who sold early digital wellness platform Healthrageous to Humana in 2013, led a group of investors, including Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several...
By Jonah Comstock July 22, 2016
Were digital health innovators best described as a clever Trojan Horse this quarter, or as slimy snake oil salesmen? It really depends on who you ask.  At the beginning of the quarter, HHS CTO Susannah Fox said that technology would be a Trojan Horse for culture change in healthcare. She spoke about the ways HHS is enabling the democratization of technology innovation through the internet. Later...
By Heather Mack July 22, 2016
An FDA advisory panel has voted in favor of recommending a change to the intended use of Dexcom’s G5 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). The G5 had already been FDA-approved, but with limitations as an adjunctive device, meaning it could only be used for tracking and trending interstitial fluid gluocose concentrations rather than as a full replacement for a traditional fingerstick blood glucose...
By Heather Mack July 21, 2016
We’ve compiled a list of our FDA-related coverage for first half of 2016. Eighteen companies received clearance for their devices, one was declined, and one group of patients published an editorial about their relationship with the FDA. Also this year, the FDA came out with some new guidance about how medical device makers should make data available to patients. Read on for our roundup of...
By Heather Mack July 21, 2016
When it comes to telemedicine, Texas is behind the national curve. While most states have passed legislation that greenlights various telemedicine services, Texas (along with Arkansas) still lag on the initial foray into telehealth services, struggling, for example, to define whether a video visit or a phone call can appropriately establish a patient-physician relationship.   Which is why the...
By Jonah Comstock July 21, 2016
Medicast, the company that helped launch the recent mobile-enabled physician house call trend, has been acquired by Providence St. Joseph Health, a Washington state-based health system formed from the recently merged Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health System. "I’m thrilled to announce that Medicast has been acquired by Providence, and that we will be joining the system’s...
By Heather Mack July 21, 2016
Valley View, Ohio-based Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies (GLNT) which uses tablets and wearable sensors for Parkinson’s diagnosis and therapy, has published a new study looking at how wearable technology can lead to increased referral rates for therapies in Parkinson’s disease. The small study, which was published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, found that monitoring patients remotely enabled...
By Jonah Comstock July 21, 2016
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is working with Medidata to launch a small patient-generated health data trial of 40 patients with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that accumulates in the bone marrow. Patients in the trial will track their activity and sleep with wearable devices and use an app to answer survey questions about quality of life measures like fatigue and appetite. “Clinical...

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