digital health

By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2016
Perennial digital health dabbler Nokia could be headed for a major push in the space, according to recent remarks made by Nokia Technology President Ramzi Haidamus. Haidamus joined Nokia in 2014, around the same time the company sold its mobile phone business to Microsoft. For the past year and a half, he's been trying to work out the company's post-phone strategy. Today the company launched a $...
By Jonah Comstock March 17, 2016
Target has plans to launch a new digital health initiative next month online and in 500 of its 1,793 stores. Beyond knowing the stories will offer a new section for health devices, details on what, exactly, the launch will entail are scarce. One device that will be included is Quell, an FDA-cleared and smartphone-connected wearable for treating chronic pain from Waltham, Massachusetts-based...
By Jonah Comstock February 2, 2016
Digital devices for collecting patient data — from connected blood pressure monitors to Ginger.io's voice analysis software — are creating a new category of medical data, digital biomarkers. According to a new report from Rock Health, these biomarkers have the potential to deliver new health insights, but there are challenges to incorporating these biomarkers into the existing efficacy landscape...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2016
Leaders of the city of Boston and the commonwealth of Massachusetts came together today at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a new public-private partnership aimed at enhancing the profile of digital health in Boston.  The City of Boston will work with Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI), and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) to establish a digital health...
By Jonah Comstock December 16, 2015
One of the biggest ways the changing digital health landscape will affect the pharma industry is that pharma companies increasingly stand to lose control over their own stories, according to a new report from McKinsey & Company, who spoke to 20 thought leaders in various pharma-adjacent sectors. "As the lines among payors, providers, and pharma companies blur, carefully controlled trial data...
By Brian Dolan November 11, 2015
Before Apple revealed the Apple Watch, rumors circulated that because public records showed the company had met with FDA officials a few times, Apple was working on an advanced, sensor-laden wearable device with medical features that required FDA clearance. At the time, back in early 2014 I made the case that Apple was actually trying to ensure its wearable didn't trip a regulatory third rail and...
By Aditi Pai November 9, 2015
Innovators in healthcare need to shift their focus in four key areas in order to develop effective digital health offerings for seniors, according t0 AARP's CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, who spoke at the HIMSS Connected Health Summit in the Washington DC-area this week. The four areas are: a shift from focusing on physical and mental diminishment to focusing on physical and mental fitness; a shift from...
By Jonah Comstock November 4, 2015
A new survey of 5,000 patients and 626 physicians conducted by Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives found that consumer access to digital health technology is still quite low, especially compared to consumers' wants. For instance, the survey found that 36 percent of adults were interested in a 24-7 telephone line for medical advice, but only 14 percent had access to one. Similarly, 28 percent...
By Aditi Pai November 2, 2015
The human-computer combination will be a winning combination in digital health, according to Joi Ito, director for the MIT Lab, who spoke at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium in Boston this week. "I think there was an announcement recently that Watson is almost finished with med school," Ito said. "It’s sort of a joke, but sort of true. I can imagine Watson being able to ingest...
By Aditi Pai October 28, 2015
GreatCall's app Link A number of companies and organizations focused on helping caregivers have formed a group, called the Caregiver Council, to raise awareness about family caregiver support tools, identify problems that family caregivers face, and create new tools that solve these issues. The council was coordinated by Great Call. Members of this council include UCSD Center for Healthy Aging...

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