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By Jonah Comstock April 14, 2016
The NIH's Precision Medicine Initiative has selected Eric Dishman, former director of health innovation and policy at Intel, to serve as director of the PMI's Cohort Program.  "Eric will lead NIH’s effort to build the PMI landmark longitudinal research study of one million or more U.S. volunteers to expand our ability to improve health and treat disease through precision medicine," NIH Director...
By Jonah Comstock November 10, 2015
Dr. John Sotos, a cardiologist and worldwide medical director at Intel, thinks mobile health is the key to defeating what he calls "the worst disease in the world". "The worst disease in the world is hypertension," he said at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference. "And that may seem surprising but it’s quantifiably true. It’s responsible for over half of the fatal strokes in the world, over half...
By Aditi Pai November 4, 2015
Fitness device maker Polar recently launched a new wristworn activity tracking device, called Polar Loop Crystal, in partnership with Swarovski. Loop Crystal offers the same functionalities and software available in Polar's Loop 2 band, which tracks steps, distance, sleep, and inactivity, but the Loop Crystal is embedded with 30 Swarovski crystals. While the Loop 2 costs $119.95, the Loop Crystal...
By Brian Dolan August 17, 2015
Practice Fusion's Ryan Howard (right) and MobiHealthNews' Jonah Comstock at Health 2.0 2014 (Source: Health 2.0) Practice Fusion announced that its CEO and founder Ryan Howard will step back away from the helm of the cloud-based EHR company, but will stay on as the company's board chairman. Tom Langan, Practice Fusion's chief commercial officer, will become the company's interim CEO. According...
By Jonah Comstock May 19, 2015
Intel's Basis Peak will now connect to Apple HealthKit and Google Fit, both exporting the data tracked by its wearable and importing a small amount of data from Apple HealthKit. In addition, the company is launching a number of small firmware and software updates to its device, new band accessories, and a new limited edition version of the Basis Peak. Prior to this update, Basis users could push...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2015
A London hospital is the latest to put the Apple Watch to use within its walls, this time to improve medication management and adherence for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. According to a report from Wareable, King's College Hospital will be the first to pilot an app from Medopad, a British company that also makes tablet-based mobile health technology. "Cancer treatment is a challenging...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2015
The VA Boston Healthcare System will launch a pilot using the Basis Peak wearable. The wristworn device will be used to evaluate the effect of a drug on veterans' sleep habits. San Francisco-based Basis, which was acquired by Intel last year, is donating 1,000 Basis devices to the Boston VA, some of which will be used for the sleep study, and others of which will be used for the VA's Move! weight...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2015
A Dublin, Ireland-based company, Kinesis, has found that its QTUG system, which uses app-connected wearable sensors to assess fall risk, could be valuable for evaluating multiple sclerosis, too. Studies have found the technology to be 10 to 20 percent more accurate than existing methods for detecting falls. Kinesis, a spin-off of Dublin's TRIL Centre for aging technology research, launched last...
By Aditi Pai January 7, 2015
This year, at CES15, Intel unveiled Curie, a low-power module the size of a button that developers can use to build wearable devices. “Last year, we partnered with leading technology, fashion and lifestyle brands to help build a robust wearable ecosystem," Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Devices Group said in a statement. “With the Intel Curie module, Intel will...
By Jonah Comstock September 30, 2014
Basis Science, the wearable company that was acquired in March by Intel’s new devices group, has unveiled a new wearable, the Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker. The Peak device will replace the B1 and Carbon Steel devices, which will be supported but no longer sold starting November 5, when the Basis Peak goes on sale. “Basis Peak … continues a lot of the same principles we had in the prior...

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