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FDA lays out digital health goals in 2018 strategic roadmap

FDA lays out digital health goals in 2018 strategic roadmap | Digital Health | Scoop.it
FDA plans to publish final guidance on what digital health technologies fall under FDA’s regulation and those that the agency plans to exercise enforcement discretion on. In December, the agency published a trio of documents that laid out its proposed thoughts on how it will approach its regulation of the space.The FDA chief acknowledged that modernizing how the agency regulates new areas such as digital health to ensure that the agency’s policies are suited to the new challenges. The plan pointed to enabling consumers to use new technologies, such as digital tools and medical apps, to make up-to-date decisions about their health.
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Healthcare Comes Home at CES 2018

Healthcare Comes Home at CES 2018 | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Health is the new black if this year’s annual CES 2018 is an indicator. Even the new connected cars have a health story to tell at this yearly get-together of shiny new-new things in consumer-facing technology.Over 100,000 technophiles from around the globe are expected to attend this meet-up, whose exhibition spaces are located throughout Las Vegas. No longer can all these digital things that consumers have come to love, or at least depend on, be housed in the city’s Convention Center. This year, the shiny objects are located in at least five spaces around town.
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Scientists develop wearable system of artificial muscles

Scientists develop wearable system of artificial muscles | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Researchers led by Minoru Hashimoto, a professor of textile science and technology at Shinshu University in Japan, have developed a wearable robot capable of supporting the hip joint while a patient is walking. The prototype design, which is described as a wearable actuator, is described in an article published in Smart Materials and Structures.
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Why Device Data Matter So Much to Population Health Analytics

Why Device Data Matter So Much to Population Health Analytics | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Both the healthcare and the tech industry are showing great interest in getting consumers to track their health with mobile devices, and more specifically, wearables. The market for them is projected to double by 2021. There is a lot of optimism, which is not necessarily well-founded, that health-tracking devices can become important tools in population health management, since consumers will have insight into a vast array personal health metrics.
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Lilly to research real world diabetes with digital health firm Livongo

Lilly to research real world diabetes with digital health firm Livongo | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Eli Lilly and digital health firm Livongo are to collaborate on real-world studies and develop new insights into diabetes.The research will combine real-world behavioural studies and insurance claims data to advance knowledge about effective interventions in diabetes care.Goals include measuring the impact of remote diabetes self-management education and support on clinical and healthcare cost outcomes.
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Omron Healthcare shows off wearable blood pressure monitor for your wrist

Omron Healthcare shows off wearable blood pressure monitor for your wrist | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Medical giant Omron Healthcare is showing off a blood pressure monitor that you can wear as a wristwatch and that can deliver clinically validated accuracy.The Japanese company has also created a digital platform to track and store heart health data and easily share it with your physician. I’ve been hoping for the past decade that someone would make something like this, but the challenge in miniaturizing the tech hasn’t been trivial. Many companies have shied away from adding such a feature to heart rate monitors because of concerns about regulatory approval.
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Digital assistants could alleviate the loneliness of elderly

Digital assistants could alleviate the loneliness of elderly | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Voice recognition devices for the home could help to combat loneliness for vulnerable elderly people, the clinical advisor to Public Health England has said.Prof Sir Muir Gray claims that virtual digital helpers, like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, could help pensioners stave off feelings of isolation.High tech companies are currently pouring millions of pounds into developing voice-controlled smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, in the belief that the limited two-way conversations that they can hold will soon become more complex and life-like.
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Taking on Apple? Fitbit invests in a glucose-monitoring startup

Taking on Apple? Fitbit invests in a glucose-monitoring startup | Digital Health | Scoop.it
We've long been used to hearing stories about massive companies like Apple and Google acquiring or investing in startups to further their own technology, but in a surprising move, Fitbit has now invested in the blood sugar-monitoring startup Sano. It's Fitbit's first-ever startup investment in the roughly 11 years it's been around.Fitbit is putting around $6 million into Sano, according to CNBC, which should help the company make its devices better fit for health monitoring than they already are. In the process, it will help give Fitbit an edge in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Apple.
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Study: Sharp rise in #mhealth app numbers

Study: Sharp rise in #mhealth app numbers | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Mobile health app numbers almost doubled in the two years from 2015 to exceed 318,500, with more than 200 new apps launched every day, according to a new report.The work, by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, also found a significant increase in the proportion of mobile health apps that focus on health conditions and patient care, as opposed to those for general wellness.Though still in the minority, health condition management apps now account for 40% of all health-related apps, up from 27% in 2015.
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Alder Hey NHS Children’s Hospital introduces children's #mHealth app

Alder Hey NHS Children’s Hospital introduces children's #mHealth app | Digital Health | Scoop.it
An app which helps children during their stay at hospital has been introduced at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.The Alder Play app uses gaming and augmented reality to distract patients from procedures.Youngsters can choose and name their own avatar which helps them understand their hospital visit before they arrive and help to calm them during their stay.The avatar can pop up at different points around the hospital and help patients collect virtual rewards following procedures, which eventually leads to accessing new content.The Alder Play app was an original idea of consultant paediatric radiologist Nik Barnes who said the vision was help “transform” the experience for children in hospital.
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Do Activity Trackers Encourage Physical Activity?

Do Activity Trackers Encourage Physical Activity? | Digital Health | Scoop.it
In a recent study, researchers used an online survey to evaluate the benefits and behaviors individuals experienced when using fitness activity trackers.Wearable tech has seen increased use in the past few years following the gamification of physical activity and obsessive-compulsive stat-tracking software. Popularized by companies like Fitbit and Apple, the popularity of activity trackers shows no signs of slowing down. An online survey was conducted from April to May of 2016 that sought to better understand the relationship of users and their devices concerning usage patterns, social media interactions, perceived behavioral change, and technical issues they encountered with the hardware or software.
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IBM Watson Health Teams Up With The CDC To Research Blockchain

IBM Watson Health Teams Up With The CDC To Research Blockchain | Digital Health | Scoop.it
IBM Watson Health has signed an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the benefits of blockchain, IBM’s chief science officer, Shahram Ebadollahi, announced today.
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Watson goes after the next e-health buzzword. Elementary? Or not?

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Wearables in 2017: the year in review

Wearables in 2017: the year in review | Digital Health | Scoop.it
2017 was a year of ups and downs for wearables manufacturers. New products arrived in quick succession – alongside lawsuits and liquidations. Most recently Adidas announced the somewhat surprising news that it is cutting the Digital Sports part of its business, and it’s not the only brand to reassess its place in the wearables market in 2017. Here we take a trip down memory lane, and look forward to 2018. You can find out who the wearable washouts were in 2017, and what we’re hoping to see from the big names, such as Apple and Fitbit, this year.
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CES 2018: Digital health devices coming to your home

CES 2018: Digital health devices coming to your home | Digital Health | Scoop.it
​ Tech devices are giving people more control over how they address their health needs from better sleep to insight on how to care for their skin.
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Machine learning software piques interest of NHS trusts

Machine learning software piques interest of NHS trusts | Digital Health | Scoop.it
At least 15 trusts in England are said to be interested in new machine learning software designed to support the diagnosis of heart disease, which its developer is planning to offer for free to the NHS.The machine learning algorithm, developed by Oxford-based start-up Ultromics, analyses echocardiogram images for signs of disease.The system is said to be capable of spotting warning signs that might be missed by a clinician, so reducing the risk of a patient suffering a heart attack or other complications.
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Transforming health through tech will increase buy-in from staff and patients

Transforming health through tech will increase buy-in from staff and patients | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Sometimes knowing what is good for you and doing what is good for you are two very different stories. Dieters looking to lose a pound or two know that having a piece of chocolate cake isn’t the best idea. However, when the dessert list comes around its easier said than done. In the end often times the allure of chocolate wins out—despite the long term weight goal. 
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CES 2018: Running list of digital health products

CES 2018: Running list of digital health products | Digital Health | Scoop.it
CES has begun and innovators from all over the globe have flocked to Las Vegas to show off their latest products. While news of smart cities and self driving cars seems to be taking over the Internet coverage of the event, digital health innovators have a few tricks up their own sleeves hoping to disrupt the industry. From a mouthguard that can detect concussions to a cuddly AI duck that comforts kids with cancer, digital health innovators have a myriad of products to offer. 
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Physicists design potentially life-saving health monitor technology

Sick babies in remote parts of the world could be monitored from afar thanks to new wearable technology designed by physicists at the University of Sussex. And parents at home, concerned about the risk of cot death, could keep track of their new babies' heart and breathing rates with automatic updates to their smart phones, using 'fitness tracker'-style technology built into baby sleep suits.
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SimforHealth to Demonstrate VR Medical Training at CES 2018

SimforHealth to Demonstrate VR Medical Training at CES 2018 | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Just like the last couple of years, CES 2018 is expected to be filled with the latest virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) innovations from across the world. These aren’t necessarily to do with entertainment and videogames however. SimforHealth, a company that specialises in medical training using virtual solutions, has announced it’ll be on the show floor to demonstrate its multi-user VR medical training software thanks to an invitation from HTC Vive.
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Viant partner with GSK for blockchain in pharmaceuticals

Viant partner with GSK for blockchain in pharmaceuticals | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Blockchain startup Viant announced a new collaboration with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Microsoft, and others to develop blockchain-based supply chain tracking solutions. Together they’re looking to accelerate the growth of Viant’s Ethereum-based blockchain supply chain platform in the pharmaceutical sector by using the distributed ledger technology to track intellectual property (IP) licenses as well as ensure that products are produced, transported, and stored in proper conditions.
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Artificial Intelligence #mHealth Coach Can Aid Diabetes Care

Artificial Intelligence #mHealth Coach Can Aid Diabetes Care | Digital Health | Scoop.it
At-risk diabetes patients using a mobile health coach driven by artificial intelligence lost similar amounts of weight to patients participating in face-to-face interventions, according to a study published in JMIR Diabetes.The study looked at the Lark Health Coach AI (HCAI), a mobile app designed to promote diabetes prevention and management among at-risk users through naturalistic text-based communication and other interactive elements.
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Could your Apple Watch save your life? How sensors could help tackle a dangerous heart condition

Could your Apple Watch save your life? How sensors could help tackle a dangerous heart condition | Digital Health | Scoop.it
A collaboration between Cupertino and Stanford University's medical school is aiming to conduct what could be the biggest research study into atrial fibrillation.
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Wearable technology helps reinforce good behaviour | Cape Times

Wearable technology helps reinforce good behaviour | Cape Times | Digital Health | Scoop.it
There is a view that the internet, through the smartphone, has finally connected the world. It follows that people are connected. The mobile moment is defined as that point when the number of devices is equal to the number of people in the world.Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg claimed the 6 degrees of separation that separate every human being has through social media (SM) been reduced to 3.5 degrees. Moreover, people are anecdotally reporting positive experiences with SM technology to remain connected to family.
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Robot surgeons at Barts Health NHS trust start operating

Robot surgeons at Barts Health NHS trust start operating | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Robotic surgeons have started to be used at Barts Health NHS trust after receiving multi-million pound funding. Seven departments at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s hospitals will now be operating on patients using £5.5m funded da vinci robots from Barts Charity.The surgical machines are the UK’s only dedicated robot which treats the heart, lungs and chest.Using a computer console situated beside the patient, surgeons operate by moving the robot’s ‘arms’ which hold surgical instruments.
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224 digital health funding deals in 2017

224 digital health funding deals in 2017 | Digital Health | Scoop.it
This was an impressive year for digital health investment. In total, MobiHealthNews covered 224 companies’ funding announcements constituting just over $5 billion in investments — roughly twice the amount we saw last year. Fifty-two of these funding announcements were in the first quarter of the year ($1.32 billion), 81 in the second ($2.58 billion), 53 in the third ($579 million), and 38 in the fourth ($553 million).
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