Highmark and Sharecare partnered for personalized digital health solutions

Highmark and Sharecare have forged a six-year partnership to offer personalized health and wellness solutions to Highmark’s employer group customers in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. As part of the deal, Highmark members will have access to Sharecare’s personalized mobile and web-based platform starting Jan. 1, 2019. The platform will help users manage and understand

RxFunction announces clinical trial for Walkasins wearable sensory prosthetic

RxFunction (Eden Prairie, Minn.) recently announced that it plans to conduct its first long-term clinical trial of its wearable sensory prosthetic Walkasins in the Walk2Wellness study. The Walk2Wellness clinical trial plans to evaluate how well Walkasins work on 100 patients from different locations across the U.S. The patients will all have sensory peripheral neuropathy with gait

Your fitness tracker could help evaluate and treat cancer patients

Wearable fitness trackers like FitBit could be used to evaluate and help treat cancer patients, according to new researcher from the University of Texas Southwestern. UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center conducted study of older cancer patients who were willing to wear physical activity monitors (PAMs) for 10 weeks or more. The researchers gathered data from

Why smaller wearables warrant more powerful microbatteries

Jeffrey Ortega, ZPower Whether they’re detecting a life-threatening change in vitals or helping to manage chronic pain, wearable medical devices have the potential to enhance the quality of life and deliver advanced care to people with health issues ranging from the emergency to the long term. Wireless connectivity and Internet of Things technological advancements are resulting in

Aranz Medical launches two new image capture products

Aranz Medical (Christchurch, New Zealand) has launched its two new smartphone-based imaging products in a multi-site clinical trial through Promore Pharma and in New Zealand’s Capital and Coast Digital Health Board. The new imaging apps SilhouetteLite+ and SilhouetteLite are portable and easy-to-use. They deliver accuracy and image consistent and collect measurement and documentation data securely

Gore and Bonbouton partnered to create sensors for digital health applications

W.L. Gore and Associates announced that it has forged a partnership with digital health startup Bonbouton to create advanced sensor technology to develop better smart fabrics and digital health applications. The agreement will focus on collaborative research in temperature sensing materials to enable future applications of sensor technology and conductive inks in digital health, chronic

This wearable system continuously monitors stomach activity

California researchers have created an electrocardiogram-like system for the gastrointestinal tract that monitors electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The system is a wearable, non-invasive system that provides GI activity monitoring outside of clinical settings while increasing the chance of identifying abnormal activity. It is a 3D printed portable box that is

9 wearable medtech companies at the Wearable Technology Show

Digital health wearables are increasingly making medtech strides: They can measure heart vitals, temperature and even track when someone falls. The Wearable Technology Show 2018 — March 13–14 in London — is highlighting some of the latest wearable devices in the digital health realm. Showcased technologies include sensors to help orthopedic surgery patients, a watch to

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Flex partners with Google Cloud on expanded digital health capabilities

Flex has recently expanded its digital health capabilities through a partnership with Google Cloud Platform — launching its BrightInsight managed service that delivers real-time information about connected drug, device or combination products. BrightInsight is a secure, managed services solutions that runs on the Google Cloud Platform to gather data, according to Flex. “We saw the

How GE is measuring blood pressure with selfies

Regular blood pressure measuring could soon be completely cuffless, thanks to a group of scientists and researchers who are working on creating algorithms to detect blood pressure using a smartphone camera. Scientists at GE Global Research, Michigan State University and the University of Rochester Medical Center are working on making algorithms that can analyze video

Oticon expands convenience of Opn hearing aids with ConnectClip

Oticon (Somerset, N.J.) recently released its ConnectClip device that is designed to improve the performance of its Internet-connected Opn hearing aids. ConnectClip is a lightweight intermediary device that, when synced with Opn hearing aids, turns the hearing aids into a wireless Bluetooth-enabled headset for Apple and Android devices. The device features a remote microphone that allows

This smartphone case monitors blood glucose on the go

University of California San Diego engineers have created a smartphone case that, when paired with an app, can make it easier for people with diabetes to track and record blood glucose levels on the go. “Integrating blood glucose sensing into a smartphone would eliminate the need for patients to carry a separate device,” Patrick Mercier,

Most clinicians will use bedside mobile technology by 2022, study says

A new study from Zebra Technologies reports that nine out of 10 clinicians will use mobile technology at the bedside for acute care within the next four years. The company received feedback from 1,500 nursing managers, IT decision-makers and patients to determine how patient care will transform by 2022. The ability to use mobile devices

CES 2018: Medical technologies you need to know

Updated Jan. 16, 2018 Mobile health devices and wearables have increasingly played a prominent role at the annual CES show in Las Vegas. Health and medical devices touted at CES 2018 sought to improve everything from heart health to posture. Here are 13 companies that exhibited digital health solutions at this year’s show. Next >>

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How smartphones can remotely monitor chemotherapy patients

University of Pittsburgh research has recently shown that smartphone sensors coupled with a specifically-developed algorithm could detect worsening symptoms in chemotherapy patients. The sensors offer a way for cancer patients to be remotely monitored. The sensors and algorithm can detect objective changes in patient behavior to determine if symptoms are getting worse. Indications of worsening