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mHealth Takes a Closer Look at Digital Assistants

March 14, 2017 - mHealth providers are slowly coming to the conclusion that the human voice can be a powerful digital health tool. For years the concept was championed by the likes of Nuance, whose natural language processing (NLP) technology focused on allowing clinicians to dictate notes and directions into a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone. But with the emergence of personal digital assistants like...


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mHealth Takes a Closer Look at Digital Assistants

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth providers are slowly coming to the conclusion that the human voice can be a powerful digital health tool. For years the concept was championed by the likes of Nuance, whose natural language processing (NLP) technology focused on allowing...

Stanford mHealth Grant Offers Giveaway of 1000 Apple Watches

by Thomas Beaton

The Stanford Center for Digital Health (CHD) is looking for ideas from innovators that "stimulate and support" creative uses of Apple Watch devices for mHealth use by offering $10,000 and 1000 Apple Watches to awardees for research...

ResearchKit Reaches a Crossroads - And Faces Some Tough Questions

by Eric Wicklund

ResearchKit was hailed as an innovative mHealth tool when it debuted in 2015. But as one of the first studies to use the clinical trial platform begins to show results, competitors and mHealth analysts are taking shots at Apple’s shine,...

Today’s mHealth Challenges Focus on Analysis Over Aggregation

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems looking to find value in mHealth data might be advised to look at the various contests and hackathons springing up around the country. Once the realm of starry-eyed entrepreneurs and innovators working out of their garages, today’s...

Digital Health With A Heart: mHealth Tech Looks to Measure Feelings

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth sensors may soon give whole new meaning to wearing your heart on your sleeve. New technology platforms are moving beyond simple biometric data collection to measure emotions, giving healthcare providers a window into a patient’s...

mHealth Milestone: FDA OK’s First Artificial Pancreas

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have OK’d an mHealth device that may soon greatly improve how Type 1 diabetics manage their disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved Medtronic’s MiniMid 670G artificial pancreas, which includes...

mHealth Tapped to Help Smokers Quit the Habit

by Eric Wicklund

The Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente's venture capital unit are supporting an mHealth-based smoking cessation program featuring a wearable that releases drugs at timed intervals and an online communication and support platform. The...

FDA Urged to Speed Up its mHealth Reviews

by Eric Wicklund

A coalition of healthcare IT organizations is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change the way it reviews new technology, including mHealth. The Clinical Decision Support Coalition, described as a “diverse group of stakeholders...

An mHealth Project Focuses on Do-It-Yourself Drugs

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth device being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could one day allow remote doctors to create their own medicine whenever and wherever needed. The project, financed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects...

mHealth’s Promise: Mobility With Meaning

by Eric Wicklund

In California, a Silicon Valley startup is launching a mobile robot designed to keep seniors connected with their care providers – and in the future offer mHealth services like medication management. In Virginia, a medical instrument company...

Digital Health Workshop Leads to Partnerships for Cedars-Sinai

by Eric Wicklund

Cedars-Sinai has launched partnerships with three mHealth companies, all graduates of the health system’s recent Techstars Healthcare Accelerator. The Los Angeles-based health system is launching programs to help patients access post-acute...

mHealth Thermometers: No Touch, No Problem

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth-enabled thermometer that can accurately measure temperature without touching the body is finding favor in and outside the hospital. ARC Devices’ InstaTemp thermometers are proving popular in hospitals across the country –...

New Partnership Puts the Mobility into mHeath

by Eric Wicklund

Vodafone is partnering with a San Francisco-based robotics company to give mHealth a whole new meaning to patients with mobility issues. The global telecommunications giant is throwing its support – and its smart-device support platform...

FDA’s mHealth Innovation Program Sees Success in its First Year

by Eric Wicklund

A year-old FDA program designed to help innovative mHealth companies speed their potentially life-saving products to market has so far accepted more than half of its applicants. In all, 17 of 29 applications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s...

Can mHealth Make a Difference in Population Health?

by Eric Wicklund

Payers are starting to take a serious look at mHealth platforms for population health. The latest to take on the challenge is Aetna, whose charitable arm recently launched two programs to fuel mHealth innovation in underserved markets. The Aetna Foundation...

Health Systems Make a Game of mHealth to Improve Education

by Eric Wicklund

Health system administrators wanting to make sure their staff and residents are up-to-date on the latest protocols have a new tool at their disposal: The smartphone. They’re using a gaming platform developed by Qstream, a Harvard Medical...

Digital Health Innovation Finds a Home at Cedars-Sinai

by Eric Wicklund

A handful of digital health entrepreneurs are getting the opportunity to test their products at Cedars-Sinai, thanks to a new program from an international accelerator. The three-month Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, taking place through June...

Healthcare Providers Give Smartglasses Another Look

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare hasn’t given up on smartglasses just yet. Today’s announcement that five large health systems have invested in Augmedix puts the high-tech eyewear back in the spotlight, even as the market front-runner – Google, with...

An mHealth Dilemma: Can Wearables Generate Medical-Grade Data?

by Eric Wicklund

A new partnership pledges to tackle one of the most vexing problems in mHealth – ensuring that data gleaned from wearables is accurate enough for clinical use. Analog Devices and LifeQ are joining forces to “make it possible for non-invasive...

mHealth’s Benefits Are Coming into Focus for Eye Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

Until recently, mHealth in eye care generally consisted of a doctor driving around in a van, providing eye exams for those not inclined or able to visit the local eye doctor. But the advent of mHealth technology and cloud-based platforms has...

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