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FDA OKs Telemedicine Platform for Programming Cochlear Implants

November 20, 2017 - Federal regulators have approved the first telemedicine platform for remote management of hearing aids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week announced its approval of the remote programming feature for the Nucleus Cochlear Implant System, developed by Cochlear Americas, enabling audiologists to fine-tune the devices from afar, rather than having the patient come into the office...


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FDA OKs Prescription mHealth Wearable to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth wearable designed to help those with drug addictions fight off cravings during withdrawal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted de novo premarket review approval to the NSS-2 Bridge device,...

mHealth Researchers Look to Make Their Mark With Tattoos, Patches

by Eric Wicklund

In the latest project to overcome the form factor limitations of wearables, researchers are working to develop mHealth sensors that could be contained in tattoos. The Dermal Abyss project, a collaboration between researchers at the Massachusetts...

mHealth Innovation Takes Center Stage in FDA’s Digital Health Pilot

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones, wearables, mHealth apps and even digital therapeutics will all get equal play in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new digital health software precertification pilot program. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week...

7 Riddles to Solve When Launching a Telehealth Urgent Care Service

by Eric Wicklund

UCHealth isn’t making money on its urgent care telehealth service just yet. But that’s OK with the Colorado health system’s medical director of virtual health. “You can imagine this was not a popular program with primary...

USC Research Sees Smartglasses as The Ultimate mHealth Wearable

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Southern California is making another pitch for smartglasses, saying the mHealth wearable offers a strong form factor for health and wellness and patient engagement. The latest argument comes in a study by USC’s Center...

mHealth, Pharma Give Hemophilia Patients New Care Management Tools

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth are coming to the aid of people with hemophilia. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has unveiled both a wearable and a modified version of a popular video game to help the estimated 20,000 Americans and 400,000 around the world...

Global Project to Develop mHealth Games for Clinical Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

An international consortium is trying to jump-start the mHealth gaming industry with a project to develop digital health tools to help people with cognitive disabilities. The Panacea Gaming Platform (PGP) currently consists of 18 mHealth and...

mHealth Researchers Turn to Crowd-Funding in Parkinson’s Study

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare researchers are turning to crowdfunding to evaluate how mHealth sensors and smartphones can help those with Parkinson’s disease. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research...

Contest Finalists Envision Alexa as an mHealth Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

Amazon and Merck have announced five finalists in a contest to turn the Alexa digital assistant into an mHealth management tool for people with diabetes. A global tech giant, two mHealth startups and two university-based teams are vying for $125,000...

MA Invests $250K in Digital Health Innovation

by Thomas Beaton

The Baker-Polito Administration of MA is offering a sum of $250,000 to support designated Digital Health Innovation Labs within the state. This is the second investment the governor's office has made as part of the Massachusetts Digital Health...

Harvard mHealth Partnership to Improve Medicaid Chronic Care

by Thomas Beaton

A new mHealth partnership between Harvard Medical School and mPulse Mobile aims to study the effects of two-way text messaging on the self-care habits of Medicaid beneficiaries. Through two separate programs, researchers from the Department of...

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...

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