Category: app

  • Eisai’s brain health tool NouKNOW used in Tokyo dementia project

    Eisai’s digital tool to allow self-assessment of cognitive performance – NouKNOW – will be used in a Japanese project aimed at improving the management of dementia. The smartphone app – which uses a cognition-checking algorithm developed by Australian digital health company Cogstate – will be deployed in Bunkyo City, Tokyo in a dementia monitoring programme. […]

  • DTx firm Sidekick eyeing new partnerships after $55m round

    Sidekick Health is already working with pharma heavyweights Pfizer and Bayer on gamified apps that can be paired with drug therapies to improve patient outcomes – and says it is poised to announce three more in the coming months. The Iceland-based digital health company – which has just raised $55 million in second-round funding – […]

  • Happify says study backs value of its wellbeing app in psoriasis

    People with psoriasis who used an app developed by digital health company Happify reported reduced anxiety and improvements in mental wellbeing in a real-world study involving more than two hundred subjects. It’s well recognised that people with psoriasis can develop depression or anxiety, particularly in moderate or severe cases where a sizeable part of the […]

  • Ada Health’ platform, now available on Epic, is helping drive value-based care

    The company announced this week that its AI-powered symptom assessment and care navigation platform is now available in the Epic App Orchard. Jeff Cutler, Ada’s chief commercial officer, and another executive, Scott Fannin, the company’s vice president of enterprise product management, discussed the announcement in a sit-down interview at the Global Health Conference & Exhibition […]

  • Contact-tracing apps ‘could improve COVID vaccination strategy’

    Targeting people for COVID-19 vaccination using contract-tracing apps could be a shortcut to achieving herd immunity in the population using fewer doses, according to Canadian researchers. According to Mark Penney, Yigit Yargic and colleagues from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, targeting vaccines to people who have more exposure than others is the […]

  • Babyscripts raises $12M, plans to expand to all 50 states

    The maternal care startup is backed by major health systems including MemorialCare Health System, whose innovation arm led the most recent funding round. Babyscripts offers a mobile app providing education and resources for the pregnancy and postpartum journey.

  • Abbott gets FDA clearance for CGM app

    Abbott received FDA clearance for an app to pair with its Freestyle Libre 2 glucose monitor. The app lets people get readings directly on their phone without using a reader.

  • Privacy issues widespread with digital health apps, says BMJ

    Developers of mobile health apps are comprehensively failing to safeguard the privacy of users, according to a study by researchers in Australia. The team from Macquarie University compared 15,000 free mobile health (mHealth) apps available on the Google Play store and compared their privacy practices to those found in 8,000 non-health apps, finding “serious problems […]

  • Scottish dads set for mental health app, thanks to Movember funding

    A Scottish charity has been awarded funding from the Movember men’s health campaign to develop an app to support fathers with mental health concerns. Father’s Network Scotland (FNS) has claimed a share of a £1.86 million ($2.6 million) funding pot earmarked for the development of digital and tech ideas that can help men tackle the […]

  • FDA grants swift approval to Cognoa’s digital device for autism diagnosis

    The FDA has approved a digital device developed by Cognoa that can be used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD), just a few weeks after it was filed for approval. Cognoa says the artificial intelligence (AI) based device is the first to be authorised by the US regulator that can help doctors diagnose autism in […]

  • Digital health firm Hello Tomo snapped up by ICAS World

    A UK tech firm with an NHS-commissioned mental health app – Hello Tomo – has been acquired by ICAS World, a company specialising in providing employee health and wellbeing services.  Hello Tomo is described as a behaviour change tool for mental health and wellbeing that aims to help users maintain healthy habits, and according to […]

  • Apple, Google block NHS contact tracing app update on privacy grounds

    A scheduled update to the NHS COVID-19 app has been blocked because it allows location tracking – something prohibited by Apple and Google, which developed some of the code it uses.  The new version of the app used in England and Wales was due to become available today to coincide with the relaxation of lockdown […]

  • Barts Health puts real-time mobile data into staff hands

    England’s largest NHS Trust, Barts Health, is rolling out a new data analytics app that it says will improve patient care at its five London hospitals. The WeInform app will be used by more than 16,000 employees at the hospitals and various community units, including doctors and nurses, to tap into data that can be […]

  • COVID cough app Hyfe launches in UK and Ireland

    A smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to assess the sound of coughing has been launched in the UK, and according to its developer could be an early warning system for COVID-19 and other diseases of the lung.  Hyfe uses acoustic technology to track users’ coughing habits, gauging factors like volume, frequency, amplitude and context, […]

  • Ashfield turns to Popit for digital patient support tool

    Ashfield Engage has agreed a deal to incorporate Popit’s digital tools in its patient support programmes, with the aim of improving adherence to treatments.  Finnish startup Popit has developed a device called Popit Sense that clips to a blister pill sheet and uses technology to monitor whether a dose has been taken, sending reminders to […]

  • Google Launches Health Research App Focusing on Respiratory Illnesses

    Shots: Google has launched the Google Health Studies app for Android phones with the initial focus on respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. The app is now available in the play store Google allied with researchers from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children Hospital for the first study, which will be open to adults in the […]

  • Google rolls out health research app

    Google rolled out a Health Studies app, a rival to Apple’s research app. To start, it will offer a study on respiratory illness in conjunction with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

  • Novartis taps smartpatient for app to support wet AMD patients

    German digital health company smartpatient is adding a new section of its MyTherapy app providing information on wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness. The Munich-based company is launching the educational See What’s Next app in collaboration with Novartis, which sells the wet AMD medicines Beovu (brolucizumab) and Lucentis (ranibizumab), and has […]

  • CLM tests drug plus digital combo for high blood pressure

    UK biotech Closed Loop Medicine (CLM) has started recruiting patients into a trial that will test whether a drug linked to a smartphone app can improve treatment for hypertension. The new study is specifically designed to include patients shielding from COVID-19, to see how well they can manage their blood pressure in a home environment […]

  • Skin-checking app sees future in clinicians, not automation

    Instead of suggesting a diagnosis for moles and skin lesions, digital health startup Miiskin is leaving that up to dermatologists. The company is rolling out a version of its tool for clinicians to make it easier for their patients to track moles and other spots on their skin.

  • Pilot study backs Kaia Health app for back pain relief

    An app developed by Kaia Health to help people suffering from back pain who may not want to take painkillers has shown its worth again in a study conducted with a health benefit plan in the US. The pilot study of the app – which combines physical therapy, relaxation exercises and medical information to help […]

  • Sensyne Health launches diabetes app in the UK

    UK digital health company Sensyne Health has launched a new smartphone app to help people across the diabetes spectrum manage their condition. The app – called DBm-Health – can help users to monitor their blood glucose levels and send readings, notes and medication information to their healthcare practitioner to assess remotely. It is a follow-on […]

  • UK’s second go at a contact tracing app heads for pilot study

    After ditching its home-grown attempt at a coronavirus contact-tracing app for smartphones, the UK is ready to start pilot trials of a second version based on a platform developed by Apple and Google. The new NHS Test and Trace app is intended to be used as an add-on to the controversial national and local contact-tracing […]