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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.

NorthShore University Health System to test Laguna Health’s new post-discharge recovery app

The app provides users with a personalized recovery plan, education materials and virtual access to a care team that includes behavioral health specialists. The NorthShore system will conduct a clinical trial to test the app after which it will decide whether to deploy the solution across its hospitals.

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic to deploy NeuroFlow’s mental health tools across 3 hospitals

Through a program funded by Independence Blue Cross Foundation, 1,800 frontline healthcare workers across the three Pennsylvania-based hospitals will gain access to NeuroFlow’s technology, which will measure and track their mental health symptoms and provide support via educational resources and a clinical care team.

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 …

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Israeli-founded telehealth company aims to provide antidote to unaffordability of US healthcare

A new telehealth company, called Antidote, is taking aim at rising healthcare costs in the U.S. by providing an alternative inspired by the healthcare system in Israel. For a monthly membership fee, Antidote users gain unlimited virtual visits and zero copays on most medications.

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 …

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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 …

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Geisinger rolls out platform for virtual monitoring of chronic disease patients

Developed by Noteworth, the ConnectedCare365 application will enable Geisinger clinicians to virtually monitor patient vital signs and intervene when needed. The platform will be used for several clinical initiatives, including chronic condition management and behavioral health.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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