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Connected Health Newsletter: Archives January 2017

 
 
Philips telehealth helps Banner halve hospital readmissions
Following a pilot study to demonstrate how telehealth can support connected health initiatives, Dutch giant Philips and Arizona-based Banner Health announced results showing significant decreases in both patient healthcare costs and hospitalisation rates.
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IBM looks to blockchain for secure health data exchange
IBM is collaborating with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to study the use of blockchain technology for the secure exchange of healthcare data.
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Rochester University explores telemedicine to tackle sleep apnoea



The University of Rochester’s medical centre is exploring the use of telemedicine in the diagnosis and care of individuals with sleep apnoea.
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Thuraya demonstrates connected ambulance at Dubai show as…



Thuraya Telecommunications is showing a connected ambulance at this week’s Arab Health Exhibition & Congress in Dubai. The emergency vehicle has integrated telemedicine and the company’s IP Voyager terminal.
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…Dubai plans to install robots in all hospital pharmacies



The Dubai Health Authority inaugurated this month in Rashid Hospital a smart pharmacy with the first robot in the Middle East for dispensing and prescribing medication.
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Ava fertility tracking bracelet comes to Europe

Swiss medical technology company Ava has launched in Europe its cycle-tracking bracelet that uses technology to detect a woman’s fertile window following its US launch last summer.
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iCarbonX launches Meum platform
The Digital Life Alliance has launched a digital health management platform built by iCarbonX and partners including SomaLogic and HealthTell. The Meum platform is designed to provide personalised or individualised medicine based on clinical big data analytics.
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ePatientFinder, Allscripts launch trials heatmap tool
The new application should accelerate the speed of set up and management of clinical trials, and improve their overall accuracy, when trials are conducted by healthcare providers using an electronic patient record system.
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Stanford USM study shows wearables can detect serious illnesses
Wearable sensors that monitor heart rate, activity, skin temperature and other variables can reveal a lot about what is going on inside a person, including the onset of infection, inflammation and even insulin resistance, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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HealthTap Launches empathic Dr. A.I. app
Online healthcare provider HealthTap has launched Doctor A.I., a personal Artificial Intelligence-powered “physician” that aims to help route users to doctor-recommended insights and care immediately.
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Study: contact-free monitoring 92% accurate
A research study has found that contact-free continuous monitoring for sleep disorders is 92 percent accurate compared to polysomnography (PSG)
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Vancouver Island HA improves clinical efficiency with Vocera smartphone app
Research by the health authority showed that using the Vocera smartphone health app improved doctors' response times by 45 percent. Moreover, doctors reported a fall in interruptions of patient care by 58 percent through using the smartphone app
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Kolibree launches AI powered toothbrush
Connected oral health firm Kolibree has launched Ara, a toothbrush with embedded artificial intelligence (AI). The toothbrush is designed for adult healthcare, and will be subject to a two continent-wide clinical trial in 2017 to demonstrate how artificial intelligence can be deployed to improve people's daily habits and improve health.
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Google Deepmind to build AI assisted apps for Imperial College Healthcare
Google artificial intelligence subsidiary Deepmind has agreed a five year partnership with central London health care provider Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Deepmind will work with Imperial College Healthcare to develop mobile clinical apps supported by machine learning and deep neural nets.
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Huawei integrates advanced eye-tracking in new phone
The eye-tracking technology incorporated into Huawei's new smartphone is part of a wider trend to incorporate more advanced eye tracking technology into a wide range of devices, and should make it easier for developers to create assisted living and monitoring apps for people with special needs due to spinal cord injuries, Cerebral Palsey, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), and other similar medical conditions.
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ST, Valencell release biometric sensor kit for wearables, IoT
STMicroelectronics (ST) and Raleigh, NC, based performance biometric data sensor technology developer Valencell have launched a new kit for biometric wearables that they claim is highly accurate and scalable. The kit includes compact SensorTile turnkey multi-sensor module integrated with Valencell's Benchmark biometric sensor system
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Wearable tech Alzheimer trial begins in Arizona
Two clinics in Phoenix, Arizona, are carrying out the first trials of a new technology that aims to treat Alzheimer. The trials are using a wearable medical device developed by medical electronics firm NeuroEM with treatment taking place in the patients' homes while carrying out everyday activities.
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Johnson & Johnson, HAX consumer health technology accelerator
Johnson & Johnson is partnering with Chinese hardware investor and accelerator HAX to sponsor consumer healthcare technology start-ups. The collaboration is focused on nurturing start-ups with technologies in areas of interest to Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., including skin care, baby care, over the counter, wound care, oral care and feminine care
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pMD launches app for Medicare quality data reporting
pMD has launched a Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) solution for primary care medical practices. pMD's reporting tools are designed to help practices who see Medicare patients successfully meet the US Federal programme requirements.
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BlueCross Online Wellness Portal integrates with Apple Health
Health insurer BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has integrated its members' web portal with Apple Health. As a result, Tennessee BlueCross BlueShield members can now sync their devices to the company’s member wellness portal with the AlwaysOn mobile app.
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M2M Council Votes Digi CTO Young as New Chairman
The IoT M2M Council (IMC) - with 20,000 members, the largest and fastest-growing trade group serving the IoT sector - has announced that its Board of Governors has named Joel Young, CTO of Digi International, as its Chairman. Young has close to 20 years of experience in the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology sector and has been with Digi International, a leading global provider of business and mission-critical M2M and IoT connectivity products and services since 2000.
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