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Connected Health Newsletter: Archives March 2016


 
Microsoft CTO calls for consumer wearables to be brought into mainstream medical care


The time has come to consider seriously bringing consumer health and fitness devices into the professional medical world. That was the message from Paul Thomas, Microsoft Services’ CTO for health and care, at a conference this week in Nottingham, UK.
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Apple and IBM team up to tackle sleep apnoea
Apple and IBM are working with the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) to identify connections between sleep habits and health outcomes. They have introduced the SleepHealth app designed for iPhone and Apple Watch and the patient-driven SleepHealth Mobile Study.
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Toyota developing wearable device for blind
Japanese car maker Toyota is working to develop a wearable device for the blind and visually impaired that will help them do more with greater freedom, independence and confidence. Called Project Blaid, the device could help fill the gaps left by canes, dogs and basic GPS devices by providing users with more information about their surroundings.
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US FDA approves Philips connected sleep and respiratory care application
Dutch company Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for Care Orchestrator, its cloud-based clinical management software application. Care Orchestrator is homecare health technology that connects sleep and respiratory care enabling data, clinical management workflow, informatics and intelligence for providers and patients in one platform.
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Sage uses iPhone app to gather data on Parkinson’s disease
Data on more than 9500 people with Parkinson’s disease have been collected and released using the MPower app on the iPhone by Sage Bionetworks, a Seattle-based non-profit biomedical research organisation.
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UK firms join forces to develop wearables for mental health monitoring
Cambridge Cognition and London-based Ctrl Group are working together to develop assessment and monitoring wearables for mental ill health.
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Sysorex unifies wireless technology for healthcare asset tracking
Sysorex has launched AirPatrol for Healthcare, a unified real-time location system (RTLS) that brings multiple asset, staff and equipment tracking technologies into a single, vendor-neutral administrative platform.
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Telehealth could save governments fortune on healthcare, says report

Global adoption of telehealth technologies could let governments make large savings on healthcare while delivering important medical services to both rural and under-served communities, according to a report from business intelligence provider GBI Research.
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Philips brings Mayo Clinic cloud-based ICU dashboard to market

Philips launched IntelliSpace Console Critical Care, a cloud-based clinical decision support dashboard supporting enhanced workflows in the intensive care unit, at this week’s HIMSS Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The console, based on research at Mayo Clinic, can improve critical care with smart clinical decision making, enhanced patient monitoring and tracking of quality metrics.
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WellDoc publishes framework for creating mhealth hardware and software

Digital health technology company WellDoc has published a framework for creating digital therapeutics technologies to treat chronic diseases. The framework provides guidelines for producers of digital therapeutics apps, mobile devices and other portable mhealth software and hardware.
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IEEE reveals top ten security flaws in fitness wearables

The IEEE has identified the top ten security design flaws in fitness wearables. Its report undertakes a security analysis of a fictitious wearable fitness tracking system called WearFit.
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India pilot to use mobile app to help underprivileged women during pregnancy

A pilot study in Bangalore, India, is investigating the use of a mobile app to monitor the health of underprivileged women during and post pregnancy and the immunisation of children aged two years and below.
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Ambiq and PixArt combine to develop heart rate monitor for wearables

At last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg, Texas-based Ambiq Micro and Taiwanese company PixArt Imaging announced they had partnered to develop an ultra-low power heart-rate monitor for deployment in next-generation wearables.
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Cleveland Browns point way to remote monitoring of athletes

Research conducted by the Cleveland Browns gridiron team is showing how wearable technology could serve as an invaluable tool that lets athletes, sports teams and physicians monitor key metrics such as functional movements, athlete workloads and biometric markers.
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India to roll out digital platform for checking child health records

India has introduced what it claims to be the country’s first hospital-linked digital platform for keeping children's health records. The Integrated Child Health Record (ICHR) integrates child's health data through cloud computing and mobile technology.
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Activity trackers vanguard for mhealth, says ABI Research

The activity tracker market is set to top 87 million by 2021 with ABI Research expecting this to spur mhealth platform investment.
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