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Connected Health Newsletter: Archives May 2016

 

Philips leads consortium for large-scale telehealth programme in Europe

Philips and European healthcare regions, companies, universities and hospitals have started a large scale telehealth programme in the EU to support thousands of people living with chronic conditions.
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Swallowed robot to fix stomach walls




In experiments simulating the human oesophagus and stomach, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Sheffield and Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny robot that can unfold itself from a capsule and crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.
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Chinese company modifies drone for organ transplant deliveries

EHang Holdings is modifying an autonomous aerial vehicle to make it suitable for organ transplant delivery. Working with Lung Biotechnology, it plans to optimise the drone for organ deliveries.
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AMD launches terminal that keeps telemedicine devices connected

At this week’s American Telemedicine Association Conference in Minneapolis, AMD Global Telemedicine introduced a patient assessment terminal, a fully integrated telemedicine wall mount system.
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AMC and Revolve partnership brings robotics to remote patient monitoring

Two American companies have formed a partnership to use robotics help patients living with chronic conditions better manage their health, strengthen their connections with their care teams and reduce unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalisations.
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STM electronic compass improves accuracy for fitness trackers




Fitness trackers, other wearables and smartphones could get better at guiding users and mapping their sporting achievements even where satellite navigation cannot work, using an electronic compass from ST Microelectronics.
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UCSF tests AidCube to monitor lung transplant patients at home

The University of California will conduct trials with the AidCube platform for home-based pre- and rehabilitation of lung transplant patients. This could provide mobile-enabled support to patients, while delivering evidence-based programmes in physical rehabilitation coupled with nutrition optimisation and patient education.
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Biopac shirt measures vital signs




A shirt from California-based Biopac Systems uses the latest material technology and incorporates fabric electrodes to record ECG from the heart and a sensor for respiration data.
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Fitness band penetration in USA double that of Europe, says report

The penetration of fitness bands and smart watches in the USA is nearly double that of the top four European markets, according to market analyst Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
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Nokia buys Withings to enter connected health market
Nokia is to acquire French connected health company Withings for €170m. The company has a family of award-winning digital health products and services and will become part of the Nokia Technologies business.
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Alibaba deal aims to expand Fitbit reach in China
Fitbit plans to expand its reach into China following a memorandum of understanding signed with Alibaba subsidiary Tmall. China's largest third-party platform for brands and retailers will introduce the Fitbit platform to hundreds of millions of people across the country.
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Apple Watch turned into prescription tool by health insurer
The Apple Watch can help wearers order and track prescriptions and soon even remind patients when to take their medicines, thanks to an app from Kentucky-based medical insurer Humana.
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Analog Devices and LifeQ collaborate on non-invasive body monitoring
Analog Devices is collaborating with LifeQ to develop technology that will make it possible for non-invasive body monitoring devices to provide highly accurate physiological data that currently is only available through the use of expensive, invasive and hard-to-access equipment.
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WeCounsel raises $3.5m to accelerate cloud-based mental health services
Telemedicine software company WeCounselhas closed its series A equity funding of $3.5m. Healthcare and technology funds led by Longmeadow Capital Partners, Point Judith Capital and CVH Holdingsare are co-investing in the company.
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European wearables pilot to improve mental health
An EU connected health project, involving hospitals, universities and vendors from all over the continent, has launched in London to investigate how wearable technologies and cloud based IoT data streaming analytics could improve the lives of people with major mental health disorders.
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Start-up launches intelligent sleep mask to fight jet lag



By combining brain wave and pulse measurement technology with a comfortable sleeping mask commonly used in air travel, Polish-USA start-up Inteliclinic has used bright light therapy to improve sleep efficiency and alleviate jet lag.
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Telecare monitoring to surge at 40% CAGR, says Berg
Nearly 3.4 million people will be monitored using mobile telecare systems in Europe and North America by 2021, compared with 450,000 at the end of 2015, according to a report from M2M analyst firm Berg Insight. This represents a CAGR of 40 per cent.
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