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Parks: 5 percent of US broadband households use a health tracking smart watch

Five percent of US broadband households use a smart watch that offers health and fitness tracking features, according to research firm Parks Associates. Parks also found that 8 percent of US broadband households use a digital pedometer or activity
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Physician-developed gastrointestinal disorders app company looks to expand

Since 2010, doctors from UCLA and the University of Michigan have been working with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals on a project called My GI Health, which leverages computers and apps to improve doctor-patient communication around gastrointestinal disorders. At an ePharma
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Facebook partners with mental health orgs to offer suicide prevention tools

Facebook has partnered with several mental health organizations including Forefront, Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and Save.org to offer its users more tools to help those who may be considering committing suicide. Facebook already offers
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Report: Fitbit mulling an acquisition of FitStar, a fitness coaching app startup

Fitbit is in discussions to acquire fitness coaching app developer, FitStar, for $25 to $40 million in a mix of cash and stock as early as next week, according to a report from TechCrunch. The report adds that it’s possible the deal may not go through.
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In-Depth: Anticipating FDA Regulation of Pharmaceutical Apps

By Bradley Merrill Thompson Over the last couple years, FDA has clarified the scope of its regulation over mobile health. In the agency’s September 2013 guidance, FDA spelled out its oversight for some of the most common mobile medical apps. Then, last month, in
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ChartSpan raises $1.7M for mobile PHR, aims to launch paid analytics tool this year

Greenville, South Carolina-based ChartSpan has raised $1.7 million in a round led by existing investor, Byrne Medical’s Don Byrne. This brings the company’s total funding to just under $3 million. The Iron Yard, a digital health accelerator that incubated
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How can health wearables reach health app adoption levels?

The ePharma Summit in New York City this week was a veritable smorgasbord of new mobile health data. Monique Levy shared some new data (and insights) from Manhattan Research, Tom Jones from Makovsky Health shared data about consumer mobile health use, and, finally,
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Green Bay Fire Department Testing Google Glass

Firefighters in Green Bay, Wisconsin, are testing Google Glass to see how it might help fight, prevent and/or investigate fires. The department’s efforts were profiled this week by local TV station WBAY, and their news story is embedded below. Firefighting has

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Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

0910_apple-iwatch_2000x1125-1940x1091 Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch
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Internet of DNA

A global network of millions of genomes could be medicine’s next great advance. Availability: 1-2 years Breakthrough Technical standards that let DNA databases communicate. Why It Matters Your medical treatment could benefit from the experiences of millions of

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Report: Samsung and Fitbit currently leading wearables markets

With the Apple Watch launch, and its potential to upend the wearables market, a few months away, Canalys reports that the current market leader for “smart wearable bands” — any wristworn device that can run third-party applications — is Samsung.
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CliniCloud offers consumers smartphone-enabled stethoscope, thermometer for video visits

A company founded by two Australian doctors, called CliniCloud, is now taking pre-orders for a connected medical kit that help take the remote video visit to the next level by adding connected medical devices. CliniCloud, which has offices in San Francisco and
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Fitbug lost the trademark suit it brought against Fitbit

Fitbit has won the trademark infringement lawsuit case that UK-based Fitbug brought against it in March 2013, according to court documents posted last month. As it happens with cases like these, there were a number of claims and counterclaims, but the crucial blow to
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Will President Obama choose a FWOTUS to track his fitness this April?

President Barack Obama is considering using an Apple Watch because of its fitness capabilities, according to a recent interview with Re/Code Cofounder Kara Swisher. “I don’t have a Fitbit yet, but I work out hard,” he told Swisher.
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Walgreens adds PatientsLikeMe data on medication side effects

Walgreens is adding data from PatientsLikeMe to its online health dashboard, giving patients a view of possible medication side effects sourced directly from other patients. The deal represents a first for both companies: It’s the first time PatientsLikeMe has
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Webinar today: Texting for health, patient engagement and communication strategies

This afternoon — in about two hours time — MobiHealthNews will kick off our February webinar, Texting for Health: A proven patient engagement and communication strategy, at 2PM ET. More than any other digital channel, text messaging is a proven way
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iGetBetter gets $1.1 million for post-discharge patient monitoring via apps, connected devices

iGetBetter, a Sudbury, Massachusetts-based company that aims to reduce hospital readmissions through remote patient monitoring and post-discharge patient engagement, has raised $1.1 million from undisclosed private investors. The investors were a mix of private angels
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Calit2 awards $200,000 to five data sharing projects

The University of San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s (Calit2) data sharing initiative, called Health Data Exploration (HDE), has awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated
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DAQRI buys EEG tracker Melon to build out augmented reality helmet

Melon, the EEG-tracking headband company that raised nearly triple its initial goal in a 2013 crowdfunding campaign, has been acquired by DAQRI, an enterprise augmented reality company founded in 2010, for an undisclosed amount. DAQRI’s CEO Brian Mullins announced
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In-Depth: Recent digital health moves by payers, health insurers

An October report from the Psilos Group suggested that payors now need to figure out how to better serve individuals, not just as end users but as customers. In the last six months, we’ve seen payors doing just that, with almost every major payor upgrading its apps
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Apple’s Tim Cook on Google Glass: “We Always Thought It Would Flop”

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t have kind words for Google Glass, saying Apple “always thought it would flop.” His comments are in an incredibly long profile of Jony Ive, Apple’s design VP, just published this week in New Yorker. Most of the

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Google Lens: A New Accessory That Expands Glass’ Field of View

Two Wichita State University professors have created a new access that expands the field of view of the built-in camera on Google Glass. The device is called Google Lens, and it’s the work of Dr. Jibo He and Dr. Barbara Chaparro. If the name Jibo He sounds

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3 More Apps Land in the Glassware Directory

Don’t tell the mainstream tech media, but the Glassware directory continues to grow a full month after Google shut down the Explorer program. Three apps have recently been approved, bringing the directory to a total of 118 apps. Here’s a look at the new

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Glass Weekly Headlines: February 20, 2015

Glass (The Device) Google Glass Explorers Left Wondering About Technology They’ve Worn For Years, fatcatwebproductions.com Flaws in Google Glass, proving wearable technology can fail, www.theaustralian.com.au Is Google Glass Poised To Become The Betamax Of

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Google Patents Anti-Stink Wearable

Google has patented a wearable de-stink machine.

While the search giant's main efforts in wearable tech still revolve around notifications, head-mo...

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Why The Anthem Security Breach Was Such A Wake-Up Call For The Health Industry

Anthem, the second largest health insurance provider in the United States, revealed on Thursday that its records have been compromised by hackers—resulting in the possible leaking of names, birthdays, addresses, Social Security numbers, and employment data for

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Is smart technology really a threat to our privacy?

Fitness trackers and even Samsung televisions are becoming more advanced, and that data can inadvertently reveal sensitive things we never meant to make public Would you take to Twitter and announce that you’d just had sex? Including details of

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New Technology Helps Surgeons Better Map The Brain

Dr. Lloyd Zucker, a Florida-based brain surgeon, likens his job to flying a plane. When he goes into someone’s skull to operate, he has to navigate the nerve fibers, and like a pilot flying by buildings, he wants to avoid damage. To avoid a crash, Zucker uses

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Study: Smartphone apps count steps more accurately than wearables

Activity tracking apps on smartphones are more accurate than fitness tracking wearables when it comes to step counts, according to a small study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Interestingly, the study found that clip-on
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Stanford launches patient app with Apple HealthKit integration

Stanford Health Care, one of the few previously announced healthcare provider adopters of Apple HealthKit, has officially launched its patient-facing, HealthKit enabled iOS app this week. The new iOS 8 app, called MyHealth, integrate with Epic and
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Survey: Most Americans are still setting up doctor appointments, getting test results via phone calls

A new survey from Salesforce of 1,700 American adults shows that most are satisfied with the care they receive from their physicians, despite fairly limited adoption of online tools to communicate with their doctors. Less than 10 percent of those surveyed said they
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ePatientFinder raises $2.6 million to match patients with clinical trials

Austin, Texas-based clinical trial recruitment company ePatientFinder raised nearly $2.6 million from Parsons & Whittemore and a group of angel investors. This brings the company’s total funding to about $4 million. The company closed a $1.4
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Studies still lacking on patient portal usage, efficacy

Research conducted on patient portals in the last three years shows they provide some measurable benefits, but studies are spotty and don’t include a single randomized control trial, according to a new systematic review in the Journal of Medical
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Glow’s pregnancy app now helps women who have had miscarriages

San Francisco-based Glow, which develops digital health tools for women, has added a new feature to its pregnancy app, Glow Nurture, that helps women who have had a miscarriage. “Having a miscarriage is a devastating experience,” Glow wrote on
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Scripps wins USAID grant to monitor Ebola patients with medical wearables

The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has received a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to create a program that will use health sensors to improve the health outcomes of Ebola patients. The
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Ochsner’s O Bar connects patients with more than 200 health apps

Ochsner Health System in New Orleans made headlines last summer when it launched the O Bar, the first “Genius Bar-type” in-person center for learning about health and wellness apps. Now a report from WWL, a local CBS news outlet, says the hospital has a
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Google Glass-equipped ambulances roll out in Chicago

After two and half years of negotiations with Google and with the Illinois Department of Public Health, a Skokie, Illinois ambulance service is about to roll out a program to give doctors live access to paramedics’ points of view via Google Glass. The Medical
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Survey: Diabetes patients who use digital tools self-report better health

New survey data from digital health agency Klick Health shows that diabetes patients who use digital tools to manage their health also feel healthier. Klick Health employed Survey Sampling International (SSI) to poll 2,000 American adults with diabetes either online
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OK Glass, Start Broadcasting: Streye Live Streams From Glass To YouTube

Droiders, a Spanish developer team, is releasing its YouTube video-streaming Glassware Streye Live, news sure to stir the pot of discussion about continuing app development for Google Glass. The app lets owners of the Glass Explorer edition start broadcasting

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Poll Results: Majority of Explorers See End of Program as a Positive

The tech industry and press has proclaimed Google Glass “dead” many times, most recently when Google announced last month that it was closing the Explorer program. “Google Glass is dead” makes for a catchy headline, perhaps, but the truth of

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Glass Weekly Headlines: February 13, 2015

Here are your Google Glass headlines for the week. Enjoy! Glass (The Device) Sorry, But Google Glass Isn’t Anywhere Close to Dead, Wired Using Glass Google Glass Is Being Trialled At European Airport, TechCrunch Don’t give up on Google Glass in travel:

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Google Injects Health Facts Into Knowledge Graph

Google Knowledge Graph Google’s semantic-search base, which it uses to supplement organic search results with
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Marco Bertozzi: The Pebble Smartwatch reviewed: One month in

I only bought the watch to fill in the tech gap until the Apple watch which I am certain is going to be a game changer, I believe it will create a market like the ipod did, and the reason I think that is because the Pebble gives you a glimpse of how a wearable device
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Google Glass Is Being Trialled At European Airport

Glass Schiphol One of Europe’s busiest airports, Amsterdam’s Schiphol hub in the Netherlands, is trialling
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Listen Carefully

3153773461_5cb15c81da_o There are lessons to be drawn from how people are talking about the technology services they are interacting
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Google Glass and Health Care: Initial Legal and Ethical Questions

Google Glass (Glass) is a multi-functional, augmented reality device that can be used as a camera, video recorder, audio recorder, telephone, conferencing platform, or vehicle to run any number of applications currently under development. The immediate uses of Glass in the medical context are

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President Obama’s New Health Care Initiative Will Harness The Power Of Big Data

President Obama has officially announced a new biomedical research project that will use the power of big data to help with the development of specialized drugs to treat diseases like cancer and diabetes. Referring to the initiative as “precision

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Half a billion wearables will be in use by 2019

There will be half a billion wearable devices in use around the world within four years, including smart watches and fitness trackers – fuelling an 18-fold growth in mobile traffic There will be half a billion wearable devices in use around the world within four

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The Doctor Will Track You Now: Apple Is Reportedly Using iPhones, HealthKit To Get Patient Data

An Apple relay will keep your doctor’s fears allayed. That’s the plan, at least, behind the company’s growing health care strategy: To use the Apple HealthKit platform to collect real-time data from iPhones, the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch,

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HIV and Syphilis Smartphone Test That Costs Pennies

A smartphone attachment costing $34 performs rapid testing for HIV and syphilis in a Rwanda trial. A smartphone attachment with a microfluidic mixing chamber connects to a smartphone’s audio jack for power. In a small trial in Rwanda, a $34 smartphone attachment

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