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Digital innovations for transforming healthcare

A new report surveys the continuing innovations with digital technology in the healthcare space, focusing in trends with artificial intelligence and machine learning. The survey has a focus towards genetic testing.

Q&A: New app assists with medical marijuana use Special

GoFire, a digital healthcare company and technology provider, has launched a health suite that uses machine learning to provide greater clarity and choice to users consuming plant-based medicine like marijuana.

AI in healthcare will reach $6.16 billion by 2022

A signal that healthcare is set to be heavily disrupted by artificial intelligence comes from a new report which indicates that AI for healthcare will be valued at $6.16 billion by 2022.

New digital initiative to improve health literacy rates

Health literacy is a major concern, even with greater access to digital information. This ranges from understanding conditions to knowing the side-effects of drugs. To address this, Toronto-based Novus Health it has partnered with iA Financial Group.

Q&A: How technology is changing healthcare Special

Continuous technological developments in healthcare have saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for even more, and signs are that healthcare will undergo further transformation. A leading expert provides some examples.

Technology helps address medicine non-adherence: Interview Special

Non-adherence to medicine regimes is a health concern. When patients fail to complete course this can lead to a recurrence of a health condition. A new digital health blockchain solution is at hand, called CuraServe.

Apple to open up health record data to third-party iOS apps

Apple has announced plans to will open up health record data to third-party iOS apps through a new API. The service, which will be available in October 2018, will enable users to share health data from over 500 hospitals/clinics with third-party apps.

Making use of artificial intelligence for early cancer diagnosis

London - The British government has announced ambitious plans to prevent an estimated 22,000 cancer deaths by 2033, through the use of artificial intelligence to predict those individuals at greater risk of developing the disease.

New algorithm predicts life expectancy after heart failure

London - A new algorithm, devised from deep learning, can accurately predicts who is most likely to survive heart failure, and for how long. The platform can also determine whether or not a patient will receive a heart transplant.

Digital care for substance abuse introduced in Ontario

Toronto - A digital care package has been developed for substance use disorder. The platform has been made available to healthcare providers in Ontario.

Interview: How health tech is being healed through collaboration Special

Healthcare technology has a general problem with a lack of interoperability. As a result, patients and their caregivers face expensive consequences, such as hospital readmissions. The Chicago-based healthcare incubator MATTER is challenging this.

HP launches first sanitizable notebooks for use in healthcare

HP has announced a new range of computing devices aimed specifically at healthcare users. The company has developed notebooks which can be sanitized, making them ideal for frontline healthcare workers in hospitals. Security is also a high priority.

Real-time digital health assessments for Winter Olympians

Assessing the health of athletes is important in the world of modern sport. The Winter Olympics offers a chance to test out some of the latest digital health innovations.

Silicon Valley pioneers form group to combat tech addiction

A group of Silicon Valley pioneers who helped to create services including Facebook and Google have launched a campaign to resist the "hijacking" of humanity by technology. The early employees said tech has created a "digital attention crisis."

Multicolored MRI scanners improve disease detection

A new generation of MRI scanners are being developed to improve the detection of diseases and thus improve patient diagnosis. These scanners use multicolored light for this improved sensitivity and detection.

FDA embarks on digital health pilot

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has begun to select participants for a new digital health software pilot program. The commencement of the scheme signals the importance that digital health is to play in U.S. healthcare.

'Irresponsible' Facebook urged to scrap Messenger Kids

Over 100 child health experts have signed a letter asking Facebook to withdraw its "Messenger Kids" app. The recently-launched app is aimed at children under the age of 13. The letter argues these children are too young to understand the dangers.

New healthcare technology to reduce diabetes costs: Interview Special

Many employers and health plans are looking to integrate coverage for innovative healthcare technology solutions. One platform is provided by WellDoc, which has partnered with a leading analytics company to address diabetes management and costs.

Internet-testing for sexually transmitted infections success

London - For those worried about the possibility of having contracted a sexually transmitted disease but worried about a visit to a clinic, a digital service might be the answer. Such services are proving increasingly popular.

Ava bracelet for future use in pregnancy detection: Interview Special

Ava, best known as the maker of its popular cycle-tracking Ava bracelet, has announced that results from a clinical study indicates that the device’s has potential for future use in pregnancy detection. We spoke with Ava Co-Founder Lea von Bidder.

New app MagnusCards helps those with autism: Interview Special

An app called MagnusCards aims to help people with autism do everyday activities like food shopping, brushing your teeth, and socializing. We spoke with the inventor, Nadia Hamilton.

Microsoft enters race to find cancer cure

Microsoft’s diversification strategy includes utilizing some of its resources to help improve the diagnosis of cancer to find cures for certain cancers. The research is based at Microsoft’s ‘biological computation’ labs in Cambridge, U.K.

Kicking the smoking habit online

New research concludes that online social networks, specificlaly designed to help smokers kick the tobacco habit, can be effective. Success rises provided users are active participants.

New app changes how brain disorders are treated: Interview Special

The company Trayt has launched an app that aims to improve diagnosis, treatments, and quality of life for patients with autism, ADHD, and other brain disorders through big data and analytics. To find out more we spoke with the company's founder.

Why medical records access needs to be digital: Interview Special

A new study, by Ambra Health, found 1 in 3 patients in ther U.S. cannot easily access their medical records. This impacts on how patients interact with health technology, like the iWatch. To find out more, we spoke with Ambra's Morris Panner.

New digital service for predicting asthma conditions

The company Propeller, who manufacture digital inhalers, has launched a free service for predicting asthma conditions. The service takes the form of a software package.

Huddle, peer-to-peer support app for mental illness: Interview Special

New York City - Huddle is a video-based peer-to-peer support app designd to alter the way people communicate and learn about mental health issues. Huddle provides peer-to-peer advice and on-demand support. To find out more wer spoke with co-founder Dan Blackman.

New cybersecruity vulnerability with fitness monitors

Edinburgh - A new study of the security vulnerabilities of fitness trackers signals that the health technology sector needs to go further in building safeguards to protect the data of users of fitness devices. The study focuses on Fitbits.

Mobile app aids lowering blood pressure: Interview Special

Adults with hypertension and prehypertension can lower their blood pressure by using a mobile health app. A new study shows patients can lower their blood pressure and return to a normotensive status.

Here comes the 'Uber' of healthcare: Interview Special

CONCIERGE KEY Health is the first mobile app to provide healthcare consumers with on-demand access to elite physician specialists, urgent care clinics and hospitals. Founder Robert Grant thinks that app-based healthcare is about to take off.
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