Technology

FDA Clears Patient Controller Platform for Stimwave's Neuromodulation Device

By November 02, 2018

The new software enables patients to fine-tune the power level and modify programs that were pre-programmed by their clinician to control pain.

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

By November 01, 2018

The 23andMe Personal Genome Service Pharmacogenetic Reports test can detect 33 variants for multiple genes, corresponding to more than 50 commonly prescribed medications and over-the-counter products.

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

By October 15, 2018

The vulnerability is associated with using an internet connection to update software between the Medtronic CareLink and CareLink Encore Programmers (models 2090 and 29901) and the Medtronic Software Distribution Network (SDN).

Telemedicine RTI Visits Shorter When Antibiotic Prescribed

October 02, 2018

"Because telemedicine encounters are short and physicians are often reimbursed by encounter volume, antibiotic stewardship efforts that lengthen visits even slightly may be challenging to implement," the authors write.

New Apple Watch Includes ECG App, Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Feature

By September 13, 2018

The irregular rhythm notification feature analyzes pulse rate data to identify episodes of irregular heart rhythms.

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

September 11, 2018

"It's something where you have to think about when in your day you're going to do it, but the nice thing is that you can do it from anywhere," Abigail Tripp Berman, MD, assistant professor of Radiation Oncology said in a statement.

Docs, Consumers Agree on Benefits of Virtual Care

September 10, 2018

While only 23% of consumers have had video visits, 57% of nonusers are willing to try them in the future. In contrast, only 14% of physicians have video visit capability today and 18% plan to add this capability within the next 2 years.

FDA Warning Letters Target Illegal Online Sales of Opioids

August 29, 2018

Americans who buy prescription medicines such as opioids from illegal online pharmacies may be putting their health at risk because the drugs may be counterfeit, contaminated, expired, or otherwise unsafe, according to the FDA.

TMS Device Cleared to Treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By August 17, 2018

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.

FDA Approves Minimally-Invasive, Non-Drug Therapy for Pain Management

By August 17, 2018

Several clinical trials have demonstrated the SPRINT PNS System to be effective in reducing pain and improving quality of life.

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

August 14, 2018

Will promote development of high-quality AI that is transparent, aims to address bias, safeguards privacy

FDA Approves First Mobile App for Use in Preventing Pregnancy

By August 13, 2018

The algorithm was designed to account for sperm survival, variation in cycle length, ovulation day, temperature fluctuations and the length of the follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle.

American Heart Association Urges Screen Time Limits for Youth

August 09, 2018

There is also a need to more accurately capture the nature of sedentary behavior, both quantitatively and qualitatively, especially with respect to recreational screen-based devices.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

August 09, 2018

Practices that don't have specific cyber insurance often have some limited coverage through their malpractice or general business policies.

New Device Available for Patients With Episodic Cluster Headache, Migraine

By August 02, 2018

The Sapphire has a rechargeable and reloadable fill capacity; it can be activated monthly by inputting a unique, prescription-only authorization code, delivered via a radio-frequency identification card that is mailed to the patient.

FDA Approves FreeStyle Libre 14 Day Flash Glucose Monitoring System

By July 30, 2018

The new Flash Glucose Monitoring System enables patients to wear the sensor for up to 14 days compared with the existing FreeStyle Libre System that was approved for 10-day wear.

Hailie Sensor Gets FDA Clearance for Additional Asthma Inhalers

By July 27, 2018

The Hailie sensor attaches to the asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) inhaler to monitor and help patient adherence.

FDA Clears Smartphone-Enabled Urinalysis Kit for Home Use

By July 25, 2018

The Dip.io kit works in tandem with existing smartphone cameras and a dedicated app.

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

By July 17, 2018

The draft guidance, Innovative Approaches for Nonprescription Drug Products, applies to drugs under the New Drug Application (NDA) process and "is intended to extend that NDA pathway to include therapeutic indications that have not, historically, been available for use without a prescription," said Gottlieb in a press statement.

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

July 16, 2018

Lawyer recommends physicians should not bring Siri and Alexa to the office

Misleading Popular Videos Impact Attitudes About Tobacco

July 11, 2018

"In the context of our findings, young adults should be trained in identifying and resisting contents that appear on social media, but share many of the characteristics of peer pressure to use unhealthy products," the authors write.

IT Solutions for Easier EHRs Save Physicians Time, Burnout

July 09, 2018

Three IT solutions are enabling Yale Medicine physicians to save hours of time. First, easier login identification, using badges to tap in and out of the EHR system throughout a shift, eliminates repetitive typing of the physician's username and password.

MiniMed 670G System Approved for Use in Younger Patients With T1D

By June 25, 2018

The MiniMed 670G system measures glucose levels every 5 minutes and automatically adjusts insulin delivery to avoid highs and lows.

First CGM System With Implantable Glucose Sensor Approved

By June 22, 2018

The sensor is coated with a fluorescent chemical which produces a small amount of light when exposed to blood glucose.

Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

By June 12, 2018

Electrical pulses are sent through small needles that are inserted in the ear to combat the early stages of detoxification, leading to stabilization.

Some Evidence Mobile Health Interventions Can Lower CVD Risk

June 08, 2018

mHealth programs generally improve overall cardiovascular disease risk, at least in the short term

FDA Clears Omnipod DASH System for Diabetes Management

By June 05, 2018

The Omnipod DASH system consists of a discreet, tubeless, waterproof Pod which is worn on the body, and the Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM), a handheld wireless device used to control the Pod.

FDA Approves AI Algorithm That Helps Detect Wrist Fractures

By May 25, 2018

OsteoDetect is a computer-aided detection and diagnostic software that uses an algorithm to analyze 2-D wrist radiographs for signs of distal radius fracture.

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

May 14, 2018

The researchers found that the mean time to clinical resolution was 9 days with teledermoscopy referral, compared with 35 days with usual care alone.

Teen Sexting Linked to Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Abuse

May 08, 2018

Independent correlations for having sent a sext were seen for having been sexually abused, IPV perpetration, ever had sex.