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Smart Pill Bottle Reminds Patients to Take Their Medication

This blog posting describes many interesting stages that this product went through to get from design to finished product stage

From their own website:

AdhereTech’s smart pill bottle recognizes when medication has been missed, and uses real-time alerts — such as lighting up, playing a song, or sending a text message to a patient or caregiver.

On average, AdhereTech’s smart pill bottle increases medication adherence by more than 20%, which has a positive impact on all the various stakeholders in the healthcare industry, Stein said.

A ‘smart’ way to spot schizophrenia signs – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34656921

From their website;

Most people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia recognise warning signs that they are getting unwell – for example poor sleep or increased anxiety.

Intervening early can prevent a full-blown psychotic episode. … prompt assistance could avoid months of distress.

I’ll be trialling a smartphone app called ExPRESS. The aim is to help people track their own warning signs of relapse. It asks them a series of personalised questions every week and sends this information securely to their care team. If warning signs increase above a critical level, the patient and their team take action to prevent relapse.


Basic symptoms

  • Being hypersensitive to sounds
  • Straight things appear crooked, and shapes can be distorted
  • Increased indecisiveness about small things
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Problems understanding or thinking of common words
  • A feeling of disconnection
  • Micropsia or macropsia – things seeming bigger or smaller than they actually are

Zipnosis raises $17M to accelerate growth of virtual service, add chronic conditions – MedCity NewsMedCity News

A telehealth company that developed a white labeled virtual care service has raised $17 million in a Series A round, according to a company statement.

Patients pay a service fee of about $25-$35 to use the service. They are asked a series of questions, an algorithm processes their responses, and the system uses that information to produce a clinical note, which is directed to the most appropriate physician. The idea is that patients get their query addressed in a few minutes through email, or by phone or video interaction if necessary.

Pearce said its approach has focused on 90 simple acute primary care conditions. Among them, common medical conditions such as sinus infections, bladder infections, pink eye, and colds. But he said Zipnosis is beginning to expand to chronic conditions. By the end of the first quarter, he said it would add hypertension and hyperlipidemia to the illnesses it covers.


Source: Zipnosis raises $17M to accelerate growth of virtual service, add chronic conditions – MedCity NewsMedCity News

With 37 acquisitions, 2015 tops 2014 for digital health M&A | MobiHealthNews

The final quarter of 2015 brought eight more digital health acquisitions, plus some larger scale acquisitions that could have reverberations throughout the world of digital health. The list below includes exits for a number of longtime and well-known players like Misfit, Lively, and Zamzee, though some of those acquisitions were under better circumstances than others.

A few buyers stand out with multiple acquisitions throughout the year.

  • Indian practice management company Practo topped the list with four acquisitions: Insta Health, Qikwell, Fitho, and Genii. 

  • Welltok picked up Zamzee, Silverlink, and Predilytics.

  • Under Armour bought MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, and Gritness. And finally,

  • IBM bought Explorys, Phytel, and Merge. And, still worth mentioning with just two 2015 acqusitions, Weight Watchers picked up Weilo and Hot5, both presumably to build out its mobile offering.

  • Fossil Group will buy wearables company Misfit for $260 million, the companies announced in November.

  • In October, San Diego, California-based PatientSafe Solutions bought the assets of Merck subsidiary Vree Health for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will help the care coordination and provider workflow company expand its offerings to the home care market in addition to the hospital.

Source: With 37 acquisitions, 2015 tops 2014 for digital health M&A | MobiHealthNews

mHealth at CES 2016: Will It Be Enough to Attract Healthcare?

With mHealth on tap at CES 2016, healthcare just might pay attention

Source: mHealth at CES 2016: Will It Be Enough to Attract Healthcare?

Turning to Telehealth For a Good Night’s Sleep

Consumers, doctors turn to telehealth to battle sleep disorders

Source: Turning to Telehealth For a Good Night’s Sleep

The Value of Consumer Access & Use of Online Health Records

Lo Res  Version of the Infografic published by the Health IT Buzz Bloga service of HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator* for Health Information Technology (ONC).


Original – in full detail – available on their website



* About ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.

Is Consumer Telehealth – TeleCare Effective?

Can a doctor who sees his patient on a screen only, appropriately prescribe medications? Are doctor’s prescribing habits the same in a virtual consultation, as it is in their office? According to researchers from RAND, they are similar, to a certain extent. While companies involved in TeleHealth tend to suggest, in their studies, that antibiotics are […]

Source: Is Consumer Telehealth – TeleCare Effective?

Xiaomi’s Mi Band Pulse is a $15 fitness tracker with a heart rate sensor | Android Central


From their website;

Xiaomi has unveiled its second-generation fitness tracker in China over the weekend, the Mi Band Pulse. Set to go on sale on November 11 — or Singles’ Day — the tracker comes with an optical heart rate sensor, retaining a design that’s similar to its predecessor.

The Mi Band Pulse shares the $15 (99 Yuan) asking price as the first-gen model, making it one of the most affordable fitness trackers available today. The addition of the heart rate sensor means that it now offers a more comprehensive activity tracking solution, which includes steps tracking, calorie intake and quality of sleep.

New Xiaomi Mi Band 2 with optical heart rate sensor


With more pictures this is the xiaomi mi-band pulse on their own website.

Xiaomi website says the fitness band will calculate calories burned but one thing it doesn’t clarify is how the device tracks calories, which is a feature described on the Android Central website.

The addition of the heart rate sensor means that it now offers a more comprehensive activity tracking solution, which includes steps tracking, calorie intake and quality of sleep. – Android Central.

1 in 10 “eConsults” shown to need f2f

Announcement/ Alert the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For the purposes of this study of more than 5,000 encounters, eConsults were text based messages (presumably email). Just over 500 (10%) needed a face to face appointment. The reason given for those appointments was enlightening – 75% were because of diagnostic uncertainty and only 1% were because of urgency or physical examination.

It would be interesting to analyse the specialties that were included and some of the detailed characteristics might shed even more light; for example age, sex, ethnicity/ language, educational attainment, severity of illness, underlying co-morbidity/ long term condition and the previous clinical history between doctor-patient.


From their website:

J Telemed Telecare. 2015 Sep 22. pii: 1357633X15602634. [Epub ahead of print]

Early e-consultation face-to-face conversions.

Pecina JL1, North F2.

Author information:

·  1Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA pecina.jennifer@mayo.edu.

·  2Department of Primary Care Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA.



E-consultations are asynchronous, text-based consultations. The specialist e-consultant answers clinical questions in a similar way to a standard consultation but the questions and answers are sent electronically. The e-consultant has access to some or all of the medical record but does not have contact with the patient. Although e-consultations are meant to substitute for face-to-face (F2F) consultations, a significant proportion of e-consultations are converted to F2F consultations.


We examined e-consultation content from a sample of e-consultations that had subsequent F2F visits in the same specialty as the e-consultation within 28 days of the e-consultation.


Out of 5115 e-consultations, there were a total of 547 (10.7%) early F2F conversions. One hundred and fifty-one e-consultations with subsequent early F2F conversions were reviewed in eight specialties. In 64% of the F2F conversions, specialists recommended the F2F consultations. In 75% there were complex diagnostic or treatment considerations. In only 1% was there a sense of medical urgency or a stated need for physical examination.


E-consultations convert to F2F consultations primarily at the request of the specialist. Diagnostic and treatment complexity appear to be the main reasons. We found little evidence that patients decided independently to get a F2F visit or that specialists needed a F2F visit to perform a physical examination. Although e-consultations might not be a complete substitute for F2F consultations, they may serve as an entry level consultation that could be supplemented by a video consultation as needed for cases with more diagnostic and treatment complexity.

© The Author(s) 2015.

PMID: 26395892 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Push doctor is not that much different to using a telephone.

Take a look at @pulsetoday’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/pulsetoday/status/629000441041326081?s=09

75% of Patients Wouldn’t Trust A Diagnosis Via Telemedicine


Very interesting info graphic based on a recent study.




image from hitconsultant.net


Telehealth Consult – Telemedicine Software | AMD Global Telemedicine

From their own website

Telehealth Consult is a web-based patient record system designed specifically for the needs of both live and deferred telemedicine consultations.

Source: Telehealth Consult – Telemedicine Software | AMD Global Telemedicine

Digital Health Intelligence Limited

From their website;

People are keen to use digital health services, but have little knowledge of those already on offer and are keener for them to support than replace traditional services


The article goes on to detail that there is a low awareness about digi-health sevices that are already available, for example only 4% know that they can access their own GP records online.

CliniCloud – Tech Specs

Clinicloud is a mobile phone based stethoscope and thermometer that is designed to allow online connection direct to a Dr and is due for release in September 2015.


From their own website

Digital Stethoscope + Non-contact Thermometer

CliniCloud is a connected medical kit designed for the home. Now you can closely monitor every fever, chill, cough, wheeze or cold. You can even get a medical consultation in the comfort of your own home.





Digital Health Intelligence Limited – EMIS datasharing

UK’s Biggest GP clinical information system, Emis widens data sharing ambitions

ColdBox Application Template

Source: Digital Health Intelligence Limited

Home Health Technologies | Tractica

From a recently published analysis of Telehealth;

(Telehealth can be defined as) connected devices, services, and applications used by a consumer outside of a clinical setting for medical, health, or wellness purposes

… home health technology is becoming increasingly recognized by the healthcare industry as an effective means of curbing healthcare costs and producing better patient outcomes.

According to a recent report from Tractica, the global market for home health technologies will grow from $3.4 billion in 2014 to more than $13.7 billion by 2020.


Push Doctor ⇒ Online Doctor Consultation, Talk to a UK GP

image from pushdoctor.co.uk
image from pushdoctor.co.uk
image from pushdoctor.co.uk
image from pushdoctor.co.uk

Source: Push Doctor ⇒ Online Doctor Consultation, Talk to a UK GP


Well established UK telehealth equipment and service provider.


From their website;

Medvivo Careline delivers telecare services centred around individual need, supporting our clients to remain safe at home for as long as possible.


integrating health and care | telehealth solutions | telecare


Electronic Stethoscope – Thinklabs




Telehealth’s Potential: Improved Access to Care, Patient Outcomes | Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation


USA Only – video consultations – Doctor On Demand


CliniCloud offers consumers smartphone-enabled stethoscope, thermometer for video visits | mobihealthnews


Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope

Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope.

Doctor on Demand Brings Doctors and Psychologists to your Phone | Digital Trends


Google testing video chats with doctors | Digital Trends


6 Wearables For People with Dangerous Health Conditions | Digital Trends

From thier  website;

Health concerns have, arguably, been the major force driving the recent explosion of wearable tech. Over the past couple of years, simple fitness trackers like the Jawbone Up and Fitbit’s various iterations have seemingly become nearly as ubiquitous as the smartphones they tether to, while their basic step counting and calorie monitoring has become baseline functionality in the smartwatch space.
Heck, even our headphones are starting to get their own built-in heart monitoring. It’s a net positive, of course. After decades of technology being held at least partially responsible for the growing obesity epidemic, it’s great to see technology makers taking both figurative and literal steps to help us help ourselves to get in shape.
And while exercising more certainly has long-term health benefits, manufacturers are also looking to wearables to help tackle more serious health concerns. Below are some new types of wearables emerging.

  • Diabetes Wearables
  • Intel Parkinson’s Wearable
  • Lifekeeper
  • CarePredict Tempo
  • Wearables for the Hearing Impaired
  • Wearables for the Visually Impaired





CarePredict Tempo