FDA permits marketing of artificial intelligence-based device to detect certain diabetes-related eye problems
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of the first medical device to use artificial intelligence to detect greater than a mild level of the eye disease diabetic retinopathy in adults who have diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high levels of blood sugar lead to damage in the blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among the more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults.
“Early detection of retinopathy is an important part of managing care for the millions of people with diabetes, yet many patients with diabetes are not adequately screened for diabetic retinopathy since about 50 percent of them do not see their eye doctor on a yearly basis,” said Malvina Eydelman, M.D., director of the Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Today’s decision permits the marketing of a novel artificial intelligence technology that can be used in a primary care doctor’s office. The FDA will continue to facilitate the availability of safe and effective digital health devices that may improve patient access to needed health care.”read more
上海2018年11月6日電 /美通社/ — 中國領先的一站式醫療健康生態平台平安好醫生 (01833.HK) 宣佈，其研發的國內首個商業化運營的無人診所 — 「一分鐘診所」正式亮相烏鎮景區，它將為附近居民、景區遊客及世界互聯網大會嘉賓提供快速、便捷的一站式醫療健康服務。read more
French startup Doctolib will take advantage of recent legal changes that will make telemedicine legal in France. Starting on January 1st, you’ll be able to book face-to-face appointments on Doctolib as well as remote appointments.read more
China’s health authority has launched three documents that govern Internet medical practices.
The National Health Commission (NHC) released the three documents, which are for trial use, detailing the management of online therapy, Internet hospitals and telemedicine. They aim to further regulate online medical diagnosis and treatment, give consideration to the positive role of telemedicine services and improve the efficiency of medical services.read more
When the new Apple Watch heart monitoring app can get a reading, it can accurately detect that a person has an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation 99 percent of the time, according to a study of the new device that Apple submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.read more
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — MedX Health Corp. (“MedX”) (TSX-V:MDX) announced today that it is launching DermSecure™, its telemedicine platform, in six Ontario clinics. MedX will begin rolling out DermSecure™ across Ontario and subsequently Canada while finalizing its introduction into a number of international markets. It is currently working on a DermSecure™ roll-out with its Spanish distribution partner as well as plans for the US, Mexico, and the Netherlands. MedX’s DermSecure™ has been built to the leading data repository standards to allow for integration with Electronic Medical Record (EMR’s) systems. Its development roadmap includes the addition of features and functions to the DermSecure™ platform that will be released on a regular basis.read more
The industry of telemedicine is at a tipping point, expanding far beyond interactions between physicians and patients into entirely new ways to deliver healthcare and practice medicine. In recognition of this phenomenon, Phoenix-based Banner Health, a trendsetter with a robust history employing this technology, will scrap the term telemedicine in the future and employ the expression virtual health.read more
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a daily pill that can reduce someone’s risk of getting HIV anywhere between 70 and 90 percent. The World Health Organization and the CDC both support the drug for HIV prevention, but a lot of it is still sitting unprescribed on pharmacy shelves across the country.
Now, telemedicine — which uses technology like video chatting — is helping get the drug to those who need it the most.read more
One recent morning LisaRose Wright, 53, woke up with the telltale signs of a urinary tract infection. She’d had UTIs before, so she knew she’d be miserable until she started antibiotics, but she didn’t have time to visit her doctor. “I had a huge work project due, and there was no way I could miss the deadline,” she recalls. She decided to try LiveHealth Online, a telemedicine app. Minutes later, she was video chatting with a board-certified physician. The doctor called in a prescription, and Wright picked up the pills on her way to work and got on with her busy day.read more
Ping An Good Doctor, China’s biggest online health care platform, aims to expand its services in Southeast Asia later this year to cater the growing demand from the region and mainlanders travelling for medical tourism.read more
Amar Gupta, PhD, a researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, told WRVO that there is a practical use for telemedicine that many healthcare organizations haven’t yet realized: a 24-hour “knowledge factory.”read more
Just four short years after its launch, the promise of his Babylon health service as a diagnostic platform is being delivered. As a self-proclaimed industry disruptor, the former Goldman Sachs executive has set his sights on a far more ambitious goal to ensure artificial intelligence can act as a health coach to protect users throughout their lives.read more
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Citizens Medical Center is earning recognition for delivering outstanding care to Victoria patients with stroke symptoms, thanks to an innovative system of telemedicine that connects patients with stroke experts in Houston.
The telemedicine program, which the hospital began using in 2010, gives patients and physicians at Citizens Medical Center access to experts at the teleneurology program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.read more
Video consultations may be a useful substitute for face-to-face consultations for some hospital outpatient appointments. This NIHR funded study provided insights into the conditions which made them better. When these practical and clinical conditions are met, video consultations can be safe and effective and are liked by staff and patients. But there are challenges in embedding new technology in routine practice, and these challenges may have been under-estimated.read more
A recent study sponsored by Avizia, a telehealth provider based in Reston, Va., shows that after all of the hype about telemedicine being the future of medicine, the vast majority of patients still don’t take advantage of the technology. In fact, 82 percent of patients surveyed said they don’t use a telemedicine service.read more
Bupa and HealthTap Announce a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Innovative Healthcare Solutions Worldwide
SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON, Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bupa, the international health and care company, and HealthTap, the world’s first Health Operating System powered by the largest network of interactive doctors and Artificial Intelligence, today announced a long term strategic partnership to transform the healthcare experience worldwide.
The partnership will bring together Bupa, with its leading health and care expertise, and HealthTap, one of the leading and most innovative health tech companies, to deploy a game-changing combination of digital and in-person healthcare.read more
Researchers say coaches can help RA patients with health apps, telemedicine, and other necessities. The result can be less stress and a healthier lifestyle.read more
Rehabilitation in your own living room: Hip- and knee-joint patients could soon benefit from new telemedical exercise therapy. Its effectiveness has been proven. The product should be available on the market in 2019read more
YES. Telemedicine — which, in reality, could just be talking on the telephone with a patient — has gradually developed to include technological tools, such as internet access and live video, that can enhance the doctor-patient relationship.read more
With spring allergies in full bloom, the wait to see a specialist in person can be several weeks but scheduling a same-day visit through telemedicine is virtually a click away.
An explosion of tree pollen this spring is setting off Dylan Kirch’s allergies. Instead of taking him for an office visit, Dylan’s mother Lisa sits with him at the kitchen table for a virtual visit over video with pediatrician Sylvia Romm.read more
Congress has taken another step forward to require the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to activate a special registration allowing physicians and nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine without an in-person exam.read more
Insurance companies in the worker’s compensation sector are increasingly interested in adding digital health tools to monitor and assess employees. Travelers insurance reflects this trend with its move to adopt telemedicine services. The idea is to give qualified injured employees an alternative to going to an emergency room and reduce healthcare costs.read more
Completing an effort several years in the making, the Booneville School District will be able to offer medical services to its students on campus beginning next year.
They will do so through a telemedicine agreement with Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
The school board approved the contract Tuesday and interim superintendent Scotty Pierce signed the document before ACH representative Carla Sparks.read more
The Travelers Companies announced yesterday that it would be adding new digital resources to improve healthcare and claims access for employee customers who have experienced a workplace injury.read more
Ask someone who has a child diagnosed with autism about wait times for lining up services, and they measure in months. The backup is only expected to build as the number of children on the autism spectrum balloons. Vanderbilt is now trying out a stopgap to squeeze in more kids — telemedicine.
Modern technology makes treatment via video conferencing relatively simple to set up. Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders just ships families an iPad on a special tripod controlled from afar.read more
近日，美國糖尿病遠程醫療公司Virta Health 獲得4500萬美元的B輪融資。本輪融資方包括Venrock, Obvious Ventures, Creandum, Caffeinated Capital, SciFi VC 等此前的投資者，以及 Founders Fund和Playground Global等新投資方。
Virta Health公司由房地產搜索引擎Trulia的前總裁 Sami Inkinen，聯合加州大學戴維斯分校的名譽教授Stephen Phinney博士、俄亥俄州立大學教授Jeff Volek博士共同創立。公司成立之初曾獲得3700萬美元的投資。read more
Michael Tracy, MD, received an urgent phone call from a patient who had cut his hand and was bleeding; his patient wanted to know if he should visit Tracy’s office or go straight to the emergency department.read more
At four grocery stores around Tampa Bay, Florida, people can pop into a private room near the pharmacy and chat with a physician or pediatrician via teleconference about simple medical problems such as sore throats, rashes or colds. Following visits which typically last about 10 minutes, physicians can write a prescription or refer patients to a primary care provider or urgent care center in more serious cases.read more
Patients at the Mayo Clinic’s network of Intensive Care Units now have an extra pair of expert eyes watching over them as they recover.
The world-renowned research and treatment facility has built a central telemedicine hub to monitor half a dozen ICUs at once, boosting the level of care available to its patients. The innovation is as a big a step forward for telemedicine itself as it is for healthcare in general. The technology of using video conferencing to link patients and doctors in real-time visual conversation is moving beyond experiment to be implemented as a practical healthcare aid.read more
In response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, telemedicine services are now being offered as support for all individuals directly impacted. Today, MDLive, a leading provider of telemedicine services will offer free online behavioral health counseling sessions and will be available until March 31.read more
It’s the middle of the night, and the elderly patient—let’s call her Mrs. Smith—has shortness of breath and a low-grade fever.
If Mrs. Smith’s condition had changed during the day, the nurse would have called the medical official who serves skilled nursing facilities, once known primarily as nursing homes.
But it’s another matter when a patient gets sick after hours or on weekends and holidays, when doctors and nurse practitioners are trying to enjoy their time off like everyone else.read more
Telehealth or telemedicine is becoming an increasingly important part of healthcare systems around the world. In the Canadian context, we have lagged behind Europe and the U.S. due to the public nature of our healthcare system.read more
Most technology entrepreneurs get their new ventures off the ground by relocating to Silicon Valley.
Dr. Timothy Peck instead moved from Silicon Valley into a nursing home in Long Island, New York. For three months in 2015, Peck, a Harvard-trained physician, lived in a cot in the conference room of Central Island Healthcare.read more
In response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, telemedicine services are now being offered as support for all individuals directly impacted. Today, MDLive, a leading provider of telemedicine services will offer free online behavioral health counseling sessions and will be available until March 31read more
An Erie physician is opening two new medical offices Sunday morning, ones that don’t have waiting rooms, examination tables or even stethoscopes.
Psychxpress and eUrgicare are online medical offices that offer psychiatry and urgent care, respectively, without the patient ever leaving his or her home. Patients access the medical office through their computers, tablets or smartphones by visiting www.psychxpress.com and www.eurgicare.com.read more
When people think about direct-to-consumer telemedicine, they often think of video visits or phone calls. But Kaiser Permanente Colorado has discovered that, for the integrated system, a simple text chat is an easier sell — as its impressive uptake numbers demonstrate.read more
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) telemedicine is growing at an ever-expanding rate due to new phone, computer, app technology and patient demand. Now, patients can quickly assess healthcare providers for phone or video visits via their personal devices. For hospitals and providers, the big draw with virtual visits is the potential savings involved in replacing physician office visits and ER visits.read more
Singapore’s proposed Healthcare Services Bill to regulate telemedicine and make data contribution to the NEHR mandatory
All patients will by default have their specified health data contributed to the NEHR. However, patients who do not wish for their records to be accessed via the NEHR will be able to opt-out. They will continue to have their information uploaded to the NEHR, but with access blocked.read more
Imagine this: Your entire medical record is on the blockchain. Monitoring systems and IoT devices automatically update your data, so when you go for diagnostic tests, the results are recorded without a third party. Because of the immutability of blockchain technology, your medical records cannot be changed, and the results are available from anywhere, without any other system, as long as you have the right credentials. Insurance is tied into the system and can be paid out automatically through smart contracts. Even clinical trials have their data automatically recorded, so they can’t be tampered with.read more
A trade group for allergists and immunologists has issued a position paper supporting telemedicine and telehealth, saying the technology can improve outcomes while cutting costs.read more
Policy makers should reconsider their unequivocal support for these systems
General practice in the UK, as in many other countries, is under considerable strain. Despite rising list sizes and an increasingly elderly population with complex needs, the number of full time equivalent general practitioners has fallen.1 Patients report recent deterioration in the accessibility of GP services.2 UK health policy makers have suggested that alternatives to face to face consultations could improve patient access and alleviate staff workload, and local commissioners have invested heavily to promote the uptake of such alternative approaches based on telephone or electronic consulting.read more