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Rounding up what’s news: LindaCare, TytoCare funding; Medicare telehealth parity, Norway’s big cyberhack, Virta reversing diabetes, DARPA’s 60th birthday

...click to enlargeYour Editor’s been away and then largely out of pocket over the past two weeks. Here’s our roundup/catchup beyond the bombshells: In remote patient monitoring for chronic disease, Philips, PMV, and other investors invested €7 million ($8.6 million) in Belgium’s/Hartford CT’s LindaCare. The Series B funding will accelerate its US expansion of OnePulse for remote monitoring of chronic heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia patients with Cardiac Implanted Electronic Devices (CIED). It is in use in major European hospitals and in US trials, though there is no mention in the release or on their website on CE... Continue Reading

Get happier, lose weight, be fitter–the efficacy of apps debated in studies present and future pilots

...surprisingly, price–that higher-priced apps had greater potential for behavior change. Possible reasons were that the apps provide additional features or have higher quality programming and functionality. (And user investment?) One growing area for apps is mental health, where the metrics are solidly behavioral and the condition is chronic. The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has moved forward in favor of piloting them with NHS England. The latest is one from Germany, Deprexis, that uses texts, emails, questionnaires, and cognitive behavioral therapy to give feedback to users. It also has tools to relax users through audio and... Continue Reading

5 vital signs, one ‘heavyweight’ device on the back of your Moto X smartphone

...uploaded to their app via Bluetooth. This Editor is impressed with the idea of consumers not having to work with multiple devices but sees two definite drawbacks: size of the Vital Moto Mod and the cost of both up to $499. They are most useful to those who have to monitor multiple vitals for chronic conditions, yet they are both, at this time, stand-alone, not reimbursable, and not integrated with any major telehealth system. It’s yet to be seen if they will be accepted by telehealth companies (which kit their tablets or hubs with multiple devices), payers, and patients.... Continue Reading

Robots, robots at CES: ElliQ, Sophia the ‘humanoid’, companions, pets, butlers, maids…and at a supermarket near you?

...best behavior. Going on the fritz were LG’s CLOi smart home controller–on stage, no less. YYD’s latest robot, not only a home assistant but also a health status/chronic disease monitor, died into screen code in front of a BBC reporter. One of Softbank’s Pepper robots (left) was so overwhelmed by the excitement of CES that it fainted. Perhaps time to return to the calm of the Ostend, Belgium hospital? [TTA 21 June 16] Wired UK, South China Morning Post, CNet Back in the Real World. Welcomed into Scottish supermarket chain Margiotta was ‘ShopBot’, dubbed Fabio. In an experiment run by... Continue Reading

Babylon’s ‘GP at hand’ has thousands of London patients in hand

...(and helpful in stemming the spread). These consults on average are available 2 1/2 hours after booking, which to us Yanks used to independent services seems a great delay. One-third are reportedly out of office hours. Duration of the visit is about 10 minutes, which is standard for in-person. What is suspected is that many do not realize that the GP at hand signup also changes your GP to the program. The GP partner quoted in the article claims that homeless people, those with mental health and multiple chronic conditions–not just the young and mobile-savvy–have signed up. This Editor will... Continue Reading

Advances in 2017 which may set the digital health stage for 2018

...reduced the amount of amyloid plaques in the brain linked with Alzheimer’s, reduced both chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, and slowed down the rate of nerve cell loss.” This treatment explores a known link between type 2 diabetes as a risk factor and the implications of both impaired insulin, linked to cerebral degenerative processes in type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, and insulin desensitization. Other type 2 diabetes drugs such as liraglutide have shown promising results versus the long trail of failed ‘amyloid busters‘. For an estimated 5.5 million in the US and 850,000 in the UK with Alzheimer’s and... Continue Reading

Health Care Homes – treating chronic diseases in Australia

...The second tranche of the so called “Health Care Homes” (HCHs) trial started enrolling and providing services click to enlargeyesterday (1st December 2017) in Australia according to Australia’s Department of Health. HCHs are existing General Practices (GPs) or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services providing a more systematic, coordinated care for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory problems. Patients who have been assessed as eligible can choose to enrol on the programme at a HCH and a care plan is then developed covering care to be received from their GP/ Aboriginal health worker and nurses... Continue Reading

OnePerspective: VA shows how technology can improve mental health care

...the previous decade. The VA system has trained more than 4,000 mental health providers in evidence-based psychotherapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions. It has expanded the use of telemedicine at its 150 medical centers and its 800 outpatient clinics. It is relying increasingly on telemental health to serve its beneficiaries, partly because nearly half of the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan live in rural areas. Mental health professionals are often unavailable in these regions, and it can be difficult for these veterans to travel to metropolitan areas where VA clinics and medical centers are located.... Continue Reading

Mayo Clinic’s Victor Montori MD calls for a ‘patient revolt’ for ‘careful and kind care’

...that relationship, with the goal to ensuring that “care fits into life and does not demand more than is sensible.” This 15-minute interview journeys from the medical privations Dr. Montori witnessed in his native Peru to his current work as an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic. You’ll want to buy the book after you listen. (And he should have included doctors in that revolt as well.) Podcast at Health News Review/Health News Watchdog. Previously in TTA on Dr. Montori’s contrarian views: Patient non-compliance=toxic healthcare system? and Is how we are treating patients for chronic diseases (and pre-diseases) all wrong?... Continue Reading

BU CTE Center post-mortem presentation on Aaron Hernandez: stage 3 CTE

...This past Thursday, Boston University CTE Center director Ann McKee presented the specific findings of the brain examination of New England Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez. Mr. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder when he committed suicide in his Massachusetts prison cell. The family donated his brain after his death. At age 27, his brain was determined to have Stage 3 (of 4) chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), with severe deposition of tau protein in the frontal lobes of the brain. Dr. McKee noted, “These are very unusual findings for someone so young”, stating that this level of damage... Continue Reading