Google previews Google Fit and Google I/O.
 
As expected Google gave a preview of its digital health and fitness platform today at the Google I/O developer's conference. Also, as expected, it's exactly like Apple's HealthKit.
 
“We want to help users keep track of their fitness goals,” Ellie Powers, product manager for Google Play, said. “So...
June 25th, 2014
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Aside from reviews on Amazon, it's not often you hear from the user side of wearable tech. Humorist and author David Sedaris, writing for The New Yorker shared his experience "living the Fitbit life" in a series of anecdotes that share some surprising insights into consumer engagement in wearable tech.

It's a look at how wearable tech can influence both health and social habits as Sedaris details his regular journeys collecting garbage around his neighborhood – buoyed in part by his desire to reach Fitbit's step goals. It's also an interesting look into consumer/patient compliance. Studies have shown that wearables have a long-term compliance issue, with many users dropping their device after six months. Sedaris even talks about a few friends who abandoned their...

June 24th, 2014
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After nearly five years in the planning, the FDA released the initial draft on character-restricted social media platform messaging (essentially Twitter).

As usual, it’s a big hot mess for marketing communications, regulatory and legal affairs professionals within medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

The draft of the proposed FDA Internet/Social Media Platform Policy for Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices would require that pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers be able to both ‘make a product benefit claim’ and ‘incorporate risk information’ in the 140 character space limitation on Twitter.

Just how does a company wordsmith a...

June 23rd, 2014
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The global market for interventional cardiology devices, including stents, valves and balloons is expected to reach $26.06 billion by 2020, according to latest reports. The continued rise in the interventional cardiology device segment can be attributed to aging populations and the increasing prevalence of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, particularly in highly developed nations.

Bringing interventional cardiology devices to market is no easy task and is only increasing in complexity. Designing and executing successful clinical trials for such devices that will result in regulatory approval, reimbursement and clinical adoption is challenging and requires a detailed, long-term clinical strategy. Here are three key elements to consider when companies are developing and commercializing implantable, interventional cardiology devices.

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June 20th, 2014
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360 Brain and Body Headband

Martin Kawalaski, a doctor from Poland, visualizes a circular headband that would not only track the regular metrics of heart rate and breathing but in sports mode also provide informaiton on metabolic index, hydration and electrolytes. In focus mode, sensors in conjunction with monitors can provide information on brain activity, stress level as well as acoustic otoemission, a specific noise emitted by ears and mindfulness index. This helps provide a clearer picture of a person's mental state.

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June 19th, 2014
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Medical History 2.0

A permanent, but invisible tattoo that contains a person'e medical history is what Mael Flament, a U.S. physics student has imagined. The device would constantly update with current information including prescriptions being taken. The medical history 2.0 device was the winner in the second round of Intel's Make It Wearable challenge. 

 

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June 19th, 2014
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Anti SIDS Medical Device

This device, created by Diego Delia of Argentica is worn by a baby under the age of one with the goal of preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is a glove with a cap to which a flavored pacifier can be added, and it delivers a mild stimulation when it detects a lack of oxygenation. Parents or caregivers can also be alerted if low oxygenation level is detected. Apno Systems is developing the device 

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June 19th, 2014
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Cancer Detector Bracelet

Created by Nourhan Taymoor, a U.S. software engineering student, the device is a chip in a bracelet that can detect early stage cancer. The chip has the ability to screen every gene in human DNA in every cell in the body and compare it to the person's genome stored in the chip. If the screening finds any difference like missing codes or damaged DNAs, it will begin immediately to record the activity of those abnormal cells. It also has the ability to read out on the bracelet which gene it finds abnormal and what its position is as well as the gene code that is showing the mutation. The device imagined is also able to store vast amounts of data collected from the human body. 

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June 19th, 2014
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Wearable technology has taken stirred the imagination of consumers and researchers alike. From Apple and Samsung, who are trying to create consumer wearables to companies like MC10 and iRhythm that are creating wearables for clinical purposes, the potential for wearables in our planet seems to be boundless.

Intel Corp. has created the Make It Wearable challenge, a global competition that is currently ongoing, to spur people's imagination in what is possible in life, and not simply in health, with wearables. The winner in round four out of five of the Dream it or Visionary Track, which encourages people to dream up the coolest concepts, was Gin Lee of Taiwan who imagined wearable nails whose patterns can be changed via mobile apps. Winners of each five rounds of...

June 19th, 2014
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Apple and Samsung aren't the only one's making big announcements in digital health this year. According to a Forbes exclusive, Google is set to announce its own platform for aggregating mhealth data from smartphones, wearables, and other devices. If Google Fit sounds remarkably similar to Apple's HealthKit you're right. While Google says it has been working on Google Fit for some time, the platform is clearly targeting the same functionality. There is no word yet whether Google Fit will be standalone or function as part of Google's...

June 16th, 2014
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