Investment in digital health rose to its highest level for the first quarter of the year at $1.6 billion compared with $909 million for the same time last year, according to a new report by Rock Health. That figure reflected investment across 77 digital health deals, dominated by the category of disease diagnosis in terms of total investment and monitoring of disease category in terms of deal volume.
The first quarter of 2018 was light on mergers and acquisitions compared to previous quarters, but those that did crop up were significant, including major companies like Fitbit, Allscripts, Roche, and Johnson & Johnson.
The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health plans to expand its digital health pre-certification pilot program by the end of 2018, the center's associate director for digital health Bakul Patel said March 22, according to Regulatory Focus.
Patients can access their record through a code for their iPhone. The idea is to help patients better understand their medical history, improve the quality of interactions with their physicians and family members, and make more informed decisions about their care.
The North-West charity aims to build the world’s first autism assessment and diagnostic centre in Wirral, where biometric technology will be used to measure physiological properties of people with autism.
The research compared patient care metrics at hospitals that had experienced a data breach and those that had not. For instance, the study examined the proportion of heart attack patients that die within 30 days of being admitted to a health system.
A wearable device, developed by researchers at the GI Innovation Group out of the University of California San Diego, can track electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The device works similarly to how an ECG would work for the heart, but instead it monitors the electrical activities of gastrointestinal tract.
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