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Digital health market continues to 'mature' in 2015

The digital health market continues to mature as we move into the second half of 2015, with Fitbit's IPO and a focus on personalized medicine leading the way, according to a mid-year report from StartUp Health.

Joseph Kvedar: Connectivity key to 'knit together' health data

As patients continue to receive care outside of the standard hospital setting--such as at home and retail clinics--connectivity will be key, according to Joseph Kvedar, M.D., director for the Boston-based Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health.

Robotic-assisted tele-rounding effective for NICU patients

Robotic-assisted telemedicine is an effective way to perform bedside rounds for ill infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units, new research concludes.

Why the 21st Century Cures Act is unsafe legislation

The 21st Century Cures Act contains good ideas for streamlining development and evaluation of new drugs and devices, but other provisions could lead to an approval process that is less safe, according to a perspective article in  The New England Journal of Medicine.

BlackBerry mulls bacteria-free smartphone for health professionals

BlackBerry is considering building a new device specific to the healthcare industry that would feature bacteria-fighting technology.

FDA issues draft guidance on UDI 'marking'

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance on the "marking" feature for medical devices with a unique device identifier as part of a medical device postmarket surveillance system.

Why security must be top focus of mHealth wearable data exchange strategy

The explosive growth of mHealth wearables, illustrated by Fitbit's recent IPO and the debut of Apple's Watch earlier this year, isn't happening without some concerns and serious worries about user security.

How physicians should embrace mobile device use

There are many reasons physicians should embrace mobile devices in their workday, from sharing and accessing data to real-time communications and fostering telehealth initiatives, according to John Smithwick, CEO of Nashville, Tennessee-based patient engagement and care-coordination platform company RoundingWell.

iPhone app, ResearchKit power LGBT health research effort

A comprehensive mHealth research effort, termed the PRIDE study, will focus on LGBT health and tap iPhone users and online participants to create the biggest database of mental, social and physical issues impacting the gay and transgender populations.

Google develops mHealth wristband

Google is developing a mHealth wristband for pharma clinical trials and drug tests to provide research teams real-time data on patient vital signs, from pulse and heart rates to light exposure and noise level monitoring.