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More veterans are accessing care via telehealth, VA says

December 4, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last month announced that an increasing number of veterans are using the department's telehealth services, pointing to a 235% increase in use of the VA Video Connect app in fiscal year 2019.

Janssen is launching its first entirely digital clinical trial

November 22, 2019


Johnson & Johnson's Jansen pharmaceutical subsidiary will launch the company's first-ever solely digital trial to test a potential new use for its diabetes drug Invokana, the company announced last weekend at the American Heart Association conference.

What health care will look like in 10 years, according to TIME

October 31, 2019


TIME recently rounded up 12 innovations that will transform "medicine at a remarkable pace" over the next decade, including drone-delivered medical supplies and a stem-cell cure for diabetes.

Alphabet has made an offer to acquire Fitbit

October 29, 2019


Sources on Monday told Reuters and CNBC that Alphabet, Google's parent company, has made an offer to acquire Fitbit—a move that could make Alphabet a major player in the wearable fitness tracker market.

Did your period-tracking app say you have a disorder? Here's why some experts are skeptical.

October 29, 2019


Period-tracking apps like Flo and Clue are releasing assessments that help determine users' risk of hormonal disorders—but experts say the assessments often are inaccurate and might cause unnecessary worry.

Are the stethoscope's days numbered?

October 25, 2019


The stethoscope is a stalwart in medical technology and a symbol of the medical profession, but recent advances in technology could mean the device's days are coming to an end.

FDA will not regulate fitness tracker apps, other healthy lifestyle software

September 30, 2019


FDA last week released guidelines clarifying how the agency will regulate digital health products, such as mobile apps and tools that use artificial intelligence to help doctors make clinical decisions.

CMS upgrades Medicare Plan Finder for the first time in a decade

September 4, 2019


CMS has launched a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder that aims to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their coverage options.

Does step count matter as much as we think?

August 23, 2019


Writing for the New York Times, Kim Tingley explores how step-counting became such an exercise fad, whether it is truly an effective way to measure physical activity, and how many daily steps one really needs to take to gain health benefits.

Patients at this hospital can text their doctors after surgery—and almost 80% said it improved their care

August 22, 2019


The orthopedics and sports medicine practice affiliated with Goshen Health in Indiana last year piloted a secure text messaging system that allows patients to contact doctors during recovery, and almost 80% of patients who test the system said the system improved their care.

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