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Novartis launches ViaOpta Apple Watch app

Novartis' VitaOpta app
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Novartis has launched new features of its ViaOpta app for use with the Apple Watch and other wearable devices.

The app, which is available for iPhone and Android phones, has been updated to help people with visual impairments.

The app encourages visually impaired people to be more independent through step-by-step navigation and helps people who use the app to recognise everyday items such as money, colours, objects and people.

Health wearable Fitbit leads the market

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The firm has gained an edge by tapping into a flourishing ‘corporate wellness’ industry

Health and fitness wearable device Fitbit has beaten expectations as the company’s shares soar following its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. 

In the face of stiff competition from Apple’s watch and other wearable tech from Android and Microsoft, Fitbit is leadin

NHS England unveils digital roadmap

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The overhaul also means NHS Choices will be seen as the digital front-facing door for online health services

NHS England has laid out digital technology plans that it says will completely transform services and improve health outcomes using technology and data.

Furthermore, through an increased use of digital tech in the UK this could result in efficiency savings up to £10 billion by 2020, note the new proposals which include monitoring patients’ conditions remotely to free-up GP appointments. 

London hospital pilots Apple watch app in chemotherapy

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Through the wearable patients will be able to track their symptoms and temperature

King's College Hospital in London is piloting a scheme whereby cancer patients moving through chemotherapy treatments are given an Apple Watch to manage their medication. 

Running a chemotherapy app made by British firm Medopad, patients will be able to receive notifications through their wrist via Apple’s tech – with the aim being to improve treatment adherence.

Most anticipated health wearable lands shortly

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The most closely-watched outcome from a life sciences perspective amongst the Watch feedback will be Apple’s ResearchKit platform

Consumers can order Apple’s eagerly anticipated watch now as the industry waits to see just what impact it could have upon healthcare following some mixed reviews in the media. 

Landing on 24 April there is not likely to be large queues outside of Apple stores on this occasion, as is now familiar with releases from the US tech giant – not because its latest product is not desirable – but because people will be able to order and receive it sooner online instead.

E-clinical: the rise of new health technologies

Published on 13/04/15 at 08:02am
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Wearable health tech like the Nike FuelBand can sync with smartphone apps – but can they go from being fads for the health-conscious to helping the seriously ill?

In the UK the NHS is generally considered to be traditionally resistant to new technology, but it has been forced to embrace it in recent years. 

The tech creep started in 2006, when the-then Labour government launched three pilots in 2006, known as the ‘Whole System Demonstrators’, to test the benefits of assistive technologies like telecare and telehealth.

The pilots were the largest of their kind in the UK – over 3,000 patients were recruited in Cornwall, Kent and Newham to receive an assistive technology or to act as controls by receiving usual care. 

Apple highlights ‘ResearchKit’ through watch launch

Apple’s senior VP of operations Jeff Williams presented ResearchKit at the watch
Apple’s senior VP of operations Jeff Williams presented ResearchKit at the watch launch

US tech giant Apple has finally launched its digital wearable device along with a ResearchKit platform that allows apps to be used in medical research.

At an Apple event yesterday it unveiled its Sport, Watch and Watch Edition offerings to go on sale in the UK from the end of April – priced £299, £479 and £8,000.

Most Americans ready for health wearables and apps

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Americans are ready and willing to leverage health apps and wearable devices in order to improve their personal health according to a new study.

Findings from a Makovsky/Kelton ‘Pulse of Online Health’ survey that is designed to uncover shifts in consumer behaviours around digital health info, also reveals that consumers are even ready to disclose online personal data if it leads to improved treatment choices.

“Smartphones and wearables are driving a major behavioural shift in consumer health and wellness,” says Gil Bashe, an executive VP at Makovsky Health.

Google search results to include health facts

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Google is set to introduce health information directly into its search results as increasing numbers of people use search engines for medical purposes.

When searching for a condition, the ‘Knowledge Graph’ information box will appear at the top of the results and show the typical symptoms and treatments, as well as other details like how common it is, what ages it affects, and whether it is critical or contagious.

Apple hails health benefits of new watch

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Users of the upcoming Apple Watch will be prompted to be more active because ‘sitting is the new cancer’ according to Apple boss Tim Cook.

The California-based company’s chief executive told delegates at a recent Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference that the device will “tap you on the wrist to remind you to get up and move”.

He explained that the gadget’s latest trick is to give you a small vibration encouraging the user to be more energetic and keep fit.

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