Primary care doctors in England have been told by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to prescribe a digital therapeutic instead of sleeping tablets for patients suffering with insomnia. Sleepio, an app developed by London-based Big Health Ltd. that uses an algorithm to provide personalized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), could benefit up to 800,000 people, according to NICE. It is recommending use of the app as an effective alternative to drugs such as zolpidem and zopiclone, after weighing evidence from 28 studies, including 12 randomized controlled trials.
Sidekick Health AB expanded its partnership with Pfizer Inc., adding an atopic dermatitis offering to its integrated digital therapeutics solution. The app will roll out first in the U.K., followed by Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Ireland and Japan this year.
Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) recently updated its guidelines for software as medical devices (SaMDs) to broaden its scope on a number of related matters. The new guidelines were finalized after an industry input period when the HSA collected feedback until the middle of August 2021. It marks the second revision of HSA guidelines on SaMDs, the first revision was meted out in April 2020.
The European Commission (EC) has proposed new legislation directed toward formation of a European Health Data Space (EHDS), which is nominally intended to address some perceived gaps in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While this legislative proposal seems to interact with both the GDPR and pending EU legislation on artificial intelligence, the EHDS takes on the massive challenge of compulsory interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs). The EC unveiled the proposal with an emphasis on health data accessibility, although both the European Council and the European Parliament will now have their say over how the legislation will ultimately read.
Rennes University Hospital in France has just this April completed a surgical procedure in the operating room wirelessly, thanks to the 5G network. Cardiologist Erwan Donal performed a heart operation there on a simulation manikin, monitored remotely from Athens, Greece, by heart surgeon Alexandros Stefanidis, from the department of cardiology at the General Hospital of Nikea.
Beacon Biosignals Inc. has teamed up with Stratus Inc., a provider of electroencephalogram (EEG) services, to improve at-home brain monitoring and neurodiagnostics using Beacon’s machine learning-driven neuroanalytics platform. The collaboration will increase opportunities for home-based studies of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.
Pharma and tech companies including Amazon Inc., Astrazeneca plc, Pfizer Inc., Merck & Co. Inc. and Teva Inc. are partnering with an innovation lab based in Israel to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) driven antibody discovery. Rehovot, Israel-based Aion Labs recently launched a venture hub for innovators and scientists from around the world.
Wysa Ltd.’s artificial intelligence-based digital therapy received FDA breakthrough device designation for adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain, depression and anxiety. The device delivers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) via a digital companion or conversational agent on a smartphone.
In the post COVID world, digital transformation is at the forefront of every company’s agenda, but which innovations can fuel the next era of health care? At the ongoing Biomed Israel conference in Tel Aviv, Anat Naschitz founder and CEO of 9xchange and co-founder of Orbimed Israel, lead a digital health track exploring the technologies aiming to reconstruct the future of health care.
Ten years from now, what medical technologies will generate the most economic value and where is the industry heading? At the annual Biomed Israel conference, held in Tel Aviv, health care, pharmaceutical and technology advisor, and board director Sandra Morgan examined research from consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and beyond on the biggest innovation trends in the sector.