Digital health news roundup: Fitness trackers in study shocker

September 22, 2016

Author: Matt Arnold, Principal Analyst

 

 

  • Walgreens launched a “teledermatology” service, DermatologistOnCall, which offers consults with board-certified derms in the US through Iagnosis. Patients can upload photos of their skin condition to a secure platform and get diagnoses and treatment plans for $59 per consult.

 

 

  • Novartis is testing app-based digital coaching as a means of improving adherence in clinical trials. The apps, serving as a kind of virtual study nurse, are being incorporated into three-to-five clinical trials to test impact on adherence. Novartis has found that coaching programs in diabetes increased HbA1C 2%-3%, and coaching apps are not subject to logistical and data privacy concerns, since data is only shared with a coach – not a health system.

 

 

 

 

 

  • New leadership at WebMD as CEO David Schlanger stepped down and was replaced by president Steven Zatz, who previously headed advertising and sponsorships. Company revenues were up 13% for Q2, and under Schlanger’s leadership, WebMD made a sharp pivot to mobile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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