Amazon's first HIPAA-compliant Alexa skills help track your healthcare

-text c-gray-1" >Alexa's involvement in healthcare is about to extend well beyond putting Echo speakers in hospital rooms. Amazon has unveiled the first-ever HIPAA-compliant Alexa skills, letting you use the voice assistant to take care of sensitive medical issues. Providence St. Joseph Health's skill can book a same-day appointment, for example, while Cigna and Express Scripts have introduced skills that respectively track wellness incentives and manage prescriptions. Livongo, meanwhile, has a skill for diabetics that can provide blood glucose readings and health tips.

2 years agoOther skills are coming from Atrium Health, Boston Hospital's post-surgery program and Swedish Health Connect. Amazon is also making an " глюкометр Глюкометры бесплатный глюкометр глюкометр ( Глюкометры глюкометр глюкометр ) HIPAA eligible environment" available to Alexa developers on an invitation basis in the US, so you can expect other skills that transmit sensitive health data.

The company is well aware that people will be nervous about trusting their medical information to a voice assistant. In a statement to TechCrunch, Amazon noted that it securely stores data with access controls and encryption. On top of this, HIPAA rules also require identifying any protected data as well as controlling and reviewing access. It's ultimately the individual developers' responsibility to ensure they honor the law, but Amazon is making sure it holds up its end of the bargain.

This is a major step for voice assistants, but not unexpected from a company that has been pushing aggressively into healthcare as of late. It bought PillPack to help start an online pharmacy business, and its team-up with JP Morgan Chase aims to keep health care costs down for employees. Alexa is really just the next logical step — Amazon could make itself indispensable to medical institutions wanting to simplify access to their services.

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Apple reportedly working on noninvasive diabetes sensors

id=«article-body» class=«row» section=«article-body»> A noninvasive approach to blood-sugar monitoring would be welcome news to the millions of people around the world suffering from diabetes.

Getty Images Apple is reportedly working on an initiative that may one day make diabetics' frequent and painful finger pricking a thing of the past.

The tech giant has a team of biomedical engineers working on sensors that will allow diabetics to monitor their blood sugar levels noninvasively, CNBC reported Wednesday. Diabetes is said to be one of the fastest growing diseases in the world, affecting one in 11 adults around the globe, according to the World Health Organization.

The efforts have been going on for глюкометр at least five years, with Apple already conducting feasibility trials at clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, sources told the business news channel.

In order to keep blood sugar levels in check, глюкометр diabetics must give themselves multiple finger prick blood tests throughout the day. These tests can be time consuming and painful. But they're crucial — if glucose levels get out of control, diabetics risk damage to their eyes, kidneys and heart.

Other tech companies have tried and so far failed to develop a testing procedure that avoids piercing the skin. Google said three years ago that it was working on contact lenses with sensors «so small they look like bits of glitter» to help diabetics monitor бесплатный глюкометр their glucose levels, but so far no product has been released.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Eyelid glucose sensor might pick up where Verily left off

-text c-gray-1" >Just because Alphabet's Verily shelved its glucose-monitoring contact lens doesn't mean you're stuck without an unintrusive way to manage diabetes. IEEE Spectrum has discovered a recent study that shows promise for Dutch startup Noviosense's own wearable glucose monitor, which measures tears by sitting in your lower eyelid. The spring-like coil was accurate enough that 95 percent of its data was either as good as blood or close enough to be acceptable. For contrast, previous studies suggested that tears might only have a 70 percent correlation at best.

The technology works by tapping into " глюкометр глюкометр глюкометр Глюкометры глюкометр глюкометр глюкометр basal tears," or a continuous stream of tears that don't require stimulation. According to Noviosense founder Christopher Wilson, contact lenses like Verily's tend to dry out an eye layer, pool up fluid and otherwise create an unreliable source of tears. And before you ask: yes, it should be comfortable. It can sit in the eyelid for long periods and won't pop out when you rub your eyes.

There's one main problem with the study: it involved just six people. Noviosense will need to conduct more tests and implement further refinements before there's something that would be practical. However, the very fact this technology is advancing forward is important. There might still be a time when you can keep tabs on diabetes in a subtle way without needles, implants or other methods that might be painful, inconvenient or simply conspicuous.

23andMe says gene report can detect the risk of type 2 diabetes

-text c-gray-1" >23andMe is betting that its gene testing kits can help identify another major health risk: diabetes. The company plans to offer a report that identifies your genetic predisposition toward type 2 (that is, adult onset) diabetes. Unlike the company's earlier reports, the test provides a polygenic score based on gene variant research data from roughly 2.5 million customers, 70,000 of which reported diabetes — it's not relying on any public information. Ideally, this would help you change your diet and habits to reduce the chance of developing diabetes.

The company is partnering with Lark Health to offer the company's $20 per month AI health coaching service to customers who are at risk of developing diabetes. The report will be available to gene testing kit buyers starting March 11th, 23andMe said.

Whether or not it helps is another story. Experts talking to MIT Technology Review noted that polygenic scoring methods aren't extremely accurate at this stage, even though they've improved considerably since 23andMe dropped many of its health tests in 2013. While the company says its diabetes test is accurate for black, Asian and Latino customers, polygenic score predictions have historically produced worse results for non-Europeans.

There's also the nature of diabetes itself. There's no singular, guaranteed genetic signal that you're at risk, and those external factors like diet and lifestyle can make a large difference. If you already eat well and stay fit, the test won't change much. Still, this is a rare opportunity to gauge your susceptibility to diabetes at home. If nothing else, it could encourage you to visit the doctor.



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Fitbit's latest acquisition could help you manage health conditions

-text c-gray-1" >Fitbit is very familiar with the health care world, and its latest acquisition drives that point home. The company has bought Twine Health, whose centerpiece is a health coaching platform that helps you manage chronic conditions (such as diabetes and hypertension) and complete " Глюкометры глюкометр глюкометр Глюкометры Глюкометры бесплатный Глюкометры глюкометр lifestyle interventions" like weight loss or quitting smoking. The move will help Fitbit offer its wares to health plans and self-insured companies — and, to no one's surprise, gives it a chance to make more money from subscriptions.

The deal should wrap before the end of March.

While Fitbit isn't more specific about what it would like to do, it's not hard to see where the company is going. Its Ionic smartwatch can already talk to glucose monitors, and heart rate tracking has been a staple of its activity trackers for years. Health care and insurance providers could offer Fitbit devices to help you meet your goals without as many doctor's appointments or sky-high insurance premiums.

Stem cell breakthrough could help cure type 1 diabetes

-text c-gray-1" >Scientists have edged one step closer to a major treatment for (and possibly cure for) type 1 diabetes. A UCSF team has claimed it's the first to turn human stem cells into the mature, insulin-producing cells that type 1 patients don't have. The key was to acknowledge a reality in the development of islets, or clusters of healthy beta cells (which generate insulin) in the pancreas. They separated partly differentiated pancreatic stem cells into islets, jumpstarting their development and leading to responses to blood sugar that more closely represented mature cells. Even alpha and delta cells grew more effectively, UCSF said.

The technique has only been tested in mice so far, but the results were positive. It took just a " бесплатный глюкометр Глюкометры Глюкометры matter Глюкометры бесплатный глюкометр Глюкометры бесплатный глюкометр — of days" for implanted islets to produce insulin as well as the rodents' native cells.

If the research continues to bear fruit, though, it could offer a much more realistic solution for type 1 diabetes. Pancreas transplants can help, but they frequently fail and still require drugs that suppress your immune system. There are tests for safer and more targeted islet implants, but they still tend to require organs from dead donors. This breakthrough could lead to on-demand implants and make it relatively easy to gain (or regain) healthy insulin levels.

FDA approves AI-powered software to detect diabetic retinopathy

-text c-gray-1" >30.3 million Americans have diabetes according to a 2015 CDC study. An additional 84.1 million have prediabetes, which often leads to the full disease within five years. It's important to detect diabetes early to avoid health complications like heart disease, stroke, amputation of extremities and vision loss. Technology increasingly plays an important role in early detection, too. In that vein, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved an AI-powered device that can be used by non-specialists to detect diabetic retinopathy in adults with diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the high levels of blood sugar in the bloodstream cause damage to your retina's blood vessels. It's the most common cause of vision loss, according to the FDA. The approval comes for a device called IDx-DR, a software program that uses an AI algorithm to analyze images of the eye that can be taken in a regular doctor's office with a special camera, the Topcon NW400.

The photos are then uploaded to a server that runs IDx-DR, which can then tell the doctor if there is a more than mild level of diabetic retinopathy present. If not, it will advise a re-screen in 12 months. The device and software can be used by health care providers who don't normally provide eye care services. The FDA warns that you shouldn't be screened with the device if you have had laser treatment, eye surgery or injections, as well as those with other conditions, like persistent vision loss, blurred vision, floaters, previously diagnosed macular edema and more.


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Apple Watch is 85 percent accurate at detecting diabetes, study finds

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Cardiogram In a study involving 14,000 Apple Watch and Android Wear users, health sensor глюкометр data was used to train a deep neural network called DeepHeart to identify participants with and глюкометр without diabetes. DeepHeart has previously shown high accuracy in detecting atrial fibrillation, hypertension and sleep apnea. 

The 2015 Framingham Heart Study found that low heart rate variability and high resting heart rate are predictors of who will develop diabetes over 12 years. That helped inform the Cardiogram study's use of 200 million heart rate and step count measurements.

More than 100 million adults in the US have diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A quarter of people with diabetes are undiagnosed, and more than 88 percent of people with prediabetes don't know they have it. Cardiogram's study demonstrates that the heart rate sensors people are already wearing — paired with an AI-based algorithm — could become critical tools in detecting early signs of diabetes.

The study's results come amid earlier speculation that Apple is working on noninvasive diabetes sensors, but subsequent reports stated the technology is years away from becoming a reality. The tech giant released its Heart Study app in November, which can identify irregular heart rhythms and notify users who might be experiencing atrial fibrillation. 

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Insulin pioneer celebrated in World Diabetes Day Google Doodle

id=«article-body» class=«row» section=«article-body»> Frederick Banting won the Nobel Prize at age 32.

Google Google marked World Diabetes Day on Monday with a tribute to the first physician and scientist to use insulin on humans, Frederick Banting.

The Doodle celebrating Banting is a simple, глюкометр mustard-hued cartoon with the second «o» in Google replaced by an insulin bottle. It also features a portrait of Banting and бесплатный глюкометр a medical diagram of a human with the pancreas highlighted.

Banting's interest in the pancreas first sparked his work in treating diabetes. Originally he used insulin extracted from dogs to treat patients, and бесплатный глюкометр later switched to cows and pigs. It wasn't until the late 20th century that genetically engineered bacteria became the primary commercial source of bacteria.

World Diabetes Day coincides with what would have been Banting's 125th birthday. The Canadian Nobel Laureate died at the age of 49 in 1941.

To this day, Banting remains the youngest Nobel laureate in the area of physiology and medicine.

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