Consumer

By Jonah Comstock May 1, 2018
Facebook is expanding its blood donation feature in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, the company announced this morning at its F8 developer conference. “According the the World Health Organizations there are more than 70 countries in the world where people don’t have safe blood when needed and people often have to find their own blood donors,” Facebook’s Head of Health Hema Budaraju told...
By Jonah Comstock April 27, 2018
The Yelp for doctors that consumers have been waiting for might just be Yelp itself, according to a new report from the Manhattan Institute released last week and presented today at Health Datapalooza in Washington, DC. The report was funded by the New York State Health Foundation. Researchers looked at a sample of 200-to-300 New York State hospitals, comparing their scores on Yelp with data on...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2018
This Saturday, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host its third National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. And this time, Google is helping out.  The search engine company and tech giant announced in a blog post yesterday that it would implement several features to support the DEA's efforts to combat the opioid crisis, starting with a Google Maps-based locator tool to help...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2018
Telemedicine company American Well and health technology company Royal Philips anounced back in January that they would partner to integrate American Well's virtual care capabilites into Philips' consumer and professional digital health products. Now the first fruits of that partnership are launching in the form of a telemedicine feature built into the Philips Avent uGrow application for parents...
By Laura Lovett April 20, 2018
Forty mph winds pelted cold rain against the runners as they approached the Boston Marathon’s infamous Heartbreak Hill. It was just before this mark that runner Courtney Duckworth’s eyesight started to blur. She couldn’t tell if her senses were warped from the terrible weather conditions or if it was something more serious. Living with Type 1 diabetes, she is used to keeping track of her health...
By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2018
San Francisco-based PeerWell has added an augmented reality feature to its app, which helps post-surgical patients manage their recovery. The tool, called PeerWell's Trip and Fall Hazard Detector, uses the phone's camera to analyze a user's home environment and provide suggestions about how to minimize the risk of falls. “Falling is a top driver of injuries in older adults, and of special concern...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden-based respiratory monitor maker NuvoAir (formerly Pond Healthcare Innovation) has unveiled the newest version of its home-use spirometer. Dubbed the Air Next, the small and portable device is connected to users’ smartphones or tablets via Bluetooth LE. In contrast, the company’s previous offering, the Air Smart Spirometer, required a hard connection through a device’s audio jack...
By Mike Miliard April 17, 2018
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $5.1 million contract to Kryptowire, for technology that can gather and aggregate smartphone sensor data. The Department of Defense hopes to deploy predictive analytics to track the health of U.S. service members with their phones. The technology is being developed as part of DARPA's Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health program...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2018
Personal genomics company Helix announced two new partnerships this week, both of which take the company — which has focused on ancestry and lifestyle applications in the past — strongly into the clinical realm. Helix will work with medical technology company PerkinElmer on a product to analyze 59 genes considered by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics to be well understood and...
By Laura Lovett April 12, 2018
When stress levels are high, turning to an app for guided meditation might not be all that effective, according to a recent small study published in BMC Psychology. Researchers found no significant difference in mindfulness, dispositions or critical thinking scores when comparing a group of participants that received mindfulness meditation training through an app to a group that went that went...

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