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By Mike Miliard June 22, 2017
Artificial intelligence "is rewiring our modern conception of healthcare delivery," according to a new Accenture report that shows an array of clinical AI applications are already well on their way to saving the industry $150 billion over the next 10 years. In the shorter term, the report forecasts a 40 percent compound annual growth rate between now and 2021, with acquisitions of AI startups...
By Heather Mack June 22, 2017
For all the debate over the staying power of wearables – with some writing them off as a fad inevitably headed towards obsolescence like countless other types of consumer technology – the market doesn’t seem to line up with those concerns. According to the International Data Corporation’s last check, the demand for wearables is actually expected to grow. In 2017, the IDC estimates vendors will...
By Heather Mack June 22, 2017
As virtual private assistants like Amazon’s Alexa become smarter, more popular and more useful, why not give it them tools to recognize emotions? That seems to be the thinking behind Israel-based Beyond Verbal, which makes voice recognition software to analyze human emotion and health indicators, releasing a cloud-based API engine to integrate with virtual private assistants (VPAs). The intention...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2017
What does telemedicine have to do with climate change?  That’s what the American Telemedicine Association is setting out to discover with a new task force, announced this week on the organization’s blog.  ATA is recruiting now for a two-year task force with four stated goals. First, the group will devise green outcomes that can be measured as part of how members routinely measure the outcome of...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2017
DeepMind, the AI-focused, UK-based Google subsidiary, will roll out its Streams app in a second hospital, the company announced this week. The deployment of the app at Musgrove Park Hospital marks the start of a planned five-year rollout with the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Streams has been developed in collaboration with kidney experts at the Royal Free Hospital London. The app is...
By Heather Mack June 21, 2017
Headspace, maker of the eponymous meditation and mental well-being app, has hired Ross Hoffman as the company’s chief business officer. Hoffman joins Headspace after six years at Twitter, where he most recently held the post of SVP of global partnerships. The appointment comes at a time of change for Headspace, which recently laid off 13 staff positions in the marketing department but also...
By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2017
In the connected health space, hardware is becoming less and less important as sensors become commodified, according to two panelists at HXRefactored, a conference held in Boston this week. Instead, companies should focus on software, user experience, algorithms, and data analysis. “Dare to be a software company,” Propeller Health CTO Greg Tracy said, offering advice to other startups. “At the...
By Heather Mack June 21, 2017
As we’ve reported regularly for the past several months, Fitbit has made increasingly targeted moves to wedge itself deeper into the healthcare ecosystem. No longer able to rely on the consumer market alone to stay financially healthy, the company has continually upped the ante to prime itself as a digital health company in its own right. There have been many efforts as of late, including...
By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2017
Oscar Health plans to expand the reach of its innovative, tech-savvy insurance plan into six states in 2018. Pending regulatory approval from the states, the move will include the service's return to New Jersey, where it pulled out last year, expansions in existing markets, and brand new launches in Tennessee and Ohio (via the previously announced Cleveland Clinic partnership). It's a...
By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is now a decade old. The digital health company, which makes connected inhalers and patient- and provider-facing data analytics tools for respiratory diseases asthma and COPD, can hardly be considered a startup anymore. Nowadays the company has numerous published efficacy studies and business relationships with most major pharma companies in the...

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