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By Jonah Comstock February 20, 2018
OrCam, an Israeli company working on augmented reality for the blind and vision impaired, has raised $30.4 million. According to Reuters, which broke the news, the round included Israeli insurer Clal Insurance and investment group Meitav Dash. The round takes the company's total funding to just over $130 million and place's the company's valuation at $1 billion. CEO Ziv Aviram told Reuters the...
By Laura Lovett February 20, 2018
Researchers from Microsoft are aiming to transform the world of virtual reality from a primarily visual experience to a tactile and auditory one for people with visual impairments.  “Traditional [VR] mainly focuses on visual feedback, which is not accessible for people with visual impairments,” the authors of a research paper on the technology wrote. “We created Canetroller, a haptic cane...
By Laura Lovett February 20, 2018
With so many innovative ideas circulating, conference attendees are hard-pressed to cover all of it. To help provide more knowledge in a shorter time span, the Innovation Live exhibit area will be hosting a new format. Lightning Sessions are 20-minute presentations that will cover some of the most pressing issues in the industry from using analytics in the real world to dealing with...
By Bill Siwicki February 20, 2018
Google AI has made a breakthrough: successfully predicting cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes simply from images of the retina, with no blood draws or other tests necessary. This is a big step forward scientifically, Google AI officials said, because it is not imitating an existing diagnostic but rather using machine learning to uncover a surprising new way to predict these...
By Laura Lovett February 19, 2018
A new elastic electrode sensor paired with a wireless communication module can noninvasively monitor a patient’s biometric data and send it to a doctor via the cloud. The technology also allows for the monitoring to be displayed on the patient’s body — for example, electrocardiogram waves can visually appear on the transparent wearable in real-time.  It may sound — and look — like something...
By Dave Muoio February 19, 2018
Virtual reality and mobile app-enabled caregiver screening were among the winners of the Caregiving for Dementia Innovation Challenge, a recently concluded contest run by AARP Services, Inc. (ASI) and UnitedHealthcare. After receiving 254 contest entries, participants attended three in-person events run by design challenge company OpenIDEO in which they fine-tuned a product designed to support...
By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2018
Last week, Fitbit announced that it was acquiring Twine Health for an undisclosed sum. The news came as a surprise to many who still think of Fitbit as primarily a consumer-facing wearable device company. But an increasingly large slice of Fitbit is Fitbit Health Solutions, the company’s employee wellness business. And for Fitbit Health Solutions, Twine Health — which itself pivoted toward the...
By Dave Muoio February 19, 2018
A connected sensor patch developed by Northwestern University engineers and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a research hospital in Chicago, could allow clinicians to better monitor stroke patients as they recover at home. The sensor is comprised of stretchable electronic technology that is both comfortable for patients to wear and accurate enough for use during rehabilitation, according to...
By Laura Lovett February 19, 2018
A socially assistive robot could be key to helping people with COPD manage their condition at home. A recent study published in JMIR, found that COPD patients that had a take-home a robot following a hospitalization were more likely to adhere to their medications and complete their rehabilitation excercises than their peers that did not have a robot.  In fact, the intervention group had a 48.5...
By Dave Muoio February 19, 2018
Ann Mond Johnson will be taking over as CEO of the the American Telemedicine Association in early March, according to a statement released last week. She previously served as the CEO of Zest Health, served as board chair and advisor to ConnectedHealth, and has a history of entrepreneurship. The CEO position’s previous occupant, Jonathan Linkous, stepped down last year after 24 years at the...

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