big data

By Jonah Comstock November 25, 2014
Graphic from NPR According to a new survey from Truven Health Analytics and NPR, 68 percent of American consumers are willing to share health information with researchers, but this group of people is more likely to be wealthy, well-educated, and young. Truven surveyed 3,000 Americans via landlines, mobile phones, and the web, with the group filtered by generation, education level and income...
By Jonah Comstock November 10, 2014
Google's genomics browser, from a video the company released last year. Between contact lenses for diabetes, big data baseline health studies, and a tiny pill that scans for cancer (not to mention curing death and setting up telemedicine visits based on search results), Google is casting a wide net in the health care field. But the company's biggest contributions might come in an area where...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2014
After Under Armour acquired MapMyFitness for $150 million last November, both companies more or less said that it would be "business as usual" post-acquisition, with MapMyFitness and Under Armour continuing to operate as they had before. At a talk at the HxRefactored event in Brooklyn this week, MapMyFitness co-founder and VP of Innovation Strategy Kevin Callahan shared some insights into how the...
By Aditi Pai April 7, 2014
New York-based Curious, a company that aims to provide people with platform on which they can ask health questions and collaborate with others to find answers, is planning to launch its online platform this summer, according to an article in Fast Company. 23andMe cofounder Linda Avey is one of three founders that started the company. Avey left direct to consumer genomics company 23andMe in 2009...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2014
A recent survey of 150 federal government executives working in the healthcare space found that just shy of 60 percent of them think their agency's mission objectives will depend on successfully using big data in five years. The study, conducted by public-private partnership MeriTalk and underwritten by the EMC Corporation, found federal government workers saying big data would help them in...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2014
Many people know that Google Flu Trends massively inaccurately predicted the number of flu cases at the end of 2012, as first reported by Nature Magazine's Decan Butler. A group of Northeastern University professors just published a pair of papers, however, that suggest the problems with Flu Trends are much more wide-reaching and systemic than a single glitch -- and they believe there's a lesson...
By Brian Dolan December 9, 2013
San Francisco-based Practice Fusion, which offers providers free electronic medical records software and patient management tools, has added another $15 million to its coffers, bringing its latest round of funding up to $85 million. Qualcomm Life Fund led the round with participation from new backer Longitude Capital and returning Practice Fusion investors Artis Ventures, Industry Ventures and...
By Jonah Comstock October 30, 2013
WellDoc's BlueStar system. Baltimore, Maryland-based mobile health company WellDoc has developed a model that can predict hypoglycemic events in patients with Type 2 diabetes 91 percent of the time based on once-a-day patient blood glucose testing. Predicting hypoglycemic events, a term for when people with diabetes are dangerously low blood sugar, up to 24 hours before they occur -- as...
By Jonah Comstock October 9, 2013
Mitchell Higashi, GE Healthcare's Chief Economist Big data is a powerful tool, but also one that should be used with caution, said presenters at the MIT Technology Review's EmTech event in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As data analytic tools become more and more powerful, new questions about privacy and security will emerge -- especially in healthcare. "We've said that this year, the next frontier...
By Jonah Comstock August 10, 2013
Weight Watchers online portal and app. This week in mobile health, we saw FDA clearances for Alere and Verizon, trials from Scripps and Qualcomm, and some interesting new products in the consumer health sphere from Beddit, Emotiv, and BioBeats. Some other articles from around the web have also highlighted mobile health trends. Here's some interesting pieces that caught our eyes this week. The...