crowdsourcing

By Jonah Comstock July 24, 2017
Figure 1, the Instagram-like social network for doctors to share medical images, and CrowdMed, a platform for crowdsourcing medical mysteries, have been compared to each other since they were both founded in 2012. But now the creators of the two platforms have decided the time is right to collaborate. CrowdMed launched a Figure 1 account recently with the dual goals of enticing some of the...
September 28, 2016
In response to the Zika outbreak, University of Arizona's College of Public health researchers and the UA Bio Computing Facility have released a crowd-sourcing mobile app to track the disease and help detect outbreaks. The community-based disease detection system, Kidenga, allows public health investigators to both track mosquito-populations within a community and identify those experiencing Zika...
By Heather Mack August 9, 2016
New York-based startup Koko, which uses artificial intelligence for crowd-sourced cognitive therapy, raised $2.5M in Series A funding, with Omidyar Network and Union Square Ventures leading the round. The company also announced the launch of KokoBot, its new chatbox experience that will be available on chat networks Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Kik. KokoBot, which is based on technology...
By Jonah Comstock May 13, 2015
Iodine, the crowdsourced medication review company run by former Wired editor Thomas Goetz and former Google engineer Matt Mohebbi, is launching a new study this month to look specifically at the effects of antidepressants. The study, called Iodine Timeline, will guide anti-depressant users to give feedback for one month about their treatment by opting into short, regular survey questions by...
By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2015
San Francisco-based Iodine, the startup from former Wired executive editor Thomas Goetz and former Google engineer Matt Mohebbi that launched last fall, is already starting to see some interesting data come out of its crowdsourced medication reviews. For instance, Goetz said at the ePharma Summit in New York City, Iodine collects ratings on drugs in three categories, one of which is an overall...
By Aditi Pai May 21, 2014
Crowdsourcing diagnosis platform CrowdMed raised $2.4 million from actor Patrick Dempsey, NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator. Grey's Anatomy actor Dempsey will also help to expand the company's platform by  developing new partnerships with insurance companies so that patients are incentivized to use the platform. This recent funding is a...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2013
A data visualization of the Michael J. Fox Foundation's Parkinson's data from LIONSolver. The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has recently begun to explore how data sourced from mobile phones and analyzed with machine learning algorithms can help improve research into Parkinson's. The organization held the Parkinson's Data Challenge, where teams competed for a $10,000 prize with their...
By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2013
In order to conduct meaningful clinical trials, it's important to have solid metrics for tracking disease trajectories and patient experiences. Developing these patient outcome measures is the goal of PatientsLikeMe's new open-participation research platform, funded by a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio. PatientsLikeMe President and co-founder Ben...

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