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By Jonah Comstock November 28, 2017
Facebook is ramping up both its human response efforts for suicide threats or high-risk postings, and its use of artificial intelligence to identify such risks, the company wrote in a new blog post yesterday. "Over the last month, we’ve worked with first responders on over 100 wellness checks based on reports we received via our proactive detection efforts," VP of Product Management Guy Rosen...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2017
Facebook is introducing a new feature in India to help promote blood donation and connect donors with people in need of blood, the company announced in a blog post yesterday. The feature will roll out in two phases. Starting on October 1 (India's National Blood Donor Day), Facebook will begin prompting users to sign up to be blood donors, and to optionally share that they've signed up. Users can...
By Heather Mack June 6, 2017
There’s a new chatbot in town, and it only wants to talk about mental health. Meet Woebot, now available to anyone via Facebook Messenger looking for some supportive talk to deal with anxiety or depression. Rather than augmenting a real therapist or even a non-clinical person, Woebot is wholly robotic; open to engage with an individual as often or as little as they want depending on their needs....
By Bill Siwicki March 24, 2017
UCHealth in Denver tested CareLoop’s real-time social feed of information and messages and found that 96 percent of patients responded well to the experience. The feed, which is akin to Facebook for emergency departments, delivers messages from caregivers, questions from patients, test results, explanation of care delivered, what to expect next and more. This way, patients have a live feed giving...
By Heather Mack March 1, 2017
After building up the human component of their network of suicide prevention organizations, Facebook is now bringing in the machines: The social media company announced they have updated their suicide prevention tools with artificial intelligence to identification of those at risk as well as improve the reporting process and speed up response time. On a company blog post from Vanessa Callison-...
By Heather Mack February 28, 2017
The power of social media for spreading information, creating community and growing business is undeniable, and it has also proven to be a valuable tool in healthcare in instances like sharing resources between research organizations, taking a pulse on consumers’ experiences with a new device, or recruiting participants for a clinical trial. But how do healthcare practitioners approach the...
By Heather Mack January 26, 2017
Ajit Pai has been named chairman of the Federal Communications Commission raising speculation that many rules and regulations enacted under the Obama administration will be axed, the Hill reports.  Pai, who has long been in favor of deregulation on things like net neutrality and other consumer protection regulations, was the senior republican on the FCC since 2012. He was the associate general...
By Aditi Pai April 14, 2016
Earlier this week, Facebook announced a new platform for its Messenger app that allows companies to create chat bots that communicate with users. Already about three dozen companies have launched Facebook bots, including CNN, weather tracking company Poncho, and 1-800-Flowers. Among the initial batch, one health-focused company, HealthTap, launched a chat bot. More than 900 million people use...
By Jonah Comstock October 5, 2015
MedWatcher, from Epidemico. We've written before about Epidemico, a startup that grew out of the Boston Children's Hospital's work on combing social media for medical and health data. Today at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Greg Powell, director of pharmacovigilance at GlaxoSmithKline, talked about how the pharma company uses the data it collects from its partnership...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2015
Asking "Dr. Google" about a medical problem isn't just a questionable way to get good answers -- it's also a potential security risk, according to research by Tim Libert, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, who was recently featured on NPR's All Tech Considered. "Anything that is happening on the web today is pretty much completely unregulated," Libert told NPR's Robert Siegel. "There...