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By Heather Mack April 24, 2017
Out of the 422 million people around the world living with diabetes, one in three of them will develop diabetic retinopathy (DR), a common condition that can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated. While early detection and treatment can dramatically reduce that risk, a third of people with diabetes have never even been screened for DR, as many are living in low-income, medically...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2017
Google Fit, the company’s health and fitness platform that launched in 2014 as an Apple Health competitor, is headed in the same direction as the rest of the tracking app industry: collecting more data on users and serving it back to them as personalized insights. Head of health and fitness apps for Google Play Mary Liz McCurdy spoke on a panel at SXSW this week about that trend.  "Now everyone...
By Mike Miliard March 10, 2017
DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial intelligence company, is developing a new technology similar to blockchain for secure tracking of patient health data. In a blog post, London-based DeepMind said its new Verifiable Data Audit project could be the first steps toward a "a service that could give mathematical assurance about what is happening with each individual piece of personal data, without...
By Jonah Comstock March 1, 2017
After the latest in a series of successful quarters (with $171.2 million in revenue, up 31 percent year over year), DexCom is queuing up some big product launches. On yesterday’s Q4 earnings call, CEO Kevin Sayer provided more detail about the forthcoming G6 continuous glucose monitor as well as the first products to come out of DexCom’s partnership with Verily. “In a year of much confusion and...
By Heather Mack February 8, 2017
The remote patient monitoring market saw a big jump in the last year, with 7.1 million patients in 2016 enrolled in some form of digital health program featuring connected medical devices as a core part of their care plan, according to new data. Swedish market research firm Berg Insight, which specializes in IoT verticals, tracked a 44 percent jump in remotely monitored patients last year. While...
By Heather Mack January 30, 2017
Santa Monica, California-based GoodRx, a digital cost transparency tool specifically for medication, has merged with San Francisco-based Iodine, which offers a similar tool for quality assessment and information on medications. Fast Company first reported the news, and said the merger took the place at the end of 2016 but was not publicly announced. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed....
By Jonah Comstock January 26, 2017
Verily, the Alphabet subsidiary formerly known as Google Life Sciences, raised $800 million in funding today from Temasek, a Singapore-based investment company. Temasek will take a minority stake in the company and nominate a member to the company's board. “Temasek has a history of thoughtful and enduring capital investments, including in life sciences and healthcare, and this commitment to a...
By Heather Mack January 18, 2017
A new kind of doctor’s office opened in San Francisco this week: Forward, a membership-based healthcare startup founded by former Googler Adrian Aoun that infuses a brick-and-mortar office with data-driven technology and artificial intelligence.  For $149 per month, Forward members can come to the flagship office that features six examination rooms – equipped with interactive personalized...
By Heather Mack December 5, 2016
Verily -- the Alphabet spinoff formerly known as Google Life Sciences -- has launched a new smart spoon that recognizes uncontrollable or unsteady hand movements at all times and automatically compensates, enabling people to eat without spilling. The robotic device, Liftware Level, is the second offering from Liftware, a company devoted to developing tools to aid those with motor impairments that...
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2016
A team of Google researchers has published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that Google's deep learning algorithm, trained on a large data set of fundus images, can detect diabetic retinopathy with better than 90 percent accuracy.  "These results demonstrate that deep neural networks can be trained, using large data sets and without having to specify lesion-based...