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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...
By Jonah Comstock November 22, 2016
DeepMind, Google's UK-based AI subsidiary, has signed a new agreement with the NHS after the pair's February deal was scrutinized over the amount and type of patient data Google would have access to. An investigative report by the New Scientist revealed that Google would have access to a huge trove of patient data without the patients' express consent, a potential violation of NHS information...
By Heather Mack November 21, 2016
When will Novartis and Google begin testing the autofocus contact lens they have been developing? Well, there’s still no clear date in sight. The pharmaceutical company announced late last week they had done away with a 2016 goal of testing a smart contact lens for people with nearsightedness, telling Reuters, “It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin...
By Heather Mack October 12, 2016
3M Health Information Systems as entered an agreement with Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) to develop new population health measurement technology. The joint platform will work to assess quality performance data across healthcare delivery systems and patient populations, providing actionable insights that can be used to make improvements in healthcare quality and cost. The platform will...
By Heather Mack July 5, 2016
DeepMind, a UK-based subsidiary of Google, today announced a new research project with National Health Service specialist Moorfields Hospital to use artificial intelligence to detect and treat blindness-causing eye diseases.   The project is DeepMind’s second collaboration with NHS, although earlier projects did not use AI. Using a million anonymous eye scans, the research partnership will...