Harvard Medical School

By Dave Muoio May 24, 2018
A recent study of hypertension patients suggests follow-up visits conducted virtually are just as effective in maintaining blood pressure control as those conducted in person. Conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s (B&W) Hospital, the investigation also found no differences in non-primary care visits between the two patient groups. "The...
By Heather Mack March 27, 2017
Palo Alto, California-based Cognoa, which makes an app to assess child development, has raised $11.6 million in a round led by existing investor Morningside. This brings the company’s total funding to over $20 million. By analyzing parent-provided information and videos of a child’s natural behavior, the Cognoa app uses machine learning to provide an assessment of whether that child is developing...
By Heather Mack March 23, 2017
Scientists have developed a method to test for male infertility that doesn't require much more than a smartphone. By building an app and pairing with a custom-made 3D-printed case that can magnify sperm and reveal the number of sperm and their motility, researchers at Harvard Medical School affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General have devised a cheap, quick and...
By Heather Mack January 19, 2017
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have demonstrated a new technology can help reduce a widespread problem that harms some 1.5 million people every year – medication error. In a study published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, researchers looked at five years of EHR-provided clinical data for 747,985 lives at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Center for...
By Heather Mack December 8, 2016
While the experts at Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center have been happy with the results of their clinically-validated diabetes prevention program, they wanted to reach a larger population. Enter HealthyMation, a new healthcare animation studio that builds on the success of the brick-and-mortar program to deliver the company's first digital product: an app version of their popular DPP.  Dr. Osama...
By Bernie Monegain June 22, 2016
Google, the world's most used search engine, is partnering with two of the world's leading health organizations to take the confusion out of symptom searching. "We worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve...
By Jonah Comstock December 16, 2015
OpenNotes, the initiative that launched in 2010 to encourage doctors to open up their clinical notes to their patients, has received $10 million in new funding to expand its movement to 50 million patients over the next three years. The funding comes from the Cambia Health Foundation, the Gordon and Bettye Moore Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...
By Jonah Comstock July 13, 2015
Sharecare's AskMD. Online and mobile symptom checkers like WebMD, AskMD, iTriage, and even offerings from the Mayo Clinic and the UK's NHS, come up with an accurate diagnosis only about a third of the time, according to a study by Harvard researchers recently published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers looked at 23 free English-language symptom checkers that either offered patients a...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital has tapped John Brownstein, currently the director of the hospital's computational epidemiology group, as its new Chief Innovation Officer. Brownstein will succeed Naomi Fried, who left the company at the end of December to become Vice President of Medical Information, Innovation, and External Partnerships at Biogen Idec. "John Brownstein, PhD, was the top management...
By Jonah Comstock May 6, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital's HealthMap A new editorial in Nature Biotech poses the idea of the "digital phenotype" as a catch-all term for the trail of relevant health data people leave behind in their interactions with the internet, social media, and technology, which has largely untapped potential for the early detection of various conditions. CareMore Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sachin Jain...

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