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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 Heather Mack February 6, 2017
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and most people are already on their way towards that fate: 99 percent of the population has at least one of seven cardiovascular health risks. In addition to being incredibly common, it’s costly – racking up $207 billion per year in medical expenditures and lost productivity. But a new study suggests workplace programs that...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2017
Some of the biggest unsung challenges inherent in disrupting an industry are infrastructure and ecosystem challenges. Lynda Chin, The University of Texas System’s associate vice chancellor for health transformation and chief innovation officer for health affairs, is tackling these problems head on. "If one were to look back at the last decade, since the beginning of when these digital and...
By Heather Mack January 16, 2017
Health enterprise SaaS company Welltok announced an expanded partnership with IBM Watson Health. Health managers using Welltok’s CafeWell Health Optimization Platform to organize individual’s health resources and benefits will have the data analytics and cognitive computing technology of IBM Watson to improve their approach to consumer health, including episodic clinical care and everyday...
By Heather Mack October 19, 2016
IBM has partnered with Quest Diagnostics to launch a new precision medicine service that blends cognitive computing with genomic tumor sequencing. The service, IBM Watson Genomics from Quest Diagnostics, allows a physician to send a tissue sample to Quest, which will sequence the tumor DNA and send the genetic data through Watson for analysis. Watson runs through its reposititory of literature,...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2016
These days, it seems like the digital health world runs increasingly on partnerships. Last week, representatives from three tech companies famous for their partnerships — IBM Watson Health, Qualcomm Life, and Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google X Life Sciences — shared the stage at the Digital Medicine Connect conference in Boston to talk about what makes a good collaboration work. “I think at...
By MobiHealthNews August 12, 2016
Over the years, more and more companies have gone public in the digital health space and existing public companies have gotten into the space, either on their own or thorugh acquisitions. Here's a roundup of digital health talk on the latest round of second quarter investor calls and quarterly finance reports. Fitbit. San Francisco-based Fitbit, maker of a series of popular wearable activity...
By Heather Mack August 3, 2016
Here are all the digital health deals, partnerships, and customer wins that MobiHealthNews has tracked over the past two weeks.   UK-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline partnered with South San Francisco-based Verily to create Galvani Bioelectronics – a joint venture to develop implantable bioelectric medicines, a branch of medicine that works to fight diseases by targeting electrical...
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2016
IBM announced this week that it will work with Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, on a number of interconnected initiatives to combat the Zika virus. The piece that’s attracted the most attention so far is OpenZika, a project that crowdsources the computing power of many peoples’ Android smartphones. By downloading a free app...
By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2016
Through its enterprise partnership with Apple, IBM will create a clinical calculation app for cataract surgeons for eye care company Bausch + Lomb, a subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the companies announced this morning. “If you think about all the mobile solutions throughout the industry and what we do as consumers, we needed to carry that forward and make it easier for our surgeons, and...