Massachusetts General Hospital

By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2016
Dr. Dennis Ausiello, director of the Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH) at Massachusetts General Hospital, says the smartphone is “the greatest medical device ever made”. As part of a talk at the Xconomy Forum in Boston today, Ausiello spoke about some lessons learned from GlucoSuccess, the Apple ResearchKit project launched by CATCH. “The thing that we learned was...
By Jonah Comstock November 16, 2016
ResApp has announced the final site and received the final IRB approval for its Smartcough-C trial. Texas Children's Hospital will join the previously announced Massachusetts General Hospital and Cleveland Clinic in a three-site trial of the Australian company's ResAppDx app, which essentially uses the smartphone microphone as a stethoscope to listen to a patient’s breathing. The double-blind...
By Jonah Comstock October 24, 2016
ResApp, an Australian company developing an app to diagnose respiratory conditions based on cough sounds, has secured the first of three IRB approvals for its upcoming Smartcough-C pediatric trial, which will take place at the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a third site yet to be announced. ResApp’s offering — an app called ResAppDx — essentially uses the smartphone...
By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2016
Most Bostonians look back on the blizzard of late 2014 less than fondly. But there was a silver lining for Massachusetts General Hospital, which found in the snowstorm the perfect test case for its then-fledgling telehealth program.  “Two years ago, Boston received some record-breaking snowfall,” Marcy Simoni, senior program manager for telehealth at Mass. General said at a recent event, the...
By Jonah Comstock May 19, 2016
At the HIMSS Pop Health Forum in Boston today, a panel of healthcare executives spoke about the relationship between population health and patient engagement, and the ways in which technology can enable both. “This is the Gutenberg moment,” Dr. Gregory Weidner, medical director for primary care innovation and proactive health at Carolinas Healthcare System, said. “The democratization of...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2015
Ochsner Health System's O Bar By and large, the barriers to integrating patient generated data into hospital systems are no longer technical, according to a panel of technology experts at the Partners Connected Health Symposium. Instead, the barriers are about physician workflow and organizational management. "You need to have an organizational structure and a process that supports what you’re...
By Jonah Comstock September 17, 2015
Two researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a device that can return a cancer diagnosis in an hour, without an invasive biopsy, using a smartphone. The D3, or digital diffraction diagnosis, system, is a small device that attaches to the smartphone's camera to convert it into a powerful microscope that can analyze a sample of a few cells, either taken from a blood sample, a...
By Jonah Comstock April 7, 2015
Quanttus's original research device. The current prototype is worn on the wrist. Quanttus, the stealthy Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that raised $19 million last year for a wearable vitals monitor is deep into clinical tests for its wristworn device, which is tackling the intractable problem of continuous blood pressure monitoring. "Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2015
At least 14 hospitals are now either actively involved in a HealthKit pilot or in talks to roll one out, according to a new report from Reuters. Google and Samsung are beginning to approach hospitals to use their platform as well. Reuters didn't name the 14 hospitals, but several have already spoken publicly about using HealthKit: Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans, Stanford Children's...
By Aditi Pai December 3, 2014
Massachusetts General Hospital Director of Healthcare Transformation Lab Eric Isselbacher The key to patient engagement is educating the patient so that the doctor-patient relationship resembles a partnership, according to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Dr. Eric Isselbacher.  But, he added, there are still many other challenges to engaging patients with digital tools. Isselbacher and Blue...