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By Dave Muoio September 12, 2017
Among Apple’s many device and technology reveals today was an announcement that new health managing software would be built into Apple Watches. Starting Sept. 19, fitness-focused heart rate monitoring will be brought to the face of the watch, alongside warning notifications if an elevated heart rate is detected during a period of inactivity.  The consumer electronics giant will be using this...
By Bernie Monegain June 13, 2017
Apple has hired Sumbul Desai, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford. Desai is also vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief digital officer at Stanford Center for Digital Health. Desai will serve in a senior role at Apple in what appears to be a growing healthcare team, CNBC reported on June 8, adding she would continue to see patients at Stanford. Apple executives...
By Heather Mack January 26, 2017
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with some 5.4 million cases in the United States each year, and it’s also the most treatable as long as it is detected in the early stages. However, not everyone has the same access to dermatologists that could offer such promising prognoses, so a group of Stanford researchers set out to change that by creating an algorithm that can visually detect...
By Aditi Pai February 4, 2016
UK-based mental health provider Mersey Care NHS Trust has partnered with Stanford University to develop an app that prevents suicides, according to BBC. When a person opts to use it, the conceptualized app will monitor their communications, like social media accounts, emails, and phone calls, to help physicians track those that are at risk of committing suicide. If users show signs of visiting a...
By Aditi Pai October 29, 2015
Two challenges to scaling digital health technologies within a provider group are lack of collaboration between departments and too much focus on the technology instead of how the technology can be applied within a care model, according to Dr. Lauren Cheung, medical director of strategic innovations at Stanford Health Care. Cheung spoke at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston along with...
By Jonah Comstock September 1, 2015
Pictured above: A device from Cambridge-based MC10, a company focused on flexible electronics. The US Department of Defense is making a big bet on flexible electronics, an area of technology with close ties to mobile health. The DoD announced last week that it will invest $75 million in a public-private partnership called the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics,...
By Aditi Pai August 6, 2015
Stanford has expanded its ResearchKit-based heart health trial, run from the MyHeart Counts iPhone app, to Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. MyHeart Counts was one of the first five apps to launch when Apple announced ResearchKit, an open source platform helps researchers build medical apps and more easily recruit patients for clinical trials. “The idea is to move into one country at a time until...
By Jonah Comstock November 4, 2014
Andrew Conrad, the Google X researcher heading up the company's recently-announced ingestible-wearable sensor platform, has shared a good deal more information about the project in an interview with BackChannel. He said he believes the project is only a few years away from viability. Conrad said that Google has hired more than 100 people to work on the project and is working with MIT and Stanford...
By Neil Versel August 29, 2013
Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated the HIPAA privacy rule for the first time in more than a decade, the regulations still are not flexible enough to keep up with the pace of innovation in digital health, according to a newly published commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Plus, the authors contend, the new requirement that...
By Aditi Pai August 24, 2013
Levchin's Glow app This week, MobiHealthNews wrote about a survey from Flurry that indicated health and fitness users still prefer the iPhone to the iPad, Allscripts' updated EHR iPad app and new company-branded app store, Samsung's launch of a gamified health app in Korea, and Basis' limited iPhone app. Here are some other stories we read this week that will add insight and scope to some...