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By Jonah Comstock November 30, 2017
The Apple Heart Study, an Apple Watch-based ResearchKit study using the heart rate sensor to look at potential arrhythmias, is launching today, the Cupertino tech giant told MobiHealthNews. Apple Chief Operations Officer Jeff Williams announced the study, which is being conducted in collaboration with Stanford University and with assistance from American Well, at Apple’s iOS 8 launch event in...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2017
A team of NIH-funded researchers at Stanford University have published some results in Nature from a large global study of activity data, as collected by Azumio's Argus smartphone app. The data has yielded a handful of interesting findings that could have implications for public health programs targeting obesity. "The study is 1,000 times larger than any previous study on human movement,” Scott L...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2017
A team of researchers from Stanford University, working with cardiac monitoring company iRhythm, have created an AI algorithm that, in a small proof-of-concept trial, outperformed board-certified cardiologists at identifying various types of arrhythmias from ECGs. The results have been published to arXiv, an online archive for scientific papers, but have not yet appeared in a peer-reviewed...
By Heather Mack June 6, 2017
Hearing the word “precision” in healthcare typically conjures ideas of cutting edge technologies and treatments like targeted genetic therapy. But it has another meaning in primary care: leveraging data from a variety of sources to deliver personalized, preventive care. “It’s a way to bring the big data – whether that is on the population level, from digital health devices like wearables, or...
By Heather Mack May 19, 2017
The days of claiming artificial intelligence as a feature that set one startup or company apart from the others are over. These days, one would be hard-pressed to find any technology company attracting venture funding or partnerships that doesn’t posit to use some form of machine learning. But for companies trying to innovate in healthcare using artificial intelligence, the stakes are...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2017
Lattice, the "dark data" startup Apple snapped up earlier this week, may well have aspirations in the healthcare space.  Apple acquired the company a few weeks ago according to Tech Crunch, which says a source put the deal at $200 million. Lattice is working on using artificial intelligence to turn "dark data", which is unstructured, largely unusable data generated through digital interactions,...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
The Stanford University School of Medicine has launched a Center for Digital Health which will help support greater efficacy data for digital health tools by providing Silicon Valley companies with opportunities to develop, test, and implement new tools in collaboration with the university.  “With our biomedical expertise and location in Silicon Valley, Stanford Medicine is uniquely positioned to...
By Heather Mack January 12, 2017
When monitoring heart rate, skin temperatures, activity and other physiological data, biometric-sensing wearables are also tracking important indications of abnormality associated with infection, inflammation or even insulin. By extension, wearables may know the user is getting sick before they even do, according to new research from Stanford University published today in PLOS Biology. “A new...
By Jonah Comstock December 15, 2016
MyHeart Counts, one of the original five Apple ResearchKit studies, has had its first publication, in JAMA Cardiology. The paper, published yesterday, is mainly a feasibility study for large scale smartphone-based data collection, but also found some interesting correlations between physical activity and heart health. Ultimately, they collected data from more than 40,000 people between March and...
By Heather Mack August 31, 2016
Researchers at Stanford Medical School just completed a study on the efficacy of Canary Health’s online, digital diabetes program that allows people living with diabetes to self-manage their health through online workshops, coaching, and medication adherence and emotional support. Working from a population of over 1,000 and spanning six months, the study found positive outcomes across five key...