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By Jeff Lagasse July 26, 2017
San Francisco-based digital health coaching startup Vida Health has demonstrated in the past that it’s effective at helping people lose weight, but The Journal of Internet Medicine recently published a study from the University of California San Francisco that quantifies this efficacy. Almost 29 percent of participants lost an average of 9.5 percent of their body weight; 86 percent of those with...
By Bill Siwicki May 22, 2017
Just like online streaming giant Netflix uses behavior data to recommend movies and shows to customers, medicine is on the cusp of becoming that personalized in its approach. “We are not applying that same kind of data understanding in healthcare today and we really should be, and will be in the future,” said India Hook-Barnard, director of research strategy and associate director of precision...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2017
Cardiogram, a startup working on algorithms to make the Apple Watch’s heart rate data clinically actionable, announced some results today from its mRhythm Study. The data, presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions, shows that the company’s algorithms can detect atrial fibrillation with 97 percent accuracy. “Our results show that common wearable trackers like...
By Heather Mack April 5, 2017
There’s plenty of debate about the impact of consumer-level computer or video games on children’s brains. But a new study from the University of California, San Francisco published in PLOS One shows that, in a clinical setting, games that have been developed to function as a medical device may be beneficial to children with certain cognitive impairments. UCSF and Akili Interactive Labs, which is...
By Jonah Comstock March 22, 2017
A new study from UCSF -- one part of the organizations's extensive Health eHeart study -- shows that geofencing (using cellphone triangulation and GPS data to determine a person's location) can be used to track hospitalization with 65 percent accuracy and reasonable sensitivity. The findings were recently published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and...
By Jonah Comstock November 1, 2016
In 2013, Nature told the world that NeuroRacer, the first health game from the research lab that would spin out to become Akili Labs, was a game changer. While Akili Labs cofounder and Chief Science Advisor Adam Gazzaley might quibble with the details, he definitely thinks mental healthcare is a game in need of a change. “Every researcher wants the pun of ‘game change’ used as a headline in...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2016
Cardiogram, a startup seeking to make the sensor data from the Apple Watch more useful for the average watch user, and, eventually, useful in a clinical context, has raised $2 million in a round led by Andressen Horowitz's new bio fund, led by Vijay Pande. A number of angel investors also contributed: Homebrew (Satya Patel, VP Product of Twitter and Hunter Walk, Director of Product for YouTube),...
By Jonah Comstock April 5, 2016
A study of eight leading telemedicine companies shows that, for a number of common conditions, remote video and telephone visits are equally accurate, both are more accurate than webchat, and accuracy of diagnoses and adherence to best practices for in-person care varied greatly from company to company. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, UCSF-affiliated...
By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2016
At an event in Cupertino today, Apple announced that it would take its ResearchKit framework and spin off a new, similar offering called CareKit, an open source toolkit for hospitals and health systems. CareKit will launch with two applications: one for home monitoring of Parkinson's and one for post-surgical discharge. "When we introduced ResearchKit, our goal was to improve medical research and...
By Aditi Pai March 15, 2016
UCSF Diabetes Center has announced a partnership with mobile-enabled health coaching company Yes Health to use the company's app user data for research. Yes Health offers a 16-week, app-based program for people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, that includes one-on-one coaching, nutrition and fitness tracking, as well as personalized health advice. The program costs $9.75 for the first four...