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By Laura Lovett 02:54 pm November 3, 2020
Alphabet subsidiary  X, which was created to focus on “moon shot projects," has just unveiled research from its mental health project known as Amber, specifically with respect to its works to find biomarkers to map depression. The news, first spotted by CNBC, is an outline of the work the project has been doing.  “Our journey started by asking the question: What if we could make brain waves as...
MediCity, BioCity, Funding & IPO

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By Sophie Porter 12:11 pm November 3, 2020
Life sciences accelerator and medtech incubator project MediCity Glasgow have helped raise over £26 million (€29M) in the last five years, supporting the creation of 70 new companies in Scotland’s thriving life sciences sector and creating over 200 jobs. The project, which is part of business collective BioCity, greatly surpassed their original investment goal of £5 million (€5.6M), enhancing the...
diabetes, covid-19
By Sophie Porter 06:48 am November 3, 2020
Digital health analysis and consultancy company Research2Guidance (R2G) have just released The Global Digital Diabetes Care Market 2020, the fourth edition of their biannual research report providing comprehensive analysis of the global digital diabetes market. Diabetes care is one of the most developed and best funded sectors of digital health, with a total revenue of $320 million (€275M) in...
When MA organizations are devising their digital strategies, Deloitte recommends making offerings that are consumer-centric, digital and interoperable.
By Mallory Hackett 11:37 am November 2, 2020
As more consumers become accustomed to using technology to manage their health, health plans – including Medicare Advantage organizations – will need to accelerate their adoption of digital solutions to keep up with member expectations, according to a new report from Deloitte. Deloitte’s report, which interviewed leaders from MA plans and digital innovators working with MA plans between April and...
A man wearing a Fitbit Charge 2 device
By Dave Muoio 11:18 am November 2, 2020
Symptom-based COVID-19 screening can be improved by incorporating data collected from wearable sensors into prediction algorithms, an approach that could complement ongoing testing efforts by spotting symptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals early, according to a research letter recently published in nature medicine. The findings are part of the DETECT (Digital Engagement and Tracking for...
A woman massages her sore back
By Dr. Liz Kwo 11:12 am October 30, 2020
About the author: Dr. Liz Kwo is currently the staff VP of clinical data analytics at Anthem and a faculty lecturer at Harvard Medical School who previously cofounded and served as CEO of telemedicine second opinion company InfiniteMD. She received an MD from Harvard Medical School, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Digital health...
Dr. Sumbul Desai, Apple's VP of Health, presents the new Apple Watch blood oxygenation sensor at an event in September.
By Jonah Comstock 10:32 am October 30, 2020
When Apple announced its Series 6 Watch wearable last month, with new features, including VO2 Max and blood oxygenation sensors, the tech giant also announced three new clinical studies that would use the device. We expounded on one, an asthma study, in collaboration with Anthem, last month. But the other two, focused on heart failure and respiratory conditions like flu, respectively, have not...
Paperwork is handed off between two people
By Dave Muoio 03:17 pm October 29, 2020
This morning Israeli "Digital X-ray" company Nanox announced a new deal with medical data and image management firm Ambra Health. The agreement will see Ambra's cloud software integrated with the digital component of Nanox's in-development imaging systems, and according to the companies will streamline image management while making it easier to access for providers and patients. "It is our intent...
Fitbit receives Army award to further develop its COVID-19 early detection algorithm
By Mallory Hackett 11:34 am October 29, 2020
Fitbit announced today it will receive nearly $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command to expand its work in developing an algorithm that can detect COVID-19 before symptoms show. In addition to the award, Fitbit will begin a study with Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research to further advance the early...
Doctor with a megaphone
By Laura Lovett 05:08 pm October 28, 2020
Not every patient is going to be satisfied with their trip to the doctor. But a new study published by JMIR found some especially strong feelings in a wave of tweets from 2018 with the hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads. Researchers investigated the tweets and found the hashtag was used in roughly 40,000 tweets, more than half of which were from patients sharing negative medical experiences.  “People...