Dave Muoio

September 13, 2018
Following in the footsteps of its parent company, Instagram is looking reduce its potential role in the ongoing opioid epidemic. Whenever a user searches a drug or substance-related term on the platform, they will now be served a popup that includes a link to addiction and drug misuse resources. Should users click through the popup alert, Instagram redirects to a webpage asking users whether they...
September 13, 2018
Hurricane season is swinging into full gear again as this week’s natural threat, Hurricane Florence, makes landfall in the US Southeast. Between the gusting winds and “catastrophic flash flooding” heralded by meteorologists, the Category 2 storm threatens to leave emergency responders and local health care systems overwhelmed. Fortunately, these groups will have some support. Much like in storms...
September 13, 2018
Google Street Breathe? San Francisco-based startup Aclima has announced plans to outfit Google’s fleet of camera-sporting Street View vehicles with mobile air quality and climate emissions sensors. According to the company, all of the data collected using the new system will be aggregated and made available as a public dataset on Google BigQuery. The companies are planning an initial rollout of...
September 12, 2018
From Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica woes to news of the first deaths attributable to autonomous cars, the tech industry has lately found itself engulfed in moral controversies. Unfortunately, the health tech sector is no different. Just this year, multiple consumer exercise apps revealed classified GPS and identifying data through their APIs, genetic testing companies continue to grapple with...
September 12, 2018
Digital therapeutics maker Akili Interactive Labs today announced a deal with the University of California’s governing board concerning exclusive licensing of a new technology that will combine the company’s focus on neural systems with physical activity. Developed at the Neuroscape Lab at UCSF, the tech follows in the footsteps of Akili’s other efforts in that it is primarily delivered through a...
FDA approved tech collage
September 12, 2018
Brainstorming, smart design, and clinical validation are all vital steps toward the deployment of any new health technology, but without regulatory approval many of the most groundbreaking innovations will never have a chance to make an impact on patients and consumers. In the US, these processes could see some shakeup in the future — FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has been consistently...
September 11, 2018
A hybrid system combining artificial intelligence with live human specialists was able to more  effective diagnose pneumonia from chest X-rays than a previously validated automatic diagnostic algorithm, according to data presented this week at the 2018 SIIM Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging. The study, conducted by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine and...
September 11, 2018
Mountain View, California-based AliveCor announced yesterday that its KardiaK Software Platform has been granted Breakthrough Device designation by the FDA. AliveCor’s software is a neural network trained to read ECG data for elevated levels of blood potassium, a condition known as hyperkalemia that affects the kidneys. Primarily diagnosed through invasive laboratory blood test, KardiaK would...
business men shaking hands
September 11, 2018
Medopad, an app-based patient data collection and analysis platform headquarted in the UK, has acquired Silicon Valley health AI startup Sherbit in an effort to expand its reach into the US, according to an announcement released this morning. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Sherbit and Medopad have the same vision to help people be healthier and live longer,” Alex Senemar, CEO of...
September 10, 2018
Kiio, maker of an app-based back pain therapy program for health systems and employers, today released data from a one-year pilot of its product. Conducted within the Quartz Health Solutions health plan system, the results suggest that patients who are provided with and use Kiio’s platform experienced decreases in medical spending, visits, filled opioid prescriptions, and other spinal pain-...