American Heart Association

By Dave Muoio 03:25 pm November 17, 2019
A half dozen digital health startups went head to head this weekend in a pitch contest hosted by the American Heart Association. The competition’s cohort ranged from well-known heavy hitters like Welldoc to Korean hospital spinout Vuno, but in the end it was Pittsburgh-based Forest Devices that claimed top honors from both the contest’s eight judges and its audience. “Our solution is AlphaSTROKE...
By Dave Muoio 12:06 pm November 15, 2019
Livongo is touting new data regarding the efficacy of its device-and-coaching disease management platform, this time among those using its Livongo for Hypertension and Livongo for Diabetes products together. The results, which are set to be formally presented this weekend at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2019, identified significant decreases in hypertensive blood pressure as...
By Dave Muoio 01:00 pm October 28, 2019
Facebook is again expanding its public health messaging efforts with the launch of a new tool that shows users in the U.S. a list of recommended preventive tests or checkups, sets scheduling reminders and connects users to local providers of those services. Born of partnerships with the American Cancer Society, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the CDC, the...
By Dave Muoio 10:18 am August 21, 2018
The Google Fit exercise app is getting a facelift this week with new activity and heart health tracking goals based on recommendations from leading health organizations, the tech giant announced today. “There’s a lot of talk out there about how to stay active and healthy: ‘get your steps in,’ ‘sitting is the new smoking,’ ‘no pain, no gain.’ It can feel overwhelming,” Margaret Hollendoner, head...
By Dave Muoio 03:57 pm May 21, 2018
The American Heart Association, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and healthcare tech company Royal Philips have partnered to finance a new $30 million venture fund, according to a statement. Called Cardeation Capital, the fund will be managed by Aphelion Capital, a healthcare and medical tech VC firm, and focused on promoting innovative technologies targeting heart disease and stroke...
By Jonah Comstock 03:12 pm September 6, 2017
AliveCor, makers of the Kardia Mobile smartphone-connected ECG, announced the results of several major studies of the technology, including one that was published online today in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. The studies show the effectiveness of the technology in discovering atrial fibrillation that might otherwise have gone undetected, as well as its ease of use. "...
By Jonah Comstock 03:29 pm April 7, 2017
A forthcoming 28-patient study in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke shows that AiCure's artificial intelligence platform led to a 50 percent improvement in adherence to oral anticoagulants. In the study, a cohort of 28 ischemic stroke survivors was followed for 12 weeks. Fifteen were assigned to the intervention group that used AiCure's software to monitor their adherence daily, and...
By Jonah Comstock 04:30 pm 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 Heather Mack 05:07 pm February 6, 2017
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and most people are already on their way towards that fate: 99 percent of the population has at least one of seven cardiovascular health risks. In addition to being incredibly common, it’s costly – racking up $207 billion per year in medical expenditures and lost productivity. But a new study suggests workplace programs that...
By Heather Mack 03:55 pm January 16, 2017
Health enterprise SaaS company Welltok announced an expanded partnership with IBM Watson Health. Health managers using Welltok’s CafeWell Health Optimization Platform to organize individual’s health resources and benefits will have the data analytics and cognitive computing technology of IBM Watson to improve their approach to consumer health, including episodic clinical care and everyday...