big data

By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 6, 2020
Google is taking its coronavirus support efforts one step further with the launch of its COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports web tool late last week. Similar to the way Google Maps displays whether certain businesses or public places are busy at certain times of day, the resource aggregates anonymized location tracking data from mobile devices to identify large-scale behavior trends. The end...
By Dave Muoio 03:40 pm March 18, 2020
A collaboration between government organizations, research institutions and major tech companies has put out the call for artificial intelligence experts interested in generating new insights about coronavirus. As of Monday, a collection of machine-readable literature on the coronavirus group of viruses is now freely available for review on the Allen Institute for AI's SemanticScholar.org website...
By Dave Muoio 03:28 pm December 18, 2019
OM1, a Boston-based artificial intelligence platform for clinical real-world evidence, has raised $50 million in Series C funding. Scale Venture Partners led the round consisting of support from prior backers General Catalyst, Polaris Partners and 7wire Ventures. WHAT THEY DO OM1’s cloud platform employs AI machine learning organize and analyze large datasets for real-world measures of clinical...
By Laura Lovett 11:57 am October 9, 2019
"Data" may well be the buzzword of the early 21st century, but the health field is still trying to figure out how to use it. From claims data to wearables and EHRs, physicians are struggling to incorporate it into practice. This has led to the rise of tech startups looking to tackle this very issue.  “Data is king. The more data we have, the more precise we can be,” Lori Evans Bernstein,...

Glen Tullman (second from right) at work with the Livongo team. Photo courtesy Livongo.

By Jonah Comstock 12:38 pm September 11, 2019
Livongo isn’t the first company in the digital health space to IPO — at least, depending on how you define “digital health” it isn’t. But even if your definition is broad, Livongo stands out as one of the first companies to go public that’s really focusing on delivering healthcare, not just wellness, using consumer digital technologies. “People expect us to represent this whole new industry that...
By Dave Muoio 01:29 pm June 25, 2019
As part of the extensive Health eHeart Study, University of California, San Francisco researchers found smartphone camera-based heart rate measurements often employed by apps to strongly correlate with in-clinic results collected via ECG. From there, the researchers employed their app-based approach to record the heart rates nearly 70,000 individuals worldwide, and paired these with health and...
By Dave Muoio 09:00 am April 2, 2019
Blueprint, a startup building software for mental health data collection and clinician review, has raised $1.3 million in a funding round led by Lightbank and Hyde Park Angels. What they do Blueprint’s app-based platform distributes standardized clinical assessments to patients and automatically logging behavioral factors such as sleep or exercise with the smartphone’s sensors. Data from both of...

Moshe Bar Siman-Tov speaks at MedInIsrael 2019 in Tel Aviv. Photo by Roy Habani.

By Jonah Comstock 02:49 pm April 1, 2019
With a population of just 9 million, Israel is not a large country. But its contributions to health innovation, in particular digital health, are outsized. The country boasts 500 digital health startups as well as hospitals like Sheba Medical Center, which has recently been ranked in the top 10 in the world by Newsweek. What does the country have going for it? A mostly interoperable, fully...
By Dave Muoio 03:14 pm February 21, 2019
Patients are still turning to Dr. Google to answer their health questions in the days before their condition takes a turn for the worse, according a study recently published in BMJ Open. However, that same online behavior could be an opportunity to anticipate and improve care, with the study’s authors noting that a substantial number of ED patients with a Google account are open to their search...
By Laura Lovett 03:18 pm February 18, 2019
We are living in a time when there is increasingly more data being collected, opening up more opportunities for researchers. As the industry begins to see patients become consumers, the conversation around this data has begun to include questions of ownership and compensation.  “What we really want to do is empower patients to take back full control of their data,” Nicolas Schmidt, chief product...