big data

By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2015
A Kaiser Permanente video visit. Doctors, technologists, and entrepreneurs have a lot of different visions of the future of medicine, and they don't always line up. Dr. Robert Pearl, the Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, part of Kaiser Permanente, thinks some digital health offerings -- like video visits -- will revolutionize medicine. Others -- like health monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2015
Dr. Joseph Kvedar Dr. Joseph Kvedar, the vice president of Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, thinks the future of healthcare is in ever increasing levels of personalization and automation -- to the point where in just a few years, we might all have little automated health coaches in our smartphones, operating similarly to Siri, Cortana, or Google Now. "This is quite doable," Kvedar said...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2015
San Francisco-based Amino, a new company that aims to use big data to help match consumers with the best doctor for them, has launched with $19.4 million in funding. Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, Rock Health, and a number of individual investors contributed to the round. CEO and co-founder David Vivero previously founded RentJuice, an apartment renting startup that was ultimately...
By Jonah Comstock November 25, 2014
Graphic from NPR According to a new survey from Truven Health Analytics and NPR, 68 percent of American consumers are willing to share health information with researchers, but this group of people is more likely to be wealthy, well-educated, and young. Truven surveyed 3,000 Americans via landlines, mobile phones, and the web, with the group filtered by generation, education level and income...
By Jonah Comstock November 10, 2014
Google's genomics browser, from a video the company released last year. Between contact lenses for diabetes, big data baseline health studies, and a tiny pill that scans for cancer (not to mention curing death and setting up telemedicine visits based on search results), Google is casting a wide net in the health care field. But the company's biggest contributions might come in an area where...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2014
After Under Armour acquired MapMyFitness for $150 million last November, both companies more or less said that it would be "business as usual" post-acquisition, with MapMyFitness and Under Armour continuing to operate as they had before. At a talk at the HxRefactored event in Brooklyn this week, MapMyFitness co-founder and VP of Innovation Strategy Kevin Callahan shared some insights into how the...
By Aditi Pai April 7, 2014
New York-based Curious, a company that aims to provide people with platform on which they can ask health questions and collaborate with others to find answers, is planning to launch its online platform this summer, according to an article in Fast Company. 23andMe cofounder Linda Avey is one of three founders that started the company. Avey left direct to consumer genomics company 23andMe in 2009...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2014
A recent survey of 150 federal government executives working in the healthcare space found that just shy of 60 percent of them think their agency's mission objectives will depend on successfully using big data in five years. The study, conducted by public-private partnership MeriTalk and underwritten by the EMC Corporation, found federal government workers saying big data would help them in...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2014
Many people know that Google Flu Trends massively inaccurately predicted the number of flu cases at the end of 2012, as first reported by Nature Magazine's Decan Butler. A group of Northeastern University professors just published a pair of papers, however, that suggest the problems with Flu Trends are much more wide-reaching and systemic than a single glitch -- and they believe there's a lesson...
By Brian Dolan December 9, 2013
San Francisco-based Practice Fusion, which offers providers free electronic medical records software and patient management tools, has added another $15 million to its coffers, bringing its latest round of funding up to $85 million. Qualcomm Life Fund led the round with participation from new backer Longitude Capital and returning Practice Fusion investors Artis Ventures, Industry Ventures and...