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By Dave Muoio 04:18 pm April 8, 2020
Healthcare may be bracing for a major shortage of providers and services in the coming years, but even now the industry is straining to meet an ever-growing demand for personalized, patient-friendly care. Artificial intelligence has often been touted as the panacea for this challenge, with many pointing to finance, retail and other industries that have embraced automation. But the consumerism...
By Laura Lovett 03:40 pm March 26, 2020
On the frontlines of the coronavirus, crisis providers are tapping into digital mechanisms to communicate with patients and track the spread of the disease. Yesterday MassChallenge hosted a summit on innovation in the age of the coronavirus crisis, which included a panel on how tech can play a role in direct patient care. "If there is any silver linings it's that the [American Medical Association...

Photo credit: Buoy Health 

By Laura Lovett 02:57 pm February 6, 2020
It’s hard to flip on the TV and not see some mention of the novel coronavirus. The number of cases reported has continued to rise daily, as the World Health Organization reports that the virus has spread to 25,000 individuals across 25 countries.  However, a biproduct of the disease has been fear, according to Buoy Health Founder and CEO Dr. Andrew Le.  Increasingly startups and innovators are...

 (Left to right) Nathan Treloar, Sarah Lindenauer and Matteo Lai at the MassBio panel in Cambridge, MA. 

By Laura Lovett 03:11 pm May 22, 2019
Virtual assistants and wearable technologies are starting to catch the pharma world’s attention. The industry is exploring how the new tools can be used in research, clinical trials and inpatient settings. However, obstacles including privacy compliance and data standards are still questions that the industry is grappling with, according to panelists at the MassBio forum on Using Clinical Data...
By Laura Lovett 01:18 pm January 10, 2019
Boston Children’s Hospital and school-based healthcare platform CareDox are teaming up to provide new digital care management services to K-12 schools, the organizations exclusively revealed to MobiHealthNews this morning.  Caredox specializes in working with schools and capturing students’ medical charts and medication, creates data and immunization analytics and gives parents and providers...
By Laura Lovett 04:56 pm November 6, 2018
During the third quarter of 2018, the digital health space has seen a slew of deals with healthcare providers in the US, UK and elsewhere around the world. While telemedicine has continued to be a trend within the provider space, health systems are starting to turn their attention to some of the latest cutting-edge technology, such as voice.  But as these technologies advance, some physicians are...
By Laura Lovett 09:57 am November 2, 2018
It’s a too familiar scene — 2 a.m. and the computer screen is open to a Google search leading the user down every possible scenario and health scare. The patient then has to decide based on whatever search has come up whether or not a trip the emergency room is in order.    That’s where AI chatbots have come in to play. More and more digital health companies are focusing on providing a place for...
By Laura Lovett 01:48 pm October 8, 2018
As technology pushes forward, innovators are often tempted to bring all the bells and whistles to their digital health product. But some are stopping to look at the human element in digital health before launching a new product.  “Human design for us … is essential. We spend a huge amount of time watching how people with varying degrees of challenge interact with our app,” Jim Cavan, CEO of...
By Dave Muoio 04:00 pm August 9, 2018
In early 2016, Boston Children’s Hospital was among the first healthcare organizations to leverage Amazon Alexa with KidsMD, a skill that helps parents understand their child’s symptoms, seek basic medication dosing guidance, or decide whether an in-person visit is necessary. With roughly 100,000 app interactions to date, more than 200 unique weekly, and plans for a second version of the skill...
By Heather Mack 04:58 pm June 22, 2017
As virtual private assistants like Amazon’s Alexa become smarter, more popular and more useful, why not give it them tools to recognize emotions? That seems to be the thinking behind Israel-based Beyond Verbal, which makes voice recognition software to analyze human emotion and health indicators, releasing a cloud-based API engine to integrate with virtual private assistants (VPAs). The intention...