Digital health news briefs

By  Dave Muoio 03:39 pm May 8, 2019
Google goes big on AI for accessibility. A substantial portion of yesterday’s Google I/O developer conference keynote was devoted to the tech giant’s efforts on increasing device accessibility for those with speech, vision and hearing impairments. During its onstage presentation, the company demonstrated how artificial intelligence could record, interpret and ultimately transcribe the speech of...
By  Dave Muoio and Jonah Comstock 03:06 pm May 1, 2019
Wearables, services perform well for Apple. While iPhone sales and overall Q2 revenue were down in 2019, the company was fairly optimistic on its most recent earnings report due to substantial growth among its wearables, iPads and services businesses. In terms of healthcare, CEO Tim Cook noted during the investors’ call that the past quarter included the rollout of the Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG...
By  Jonah Comstock 03:12 pm April 23, 2019
Deep learning for runners. UC San Diego researchers have developed an AI tool called FitRec which uses deep learning to make personalized fitness recommendations for runners based on past performance data. The algorithm was trained on a public dataset from Endomondo, an Under Armour subsidiary, that included 250,000 workout records for more than 1,000 runners. "Personalization is crucial in...
By  Dave Muoio 03:38 pm April 18, 2019
Door closes on drug discovery. IBM is tapering off sales of its Watson for Drug Discovery product in favor of other healthcare offerings using the AI technology, STAT reported this morning. The decision was made in response to weak demand and purchases from customers. "We are focusing our resources within Watson Health to double down on the adjacent field of clinical development where we see an...
By  Dave Muoio 01:58 pm April 10, 2019
VR cardiac care training. Healthcare training and education firm Health Scholars has launched a VR training simulation to help clinicians practice their advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills. The app was built to follow the American Heart Association’s guidelines and programs and incorporates a voice recognition component. “Our mission is to improve patient safety, and by virtualizing ACLS...
By  Dave Muoio 03:00 pm March 25, 2019
Phone-based workouts. Workout app maker Kaia Health has expanded its service from squat support to full-body fitness with the launch of a new version of its app. Like its predecessor the Kaia Perfect Squat Challenge, the Kaia Personal Trainer app uses smartphone camera motion tracking to monitor and log the user’s reps, while helping users develop personalized fitness plans. Of note, the company...
By  Dave Muoio 01:55 pm March 20, 2019
Mail-order menopause treatment. Online men’s and women’s health platform Ro is expanding its services with the launch of a new platform for women experiencing menopause. Called Rory, the platform treats for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep deprivation and other symptoms of menopause, while also seeking to educate users on their personal health. Much like Ro’s other offerings, the service kicks...
By  Jonah Comstock 03:13 pm March 13, 2019
  Correction: A brief originally included in this roundup, about Quip's funding, has been removed. The round in question was not new; it was previously reported here. ... With new investor, Klara heading to market. New York-based Klara, a healthcare messaging system, has secured a new investment from Stage 2 Capital. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. Klara brought Stage 2 in to help...
By  Dave Muoio 03:04 pm March 11, 2019
Rally’s new benefits platform. This weekend at SXSW, Rally Health announced the launch of a new digital, consumer-focused wellness platform. The system helps users view, access and manage their employee benefits within a single interface, while offering employers a tool to drive health engagement. “Today we’re taking our Rally platform to a new level by making traditionally disparate elements of...
By  Laura Lovett 02:08 pm March 7, 2019
FDA fast-tracks cancer AI. This morning Paige.AI, a pathology company that uses artificial intelligence for diagnosis and development, was granted a Breakthrough Device designation by the FDA. Page.AI has been working with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to digitize pathology slide and create a pathology dataset.  “Paige.AI is focused on providing artificial intelligence tools to...