December 10, 2019
A collection of more than 50 LGBTQ, public health and HIV/AIDS activists have signed a joint letter urging Facebook to remove advertisements from its platform that they say are “factually inaccurate” and scare at-risk users away from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatments.
These ads — which the signatory groups say are being directed at LGBTQ Facebook and Instagram users — come from multiple...
December 4, 2019
Dr. John Halamka, a longtime CIO, executive director and professor tied to Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, will be joining the Mayo Clinic on January 1 as the new president of its Mayo Clinic Platform — a digital health project that will deploy “artificial intelligence, the internet of things and an ecosystem of partners,” he wrote in a blog post announcing the move....
October 30, 2019
Articles referenced in today's episode:
Alphabet makes offer to acquire Fitbit
Facebook's new tool tells users what checkups they need, where to get them
Amazon makes its second digital health acquisition with Health Navigator
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...
October 10, 2019
Facebook is looking serve as the facilitator of constructive, supportive mental health discussions between friends with today’s release of new features for the social media network and its private messaging service, Messenger.
Timed for release on the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day, the company has unveiled a “Let’s Talk” photo filter for Stories that invites peers struggling...
September 12, 2019
Period tracking apps have sprouted up all over the app stores. But those apps might not be as private as users think. An investigation from a UK-based research group Privacy International found that some apps are sharing users’ personal information including details about a user’s cycle and even the last time they had sex — with social media giant Facebook.
The report found that most popular apps...
June 20, 2019
Facebook posts could be a window into more than just what you did last weekend. It turns out the language used in a Facebook post can predict if a user has a certain medication condition, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.
Academics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine set out to research if Facebook posts could predict conditions that were already recorded in a...
May 29, 2019
Even as Amazon ramps up its marketing efforts for PillPack, potential competitor Blink Health is hoping to get ahead with the announcement of three new hires — from Amazon.
Bharath Chinamanthur, Blink’s new EVP of engineering and operations, spent 11 years in leadership roles at Amazon. Christopher Plambeck, who joins as SVP of data sciences and monetization, spent five years at Amazon and...
May 28, 2019
Dr. Roni Zeiger, cofounder and CEO of Smart Patients and ex-chief health strategist at Google, is leaving his startup after seven years to join Facebook as the social network giant's Head of Health Strategy, a position Facebook appears to have newly created.
Zeiger quietly announced the news in a post on his own blog entitled "An Opportunity I Can’t Resist." Based on that short post, it appears...
May 22, 2019
ECG, eh? The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification functions have received approval from Canada’s health product regulator, according to listings on Health Canada’s website that were recently spotted by iPhone in Canada. With these in hand, its likely that devices owners living in the Great White North will soon have access to features that have so far been activated...