August 28, 2018
Technology looks after students. Yesterday education-focused software company GoGuardian launched a suicide prevention tool for students in grades K-12. The system, called Beacon, include an early-warning system that helps schools identify pupils at risk of self harm or suicide. The system employs machine learning to access web searchers, social media behaivor, chats, forums, and emails.
August 20, 2018
Fitbit has unveiled the third device in the Fitbit Charge family, the Fitbit Charge 3, and the new version adds SpO2 tracking among other health tracking improvements. The device will be available starting in October.
“With Charge 3, we are building on the success of our best-selling Charge franchise and delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable, and premium...
August 9, 2018
Floridian healthcare IT company Modernizing Medicine has tapped Patrick DeAngelo for the role of vice president and general manger of business services. DeAngelo has worked in revenue cycle, operational, and technical departments at major healthcare companies for 20 years. His new duties will include leading revenue cycle management (RCM) operations, the sales team, and value-based care services...
August 8, 2018
Buying a Fitbit is now cheaper for some Blue Cross Blue Shield members, following a deal between the major payer and wearable company.
The deal gives members special rates on Fitbit devices if they purchase through the Blue365 portal. It will also let employers buy Fitbit devices at a bulk or subsidized rate for their employees. According to the insurer, 60 million members are eligible for the...
August 6, 2018
Google Glass system assists children with autism. A pilot exploratory study recently published in Nature suggests that a novel system running on Google Glass and an Android smartphone can assist with social-affective learning for children with autism. Conducted among 14 families using the tool three times a week for an average of 72 days, the researchers report improved scores among the children...
August 2, 2018
It was a bit of a bumpy start, but it’s beginning to look like Fitbit’s push into the smartwatch market is bearing fruit. While the company is still operating at a loss, yesterday’s Q2 earnings report revealed that the Fitbit’s downward revenue and device sales trend was lessened by the success of its Versa smartwatch, which the company said has outsold all Samsung, Garmin, and Fossil’s...
July 18, 2018
Multiplayer surgeries. Virtual reality surgical training app maker Osso VR today launched a feature that allows multiple surgeons to train and interact within a single VR space. The new functionality can bring team members together for training regardless of physical location, according to a statement, and comes with the other benefits of collaborative, team-based training over solo instruction...
July 9, 2018
After filing a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California roughly a year ago, San Jose-based Immersion has settled its beef with Fitbit, the former announced in a statement. The terms of the settlement and license agreement reached by the two companies were not disclosed in the announcement.
Immersion took issue with the haptic feedback technology featured in...
June 28, 2018
Dr. Joshua Mandel has left his position at Alphabet's Verily as health IT ecosystem lead for a position as chief architect at Microsoft Healthcare. Mandel isn't the only big name Microsoft just picked up; Jim Weinstein, former CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, joined the company at the same time as VP and head of innovation and health equity.
"Jim and Josh join us at an exciting time, as healthcare...
June 25, 2018
A prospective cohort study of 33 adolescent cancer patients suggests that providing a Fitbit activity tracker and an iPad equipped with specialized health apps at the time of diagnosis can increase at least subjective measures of quality of life.
In the study, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, patients at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard...