September 18, 2014
Verizon has teamed up with smartphone health monitoring startup Ginger.io in a pilot conceived and run by Centerstone Research Institute to create a mobile health intervention that's already been tested in one small study, with larger studies in the works.
Initially, Centerstone launched a three-month pilot of 10 high Medicaid-utilizer patients (those with more than $25,000 in annual healthcare-...
July 8, 2014
During a fireside chat at the annual Khosla Ventures CEO summit, investor Vinod Khosla talked to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin about Google becoming a health company one day. As David Shaywitz wrote in a column for Forbes, Page and Brin see their company's health initiatives as "cool" projects, but they argue because of all the red tape in healthcare they are ultimately not...
March 10, 2014
University of California Davis' Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic is launching a study in partnership with mobile health company Ginger.io. The 12-month study follow 120 young people who are in the early stages of psychotic illness. Only youth who are enrolled in the UC Davis or City of Sacramento (EDAPT) clinics are eligible to participate.
UC Davis received $588,000 from...
October 29, 2013
Frank Moss, former MIT Media Lab professor in the New Media Medicine group and co-founder of Bluefin Labs, has joined app developer Constant Therapy as the Chief Strategic Advisor.
Constant Therapy develops iTherapy, an app available on the iPad which provides rehabilitation tools and solutions for those suffering from stroke, head-injury, or dementia, or children with language, cognitive,...
September 24, 2013
Sprint and Techstars have launched a mobile health accelerator in Kansas City, the hometown region of Sprint, that will mentor 10 startups, according to a press release.
Applications are open until December 6th, finalists will be notified in January, and the actual program is expected to start March 2014. The program will last three months and companies can receive up to $120,000 in funding, $20,...
June 3, 2013
Integrated health system Kaiser Permanente is launching an open API, called Interchange, that will enable developers to use publicly available information from Kaiser Permanente in their own apps. Initially, Kaiser Permanente will share data about the location, hours of operation and specialty information for the organization's 37 hospitals and more than 600 medical offices. That location data...
May 24, 2013
This week, stealthy mobile health startup, Palo Alto, California-based Gamgee raised $2 million from Khosla Ventures, according to an SEC filing.
The company aims to make a healthcare app geared towards people who are chronically ill, CEO Bob Quinn writes in his LinkedIn profile. Very few details about the company are known, but Quinn, former Epocrates CTO, wrote that the startup's long term...
May 8, 2013
San Francisco-based HealthTap announced this week that it had raised $24 million in its second round of funding. Khosla Ventures led the investment with return backers Mayfield Fund and Mohr Davidow Ventures contributing, too. As part of the deal, Khosla Venture's Keith Rabois and former Square COO will join HealthTap's board of directors. Vinod Khosla will join as an advisor, too.
April 17, 2013
One of the themes of this year's TEDMED conference was data liberation, kicked off by two speakers: Deborah Estrin, a computer scientist at Cornell Tech and Amy Abernethy, a cancer researcher at Duke Clinical Research Center. Estrin and Abernethy each talked about a rich source of data that could revolutionize healthcare, but isn't currently being tapped; Estrin talked about the "...
April 1, 2013
A recent meta-analysis from The Cochrane Library found that computer-based interventions for Type 2 diabetes provide, at best, a small improvement from traditional care methods. The analysis, based on 16 studies, found that the interventions reduced A1C (the standard measure for blood glucose control) by 0.2 percent, although that rose to 0.5 percent for mobile-based interventions. Measures of...