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By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm March 16, 2020
Alphabet's Verily has launched a website where California residents can complete a short survey regarding their current condition and, if they meet certain criteria, could be referred to a nearby mobile COVID-19 testing site. Conducted through Verily's Project Baseline population health effort and developed in collaboration with federal, state and local public health authorities, the triage...
By Laura Lovett 02:09 pm March 4, 2020
Google made waves in the fall when the WSJ reported that the tech company had been working with Ascension since 2018 on a collaboration involving patient data, called Project Nightingale. While the partnership appears to be HIPAA compliant, the news drew concerns among patients, providers and legislators. Earlier this week, a group of three senators, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard...
By Dave Muoio 02:15 pm February 6, 2020
A new survey polling thousands of international office workers suggests that two in five will opt to search their symptoms online and self-medicate rather than visit a doctor, and the same amount admit that doing so makes them more nervous about seeking care from a professional. On the flip side, a similar portion of respondents (43%) said they would investigate their condition online and then...

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By Laura Lovett 03:47 pm January 2, 2020
Google’s artificial intelligence proved more accurate in identifying breast cancer from mammograms than doctors, according to a study published in Nature yesterday. The initial results of Google’s AI for breast cancer screening, found that the system was able to reduce the number of both false positives and false negatives in breast cancer detection. The study was born out of a collaboration...
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pm December 31, 2019
This year provider organizations continued their dive into digital. Big names in the provider space including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ascension and Brigham and Women’s Hospital made major deals with well-known tech companies. We’ve also seen new technologies catching on in the provider space, notably voice.  Another major trend is the use of telemedicine. While the technology is...

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By MobiHealthNews 11:25 am December 13, 2019
It’s been a big year for Google’s parent company Alphabet. Once upon a time, Google’s role in the health world was chiefly associated with "Googling" symptoms, but much has changed for the Silicon Valley giant. This year Google made major moves in the health industry—making waves when it announced a plan to acquire Fitbit and even dipping into the EHR space by demoing a new search feature. ...
By Dave Muoio 04:11 pm December 11, 2019
Not so fast? Google’s plans to purchase Fitbit will soon be under the US Department of Justice’s lens. According to a New York Post report, the merger raised antitrust flags at both the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission, with the former federal agency ultimately winning out. The Post’s sources said that both of these agencies are hesitant to allow Google an even greater view into individuals’...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:17 am December 11, 2019
Funding. London-based My Online Therapy, which provides a digital mental health service, has announced this morning that it landed £4.2m in funding from the Lighthouse Investment Group. The startup, founded in 2018, now plans to use the funds to expand its product and engineering teams and enhance customer operations, according to a statement. “Raising £4.2 million and reaching a post-money...
By Dave Muoio 04:37 pm 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....

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By Laura Lovett 04:35 pm November 21, 2019
Google Health has offered a peek at what it's planning for its next set of clinical digital tools. It includes a more integrated charting system that aims to make it easier for doctors to search for a variety of metrics and notes.  “With a single login, doctors can access a unified view of data normally spread across multiple systems. All the types of information clinicians need are assembled...