March 25, 2020
This morning MassChallenge hosted a virtual summit focused on innovation in the time of the coronavirus. This comes amid the growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States. As of today the World Health Organization reported over 42,000 cases in the U.S. alone.
This rising number has resulted in a slew of innovations to address some of the most pressing questions, including testing,...
February 6, 2020
Direct-to-consumer, direct-to-phone. New York City-based home testing startup LetsGetChecked has launched its first mobile app for iOS. Through it, consumers will be able to order more testing kits from the company, integrate with services from wearables partners like Fitbit and Apple, and address the results of their tests one-on-one with a LetsGetChecked professional.
"We want healthcare to be...
August 16, 2019
While voice has been touted as an emerging technology with the ability to lower the bar to entry, industry players are now starting to warn of privacy gaps. Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices are now becoming a frequent household item, used for everything from ordering a new wardrobe to helping with homework.
But when used in the medical industry, the technology needs to be administered...
August 12, 2019
Time is one of a doctor’s most precious resources. But with the increasing emphasis on documentation, doctors are often snowed under with paperwork. Scores of startups and provider innovation organizations are looking for ways that new technologies could help tackle this problem.
Recently, voice technology has come onto the digital health scene as a new tool with the potential to help lighten...
August 6, 2019
Increasingly, Amazon Alexa and Siri are no longer just a tool for ordering pizza. Voice technology has found its way into healthcare, and now one of the most established industries in the medical world is starting to explore the possibilities of voice: pharma.
“I think voice should be part of a robust ecosystem in which pharma provides treatment information … and things like that,” Kay Bayne,...
April 22, 2019
Much like any other industry in the digital age, the healthcare sector is exploding with new technologies. Novel tools from health systems, IT vendors and startups are looking to tackle physician burnout, patient engagement, workflow efficiency, data management and other longstanding issues plaguing care.
Unlike many of its contemporaries, however, healthcare’s technology platforms have been...
May 24, 2018
A recent study of hypertension patients suggests follow-up visits conducted virtually are just as effective in maintaining blood pressure control as those conducted in person.
Conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s (B&W) Hospital, the investigation also found no differences in non-primary care visits between the two patient groups.
March 27, 2017
Palo Alto, California-based Cognoa, which makes an app to assess child development, has raised $11.6 million in a round led by existing investor Morningside. This brings the company’s total funding to over $20 million.
By analyzing parent-provided information and videos of a child’s natural behavior, the Cognoa app uses machine learning to provide an assessment of whether that child is developing...
March 23, 2017
Scientists have developed a method to test for male infertility that doesn't require much more than a smartphone. By building an app and pairing with a custom-made 3D-printed case that can magnify sperm and reveal the number of sperm and their motility, researchers at Harvard Medical School affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General have devised a cheap, quick and...
January 19, 2017
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have demonstrated a new technology can help reduce a widespread problem that harms some 1.5 million people every year – medication error.
In a study published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, researchers looked at five years of EHR-provided clinical data for 747,985 lives at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Center for...