Harvard Medical School

By Laura Lovett 04:07 pm 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...
By Laura Lovett 02:36 pm 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...
By Laura Lovett 03:08 pm 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,...
By Dave Muoio 04:02 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 04:13 pm 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. "The...
By Heather Mack 07:51 pm 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...
By Heather Mack 05:26 pm 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...
By Heather Mack 04:51 pm 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...
By Heather Mack 04:19 pm December 8, 2016
While the experts at Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center have been happy with the results of their clinically-validated diabetes prevention program, they wanted to reach a larger population. Enter HealthyMation, a new healthcare animation studio that builds on the success of the brick-and-mortar program to deliver the company's first digital product: an app version of their popular DPP.  Dr. Osama...
By Bernie Monegain 03:09 pm June 22, 2016
Google, the world's most used search engine, is partnering with two of the world's leading health organizations to take the confusion out of symptom searching. "We worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve...