November 22, 2019
There are few clinical areas more in need of innovation than heart disease. It’s the leading killer among men and women in the US, accounting for one in every four deaths by the CDC’s numbers, and yet it’s also a body of health conditions that could be substantially mitigated through a number of lifestyle and behavior changes.
So of course it’s little surprise that cardiovascular health and care...
November 22, 2019
Swiss pharma giant Novartis has announced this week two collaboration agreements with Finnish startups Popit and Precordior, unveiled at Slush, a startup event taking place in Helsinki.
WHY IT MATTERS
Launched in 2017, Espoo, Finland-based Popit has created a solution to improve patients’ engagement and adherence to medication.
“We have a piece of hardware that we clip onto a medication blister,...
October 25, 2018
The Mayo Clinic is joining forces with smart stethoscope company Eko to develop a new product that will employ machine learning and a digital stethoscope to assist doctors in detecting potentially dangerous heart conditions.
The pair plan to build a machine learning-based algorithm that can screen for a low ejection fraction, which means a weak heart pump in patients. The team developing the...
January 5, 2015
San Francisco-based health behavior monitoring and analytics startup Ginger.io raised $20 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $28.2 million.
It's likely that Kaiser Permanente Ventures invested in the round because Ginger.io added Kaiser Permanente Ventures partner Dave Schulte to its board in the filing, as pointed out in a report over at ...
October 29, 2014
Google's in-progress contact lens.
Google X, Google's department of long-term "moonshot" projects, has revealed another health-related undertaking. According to the AP, the tech giant announced at a Wall Street Journal event that it is developing a smart pill that could scan for cancer and send the results to a user's wearable sensor device.
The AP reports that the pill, which is in the early...
August 20, 2013
Researchers in Australia presented findings this month on the accuracy and benefits of the mobile health device developed by Khosla Ventures-backed US company AliveCor. The iPhone-enabled AliveCor Heart Monitor, formerly called the iPhone ECG, captures ECG from a special case that fits the patient or physician's smartphone. While the device's inventor American cardiologist Dr. Dave Albert is well...
November 1, 2012
Feedback loops. That's the focus that some of the highest profile consumer health startups have taken in recent years. Making scales smarter by pairing them with smartphone apps, using smartphone camera's to track eating habits or to measure vital signs, pairing wireless-enabled pedometers with smarter software, all hope to create tighter and more effective feedback loops with an eye on health...
October 4, 2012
The Qualcomm Foundation announced this week that it had awarded the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) $3.75 million to fund clinical trials focused on wireless biosensor systems, rapid pharmacogenomic diagnostic tests, and apps and embedded sensors for tracking and predicting heart attacks, Type 1 diabetes and some types of cancer. The monies will help fund three years of research...