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By Jonah Comstock 03:54 pm July 28, 2016
IBM announced this week that it will work with Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, on a number of interconnected initiatives to combat the Zika virus. The piece that’s attracted the most attention so far is OpenZika, a project that crowdsources the computing power of many peoples’ Android smartphones. By downloading a free app...
By Jonah Comstock 08:48 am May 5, 2016
Through its enterprise partnership with Apple, IBM will create a clinical calculation app for cataract surgeons for eye care company Bausch + Lomb, a subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the companies announced this morning. “If you think about all the mobile solutions throughout the industry and what we do as consumers, we needed to carry that forward and make it easier for our surgeons, and...
By Aditi Pai 02:19 pm April 7, 2016
Pfizer has partnered with IBM to develop a system that clinicians can use to treat patients who have Parkinson’s disease. The system will make use of sensors, mobile devices, and machine learning to provide clinicians and researchers with symptom information, which they will then use to better understand patient disease progression and medication response. It will also help inform treatment...
By Aditi Pai 01:54 pm March 2, 2016
The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) has partnered with IBM Watson to launch a ResearchKit study app, called SleepHealth. Researchers aim to use the app to explore the connection between sleep habits and health outcomes. It's also the first ResearchKit app to partner with IBM Watson. "We've made life the laboratory for this study by crowd-sourcing data and input to achieve an unprecedented...
By Jonah Comstock 05:42 pm January 6, 2016
Today at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, IBM Watson Health announced a new partnership with Under Armour, as well as sharing new information about its partnership with Medtronic, announced last April. The Medtronic and IBM teams have been working on using Watson’s cognitive computing alongside data from Medtronic’s Carelink Connect system to predict hypo- and hyperglycemic events and give people with...
By Aditi Pai 12:08 pm November 10, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital released data from a discharge app pilot they launched last year and announced three partnerships, with Rock Health, IBM, and Grand Rounds. Early data from the Boston Children's discharge app pilot found that 99 percent of patients said the app was useful, up from 82 percent from the first phase of the pilot, which ended two years ago. The discharge app used for these...
By Aditi Pai 06:04 am September 21, 2015
Boca Raton, Florida-based Modernizing Medicine has raised $38 million in equity, security and options, according to an SEC filing. Investors that contributed to the round included Pentland Group and funds affiliated with Summit Partners and Sands Capital Ventures, the company said in a statement. This brings the company's total funding to around $87 million. Modernizing Medicine makes a mobile-...
By Aditi Pai 11:13 am September 17, 2015
Google subsidiary Alphabet, has hired Dr. Tom Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to spearhead the company's mental health efforts in its life sciences division. Insel has worked as director of NIMH for 13 years before he moved to Google. In a statement about his transition, Insel said, "The GLS mission is about creating technology that can help with earlier...
By Jonah Comstock 10:49 am September 14, 2015
IBM's new health-focused venture, Watson Health, opened its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts last week, amid the same kind of flurry of announcements and partnerships that marked its launch last April. A partnership with Teva Pharmaceuticals was one of the biggest headlines, but the company is also working with ICON, Boston Children's and Columbia Medical, and announced it just received a...
By Jonah Comstock 12:05 pm August 6, 2015
IBM has finalized plans to acquire Merge Healthcare for $1 billion, in the hopes that assets from the medical imaging software company can teach IBM's cognitive computing unit Watson to "see" medical images. “As Watson evolves, we are tackling more complex and meaningful problems by constantly evaluating bigger and more challenging data sets,” John Kelly, senior vice president, IBM Research and...