August 14, 2014
A Stayhealthy HealthCenter kiosk.
Health kiosk startup higi has merged with Stayhealthy, another mobile health company that also has a health kiosk business. The two announced the merger last week. The new company will apparently still be known as higi. Higi's Jeff Bennett will stay on as CEO, while Stayhealthy CEO John Collins will take on the role of Vice Chairman and Director of Innovation...
July 24, 2014
Catalyst, an internal iPad app developed by Medtronic.
In a third-quarter earnings call with investors, Apple senior vice president and CFO Luca Maestri listed medical device giant Medtronic as a headline example of a company creating a lot of iOS apps to use internally.
"Today companies have equipped millions of employees with iPhones and they’re seeing huge benefits in productivity, employee...
July 17, 2014
When it comes to tech partnerships, it's hard to imagine one more hard-hitting than Apple and IBM, two companies who announced this week that they would be collaborating on enterprise software for iPhones and iPads. Apple is also rolling out a new customer service and support offering specifically for enterprise customers.
"The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done,...
June 30, 2014
IBM's Watson has yet another new gig, and it could lead to a novel way for big data to interact with personalized healthcare. IBM has partnered with Bon Appetit magazine to create Chef Watson, a web app that can create unique recipes based on a list of preferences. The app is going into a very limited beta (capped at 200 participants) today.
Watson is a computer program that can do big things...
November 15, 2013
A sample Watson conversation from WellTok.
It got famous on Jeopardy! and has been keeping its head down "going to med school" in hospitals like Memorial Sloan-Kettering. But now Watson, IBM's "commercial cognitive computer system," is stepping out into the wider world. IBM has opened Watson's application programming interface (API) to developers and two businesses are already working on...
November 6, 2013
Polycom's RealPresence CloudAxis suite.
Video conferencing provider Polycom has partnered with IBM to integrate its RealPresence CloudAxis web-based video conferencing product into IBM's Care Manager software, allowing providers and caregivers who use the software to immediately initiate a video consultation with a patient.
Care Manager is part of IBM's Patient Care and Insights platform, a...
October 3, 2013
IBM's Careflow software
At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, a slew of big data demoes kicked off Wednesday morning. They showed a handful of different ways data analytics can change healthcare -- whether the data comes from insurance claims or electronic health records. The theme was that big data didn't have to mean population data -- new initiatives are bringing the...
April 19, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has formed a new workgroup, charged with "identifying key considerations to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology (Health IT), including mobile medical applications." The group has been selected by HHS and the FCC and will report to the Health IT Policy Committee which advises the ONC.
This is the same workgroup...
February 11, 2013
When IBM's Watson supercomputer took down Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings just about two years ago, IBM let slip that Watson's next gig would be as a voice-enabled physician's assistant. Now IBM is giving us a little more information, releasing a video demo that shows how Watson might help an oncologist diagnose and treat a cancer patient.
The demo, which warns that it's "not necessarily a direct...
May 21, 2012
Screenshot from a Senseye demo video (click to watch on YouTube)
A Danish startup company that lets people control mobile devices and computers with their eyes has won the innovation challenge at the largest health IT conference in Europe.
The company, Senseye, has developed a software algorithm that uses the front-facing camera on a smartphone, tablet or PC and an add-on or built-in infrared...