John Brownstein

By Laura Lovett 04:30 pm March 24, 2020
Looking to better track the spread of the novel coronavirus, a team of engineers from some of Silicon Valley's most notable companies has joined forces with Boston Children's Hospital's Chief Innovation Officer John Brownstein on a new tool dubbed covidnearyou.org. The platform aims to gather data from people at home and report it back to public health organizations like the CDC. "[We] were...

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By Laura Lovett 02:57 pm February 6, 2020
It’s hard to flip on the TV and not see some mention of the novel coronavirus. The number of cases reported has continued to rise daily, as the World Health Organization reports that the virus has spread to 25,000 individuals across 25 countries.  However, a biproduct of the disease has been fear, according to Buoy Health Founder and CEO Dr. Andrew Le.  Increasingly startups and innovators are...
By Jonah Comstock 03:46 pm September 20, 2016
If you were to make a list of companies you'd expect to see at a clinical trial-focused health technology conference like DPharm Disruptive Innovation US, you probably wouldn't include ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. But they were both in attendance in Boston today, presenting remarkably similar visions for using their software platforms to solve transportation problems in healthcare. "Why...
By Jonah Comstock 02:19 pm April 12, 2016
After hinting about it in a recent interview, Boston Children's Hospital has officially launched its partnership with Amazon Echo, which gives the voice-powered home appliance a new "skill" that will allow it to give simple health advice to parents about their children's' fever and medication dosing. Called KidsMD, the Alexa app is just the first step in a plan to bring Boston Children's medical...
By Jonah Comstock 07:24 am June 15, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital has tapped John Brownstein, currently the director of the hospital's computational epidemiology group, as its new Chief Innovation Officer. Brownstein will succeed Naomi Fried, who left the company at the end of December to become Vice President of Medical Information, Innovation, and External Partnerships at Biogen Idec. "John Brownstein, PhD, was the top management...
By Jonah Comstock 09:02 am May 6, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital's HealthMap A new editorial in Nature Biotech poses the idea of the "digital phenotype" as a catch-all term for the trail of relevant health data people leave behind in their interactions with the internet, social media, and technology, which has largely untapped potential for the early detection of various conditions. CareMore Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sachin Jain...
By Jonah Comstock 09:08 am April 2, 2015
John Brownstein's Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children’s Hospital has received attention in the past for its efforts to use data streams from social media, along with publicly available data from the government, to predict outbreaks of disease. Under Brownstein's directorship, the team has mined Yelp for the foods most likely to cause food poisoning, helped aggregate data about the...