July 27, 2016
Geoff Clapp, founder of now-defunct consumer health startup Better, delivered a long-awaited post-mortem on the Tech Tonic podcast with Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz. Better, which launched in 2013 with backing by the Mayo Clinic and The Social+Capital fund, shut down last year.
Clapp wrote last year that he planned to publish a post-mortem on Better’s efforts shortly after its closure, but...
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...
April 18, 2016
Last week, the Obama administration invited teens from around the country who had won various prestigious science contests to present their work at the sixth White House Science Fair, the final such gathering of President Obama's administration. Health tech had a significant presence at the conference, with at least 10 health-related projects including three app or connected device projects.
March 24, 2016
Cardiac rehabilitation patients who used a health app lost more weight following a heart attack than those who went through cardiac rehabilitation without one, according to a small Mayo Clinic study that will be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago next week.
The Mayo Clinic recruited 80 adults who were, on average, 68 years old and had acute...
October 21, 2015
Cedars-Sinai has announced that it is partnering with Techstars to launch a digital health-focused accelerator in Los Angeles. The accelerator program aims to work with companies that are developing hardware or software offerings that help patients manage and improve their health or help healthcare professionals improve care delivery.
“Cedars-Sinai’s longstanding focus on innovation, quality, and...
August 12, 2015
Example of a connected blood pressure device from iHealth.
If 45 percent of patients with hypertension are already measuring blood pressure at home, and an increasing number of patients now have access to communication with their doctors via a secure patient portal, does it make sense for patients to be reporting their blood pressure numbers via the portal? This is the question the Mayo Clinic...
July 15, 2015
NovioSense's glucose sensor.
A new joint venture made up of two American and two European companies will aim to use near-field communication (NFC) technology to create new options for diabetes management. The Mayo Clinic and Washington, DC-based medical technology company Gentag will form the American half of the venture, while Dutch medical technology company NovioSense and German R&D...
July 14, 2015
Welkin Health, a San Francisco-based population health management company that provides a combination of mobile, web, and telephone-based coaching programs, has raised $2 million in seed funding and announced its first major pilot, which is with Humana's Innovation Group. Investors in the seed round include Rock Health, Asset Management Ventures, Great Oaks VC, iSeed VC, a direct investment from...
July 13, 2015
Online and mobile symptom checkers like WebMD, AskMD, iTriage, and even offerings from the Mayo Clinic and the UK's NHS, come up with an accurate diagnosis only about a third of the time, according to a study by Harvard researchers recently published in the British Medical Journal.
Researchers looked at 23 free English-language symptom checkers that either offered patients a...
May 11, 2015
Since IBM launched its Watson Health business unit last month, the company has been busy, announcing a flurry of partnerships and deployments of its cognitive computing software in different sectors of the healthcare industry. Most of these announcements came out at the World of Watson symposium the company recently held in New York City. Here's a roundup of what Watson has been up to.