Mayo Clinic

By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Jonah Comstock July 13, 2015
Sharecare's AskMD. 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...
By Jonah Comstock 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. IBM Watson...
By Jonah Comstock May 7, 2015
Dr. Jay Widmer discusses the study in a Mayo Clinic video. A meta-analysis published last month in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows that, in general, digital health interventions can be of great benefit in improving outcomes for cardiovascular disease. Mayo Clinic researchers poured through 588 abstracts from the past 25 years, eventually winnowing them down to 51 RCTs and cohort studies,...
By Aditi Pai April 9, 2015
Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic spin-off Ambient Clinical Analytics has received FDA 510(k) clearance for a software-based decision support tool, called AWARE. AWARE stands for Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation. It’s an interface for EMR data that prioritizes and organizes a patient’s medical information in three ways: by organ, chronologically as a timeline, or as a customized...
By Aditi Pai March 3, 2015
Chrono Therapeutics, a Hayward, California-based company working on a new wearable for smoking cessation and drug delivery,  has received an investment from seed fund Rock Health. According to MedCity News, Rock Health has contributed $100,000. This brings the company's total funding to about $32.1 million. Chrono disclosed its most recent round in June 2014. It included contributions from Canaan...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2015
By better leveraging its Knowledge Graph smart search algorithm, Google is giving its health-related search functions a shot in the arm. Starting in the next few days, health searches on Google and via the Google app will display a wide range of medical facts about the disease or condition in question. "We’ll show you typical symptoms and treatments, as well as details on how common the condition...
By Aditi Pai December 18, 2014
Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator alum Yosko Sprint has partnered with the University of Kansas Medical Center for the company's second Mobile Health Accelerator, a three-month program in Kansas City powered by TechStars. The 2015 Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator will run from March 9 through June 4. “We are pleased to work with Techstars to provide early-stage input and guidance related to our...
By Aditi Pai December 11, 2014
Startup accelerator Techstars has launched a post-accelerator program, called Techstars++ that provides exposure for entrepreneurs who have completed the Techstars accelerator. Techstars' launch partner is Mayo Clinic. Post-accelerator startups can use the Techstars++ network to spend time learning from and engaging with a corporate partner. "For example, after completing Techstars, healthcare-...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2014
IBM's Watson, a cognitive computing system originally designed to vanquish human competitors on Jeopardy in 2011, has been winding its way into more and more healthcare and health-related use cases. But like most novel technologies, a number of people still don't understand exactly what Watson is or does -- or what IBM's roadmap for the technology is. On the sidelines of the Health 2.0 event in...