June 28, 2018
Dr. Joshua Mandel has left his position at Alphabet's Verily as health IT ecosystem lead for a position as chief architect at Microsoft Healthcare. Mandel isn't the only big name Microsoft just picked up; Jim Weinstein, former CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, joined the company at the same time as VP and head of innovation and health equity.
"Jim and Josh join us at an exciting time, as healthcare...
February 20, 2018
Researchers from Microsoft are aiming to transform the world of virtual reality from a primarily visual experience to a tactile and auditory one for people with visual impairments.
“Traditional [VR] mainly focuses on visual feedback, which is not accessible for people with visual impairments,” the authors of a research paper on the technology wrote. “We created Canetroller, a haptic cane...
January 22, 2018
Microsoft announced recently that it will be shuttering HealthVault Insights, the company’s app-based research project that used machine learning to help users analyze and access their personal health records.
The app will be removed from the iOS, Android, and Windows storefronts before the end of the month, although users will still be able to access a summary of their generated data on the...
January 18, 2018
Fitbit Coach, the company’s connected personal training app, has come to Microsoft’s Xbox One videogame console and other Windows 10 PCs, Fitbit announced in a recent blog post. The service — which costs $39.99 annually — allows customers to follow guided audio and video workouts in their home with additional features provided by their Fitbit wearables.
Fitbit Coach is a rebranded version of the...
January 3, 2018
NHS set to offer AI system free to all hospitals. The BBC is reporting that new AI systems for interpreting cardiac and lung scans could save England's National Health Service a billion pounds. The cardiac system, called Ultromics, was developed at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. It checks radiology scans for signs of heart disease and will be offered to hospitals starting this summer. The...
December 8, 2017
Microsoft may have pulled the plug on Kinect, but research applications for the gaming peripheral continue to trickle out. The latest, from University of Missouri researchers, constitutes a pair of studies suggesting that the technology can be used to power a cheaper alternative to the standard motion analysis equipment used by physical therapists and clinicians.
"In testing the system, we are...
October 26, 2017
Microsoft is discontinuing the Kinect, its pioneering 3D motion-sensing camera. FastCo broke the news that the company will no longer manufacture the device, though it will support existing devices for the time being.
Though Kinect was a pioneer in the 3D motion-tracking space, other companies have stepped up in the meantime, and the technology has also been incorporated into platforms like...
August 15, 2017
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, a 247-bed medical center, has deployed Vocera’s hospital communications system, which allows doctors and nurses to communicate via secure texting on Vocera’s HIPAA-compliant mobile app.
“We wanted a single solution that solved several of our communication needs– not just one or two of them. So, it made sense to look at Vocera,” Dr. John Heaton, SVP and chief...
June 7, 2017
Sports-related talk may encourage one to go big (or go home), but sports-related injury assessment need not follow the same credo. At least, according to Philadelphia-based Trice Medical, which has developed a tiny, needle-based camera to triage joint injuries rather than doing so with a traditional MRI. The company just raised $19.3 million in Series C funding to take the device’s reach further...
May 19, 2017
The days of claiming artificial intelligence as a feature that set one startup or company apart from the others are over. These days, one would be hard-pressed to find any technology company attracting venture funding or partnerships that doesn’t posit to use some form of machine learning. But for companies trying to innovate in healthcare using artificial intelligence, the stakes are...