Pediatrics

By Dave Muoio 11:16 am April 25, 2019
GoCheck, maker of a smartphone app that screens young children for amblyopia or “lazy eye,” has raised $6 million in a Series B investment round headed by FCA Venture Partners. Other new backers Mucker Capital and Sovereign’s Capital will join the company’s prior investors, which include Interwest Partners and Marc Benioff. WHAT THEY DO GoCheck (formerly Gobiquity Mobile Health, and iCheck Health...
By Laura Lovett 10:08 am April 11, 2019
Telemedicine giant Teladoc announced this morning that it is teaming up with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on a new project aimed at creating a consumer pediatric telehealth platform for hospital and health systems.  As part of the partnership, doctors from Cincinnati Children’s will lead the advisory team. The hospital team is set to advise on pediatric-specific workflows,...
By Laura Lovett 03:11 pm March 7, 2019
After a child with a complex condition has been hospitalized and continuously monitored by high-tech devices, it can be a rude awakening for parents when they are sent home with a binder and a pencil to record progress, according to Dr. Jeff Vergales, a pediatric cardiologist at UVA Children’s Hospital.  The University of Virginia is aiming to tackle this problem with a program called Building...
By Laura Lovett 03:01 pm February 26, 2019
Yesterday Babyscripts, a virtual obstetrics care management platform, announced that it is teaming up with Penn Medicine on a new initiative designed to improve postpartum health. The pair plan on combining Babyscripts’ remote monitoring system with the knowledge gleaned from Penn Medicine’s Heart Safe Motherhood (HSM) program, a text-based intervention for pregnancy-related hypertension.  The...
By Laura Lovett 05:53 pm February 12, 2019
It’s no secret robots have caught the hearts and minds of children for decades — whether in sci-fi novellas or on the silver screen. Now, robots are also coming to pediatrics care.  “If you look at pediatrics and robotics systems, most children are attracted to robotics. So what does this mean? I can bring in a robotic device and I don’t have to convince you. I can bring it in and say, ‘Hey, this...

The view from outside Helsinki Children's Hospital. All photos by Jonah Comstock.

By Jonah Comstock 12:47 pm December 12, 2018
Helsinki Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility that serves sick children from all over Finland, opened earlier this year with a price tag of €170 million, replacing an outdated facility from 1948. The building is a case study in patient-centered design and also includes a number of process innovations and digital technologies (including an iPad in each patient room). Along with a...
By Laura Lovett 03:58 pm October 10, 2018
Children’s Health, a Texas-based pediatric health system, is teaming up with Proteus to pilot a new program aimed at tackling adherence issues in pediatric heart transplant patients by inserting ingestible sensors into prescribed pills, which can track when the medication was taken.  The system is made up of a wearable patch worn by the patient and the sensor-infused pill. When the pill is broken...
By Dave Muoio 03:34 pm August 7, 2018
Telemedicine may help practitioners better reach their patients, but the convenience could come at a cost for the provider. In a qualitative study recently accepted in Nature’s Pediatric Research journal, pediatric doctors conducting telemedicine consultations report a number of medical and non-medical challenges that are not present during face-to-face encounters. "It is clear that doctors...
By Dave Muoio 12:16 pm April 23, 2018
The mere mention of doctors and needles frequently can leave children in terror, and oftentimes the promise of a lollipop won’t be enough to calm their fears. Newly published research, however, suggests that providers may have more luck managing their younger patients’ anxiety and pain with the help of a biofeedback-assisted relaxation app. In the pilot study, a team of Australian researchers...
By Dave Muoio 04:19 pm March 6, 2018
A trio of presenters at HIMSS 2018 shared data from practical machine learning and AI-focused studies that demonstrate how the technologies could reduce costs and improve patients’ outcomes.  These studies, conducted by teams at the Grady Health System, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, primarily focused on flagging adult and pediatric patients whose EHRs...