September 18, 2019
“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom” is an apt mantra for the countless digital health companies and device makers seeking to track health or wellness. Sensors worn on the wrist, housed in a phone or even adhered to the body are continuously collecting biomarkers that concerned wearers can reference when investigating their poor sleep or reviewing their weekly activity.
And while some of...
August 21, 2019
Devices and sensors are getting smaller with each passing year, but some are still constrained by the need for bulky batteries or other inconvenient power sources. However, if a new proof-of-concept research projected headed by University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers pans out, the minuscule wearables of tomorrow could receive their juice via the wearer’s skin.
“We’re using the human skin...
May 13, 2019
Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to a patent describing a means of monitoring a user’s health while they sleep, without the use of a smart device like the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.
The patent, registered with the European Patent Office and spotted yesterday by Patently Apple, incorporates sensors placed near or remote to the patient to monitor individual, environmental, physiological...
July 10, 2018
A team of researchers from Tufts University, Harvard Medical School, and Purdue University, have presented academia’s latest take on the smart bandage. Recently described in the journal Small and so far tested only in vitro, the novel wound dressing is flexible, monitors the wearer’s wound in real time, and can administer a drug either on demand or in accordance to individual treatment protocols...
July 10, 2018
San Francisco-based predictive health company Potrero Medical has closed $26.6 million in an oversubscribed Series C round, according to a statement from the company. The investment was led by GT Healthcare Capital Partners and Sonder Capital.
Potrero’s business is focused on employing smart sensors and data analytics to identify conditions in their early stages.
Its primary product is the...
June 14, 2018
Biometric sensor technology company Valencell announced this week that it has raised $10.5 million in Series E, bringing the company’s total funding to $35 million. The new backing primarily comes as the result of a strategic investment by hearing instrument and specialty earphone company Sonion a/s, with additional participation from prior investors including TDF Ventures, GII LLC, and WSJ...
March 28, 2018
Patient engagement software company Relatient has launched MDpay, a patient-facing payment web and mobile platform. The service accepts all major credit or debit cards as well as Apple and Google Pay, and includes an integrated dashboard for billing managers, easy-to-respond electronic statements that don’t require a user account, and other accommodations.
"We're proud to offer the ambulatory...
June 21, 2017
In the connected health space, hardware is becoming less and less important as sensors become commodified, according to two panelists at HXRefactored, a conference held in Boston this week. Instead, companies should focus on software, user experience, algorithms, and data analysis.
“Dare to be a software company,” Propeller Health CTO Greg Tracy said, offering advice to other startups. “At the...
September 22, 2016
According to a new survey by Validic of 166 executives at pharma and biotech companies, contract research organizations, and others in the clinical trial space, 64 percent have used digital technologies in clinical trials, and 97 percent plan to in the next five years. The survey was presented at DPharm Disruptive Innovations US in Boston.
"The use of digital health technologies and patient-...
July 12, 2016
Eye-tracking and gesture sensors are set to mark the next stage of innovation in machine design, according to new data from ABI Research. Just like touchscreens took over where the hand-controlled PC mouse left off, sensor technology is will change the way people interact with machines and systems. Bolstered by the ability to integrate with smartphone and tablet sensors, ABI forecasts the...