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The AI-enabled Superpower Glass system was recently shown to improve socialization skills among children with autism spectrum disorder.
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2019
Cognoa, the maker of a machine learning-based app for tracking children’s health and development, announced today that it has exclusively licensed an AI system designed to improve socialization skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Called Superpower Glass, the technology runs on Google Glass and is designed to encourage children’s...
By Laura Lovett February 26, 2019
Digital health has been around for a little over a decade, meaning it is one of the newest—and arguably hottest—emerging trends in healthcare. But like any new industry it is working out the ethics.  Last week Stanford Libraries released a statement of guiding principals for digital health. The document was created based on input from 30 participants from across disciplines including the former...
By Dave Muoio December 12, 2018
A Stanford study recently published in npc Digital Medicine suggests that the iPhone’s step measurement capabilities are sufficient enough to monitor and measure patients’ activity remotely. However, the device’s built-in walking distance measurement algorithm is inconsistent, and should not be used when gauging a patients’ activity or building a patient monitoring app for conditions such as...

University of Stanford, image credit: Onur Parlak

By Laura Lovett July 23, 2018
Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new wearable capable of measuring a patient’s cortisol levels from their sweat. Cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, typically takes several days to test. A paper outlining the early development and use of the technology was recently published in Science Advances.  "We are particularly interested in sweat sensing, because it offers...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2017
Among Apple’s many device and technology reveals today was an announcement that new health managing software would be built into Apple Watches. Starting Sept. 19, fitness-focused heart rate monitoring will be brought to the face of the watch, alongside warning notifications if an elevated heart rate is detected during a period of inactivity.  The consumer electronics giant will be using this...
By Bernie Monegain June 13, 2017
Apple has hired Sumbul Desai, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford. Desai is also vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief digital officer at Stanford Center for Digital Health. Desai will serve in a senior role at Apple in what appears to be a growing healthcare team, CNBC reported on June 8, adding she would continue to see patients at Stanford. Apple executives...
By Heather Mack January 26, 2017
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with some 5.4 million cases in the United States each year, and it’s also the most treatable as long as it is detected in the early stages. However, not everyone has the same access to dermatologists that could offer such promising prognoses, so a group of Stanford researchers set out to change that by creating an algorithm that can visually detect...
By Aditi Pai February 4, 2016
UK-based mental health provider Mersey Care NHS Trust has partnered with Stanford University to develop an app that prevents suicides, according to BBC. When a person opts to use it, the conceptualized app will monitor their communications, like social media accounts, emails, and phone calls, to help physicians track those that are at risk of committing suicide. If users show signs of visiting a...
By Aditi Pai October 29, 2015
Two challenges to scaling digital health technologies within a provider group are lack of collaboration between departments and too much focus on the technology instead of how the technology can be applied within a care model, according to Dr. Lauren Cheung, medical director of strategic innovations at Stanford Health Care. Cheung spoke at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston along with...
By Jonah Comstock September 1, 2015
Pictured above: A device from Cambridge-based MC10, a company focused on flexible electronics. The US Department of Defense is making a big bet on flexible electronics, an area of technology with close ties to mobile health. The DoD announced last week that it will invest $75 million in a public-private partnership called the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics,...