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By Jonah Comstock 04:18 pm February 10, 2020
Last year, Apple announced the results of the Apple Heart Study, an ambitious digitally-enabled research project that also tapped the talents of Stanford University, BioTelemetry, and telemedicine company American Well. Through the study, more than 400,000 individuals helped Apple and Stanford learn about atrial fibrillation, and the predictive and therapeutic value of the Apple Watch’s...
By Laura Lovett 01:32 pm October 29, 2019
This week Rock Health released a new report conducted in partnership with Stanford University that analyzes how the consumerization of healthcare is shaping the future of the industry. It broke down three major trends: how patient data is creating opportunities and challenges in the field, how online health information is changing the provider relationship and attitudes over a consumer’s...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pm July 23, 2019
Pinterest is often a platform synonymous with wedding boards, apartment designs and general inspirational quotes. But often users are looking for answers or support in regard to more serious questions.  Recently, the social media giant teamed up with researchers from Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation to create a tool aimed at giving users more resources.  “Pinterest saw a rise in users...
The AI-enabled Superpower Glass system was recently shown to improve socialization skills among children with autism spectrum disorder.
By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm 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 12:05 pm 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 01:43 pm 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 03:04 pm 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 02:14 pm 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 03:33 pm 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 05:07 pm 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...