April 16, 2020
Attacking misinformation head on. Big tech's war against online misinformation is raging hotter than ever with COVID-19. The latest update: Facebook will begin directly contacting users who liked, reacted or commented on "harmful misinformation" about the virus that was later removed by the social network. Facebook wrote this morning that the messages are set to deploy within the coming weeks,...
January 16, 2020
Data and digital health tech were the focus of Stanford Medicine’s 2020 Health Trends Report.
Released late last week, the research survey of more than 700 physicians, residents and medical students found that many of these respondents are looking forward to incorporating these new tools into their practice.
“We found that current and future physicians are not only open to new technologies but...
March 18, 2019
This weekend, Stanford Medicine researchers presented the long-awaited results of the Apple Heart Study, which explored the performance of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and an accompanying algorithm in detecting potential arrhythmias.
Funded by Apple and launched back in 2017, the research project enrolled 419,297 Apple Watch and iPhone owners. Among these users, 2,161 (roughly 0.5 percent...
January 24, 2019
The acceptability, safety, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of Meru Health’s digital therapeutic for depression will be evaluated in a new two-year investigation conducted by Stanford Medicine and VA Palo Alto Health Care System researchers.
According to a clinicaltrials.gov listing, the research program will enroll older adults aged at least 40 years with depressive symptoms in two studies...
February 1, 2018
The Apple Heart Study — which began enrollment at the end of November — has now begun data collection, with participants receiving prompts over the weekend to sign informed consent documents and initiate data collection. That document also reveals some new details about how Apple plans to use data collected during the study.
“This study is part of the development of a new investigational device...
September 27, 2017
Cardinal Analytx, a new population health management company founded by Cardinal Partners investor Thomas McKinley based on research from Stanford University, has raised $6.1 million. Cardinal Partners led the round, with participation from the Stanford-StartX Fund and Premera Blue Cross, which also participated in a large pilot study that has provided some initial validation for the company.
June 6, 2017
Hearing the word “precision” in healthcare typically conjures ideas of cutting edge technologies and treatments like targeted genetic therapy. But it has another meaning in primary care: leveraging data from a variety of sources to deliver personalized, preventive care.
“It’s a way to bring the big data – whether that is on the population level, from digital health devices like wearables, or...
April 27, 2017
San Mateo, California-based Evidation Health, which was launched last year by GE Ventures and Stanford Healthcare, has raised $10 million from Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures. GE Ventures and B Capital were return investors, and both firms participated in the efficacy-focused company’s $3.4 million round in October 2016. The latest investment brings the company’s total funding to at least $31 million...
April 20, 2017
Alphabet-owned Verily has launched the Project Baseline Study, a collaborative effort with Stanford Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine to amass a large collection of broad phenotypic health data in hopes of developing a well-defined reference of human health.
Project Baseline aims to gather data from around 10,000 participants, each of whom will be followed for four years, and will...
March 21, 2016
At an event in Cupertino today, Apple announced that it would take its ResearchKit framework and spin off a new, similar offering called CareKit, an open source toolkit for hospitals and health systems. CareKit will launch with two applications: one for home monitoring of Parkinson's and one for post-surgical discharge.
"When we introduced ResearchKit, our goal was to improve medical research and...