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By Jonah Comstock 02:51 pm July 5, 2016
In a deployment with UnitedHealthcare, health coaching startup Vida was able to reduce weight and blood pressure in a group of 1,000 high-BMI patients across three states, the company told MobiHealthNews. "Over 58 percent of the population has seen weight loss and over 30 percent have lost more than 5 percent of their body weight, which is clinically significant," Vida CEO and Founder Stephanie...
By Jonah Comstock 01:36 pm May 23, 2016
The Stanford University School of Medicine and the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab will collaborate on a small clinical trial investigating the possibilities for virtual reality in treating conversion disorder. Participants will use special software developed by the VHIL, combined with the Oculus Rift, to inhabit a virtual avatar body. Conversion disorder, also known as functional...
By Aditi Pai 01:31 pm March 14, 2016
Palo Alto Health Sciences, which has developed a mobile-enabled breathing system for people with panic disorder, raised $1.97 million in the second tranche of a $5 million round. The investment was led by Aphelion Capital with participation from other angel investors. Palo Alto Health Sciences has raised $7.5 million to date. The company’s FDA-cleared offering, called the Freespira Breathing...
By Aditi Pai 01:02 pm March 7, 2016
Sleep tracking company Eight (formerly known as Luna) raised $6 million in seed funding from Y Combinator, Yunqui Partners, Azure Capital, Cota Capital, Comcast Ventures, Vast Ventures, Stanford University, Galvanize Ventures, Idea Bulb VC, and Scribd co-founder Jared Friedman. “The conception of Eight began with my own sleep problems,” Eight Cofounder and CEO Matteo Franceschetti told...
By Jonah Comstock 09:30 am January 27, 2016
Researchers at Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley have built a prototype that could lead to a slew of new features for wearable activity trackers. The group, led by principal investigator Ali Javey, a professor at UC-Berkeley, have created a wearable sensor that can continuously collect and monitor users’ sweat on the molecular level, then sends the information via...
By Jonah Comstock 10:45 am November 17, 2015
Health app maker Azumio has partnered with Stanford University to make deidentified, anonymized data from a cohort of 5 million users available for research purposes. The study will be sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Azumio makes a number of different health tracking apps that track different biometrics including activity, heart rate, sleep, and diet, but the company...
By Jonah Comstock 08:50 am March 10, 2015
When Apple made its ResearchKit announcement yesterday, my mind immediately went to the Google Baseline Study, a massive research project conducted by Google, using mobile health tools to create unprecedented amounts of data about a large sample of healthy people. Not that the two initiatives are overly similar, but both their differences and the similarities that do exist are interesting. In...
By Jonah Comstock 07:43 am February 9, 2015
VitalMedicals VitalStream app with a fake patient in last year's simulated pilot study. Stanford spinoff VitalMedicals has raised $925,000 to continue developing Google Glass software that helps surgeons be continuously aware of patients' vital signs while doing surgery. The company is closing a final investor that will bring the round up to $1.1 million, CEO Ash Eldritch told MobiHealthNews...
By Jonah Comstock 09:37 am September 17, 2014
A new pilot study from Stanford University shows that Google Glass can help surgeons monitor patients' vital signs more closely during surgery, potentially helping them to prevent more complications. Researchers used a software called VitalStream from VitalMedicals, a startup led by a Stanford surgeon who was involved in the study. "During conscious sedation procedures where you don’t have an...
By Aditi Pai 08:44 am May 1, 2014
Stanford University's Prakash Lab has developed a smartphone peripheral to diagnose oral cancer, called Oscan. The peripheral device has a mouthpiece and a camera mount. Users follow the upper and lower bite guides to help them take the desired shots of the inside of their mouth. According to the researchers, screenings of the oral cavity can identify a number of diseases, including submucus...