March 11, 2020
After his coronavirus diagnosis, Dr. Yale Tung Chen, an emergency room doctor at Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid, was sent into quarantine. But this became an opportunity for him to educate the public about the virus.
Now four days into his isolation, Chen has actively posted live updates on Twitter about his condition and fielded questions from fellow Twitter users, providing a first-...
February 25, 2020
British AI chatbot and virtual care company Babylon is used to getting shade from the public and the medical community alike. But recently it went a step further to strike back at one of its most prominent critics.
For years, a Twitter user under the handle of @DrMurphy11 has posted his encounters with Babylon's tool based on hypothetical situations. On the whole his tweets have been critical of...
May 22, 2019
ECG, eh? The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification functions have received approval from Canada’s health product regulator, according to listings on Health Canada’s website that were recently spotted by iPhone in Canada. With these in hand, its likely that devices owners living in the Great White North will soon have access to features that have so far been activated...
May 16, 2019
Help from above. The Department of Justice has taken the side of tech-enabled insurer Oscar Health in a federal antitrust suit it filed in November of last year against Florida Blue, Crain’s New York Business reports. While Oscar’s motion for a temporary injunction was rejected by a federal judge back in February, the DOJ filed a statement in April arguing that Florida Blue had incorrectly...
January 25, 2018
Yesterday, Apple made a big, long-awaited announcement in healthcare: the company is entering the personal health record space with Apple Health, a new feature that will interface with EHRs at 12 hospitals.
The news prompted immediate and vibrant feedback on Twitter, much of it centered on whether or not Apple could succeed where numerous others have failed. WeGo Health Chief Strategy Officer...
October 17, 2017
Google briefly tested, but has either removed or planned to remove, a feature in Google Maps that automatically added calorie counts to walking routes, and even expressed the number of calories as an equivalent number of "mini-cupcakes."
The feature was rolled out on a test basis to some iOS users, but was rapidly panned on Twitter. In addition to a general feeling that the app was shaming or...
June 21, 2017
Headspace, maker of the eponymous meditation and mental well-being app, has hired Ross Hoffman as the company’s chief business officer. Hoffman joins Headspace after six years at Twitter, where he most recently held the post of SVP of global partnerships. The appointment comes at a time of change for Headspace, which recently laid off 13 staff positions in the marketing department but also...
February 28, 2017
The power of social media for spreading information, creating community and growing business is undeniable, and it has also proven to be a valuable tool in healthcare in instances like sharing resources between research organizations, taking a pulse on consumers’ experiences with a new device, or recruiting participants for a clinical trial.
But how do healthcare practitioners approach the...
February 22, 2017
Digital diabetes management company Omada Health has brought on federal policy veteran Lucia Savage as their new Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer. Savage, who previously worked as Chief Privacy Officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for IT, will lead Omada’s legal and compliance team. In her new role, Savage will lead Omada’s regulatory strategy and ensure the privacy and security...
November 14, 2016
It's been two years since the FDA passed its social media guidance for pharmaceutical advertising in limited-character formats -- that is, primarily, Twitter and Google sponsored links. Among other things, that guidance stipulated that, if a company wants to tweet about the benefit of a drug, they must include the "most serious risks" of that drug in the same tweet and that tweets must contain...