January 20, 2016
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced on Twitter yesterday -- by posting screen shots from his Apple Notes app -- that he is planning to launch a digital health company focused on fitness. He also announced he would be working as a venture partner at Index Ventures.
In the note, Costolo said he is working with Bryan Oki, currently the cofounder and CEO of Fitify, a health consulting firm that...
October 5, 2015
MedWatcher, from Epidemico.
We've written before about Epidemico, a startup that grew out of the Boston Children's Hospital's work on combing social media for medical and health data. Today at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Greg Powell, director of pharmacovigilance at GlaxoSmithKline, talked about how the pharma company uses the data it collects from its partnership...
October 20, 2014
Chicago's Department of Public Health (CDPH) has conducted more than 150 restaurant and food service inspections in the past year that may not have otherwise happened as a result of its new program, called Foodborne Chicago, which uses Twitter to search for people who tweeted about getting food poisoning.
Of the food service inspections conducted, an article published this month in the Journal of...
June 18, 2014
The FDA has, at long last, released draft guidance for how pharmaceutical companies should behave on limited-character social media platforms like Twitter and when correcting misinformation on third-party sites.
The FDA carefully controls labeling, advertisement, and promotion for drugs and devices requiring FDA clearance. It makes sure that companies never list the benefits of a drug without...
April 30, 2014
A team of researchers has found that, for 23 commonly used drugs, well over three times as many adverse drug reactions were reported on Twitter in a given time period than were reported to the FDA. Of course, the study also notes that the tweeted reports, referred to as "Proto AEs" (adverse events) weren't necessarily as specific or useful as FDA adverse event reports.
Over a six-month period,...
April 21, 2014
Researchers for UCSD's Happiness study
Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it would provide six data grants to researchers looking to access its vast archives for big data insights. Last week, Twitter selected six proposals out of the 1,300 entries and three teams, HealthMaps, University of Twente, and UCSD, had health-related projects.
HealthMaps is a project from Boston Children's...
January 21, 2014
A new report from IMS Health on the use of social media by pharmaceutical companies finds that among the top 50 pharmaceutical companies, half don't engage with consumers and patients through social media. But of those that do, IMS found that Johnson & Johnson emerged as a clear leader. It scored a 70 on IMS's Social Media Engagement Index. The next highest score, from GlaxoSmithkline, was...
August 26, 2013
A study published earlier this summer in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that Twitter can help people capture dietary intake and behavior.
The data from the study was integrated into Eat It Tweet It, an app in the Apple App store created to integrate with Twitter and offer users a portal to tweet exclusively about their diet. The app, created at New Mexico State University,...
July 30, 2013
Data liberation advocate Hugo Campos has scored a small victory in his ongoing battle to gain access to potentially life-saving data generated from the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in his chest. Campos now gets XML files of reports from his defibrillator after device manufacturer Medtronic agreed to supply Campos' doctors at Stanford Hospital & Clinics with a script to run in...
September 6, 2012
Now I think I get it.
After watching this promo video for the new Withings WS-30 wireless scale, I understand why there are so many mobile and wireless health and fitness products aimed at the young and hip. It doesn't take a degree in marketing to figure out that young, toned bodies move product better than old, sick ones, so it should come as no surprise that the Withings video features a...