March 18, 2019
New technologies focused on communication, cognitive health and healthcare access are core to addressing the US’ ballooning senior demographic, according to a report recently published by The White House’s Task Force on Research and Development for Technology to Support Aging Adults.
These areas — along with transportation, personal mobility and independent living activities — should be among the...
October 25, 2018
In one of the few and far between bipartisan bills to be passed during this administration, President Donald Trump signed into law yesterday a new package aimed to help tackle the opioid epidemic, called the Support for Patients and Communities Act.
The latest legislation expands opioid-specific telemedicine services, exempting the technology from certain requirements. It also modifies the...
May 11, 2018
AI has been the buzz word this year across multiple industries and now top government officials are starting to take notice. Yesterday the White House hosted a summit on Artificial Intelligence for American Industry, where it announced a new AI task force. Though the details about the task force are scare, the summit highlighted the use of AI in healthcare.
The summit included over 100 senior...
July 7, 2016
The National Institutes of Health announced a number of partners today who will receive a total of $55 million in grant money for 2016 to build the foundational structures of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI Cohort Program includes five companies that make up the Participant Technologies Center, which will be responsible for creating mobile apps to enroll, consent,...
February 25, 2016
This summer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will launch a Participant Technologies Center to test and maintain connected sensor technologies as part of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), NIH Director Francis Collins announced today at the Precision Medicine Summit. Vanderbilt University, with help from Verily (formerly known as Google Live Sciences) as advisors, will...
August 10, 2015
As his time in office draws to a close, President Obama secured his reputation as our first geek president by hosting a tech startup demo day in the White House last week. Although the primary purpose of the demo day was to showcase diversity in tech entrepreneurship, a number of mobile health and wellness-focused companies filled out the ranks of Obama's invited startups.
Here's a round-up of...
July 14, 2015
President Obama addresses the White House Conference on Aging.
Yesterday, celebrating 50 years of Medicare and 80 years of Social Security, the White House hosted its Conference on Aging. At a panel during the summit, experts discussed how to make technology accessible to seniors. A study on that same topic was released by AARP today.
"We choose to do big things here in America," President...
July 18, 2013
Up until about a week ago, the first and last time President Obama mentioned mobile health during a speech was in his State of the Union Address in 2011. At the time the president was extolling the benefits of using tax dollars to ensure high speed cellular networks made their way into more rural areas of the US.
“This isn’t just about — (applause) — this isn’t about faster Internet or fewer...
September 4, 2012
At the end of August the White House launched a new program, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which pairs the private sector, academia, and non-profits with people from the government to work on five innovation projects over the course of the next five months. One of those projects is one that is undoubtedly familiar to those working in healthcare today: The Open Data Initiative....
May 25, 2010
At the Mobile Health 2010 event at Stanford University this week, Paul Meyer, CEO of Voxiva, skyped in to discuss the recent launch and progress of Text4Baby and plans for two new add-on services for Text4Baby: Quit4Baby and TextFit. Meyer said Quit4Baby will be a smoking cessation text message powered service for new and expectant mothers. TextFit is a text message service centered on nutrition...