Big Tech in Health

Dr. Garth Graham at an event in 2016. Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!

Dr. Garth Graham at an event in 2016. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!)

By  Jonah Comstock 03:38 pm January 19, 2021
Last week, YouTube announced a new team that will push for more high-quality, credible medical content on its platform, including content aimed at laypeople as well as physicians. The team will be led by Dr. Garth Graham, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health, in the position of director and global head of healthcare and public health partnerships. A cardiologist by training, Graham...
By  Dave Muoio 11:28 am January 14, 2021
Fourteen-and-a-half months later, Google has finally completed its acquisition of health wearables company Fitbit. The news was announced this morning in complementary statements from Fitbit cofounder and (now previous) CEO James Park and Rick Osterloh, Google's SVP of devices and services. "This is just the beginning because becoming part of the Google family means we can do even more to inspire...
By  Dave Muoio 02:01 pm January 11, 2021
Biogen has announced a new multiyear research study on cognitive decline that will be conducted using the Apple Watch and iPhone. The observational study is being conducted in collaboration with Apple, according to the announcement, and is set to kick off later this year. The project's primary goal is to establish digital biomarkers for monitoring long-term cognitive performance and to spot early...
Former Haven Dr. CEO Atul Gawande

Former Haven CEO Dr. Atul Gawande (Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Geisinger)

By  Dave Muoio 02:36 pm January 4, 2021
Haven, the high-profile joint venture from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, is officially calling it quits after a nearly three-year run. The company had sought to leverage each of the three business' strengths to devise a new model for employee health coverage and access to care, but launched relatively few projects and shed a number of key employees near the end of its lifetime....

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By  MobiHealthNews 10:15 am December 22, 2020
Considering the size and scope of Alphabet, it should be little surprise that the company and its subsidiaries (Google, Google Cloud and Verily, to name a few) have become deeply ingrained in the healthcare ecosystem over the last several years. The tech giant maintained the momentum in 2020 with efforts focused on artificial intelligence, data flow and digital clinical research – and also sought...
 From expanding its employee health offerings to launching its first health wearable, Amazon had a busy 2020.
By  Mallory Hackett 11:08 am December 21, 2020
All eyes have watched to see what Amazon’s next move in the health space would be ever since its collaboration with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase was announced in 2018. The joint venture, however, has been fairly quiet since its announcement. It took more than a year for the company to announce its name – Haven. Other than that, the only word from Haven was the appointment, and eventual...
Screens from Apple's online and app-based COVID-19 symptom checker
By  Dave Muoio 03:14 pm December 18, 2020
Like most companies, Apple's plans for 2020 were upended with the rise of COVID-19. After initial hits to its production line, on-and-off store closures and remote working arrangements, executives said during Apple's fiscal fourth-quarter 2020 call that the tech firm weathered the storm with all-time records for revenue, earnings and cash flow – and that's before taking a look at its skyrocketing...
With the platform, Highmark will support patients and clinicians to increase their engagement throughout the healthcare journey.

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By  Mallory Hackett 01:26 pm December 17, 2020
Highmark Health, in collaboration with Google Cloud, today announced its Living Health model and corresponding platform that aims to reshape how healthcare is delivered to be a more coordinated, personalized and technology-enabled experience. Throughout the companies’ six-year strategic partnership, Highmark will support its Living Health model through the development of the Living Health Dynamic...
Google phone screen example listing COVID-19 vaccines
By  Laura Lovett 02:18 pm December 10, 2020
Now that several vaccines have come out with promising results, vaccine misinformation is also growing. Tech giant Google is now zeroing in on this potential issue by implementing new strategies to coping with misinformation, according to a new blog post.  Users in the U.K. will now be able to use a new search feature on the platform in order to look up COVID-19 vaccine information, as well as...
The study’s results suggest that social media data can be used in addition to clinical assessment to support decision-making.
By  Mallory Hackett 12:20 pm December 9, 2020
Facebook activity can be used to identify people with mood disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders more than a year prior to their first psychiatric hospitalization, according to research published in npj Schizophrenia. Although these findings are not meant to substitute for clinical psychiatric assessments, the results suggest that social media data can be used in addition to clinical...