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FDA developing pilot program to streamline approvals for digital health devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week released a statement on how the government agency is aiming to streamline innovation of digital health and medical technology through a new approach to regulating devices:<p>FDA will soon be putting forward a broad …

Digital Health

How the next wave of technologies will disrupt healthcare: Q&A with Pfizer's Albert Bourla

Global pharmaceutical company Pfizer has been at the cutting edge of healthcare innovation for more than 150 years. In a recent panel discussion at …

Why Merck's Dr. Daria Hazuda Wants You to Geek Out Over Medicine as Much as You Do Over Self-Driving Cars

Your diabetes meds or measles vaccine? Every darn bit as innovative as that VR headset or drone you're crazy about.<p>When you think about innovation and invention, what comes to mind? Teleportation devices? Holograms? (Congratulations, you're normal.) Those types of items are admittedly awesome to …

Pharma

How Watson Health Is Changing The Healthcare-Tech World | Articles | Big Data

IBM has spent billions of dollars over the past few years forming 'Watson Health,' which they see as the future of global healthcare. Through the use …

Digital Health

PlushCare nabs $8M Series A to prove telehealth can go mainstream

Today, PlushCare, a telehealth service, is announcing an $8 million Series A led by GGV Capital with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Exponent. Telehealth is anything but new, Teladoc, now public, was founded in the early 2000s to provide remote care over video conference, but …

You are now data, and your doctors are becoming software

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently announced a $3 billion effort to cure all disease during the lifetime of their daughter, Max. Earlier this year, Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker donated $250 million to increase collaboration amongst researchers to develop immune …

Driverless Cars

Blockchain, IoT, Artificial Intelligence Poised to Shake Up Healthcare

October 20, 2016 - Only a few short years ago, healthcare organizations were wondering what exactly “big data” was and why they had to care about …

Health Information

Six Ways Technology Is Changing Health Care System As We Know It

Image Credit<p>Several leaps have been made in our health care industry over the last two decades and technology is considered to be the driving force behind most of these improvements.<p>A careful examination will reveal how different digital innovations is ushering in an era of democratization of …

Online Symptom Checkers Are Much, Much Worse Than Doctors At Diagnosing Disease

Turns out, years of medical school make you a better doctor than an algorithm.<p>In the list of people in line to lose their jobs to robots, some doctors are slowly edging closer to the front. Johnson & Johnson recently tried to sell an anesthesiology robot to hospitals (though hospitals didn’t buy …

Thousands More Patients Will Soon Be Able to Use IBM's Watson to Fight Cancer

IBM (ibm) Watson is teaming up with Quest Diagnostics (dgx) in a significant expansion of its ongoing cancer genomic sequencing and precision …

Science 37 raises $31 million to bring clinical trials to the home

Clinical trial technology company Science 37 has raised $31 million in a series B round led by Redmile Group, with participation from Lux Capital, dRx Capital, and Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures.<p>Founded out of Los Angeles in 2014, Science 37 is adopting a mobile-first approach to running clinical …

Digital Health

How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining The Future Of Work

In a world where the term “big data” is being thrown around like the next coming, many business leaders still struggle to understand how <i>more</i> information is going to help them make <i>better</i> decisions that drive their businesses forward.<p>But the real challenge goes well beyond merely accessing more data. …

Cognitive Computing

Medical Technology Start-Ups In Free Fall As Industry 'Grays'

The number of start-up companies in the U.S. medical technology industry has dropped nearly 70 percent over the last three decades amid regulatory challenges and competition for young talent.<p>The number of new medical technology and device-making startups plummeted to about 600 in 2012 from nearly …

Digital Health

Beyond Theranos: Next options for a better blood draw

Theranos, once Silicon Valley’s sexiest startup, recently announced plans to shut down its blood-test facilities and lay off almost half its workers.<p>But that shouldn’t mean the premise of Theranos is flawed. In fact, CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ vision — to remove the friction in blood diagnostics — is …

Medical Technology

Medical Technology Sales To Hit $500B Within Five Years

Despite global challenges and escalating consolidation, the medical device and technology market will eclipse $500 billion in sales by 2021, according to a new analysis.<p>The optimistic outlook comes despite the economic slowdown in China and various financial challenges in the European Union like …

Medical Technology

Temperature-Tracking Wearables Could Transform the Pediatric Health Care and Elder Care Markets

TempTraq allows caregivers to monitor temperatures remotely with a unique Bluetooth-enabled design.<p>Picture this: It's 2 a.m. and your 3-month-old is in her crib in the next room starting to fuss a little. She's been running a fever all day, and you don't want to go in and bother her in case she …

Developers and publishers are flocking to the mHealth app market

The mobile health (mHealth) app industry is seeing seismic growth, as connected devices in healthcare become increasingly common.<p>Almost 100,000 mHealth apps have been added since the beginning of 2015, representing 57% growth, according to the new mHealth App Developer Economics 2016 report from …

Digital Health

Chinese search giant Baidu has launched a medical chatbot

Baidu unveiled on Monday a medical chatbot that aims to simplify the process of collecting and sharing information between patient and doctor, VentureBeat reports.<p>Dubbed "Melody," the bot — which is housed within the Baidu Doctor app — collects and aggregates medical information from users that it …

Chatbots

UPDATE: Former Etsy CTO is joining the prescription drug marketplace, Blink Health

<i>UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect that Michael Thomas will remain in the CTO slot at Blink.</i><p>As Etsy talent starts leaving the nest in the wake of the company’s initial public offering last year, they’re starting to land at new startups in the New York area.<p>The latest Etsy exec to …

This App Wants To Help Parents Diagnose Autism Early

ASDetect says it gives parents the ability to screen their children using their phone.<p>Detecting autism early in the life of a child can have a profound impact on their development. “The brain is very malleable, and if we can get in early, we can intervene,” says professor Cheryl Dissanayake, …

Autism

IBM Workers to Use Watson Supercomputer to Find Cancer Treatments

IBM (ibm) says it is trying to make it a little easier for its American workers to find the best cancer treatments.<p>Beginning in January 2017, IBM …

Digital Health

Social media for tracking disease outbreaks – fad or way of the future?

<i>Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. In this series, we look at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the …

Public Relations

Duke hopes HoloLens will assist with tricky brain surgeries

When Microsoft envisioned the medical world embracing HoloLens in the future, it wasn't kidding around. Duke University is testing the augmented reality headset as an assistive tool for difficult brain surgeries like extraventricular drain placement, which relieves potentially fatal pressure. …

Microsoft announces new AI-powered health care initiatives targeting cancer

Microsoft has announced a quartet of new initiatives focusing on using artificial intelligence in health care. The company says its researchers are effectively working to "solve" cancer, deploying machine learning techniques for tasks like analyzing tumors and designing new medication regimes. …

Artificial Intelligence

21st Century Pharmacovigilance and the Role of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has an unimaginable potential. Within the next couple of years, it will revolutionize every area of our life, including …

Baidu Made a Bot to Help You When You're Sick

'Melody the Medical Assistant' was trained on medical textbooks and can guess your condition.<p>If you've ever tried to diagnose yourself using websites and other online resources, at some point, you've probably also fallen into a digital rabbit hole so deep and so terrifying that you might have felt …

Digital Health

Treating Pain with Virtual Reality: Interview with AppliedVR CEO Matthew Stoudt

<b>AppliedVR</b> is an exciting company that is using virtual reality to treat pain and anxiety in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The VR …

Mixed Reality

What ‘mobile’ should mean for healthcare

Ask a set of healthcare professionals about the future and they’ll answer: “Mobile.”<p>Mobile technology is nearing ubiquity in America; a Pew Research report shows 64 percent of all adult Americans own a smartphone, and ownership rates among millennials reach above 80 percent. It’s clear that to stay …

It’s Impossible To Simulate Life With Alzheimer’s, But Google Is Trying

By hacking our senses, a new VR app shows how dementia can feel from the inside.<p>Milk, bread, sugar. That’s all I had to buy at the store. I didn’t recognize the place, but walking through, this wasn’t so tough. Milk, bread, sugar. I grabbed one of each and placed them into my basket. Easy!<p>At least …

A major pharmaceutical company is warning that its insulin pumps could get hacked

Medical device experts said they believe it was the first time a manufacturer had issued such a warning to patients about a cyber vulnerability, a hot topic in the industry following revelations last month about possible bugs in pacemakers and defibrillators.<p>J&J executives told Reuters they knew of …

Diabetes